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Professor Warns Legislators: Get Serious On Climate

on January 18, 2019 - 8:27am
By ANDREW OXFORD
Walk around the Capitol, and much of the talk is about an oil boom that is buoying the state's finances, providing more money for schools and whatever else.
 
But for an hour on Thursday, a climate scientist urged one committee of legislators to look past all of that.
 
"The world will be moving away from fossil fuel production," David Gutzler, a professor at the University of New Mexico and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told members of the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
 
Gutzler went on

World Futures: Some Definitions Or Lack Thereof Part 2

on January 17, 2019 - 3:20pm
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the previous column, differences between capitalism and socialism were discussed, both viewed as formal economics. The perception of both is how to operate the state or nation and the balance between economic freedom, personal choice and economic growth or social freedom and reduced business fluctuations.

In 1776, Adam Smith viewed the world as various nation-states competing economically with one another. As a member of a nation-state, the better one’s country does, the better one’s personal existence is. But is that true?

AGU: New Study Finds Evidence Of Changing Seasons, Rain On Titan’s North Pole

on January 17, 2019 - 8:26am
New research provides evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Titan, the largest of Saturn’s moons, shown here. The rainfall would be the first indication of the start of a summer season in the moon’s northern hemisphere, according to the researchers. Courtesy/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
 
Titan’s north pole as seen by the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer. The orange box shows the ‘wet sidewalk’ region, what analyses suggests is evidence of changing seasons and rain on Titan’s north pole. The blue box shows the expanded region in the bottom panel.

RSF And NGO Coalition Demand Release Of Citizen-Journalist, Jailed For Life

on January 15, 2019 - 8:03pm
Citizen-journalist Ilham Tohti, who has been held in Chinese custody for five years and sentenced to life imprisonment for ‘separatism’. Courtesy photo
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and several human rights organizations demand the immediate release of citizen-journalist Ilham Tohti, who has been held in Chinese custody for five years and sentenced to life imprisonment for "separatism."
 
In a letter published today, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and a coalition of human rights organizations call on Beijing to immediately release Uyghur-born citizen-journalist, Ilham

Los Alamos National Laboratory Contributes $3 Billion Annually To New Mexico State Economy

on January 15, 2019 - 6:25am

The Laboratory’s NMSBA program helped optimize a new crate for shipping valuable artwork developed by Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Innovations, a for-profit business subsidiary of the world-renowned museum. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Economic development initiatives created or retained nearly 1,500 in-state jobs
  • More than half of goods and services came from New Mexico businesses 

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s average annual total impact on economic output across New Mexico from 2015 to 2017 was $3.1 billion, according to preliminary independent research from the University of New Mexico’s

LANL: ‘Realistic’ New Model Points Way To More Efficient And Profitable Fracking

on January 15, 2019 - 6:10am
Fracking image. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
A new computational model could potentially boost efficiencies and profits in natural gas production by better predicting previously hidden fracture mechanics.
 
It also accurately accounts for the known amounts of gas released during the process.
 
“Our model is far more realistic than current models and software used in the industry,” said Zdeněk Bažant, McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P.

New Year, New Goals, New Family Member!

on January 14, 2019 - 6:52am
ASSE News:
 
ASSE Student Exchange Program, a highly respected, non-profit, public-benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea, and the former Soviet Republics.
 
Students are already awaiting word on who their host families will be for the 2019-2020 academic school year. If your goal was to try something new for the new-year, this will fulfill that! Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a teenager(s) living thousands of miles from home.

World Futures: Some Definitions Or Lack There Of Part 1

on January 14, 2019 - 6:50am
By ANDY ANDREWS
World Futures Institute
 
Welcome to 2019 and another year on planet Earth. It is the annual time period when we look forward to either new opportunities or suffer the pessimism of not seeing any.
 
Where are we going as a planet (our life supporting environment) or as humanity (the order of our existence and how we work together)? For example, I believe that we all need energy to lead our lives and sustain humanity. But from where does it come? This question has led to many heated (flaming?) debates influenced by individual perspective – where you are and what you need.

Cuban Lovelorn Crickets, Not A Sonic Weapon, Made U.S. Diplomats Ill: Study

on January 14, 2019 - 6:42am
HSNW News:
 
In late 2016, U.S. diplomats in Havana began to report ear pain, dizziness, confusion – and some showed symptoms of mysterious brain injury.
 
The diplomats said that their symptoms occurred after they repeatedly heard a high-frequency noise. The State Department withdrew half its embassy staff, and several studies concluded that the high-frequency noise was generated by a sonic weapon. A new study argues that the high-frequency noise was created by local crickets.

 

In late 2016, U.S.

Dr. Siegfried Hecker Presents ‘A Look Ahead At 2019 Nuclear Hotspots Around The World’ Lecture Saturday In Los Alamos

on January 11, 2019 - 9:23am

Dr. Siegfried Hecker

 
By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

Although the North Korean nuclear crisis took a bit of a breather in 2018, the rest of the world turned more dangerous.

Dr. Siegfried Hecker will review developments around the world and look ahead at 2019 during the Second Annual Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1967 18th St. in Los Alamos.

Dr.

Mountain First Graders Show Entrepreneurial Spirit

on January 11, 2019 - 8:55am
Mountain teacher Scott Johnson's students with bags they sold to raise money for Heifer International and Self Help Inc., and hold up a check they presented to Self Help Executive Director Maura Taylor. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
They may only be first-graders but Mountain Elementary School teacher Scott Johnson’s students are already entrepreneurs and philanthropists.
 
In an email to the Los Alamos Daily Post, Johnson explained that last year his class founded a business to earn profits to donate to charities.

LANL: More Stable Light Comes From Intentionally ‘Squashed’ Quantum Dots

on January 10, 2019 - 12:21pm

Novel colloidal quantum dots are formed of an emitting cadmium/selenium (Cd/Se) core enclosed into a compositionally graded CdxZn1-xSe shell wherein the fraction of zinc versus cadmium increases towards the dot's periphery. Due to a directionally asymmetric lattice mismatch between CdSe and ZnSe, the core, at top right, is compressed more strongly perpendicular to the crystal axis than along it. This leads to modifications of the electronic structure of the CdSe core, which beneficially affects its light-emission properties.

Explore Discoveries Of NASA’s Kepler Mission Friday

on January 9, 2019 - 1:30pm

Join Joyce Guzik at 7 p.m. Friday at the nature center to discuss the discoveries of the NASA Kepler Mission and preview first results from the TESS spacecraft. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join local scientist Joyce Guzik at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium to explore the discoveries of the NASA Kepler Mission.

The spacecraft was officially retired in October 2018, and Guzik will highlight a few of the many discoveries of the mission and preview first results from the follow-up TESS spacecraft, which launched in April 2018.

The Kepler Mission launched in

RSF Urges China To Free Senior Citizen Journalist, Victim Of Torture

on January 9, 2019 - 11:21am
Courtesy photo
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on China for the immediate release of citizen journalist Qin Yongmin, 65, who has been serving a 13-year prison sentence since last summer and whose state of health has deteriorated as a result of abuse.
 
Chinese citizen journalist and activist Qin Yongmin is "constantly forced to perform hard manual work", put "under regular surveillance by other prisoners" and even receives "death threats," which is akin to "physical and mental torture" in view of his age and declining health. This was revealed by his wife in an

Michael Moore Of Los Alamos Completes U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Sea Year At USMMA

on January 6, 2019 - 5:39am

COMMUNITY News:

Kings Point, NY – Midshipman Michael Moore, son of Patricia and Murray Moore of Los Alamos recently completed Sea Year training at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point, NY. 

Moore was nominated by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. Moore is a graduate of Los Alamos High School.

“The World is Our Campus” is emblematic of Sea Year, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy's signature training program where midshipmen spend one year training aboard ocean going vessels.

Midshipman Moore traveled to Europe, Alaska and the

Museum Telescopes Open For Supermoon Total Eclipse

on January 5, 2019 - 4:41am
Supermoon coming to the skies over New Mexico Jan. 20. Courtesy/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Another Supermoon Total Eclipse is coming to the skies over New Mexico Jan. 20.
 
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s will open its doors 8:30-11:30 p.m. for visitors to fully appreciate the astronomical coincidence happening in the sky that evening after sunset (weather permitting).
 
A lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow and reflects its dark, red interior color.

AGU: Who Is Vulnerable To Tropical Cyclones And Why?

on January 3, 2019 - 8:56am
A radar image of the Bhola cyclone, believed to be the deadliest tropical cyclone in world history, which struck Bangladesh Nov. 12, 1970, resulting in upwards of 300,000 deaths. Courtesy/NOAA
 
AGU News:
 
Tropical cyclones, and the torrential rains and strong winds these storms bring along with them, threaten coastal communities around the world and are expected to increase in intensity due to climate change. But not every tropical cyclone becomes a natural disaster and not every natural disaster results in human fatalities.
 
Whether or not a natural hazard, such as a tropical

Nature On Tap: Updates In Astronomy Monday

on January 2, 2019 - 11:03am

Dr. Galen Gisler will lead a panel of local astronomers at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 at UnQuarked Wine Room, on the latest updates in astronomy and upcoming lunar eclipse. Courtesy/LACD

CREATIVE DISTRICT News:

The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Creative District, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 at UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square for Nature On Tap, to discuss the latest updates in astronomy and learn about the upcoming lunar eclipse.

Dr. Galen Gisler will lead a panel of local astronomers in this discussion.

On Tap is a

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Enters Close Orbit Around Bennu, Breaking Record

on January 1, 2019 - 7:30am
Orbital A Beauty shot. Photo by Pam Scott/UA
 
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — At 2:43 p.m. EST, Monday Dec. 31, while many on Earth prepared to welcome the New Year, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) away, carried out a single, eight-second burn of its thrusters – and broke a space exploration record.
 
The spacecraft entered into orbit around the asteroid Bennu, and made Bennu the smallest object ever to be orbited by a spacecraft.
 
“The team continued our long string of successes by executing the orbit-insertion maneuver perfectly,” said Dante Lauretta,

Los Alamos National Laboratory World-Class User Facilities Foster Rich Research Opportunities

on December 30, 2018 - 7:03am

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory's Pulsed Field Facility at LANL has a $30 million pulsed power infrastructure that includes this 1.43 gigawatt motor generator. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Through its technology transfer efforts, Los Alamos National Laboratory can implement user facility agreements that allow its partners and other entities to conduct research at many of its unique facilities.

Its national user facilities are the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT). They

NHCC Opens Exhibit Focused On ‘Braceros’ Program

on December 29, 2018 - 7:38am
Image from the exhibit ‘Braceros’ at the NHCC. Courtesy/NHCC

NHCC News:

At 6 p.m. Jan. 25, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), will hold an opening reception in its History and Literary Arts (HLA) building at 1701 4th St. SW in Albuquerque.

The reception for the exhibit “Braceros”, photographed by the Hermanos Mayo, is free and open to the public through June 30, during the hours the HLA building is open.

The exhibition features more than 30 black and white photographs of braceros taken by the photojournalist collective known as the Hermanos Mayo.

Heinrich On Resignation Of Defense Secretary Mattis

on December 29, 2018 - 7:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis:
 
“Secretary Mattis has been a voice of stability in an otherwise chaotic administration. Throughout his decades of service, Secretary Mattis has proven to be a tough leader on and off the battlefield.

Los Alamos Mountaineers Present: ‘A Southern Californian’s Forays Into Ice And Alpinism’

on December 28, 2018 - 9:11am
Jonathan Regele during a climbing adventure. Coutesy/Los Alamos Mountaineers
 
LOS ALAMOS MOUNTAINEERS News:

Hear about how Jonathan Regele fell in love with ice and alpinism — even though he grew up in southern California — at  7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting.

The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting begins at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. The Mountaineers meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. The event is free and open to all.

As a kid who grew up in southern California, snow was a novelty to Regele.

World Futures: Education, Training And The Five ‘Ws’ – Part Four

on December 27, 2018 - 3:31pm
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the first three articles of this series, we explored education and training and what people need to know or master when they emerge into society. We also examined the five “Ws” of education and training to include the accelerating expansion of knowledge and even increasing demand for mental facility and skills needed to successfully assimilate into society. And then we considered the cost to become “qualified” for something that allows the individual to lead a satisfying, controlled and rewarding life.

RSF: First Anniversary Of Blogger Wu Gan Conviction

on December 27, 2018 - 8:27am
Chinese blogger Wu Gan sentenced to eight years in prison for criticizing corruption within the Communist Party’s ranks. Courtesy photo
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the international community not to forget Wu Gan, a Chinese blogger who was sentenced to eight years in prison exactly a year ago for criticizing corruption within the Communist Party’s ranks.
 
Wu received the eight-year jail sentence on a charge of “subverting state power” from a court in the northern city of Tianjin Dec. 26, 2017, after 952 days in preventive detention.

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