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UA: Mysteries Behind Interstellar Buckyballs Answered

on November 13, 2019 - 2:10pm

An artist’s concept depicting the presence of buckyballs in space. Courtesy/NASA / JPL-Caltech

UA News:

Tucson, Ariz. — Scientists have long been puzzled by the existence of so-called “buckyballs” – complex carbon molecules with a soccer-ball-like structure – throughout interstellar space.

Now, a team of researchers from the University of Arizona has proposed a mechanism for their formation in a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Carbon 60, or C60 for short, whose official name is Buckminsterfullerene, comes in spherical molecules consisting of 60 carbon atoms organized

Catch Of The Week: Small Business Cyber Updates

on November 13, 2019 - 7:11am
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos
 
Cisco Small Business Router Vulnerabilities
 
Security researchers at SEC Consult/IoT Inspector found numerous security issues for the Cisco RV320 and RV325 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN router series.
 
Issues included hardcoded password hashes and static X.509 certificates with corresponding public/private key pairs and one static Secure Shell (SSH) host key.
 
Cisco stated that this was an oversight by their developers, and the certificates and keys were never intended to be shipped with the products.

RSF: Philippine Radio Host Dindo Generoso Gunned Down For Criticizing Corrupt Gambling

on November 13, 2019 - 5:47am
CCTV video footage helped the police establish that one of Dindo Generoso’s hitmen left a pickup before getting on the motorcycle from which he shot the radio commentator. Courtesy/Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office
Dindo Generoso
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Philippine Police to complete their investigation into last week's murder of a radio commentator in Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Oriental province, and to bring all the suspects to justice.
 
Dindo Generoso, the host of a daily program on Dumaguete-based dyEM 96.7 Bai Radio and critic of a

New Study: NM Ranks No. 18 For Military Membership

on November 12, 2019 - 7:43am

Courtesy/ Security.org.

MILITARY News:

A new study has found that the state of New Mexico has the No. 18 highest concentration of active and reservist military members of any state with 839.7 service members per 100,000 residents. The national average is 780 per 100,000.

Military enlistment has declined dramatically over the past several decades, falling from about 3.5 million at the height of the Vietnam War to just 1.3 million active-duty service members today.

Daily Postcard: Full Moon Silhouetted With Leaves

on November 12, 2019 - 6:33am
Daily Postcard: The full moon with fall leaves and branches in the silhouette Monday evening in White Rock. According to the Farmer's Almanac, this Full Moon is the Beaver Moon, also called the Frost or Frosty Moon, Snow Moon, Kartik Purnima, Moon of the Boun That Luang Festival and Il Poya. The full moon appears 'opposite' the Sun (in Earth based longitude) at 8:34 a.m. today. The moon will appear full for about three days centered on this time. The Maine Farmer's Almanac first published Indian names for the full Moons in the 1930's.

Rock Your Mocs Week Underway In Los Alamos

on November 11, 2019 - 9:50pm

Students gather for a Rock Your Mocs pose during an event at UNM-LA. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

COMMUNITY News:

Rock Your Mocs Week runs through Saturday in Los Alamos, across the nation and around the world.

Jessica Jaylyn Atsye of Laguna Pueblo founded Rock Your Mocs in 2011 as a Native American and Indigenous Peoples social media event held annually and during National Native American Heritage Month in November in the U.S.

Beginning in 2013, Rock Your Mocs has been organized and produced by Native American event producer Melissa Sanchez (Acoma/Laguna Pueblos) of Emergence Prod

Senator Heinrich Issues Statement On Veterans Day

on November 11, 2019 - 8:25am

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 Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day.

“I am so proud to recognize the thousands of New Mexicans who have demonstrated great courage in service to our nation. Our state has a rich tradition of answering the call of duty, from the Navajo Code Talkers, Bataan Death March survivors, and Korean and Vietnam War GI’s to more recent veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Remembering Turk Griffith On Veterans Day 2019

on November 11, 2019 - 7:01am

Santa Fe National Cemetery: Wreaths Across America. Courtesy photo

West Point Graduation photo of Turk Griffith taken a couple of years before his death. Courtesy photo
 
By RUTH LIER
Retired LAHS Science Teacher
 

Lt. Thurston "Turk" Griffith was born in Santa Fe on March 17, 1940. He moved with his brother and parents to Los Alamos in the fall of 1951.

He was my science student from 1954 to 1957, an outstanding athlete (baseball, football, track and swimming) and president of Student Council and a scholar.

Today Honors American Veterans Of All Wars

on November 11, 2019 - 6:54am

Today is Veterans Day dedicated to honoring American veterans of all wars. Courtesy/history.com

Veterans Day 2019

Today is Veterans Day, a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.” 

Commemorated in many countries as Armistice Day the following year, Nov.

Dr. Dean Caldwell Presents ShelterBox Talk At Rotary

on November 10, 2019 - 7:06am

Dr. Dean Caldwell discusses his volunteer service as Rotary District 5520's ShelterBox Ambassador. Photo by Linda Hull

ROTARY News:

Dr. Dean Caldwell, retired University of Maryland professor and member of the Taos Milagro Rotary Club, told the Rotary Club of Los Alamos during a Nov. 5 meeting about his volunteer service as Rotary District 5520's ShelterBox Ambassador.

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter to people around the world who have been displaced by disaster or conflict; current estimates show that there 85 million people homeless

View Mercury Transit From Overlook Park Monday

on November 8, 2019 - 7:16pm
Composite time-series image of a past Mercury Transit. Courtesy/NASA.
 
By JOYCE A. GUZIK
For the Pajarito Astronomers

The Pajarito Astronomers is offering the community an opportunity to view the Transit of Mercury Monday morning, Nov 11, at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Mercury transits are rare events in which the planet Mercury passes directly in front of the Sun as seen from Earth. The planet appears as a tiny black dot, only 13 arc seconds in size, against the face of the Sun.

LANL: Nine Los Alamos Projects Win R&D 100 Awards

on November 8, 2019 - 8:52am
Histato Yamaguchi holding a photosensitive cell that has been coated with Atomic Armor, a R&D 100 winning project. Courtesy photo
 

LANL News:

“Oscars of Invention” honor the best innovations of the past year

Nine Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies won R&D 100 Awards and three inventions have won Special Recognition Awards, including a Gold and Silver for Corporate Social Responsibility, and a Gold Award for Market Disruptor Products.

“It’s an honor to have Los Alamos National Laboratory’s innovation recognized by the broader community with these nine R&D 100 awards,” Laboratory

‘Joseph Rotblat: A Singular Figure in 20th Century Nuclear Politics’ At Fuller Lodge 7 p.m. Nov. 12

on November 8, 2019 - 8:21am

Dr. Jeffrey Boutwell

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Joseph Rotblat will be the subject of the next topic in the Los Alamos Historcal Society’s continuing lecture series when Dr. Jeffrey Boutwell delivers “Joseph Rotblat: A Singular Figure in 20th Century Nuclear Politics” at 7 p.m. Nov. 12, in Fuller Lodge.

Rotblat was a Polish physicist and a controversial figure. He was the only scientist to voluntarily resign from the Manhattan Project, leaving Los Alamos in December 1944 amid a great deal of U.S. and British government surveillance.

In the mid-1950s,

Senators Heinrich, Wyden Call For Open Intelligence Committee Hearing On Section 215 Of Patriot Act

on November 8, 2019 - 7:52am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 6, 2019) U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have called for open hearings in the Senate Intelligence Committee on Section 215 of the Patriot Act before any markup is held.
 
Wyden and Heinrich are senior members of the Senate Intelligence committee. They have consistently worked for common-sense reforms to surveillance programs to ensure Americans have both security and liberty.
 
“We appreciate that the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act authorities expiring

UbiQD Earns 2019 New Product Innovation Award From Frost & Sullivan For Quantum Dot-Enabled UbiGro™ Greenhouse Film

on November 6, 2019 - 6:24pm

UbiQD’s quantum dot-enabled retrofit greenhouse film, UbiGro™, deployed above a row of tomatoes in a commercial greenhouse in New Mexico. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD News:

  • The company completed several successful commercial plant trials with its UbiGro™ greenhouse film, highlighted in a new white paper and recognized by Frost & Sullivan as a first-of-its-kind product

UbiQD, Inc., a Los Alamos-based advanced materials company, announced today it has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award 2019 for its UbiGro™ luminescent greenhouse film, cited by the market research

World Futures Institute: Education – Part One

on November 6, 2019 - 4:50pm
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In 2016, I created a list of 18 areas that I believed needed to be addressed concerning the future of earth and humanity.
 
Number 11 on the list was “what do we teach people – adapting machines to IQ levels.”
 
When making a presentation, I shortened it to “what do we teach people” and, quite unexpectedly, was verbally “assaulted” about it. The input presented stated that in addition to “what,” we had to include “how.”
 
Since I had been personally involved in some pioneering work with distance learning and computer-based training,

NMHU: Students Present Jemez Historic Site Project At International Museum Conference

on November 6, 2019 - 3:00pm
Highlands media arts students designed a new resin floor and multimedia display at Jemez Historic Site visitors center. Courtesy/HU Media Arts
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM Students at New Mexico Highlands University will present their state-of-the-art multimedia work for the Jemez Historic Site Nov. 5-8 at the Museum Computer Network (MCN) international conference in San Diego.
 
The students redesigned the site’s visitor center to help people experience the site in new ways.
 
Being selected to present at the Museum Computer Network conference is competitive.

Sen. Heinrich Issues Statement On Administration’s Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

on November 6, 2019 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s official notification that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
 
“This decision is a dramatic step back in a global effort to address the climate crisis.

Governor Visits Monday With New Mexico National Guard Troops Ahead Of Deployment To Africa

on November 5, 2019 - 9:33am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham meets Monday with New Mexico National Guard soldiers and officials at the Fort Bliss Army Post in El Paso, Texas ahead of their deployment to Africa. Courtesy/NMS
 
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham visiting Monday with soldiers at the Fort Bliss Army Post in El Paso, Texas. Courtesy/NMS
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham met Monday with New Mexico National Guard soldiers at the Fort Bliss Army post in El Paso, Texas, ahead of their deployment to Djibouti to conduct security operations with the Navy, Air Force and other multinational forces.
 

Wright Brothers Institute, Partners Kick Off Second Round Of T3 Transition Accelerator

on November 1, 2019 - 4:11pm
WBI News:
 
Wright Brothers Institute (WBI), along with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Purdue Foundry, The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC), and the Air Force Small Business Office (SBIR/STTR) are seeking applications for the second cohort of the T3 Transition Accelerator.
 
Accepted small businesses will experience 10-weeks of intensive curriculum, preparing their products for military and commercial markets with the goal of making innovative technologies easier to integrate into the Air Force.
 
Unlike traditional accelerators, the T3 Transition Accelerator takes no equity stake

RSF Calls For Release Of Chinese Reporter Huang Xueqin Who Covered Hong Kong Protests

on November 1, 2019 - 7:08am
Journalist Huang Xueqin
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Chinese independent journalist Huang Xueqin, also known under the name of Sophia Huang, who covered the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong last summer and the #MeToo movement in 2018.
 
She was arrested Oct. 17 in her home province of Guangdong under the vague charge of “making trouble and picking quarrels", an accusation often used by the regime against journalists, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
 
“Huang bravely addressed societal topics that are of the

Nature On Tap: Updates In Astronomy Monday

on November 1, 2019 - 7:04am

 

COMMUNITY News:

Those fascinated by celestial objects and expansive skies who would like to know more about the latest updates in astronomy are encouraged to join the Pajarito Environmental Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Creative District at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 for Nature On Tap at projectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square.

More information about Nature On Tap and other PEEC programs and events can be found at https://peecnature.org/events/.

The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute topic introduction by the speaker, followed by a lively group

Udall, Kaine: Resolution To Reinforce U.S. Leadership In Peaceful Use Of Space & Technology Innovation

on October 31, 2019 - 7:17am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution to maintain U.S. leadership in protecting satellites and spacecraft in Earth’s orbit from space debris and ensuring that all nations cooperate to promote the peaceful use of space for research and commercial purposes.
 
The resolution prioritizes the implementation of the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space guidelines negotiated between the U.S.

Astronomy Dark Night At Spirio Soccer Field Nov. 2

on October 28, 2019 - 10:31am

Pajarito Astronomers News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding its final County-Sponsored Dark Night of 2019 starting at 6 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Nov. 2 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock. 

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. The moon and the planets Mercury, Venus, Jupiter (with its moons), Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will potentially be visible during the evening.

There will be a tour of the fall constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and

Udall, Heinrich: Homeland Security Improvement Act

on October 28, 2019 - 9:36am

U.S. SENATE News:

New Senate legislation is a companion to House-passed bill that will create a DHS ombudsman to improve agency accountability and ensure better engagement with border communities

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have

introduced the Homeland Security Improvement Act to address some of the nation’s immigration challenges at the southwest border and improve

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