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U.S. And Australia Partner On Critical Minerals

on November 25, 2019 - 6:26am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan. Courtesy/DOI Photographer Tami Heilemann
 
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Director Jim Reilly and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan. Courtesy/DOI Photographer Tami Heilemann
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States and Australia formalized their partnership Nov. 18 on developing both nations’ critical mineral assets between Geoscience Australia CEO James Johnson and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Director Jim Reilly.

The two partners outlined

AGU: Last Arctic Ice Refuge Disappearing

on November 25, 2019 - 6:01am
New research finds the Arctic’s oldest and thickest ice is more mobile and is vanishing twice as fast as ice in the rest of the Arctic. Courtesy/NOAA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice is disappearing twice as fast as ice in the rest of the Arctic Ocean, according to new research.
 
A new study in AGU’s journal Geophysical Research Letters finds ice in the Arctic Ocean north of Greenland is more mobile than previously thought, as ocean currents and atmospheric winds are likely transporting the old, thick ice found there to other parts of the Arctic.

Scenes From Los Alamos High School Students Attending Journalism Conference In Washington, D.C.

on November 24, 2019 - 8:53am

Los Alamos High School teacher Kimberly Engelking photographs her LAHS yearbook students Thursday morning on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The students are attending a journalism conference in Washington, D.C. Photo by James R.Mountain/valleydailypost.com

Los Alamos High School yearbook students attending a journalism conference gather for a photo  Friday in Washington, D.C. Photo by James R.Mountain/valleydailypost.com

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Unveils Legislation To Rename Clinic To Honor Veterans, Fallen Soldiers Of Bataan Death March

on November 24, 2019 - 6:45am
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) announced legislation to officially designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community outpatient clinic in Las Cruces as the “Las Cruces Bataan Memorial Clinic.”
 
The legislation would commemorate the over 1,800 New Mexico National Guardsmen and the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery Regiments who defended U.S.

Catch Of The Week: Cyber Scam Roundup

on November 24, 2019 - 6:40am
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

Social Media Coupon Scams – Costco and Kohl’s Spoofed

People love to share things on social media, including scams. Has one of your friends posted about a coupon deal that just seemed too good to be true? Spoiler - it is too good to be true. A common variation on this scam is a post offering some amount of in-store credit if you answer a quick survey. Frequently these scams claim to be celebrating the retailer’s “anniversary” with a gift card giveaway. These may look very real, but remember, it is incredibly easy to steal the themes, fonts, logos, etc.

Udall Champions Latino Museum, Women’s History, Tribal Engagement At Oversight Hearing

on November 24, 2019 - 6:10am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), spoke Thursday in a hearing of the Senate Rules Committee in favor of adequate budgets for a strong Smithsonian Institution and expressed support for establishing Smithsonian Latino and Women’s History Museums.

Udall also questioned Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III about the Smithsonian’s work and engagement with Native American Tribes.

“We all know that the Smithsonian requires real investments to keep its existing museums operating, to expand its collections to tell the story of all Americans,

Posts From The Road: Black Canyon Of Gunnison National Park ... Steep, Deep And Narrow

on November 24, 2019 - 6:09am

Wide View: The vista from a viewpoint on the rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park near Montrose, Colo. shows the massive rock formations that make up the canyon walls. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Gunnison River: The Gunnison River carved this canyon over millions of years. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com 
 
By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located in western Colorado near the town of Montrose.

The area was designated a national monument in 1933 and then upgraded to a national park in 1999. The main

Rotary: Purple Pinkie Polio Eradication Event At Schools

on November 23, 2019 - 11:46am
Sierra Morris, a Pinon Elementary School student, takes part in the
recent Purple Pinkie fundraiser to help Rotary International eradicate polio. Photo by Oliver Morris
 
Pinon student Sierra Morris smiles for her father, Rotarian Oliver Morris, as she shows him her Purple Pinkie. Photo by Oliver Morris
 
ROTARY News:
 
Nov. 8, in recognition of The Rotary Foundation, the funding branch of Rotary International, the Los Alamos club hosted a polio eradication event, Purple Pinkie, at all five elementary schools during lunch hour.
 
For a voluntary $1 donation, the price of an oral

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall On DOJ ‘National Strategy To Address Missing And Murdered Native Americans’

on November 23, 2019 - 8:39am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement Friday on the Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement of a “National Strategy to Address Missing and Murdered Native Americans”.
 
The national strategy takes much of its framework from the Udall co-sponsored Savanna’s Act that advanced to the Senate floor after passing the Indian Affairs Committee this week:
 
“The Department of Justice’s announcement is welcome, but long overdue.

Q&A With Congressional Candidate Kyle Tisdel

on November 22, 2019 - 10:49am

CD3 Candidate Kyle Tisdel
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series in which the Los Alamos Daily Post presents the same set of questions to each of the candidates running for Congressional District 3, which serves the northern half of New Mexico.

Democratic candidate Kyle Tisdel provided the following answers:

POST: Why do you believe you are qualified to represent New Mexico in Congress?

TISDEL: We are in a climate emergency, representing an existential threat to people across New Mexico, our country, and the

AGU: Size Of Thunderstorm Dome Clouds May Predict Tornado Intensity

on November 22, 2019 - 5:41am
Twin violent (EF4) tornadoes outside of Wisner, Nebr. June 16, 2014. Courtesy/NOAA/Ethan Schisler
 
Tornadoes typically form beneath a thunderstorm’s updraft and overshooting top. Courtesy/NOAA
 
AGU News:
 
The size of a bulge at the top of a thunderstorm’s anvil-shaped cloud may allow researchers to forecast the strength of tornadoes that spawn from such storms, according to a new study in AGU’s journal Geophysical Research Letters.
 
Tornadoes, particularly those with strong winds, pose a serious threat to the property and lives of people in their path.

Udall Advocates For Native Veterans In Hearing

on November 22, 2019 - 5:30am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
  
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee chairman U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to convene an oversight hearing entitled, “Recognizing the Sacrifice: Honoring a Nation’s Promise to Native Veterans.”
 
VIDEO LINK: [Udall’s opening statement and questioning begins at 40:30]
 
“American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians have shown profound dedication to protecting our freedom and national security through their military service.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Introduces Bill To Establish Bandelier National Park And Preserve

on November 21, 2019 - 7:10pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced legislation today to establish Bandelier National Park and Preserve.

Senator Heinrich’s legislation seeks to protect in statute a strong relationship between the National Park Service and pueblos whose history and culture lies in Bandelier.

Ribbon Cut On SMSI Central Park Square Location

on November 21, 2019 - 6:26pm

A crowd gathers this evening for the official ribbon cutting on the new location of Strategic Management Solutions, LLC, (SMSI) at 176 Central Park Square. Front row from left, Nuclear Facility Operations Vice President David Post, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Hermann, President David O’Flynn, PE, and Los Alamos Operations Vice President Rob Dunham. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Operations Vice President Rob Dunham, right, serves the crowd during the grand opening reception this evenng of SMSI's new location in Central Park Square.

Udall Champions Legislation To Stop Drunk Driving, Pushes Top Safety Officials To Protect Public In Autonomous Vehicle Technology Deployment

on November 21, 2019 - 3:52pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) pushed the nation’s top highway safety officials Wednesday to improve transportation safety in a Senate Commerce Committee Hearing entitled “Highly Automated Vehicles: Federal Perspectives on the Deployment of Safety Technology.”
 
Udall advocated for his legislation, the RIDE Act, to stop drunk driving with in-car technology, and pressed federal transportation officials to set safety rules for the deployment of autonomous vehicle technology in light of the death of an Arizona pedestrian last year

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Christopher Ross Receives Prestigious Public Safety Executive Leadership Award

on November 21, 2019 - 9:29am

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Christopher Ross

LAPD News:

EVANSTON, IL – Los Alamos Police Sgt. Christopher Ross has received the prestigious Public Safety Executive Leadership Award from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.

The award was presented Nov. 15 at the Center’s School of Police Staff and Command 468th Graduation Ceremony at the Double Tree by Hilton in Skokie, Ill.

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone nominated Sgt. Ross for the elite program.

By successfully completing the Center’s entire sequence of management programs (Supervision of Police Personnel, School of

Senators Udall, Heinrich Urge Increase In Funding For Security Grants To Protect New Mexico Elections

on November 21, 2019 - 7:47am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 37 of their colleagues, wrote a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging an increase in funding for election security grants and the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 to help secure upcoming elections in New Mexico and across the country.
 
Established by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), the EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with ensuring accessible, secure, and accurate elections.

NIST: Fly Me (Partway) To The Moon

on November 21, 2019 - 7:42am
NASA’s ER-2 taking off with air-LUSI moonlight collection equipment on board. Photo/Ken Ulbrich/NASA
 
NIST News:
 
Last week, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Guelph sent a telescope to the top of the sky, almost to space itself.
 
The trip was a moonlight-gathering mission that has yielded some of the best measurements ever taken of the brightness, or more specifically the surface reflectance, of Earth’s nearest neighbor,

Native American Scientist Floy Agnes Lee Made History In Los Alamos And Beyond

on November 20, 2019 - 3:34pm

Floy Agnes Lee. Courtesy/AHF
 
By Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

Floy Agnes Lee, a Native American who worked on the Manhattan Project and whose career provided insights into cancer research and radiation biology, is an unsung hero of science.

We share her story in celebration of Native American Heritage month in hopes that her contributions will become more well known.

Lee’s father was from Santa Clara Pueblo and her mother descended from German-Americans in Indiana. She grew up in Albuquerque, where her parents taught at the Indian School.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Commits To Advancing Gender Equality In Nuclear Policy

on November 20, 2019 - 8:53am

LANL Director Thom Mason

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is the first national lab to join Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy, a leadership network that brings together heads of organizations working in nuclear policy who are committed to breaking down gender barriers and making gender equality a reality in their spheres of influence.

“Nuclear policy, like many technological fields, has long been a male-dominated space,” LANL Director Thom Mason said. “As a result, women in the field have too often been marginalized.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Calls For Swift Action On NTSB Report On Southwest Airlines Engine Failure

on November 20, 2019 - 8:14am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Commerce Committee, released the following statement Tuesday on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)’s report and concluding recommendations on the engine failure that occurred April 17, 2018 on a Boeing 737 NG, Southwest Airlines (SWA) flight 1380.

The resulting explosion caused the tragic death of Jennifer Riordan, a member of the Albuquerque community.

“Jennifer Riordan’s family – and the entire Albuquerque community – continue to mourn her tragic loss,” Sen.

Udall, Gallego: Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act Of 2019

on November 20, 2019 - 6:17am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples, have introduced the Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act of 2019 to support the use of wildlife corridors on Tribal lands.
 
The legislation is supported by U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.). 
 
A United Nations report released earlier this year found that one million plant and animal species are facing extinction – and that habitat

NIST’s Light-Sensing Camera May Help Detect Extraterrestrial Life, Dark Matter

on November 20, 2019 - 6:13am
Micrograph of NIST’s high-resolution camera made of 1,024 sensors that count single photons, or particles of light. The camera was designed for future space-based telescopes searching for chemical signs of life on other planets. The 32-by-32 sensor array is surrounded by pink and gold wires connecting to electronics that compile the data. Courtesy/V. Verma/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made one of the highest-performance cameras ever composed of sensors that count single photons, or particles of light.
 
With more than

NDTC Holds Training For Future Democratic Leaders

on November 19, 2019 - 4:27pm
Courtesy/NDTC
 
NDTC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC) Saturday held a “Blue Bench” training in Albuquerque for more than 60 Democrats who are interested in taking the next step in their political careers.
 
The training was geared toward Democrats who are planning to run for office, work on campaigns, or work for a state party in the near future. Experts from the NDTC focused on essential aspects of running a campaign, including fundraising, messaging, digital communications, and field operations. 
 
“This training is a fantastic example of how

AGU: Earth’s Magnetic Song Recorded For First Time During Solar Storm

on November 19, 2019 - 7:19am
In this image, Earth is the dot to the left of the image and the large arc around it is our planet’s magnetic bow shock. The swirling pattern to the right is the foreshock region where the solar wind breaks into waves as it encounters reflected particles from the bow shock. The image was created using the Vlasiator model, a computer simulation developed at the University of Helsinki to study Earth’s magnetic interaction with the solar wind. Courtesy/Vlasiator team, University of Helsinki
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Data from ESA’s Cluster mission has provided a recording of the eerie

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