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RSF: China's Pursuit Of A New World Media Order

on March 26, 2019 - 8:21am

In a report titled ‘China’s Pursuit of a New World Media Order’, Reporters Without Borders investigates Beijing’s strategy to control information beyond its borders, a project that poses a threat to press freedom throughout the world. Courtesy/RSF

RSF News:

In a report titled “China’s Pursuit of a New World Media Order”, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) investigates Beijing’s strategy to control information beyond its borders, a project that poses a threat to press freedom throughout the world.

China, ranked 176 out of 180 in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without

Hubble Captures Birth Of Giant Storm On Neptune

on March 25, 2019 - 8:47am

This composite picture shows images of storms on Neptune from the Hubble Space Telescope (left) and the Voyager 2 spacecraft (right). The Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 image of Neptune, taken in Sept. and Nov. 2018, shows a new dark storm (top center). In the Voyager image, a storm known as the Great Dark Spot (GDS) is seen at the center. It is about 13,000 km by 6,600 km in size — as large along its longer dimension as the Earth. The white clouds seen hovering in the vicinity of the storms are higher in altitude than the dark material. Courtesy/NASA/ESA/GSFC/JPL

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March Worm Moon At About 98 Percent Full

on March 23, 2019 - 10:17am

The Worm Moon photographed at about 98 percent full at around 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 20 from White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs
 
By NANCY ANN HIBBS
Los Alamos

The full moon in March is called the Worm Moon, and is usually considered the last full moon of winter. It also is called Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon and Sap Moon.

Traditional and Native American names for each full moon of the year are derived by how they helped to track the seasons.

Scenes From BSMA Night With A Nerd

on March 22, 2019 - 6:48am

Community members gather March 14 at Fuller Lodge for the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) presentation of Night With A Nerd. Featured speaker Tim Koeth presented ‘The Physicists in the Basement of the High Castle’, an intriguing talk about the race between WW2 United States and Germany to build the world’s first atomic weapon and how the United States succeeded where others failed. www.bradburyassociation.org for more information about the BSMA. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Community members at Fuller Lodge for the BSMA presentation of Night With A Nerd.

Daily Postcard: Super Worm Moon Rises Over Sangres

on March 22, 2019 - 6:09am
Daily Postcard: The Super Worm Moon rising Wednesday evening over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The March 20 supermoon has many nicknames: the Worm Moon, because the ground begins to thaw and earthworms reappear. The Worm Moon will be the last supermoon of 2019. Photo by Marc Bailey

World Futures: Electricity And Other Energy – Part 3

on March 21, 2019 - 7:39am
By ANDY ANDREWS
World Futures Institute
 
Human beings need energy to exist in some manner, either just get by or live a more rewarding life.
 
As humanity we need energy to collectively choose our paths. Historically we found a great source of energy in the chemical bond of various forms of matter and evolved. We saw the internal combustion engine emerge as a highly useful tool to do work. It has been around longer than all of the living human beings of today.
 
With it, however, we began emitting large quantities of C)2, especially as our ingenuity was applied and our population grew –

Explore Discoveries Of Cassini Mission To Saturn

on March 20, 2019 - 11:41am
Learn about the Cassini Mission to Saturn at 7 p.m., Friday at the Nature Center. Plus, watch the full-dome film 'Incoming!' at 2 p.m., Saturday. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The community is invited to join Dan Reisenfeld at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to learn more about what scientists have discovered from the Cassini mission that orbited Saturn.
 
NASA and the European Space Agency had a spacecraft at Saturn sending back a continuous stream of images for 13 years. The Cassini mission orbited Saturn 2004 to 2017 and made what is described as spectacular

UNM-LA Student Attends Coding Workshop Overseas

on March 20, 2019 - 10:17am
Rique Fernandez will meet students from the United States, India and the Netherlands at a hackathon conference in Rotterdam. Photo by Nancy Coombs
 
UNM-LA News:
 
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) student Rique Fernandez has been invited to attend a computer coding workshop in the Netherlands.
 
Along with nine other students from Albuquerque, Espanola and the Navajo Nation, Fernandez will be in Rotterdam March 16-24 to participate in Cyberheros, a “hackathon” event produced by Cyberworkplace, an organization that provides cyber security and teaches coding skills to youth.
 
Fernandez is

Service And Sacrifices Of Women During Wartime

on March 20, 2019 - 8:26am

Vietnam Women's Memorial. Courtesy/Jeff Kubina/Flikr

NPS News:

National parks preserve military history and the nation’s stories amidst times of war. They’re found in places like Washita Battlefield National Historic Site in Oklahoma and World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, that stretches from Hawai'i, Alaska and California.

Wartime in America brings to mind accounts of George Washington and his men, spending a bone-chilling winter at Valley Forge and stories of the Buffalo Soldiers who were based out of the Presidio before fighting in the Spanish-American and

UbiQD Of Los Alamos Wins 2019 SXSW Pitch Competition, Hyper-Connected Communities Category

on March 19, 2019 - 5:53pm

Andrew Hyde, host of the SXSW Startup Pitch® Awards ceremony in Austin, Texas, hands the microphone to UbiQD CEO Dr. Hunter McDaniel, center, who accepts a check following his successful presentation. Second from left is Dan Houck who visited Los Alamos for the past four months as a 'Chemical Engineering Intern' at UbiQD but recently returned to UT Austin to finish his PhD (in ChemE). Courtesy photo

Dr. Hunter McDaniel, CEO at UbiQD at the 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) 11th Annual SXSW Pitch® competition in Austin, Texas. Courtesy photo

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N.M. Delegation Urges Department Of Defense To Consider New Mexico For Space Development Agency

on March 19, 2019 - 8:48am

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small urged Department of Defense Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan to consider New Mexico as a host for co-locating the Space Development Agency headquarters and to fully utilize the state’s existing core research and development space assets.

Shanahan recently noted that the DoD must make changes to its research, development, and acquisition processes to protect U.S. vital interests in space.

Lunch With A Leader: Skolnik Presents ‘Fifty Countries Later – A Global Perspective On Healthcare In The US’

on March 17, 2019 - 9:54am

Richard Skolnik

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters’ monthly Lunch with a Leader event for the community is 11:45 a.m., March 19 at Mesa Public Library.

Featured speaker Richard Skolnik, who moved to Los Alamos a few years ago, will present “Fifty Countries Later – A Global Perspective on Healthcare in the US”.

During his presentation, Skolnik will address the fact that although the United States spends 50 percent more of its national income on health than any other country, its citizens are not living longer or healthier.

Skolnik has given scores of guest lectures and in 2011was the

World Futures: Electricity And Other Energy – Part Two

on March 16, 2019 - 10:14am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In part one of this series we identified, in broad terms, two forms of energy available to us: arriving energy and stored energy. The arriving energy comes from the sun and, if not stored, must be used right away. 

Of course, it must be transformed into a useful form of energy except, perhaps, for the warming it provides and assisting in our ability to see. One might argue that it causes winds and other atmospheric changes, but this too is conservation. So what are the forms of stored energy even if not readily to do work?
Beyond solar and

AGU: Arctic Change Has Widespread Impacts

on March 15, 2019 - 8:36am
As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. And these changes not only affect the infrastructure, economies and cultures of the Arctic, they have significant impacts elsewhere as well – according to a commentary in the AGU journal Earth’s Future, led by research scientist Twila Moon of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of

LANL: Handling Trillions Of Supercomputer Files Just Got Simpler

on March 14, 2019 - 11:44am

Gary Grider, left, and Brad Settlemyer discuss the new Los Alamos and Carnegie Mellon software product, DeltaFS, released to the software distribution site GitHub this week. Courtesy/LANL

Carnegie Mellon team members, from left, Chuck Cranor, Qing Zheng and George Amvrosiadis. Courtesy/Carnegie Mellon University

LANL News:

  • Exascale file system Delta FS breaks the ‘the metadata bottleneck’ by handling extreme numbers of files and amounts of data with unprecedented performance

A new distributed file system for high-performance computing being distributed today via the software collaboration

RSF: On International Women’s Day 27 Female Journalists Are Victims Of Persecution In Iran, China...

on March 8, 2019 - 8:34am
Photos of several of the 27 women journalists imprisoned, some being tortured in jails around the world. Iran and China are the two largest jailers of women journalists. Courtesy/RSF
 
Women journalists held in prisons around the world. Courtesy/RSF
 
RSF News:
 
As the world marks International Women’s Day today, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that 27 women journalists are detained around the world.
 
Some are being held in inhuman conditions. Some have been the victims of torture and sexual harassment. RSF calls for their immediate and unconditional release.

As more and more women

DOE Releases Final Request For Proposal For Savannah River Site (SRS) Paramilitary Security Services

on March 7, 2019 - 7:16am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tuesday issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Savannah River Site (SRS) Paramilitary Security Services.
 
This contract will provide security functions in the areas of Program Management, Protective Force, Physical Protection, Information Security, Personnel Security, Law Enforcement, Aviation Operations and Material Transportation Security and Coordination. The total estimated value of the contract is approximately $600M-$1 billion over a 10-year period.

Rotary: This Adventure Just Might Change Your Life!

on March 5, 2019 - 11:26pm
ROTARY News:
 
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is now accepting applications for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA). Any high school junior may apply to attend RYLA.
 
The Rotary Club is also in the process of contacting high school principals, guidance counselors, youth organizations, and other sources for nominations of RYLA participants.
 
RYLA is a life-changing intensive leadership training program for young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect.

LANL: New Reactor-Liner Alloy Material Offers Strength, Resilience

on March 5, 2019 - 2:20pm

Osman El Atwani, left, and Enrique Martinez at the transmission electron microscope. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Tungsten blend resists fractures, could be valuable for magnetic fusion facilities

A new tungsten-based alloy developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory can withstand unprecedented amounts of radiation without damage.

Essential for extreme irradiation environments such as the interiors of magnetic fusion reactors, previously explored materials have thus far been hobbled by weakness against fracture, but this new alloy seems to defeat that problem. 

“This material showed

SFCIR: Former LANL Director, Sig Hecker, To Discuss 'What's Next For North Korea?' March 21

on March 5, 2019 - 7:41am
Dr. Sig Hecker
 
SFCIR News:
 
Dr. Sig Hecker, former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory will present a discussion entitled "What’s Next for North Korea?" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa, 1501 Paseo de Peralta.
 
The presentation will be introduced and moderated by Valerie Plame, former covert CIA operations officer.
 
2017 was a very dangerous year on the Korean Peninsula, with regular nuclear tests and a war of words with President Trump – from “dotard” to “Little Rocket Man”. However, rapid North/South rapprochement and the Singapore

Trina Granillo Distributes 30 Bikes In Africa

on March 3, 2019 - 9:11am

Former White Rock resident Trina Granillo, right, in Africa last week where she distributed 30 bikes to families in Lilongwe, Malawi. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former White Rock resident Trina Granillo returned last week from Africa where she distributed 30 bicycles to residents in Lilongwe, Malawi.

“The joy on the faces of those given a bike was as if I had bought them a new car,” Granillo said. “I pray to go back next year and do the same … except my goal is 500 bikes.

World Futures: The Distribution Of Stuff – Part Four

on February 28, 2019 - 1:37pm
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the previous column we looked at the release of CO2, carbon dioxide, from the movement of people and food, with the principle energy for movement coming from fossil fuels. We ended with a data point from the United States Energy Information Administration that 1.709 billon tons of CO2 are released annually.
 
Today there is great concern (by some) about global warming, climate change and projected changes in humanity’s living environment.

Fundraiser Saturday For Spring Break Mission Trip

on February 28, 2019 - 11:11am
Youth and adults on a Spring Break Mission Trip to build homes for the poor in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Courtesy photo
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos

The time has come for the annual fundraising efforts of the United Church of Los Alamos, as they prepare to build homes for the poor during spring break in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

The United Church has championed this work since 1986, building nearly 150 houses with the help of many locals and a few beyond who return year after year.

Rotary Features Exchange Student And Lab Physicist

on February 28, 2019 - 6:56am

Rotary Club of Los Alamos President Vincent Chiravalle and 2018-19 Rotary Youth Exchange Student Lisa Schutt from Switzerland exchange club banners during Tuesday’s meeting. Schutt is from Maeinfeld, a very small town, which lies near the Austrian border and is known for its pinot noir grapes and as the setting of Johanna Spyri's beloved novel, Heidi. Photo by Linda Hull

Scotsman and LANL physicist Malcolm Burns regaled a crowded Rotary Club meeting Tuesday with tales of his ‘bizarre, surreal experience’ to craft a boat from a bathtub in order to row across Loch Lomond as a fundraiser for

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