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World Futures: Some Definitions Or Lack Thereof Part 4

on January 26, 2019 - 12:14pm
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the last column we finished with the question “Are we capitalists or socialists?” This question was posed after we (at least I) concluded we are all liberals and we all want progress. We use the words capital, social, liberal, conservative, progressive and others with the “ism” attached.

Rewriting the words gives us capitalism, socialism, liberalism, conservatism, progressivism, and, if we want, communism.
The first recorded use of the suffix was in 1680. By the mid-1800s in the United States, “isms” had become derogatory terms, at

RSF Urges China To Release Australian Blogger

on January 26, 2019 - 2:26am
China is dataining writer and blogger Yang Hengjun under a system that allows torture and other forms of mistreatment. Courtesy photo
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on China for the immediate release of Yang Hengjun, a China-born Australian blogger and writer, who was arrested last weekend and is now charged for “endangering national security.”
 
China-born Yang Hengjun, 53, a prominent writer, blogger and political commentator with an Australian citizenship, disappeared Jan. 18 during a trip with his family to the southeastern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

LANL Physicist Michelle Thomsen Wins $100,000 Award ... 2019 Arctowski Medal

on January 23, 2019 - 10:46am

Michelle F. Thomsen. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Michelle F. Thomsen, Planetary Science Institute and Los Alamos National Laboratory, will receive the 2019 Arctowski Medal.

Over the past 40 years, Thomsen has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the relationships between the sun and its planetary bodies, with a particular emphasis on the physics of collisionless shocks and the dynamics of the planetary magnetospheres of Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn.

Beginning with her graduate work, Thomsen analyzed data from the early planetary missions Pioneer 10 and 11 and made some of the

Team USA Wins Double Gold, Retains World No. 1

on January 23, 2019 - 6:55am
From left, May Tieu, Delphine DeVore, Lauren Scruggs and Sylvie Binder won gold in the women's team event at the Zagreb Junior World Cup. Courtesy/Bizzi Team
 
SPORTS News:
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Team USA's women's foil fencers finished 1-2-3 in individual and won gold for the second time this season in team at the Zagreb Junior World Cup in Croatia over the weekend.
 
Three of the four members of the squad that won the 2018 Junior World Championship title won gold, silver and bronze individually, showing the strength of a squad whose fencers have visions of both individual and

Following A Case Filed By RSF, UN Calls On China To Release Ailing Journalist, Victim Of Torture

on January 23, 2019 - 5:58am
Journalist Huang Qi put on trial last week in China. Courtesy photo
 
RSF News:
 
Chinese journalist and RSF award-winner Huang Qi, who is seriously ill and a victim of torture, was put on trial last week but no verdict was reached.
 
In December, after a petition filed by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), four UN experts called on China to release him.
 
RSF award winner Huang Qi received a closed trial Jan. 14, 2019, but no verdict was reached. In a statement published Dec. 20 by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), following a petition by RSF,

‘The Staging Post’ At Unitarian Church Feb. 2

on January 22, 2019 - 12:53pm

Photo From White Rock Showing Near Maximum Totality Of Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse

on January 21, 2019 - 12:13pm

Another view of the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Sunday night from White Rock, this one showing near maximum totality. Photo by David Forslund

China: Three Journalists Sentenced To Prison Terms

on January 21, 2019 - 8:59am
Sun Lin, Zhen Jianghua and Ding Lingjie, three journalists whom the Chinese authorities have condemned to sentences ranging from 20 months to 4 years in prison. Courtesy photo
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Sun Lin, Zhen Jianghua, and Ding Lingjie, three journalists whom the Chinese authorities have condemned during end of the year, to sentences ranging from 20 months to 4 years in prison.
 
Dec. 25, 2018, the Nanjing Intermediate People's Court sentenced Sun Lin, a former contributor to the US-based Chinese news website Boxun, to four

Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Viewed In White Rock

on January 20, 2019 - 11:10pm

View of the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse tonight at about 10:12 p.m.  from White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Details On Tonight’s Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse

on January 20, 2019 - 2:12pm

Courtesy/NWS

Courtesy/NWS

LIVE SCIENCE News:

If you live in the continental United States, tonight (Jan. 20) is a great night to take a gander at the sky.

As the clock ticks toward midnight on the East Coast, the moon will become increasingly cloaked in red shadows in the longest lunar eclipse visible from North America for years.

This eclipse has been dubbed the Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse.

The Wolf Moon is the traditional name for January’s full moon. “Blood” is for the vermilion hue that shades the moon during a lunar eclipse. And the “super” is there because this January’s full

UNM Student Esteban Abeyta Selected To Study At University Of Cambridge As Churchill Scholar

on January 19, 2019 - 7:40am

Churchill Scholar Esteban Abeyta

UNM News:

Receiving the Churchill Scholarship is an honor bestowed upon a very select cohort of college students from across the U.S.

The University of New Mexico’s Esteban Abeyta, a senior biochemistry major and honors minor, can now count himself as one of the scholarship’s elite.

The Churchill Scholarship was awarded to Abeyta for one year of master’s study at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. The award covers full tuition, a stipend, travel costs, and the chance to apply for a $2,000 special research grant.

The Scholarship was set up

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

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