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NOAA Satellite Image: Hurricane Dorian Early Sept. 4

on September 4, 2019 - 9:12am

NOAA GEOS Public Domain satellite image of Hurricane Dorian, early morning Sept. 4, 2019, enhancement and preparation by David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

NOAA Satellite Image: Hurricane Dorian Early Today

on September 3, 2019 - 8:57am
NOAA GEOS Public Domain satellite image of Hurricane Dorian, early morning Sept. 3, 2019, enhancement and preparation by David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

Letter To The Editor: Response To Serna Position Paper

on September 3, 2019 - 8:11am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos

This is a response to one part of Marco Serna’s economic position paper, in particular to his statements on the trade war with China. The “International pressure” approach that he espouses was tried for eight years during the Obama administration and got nowhere. All that is going to do is result in a lot of talk, and no substance. 

However, there is a far more significant problem going on in China today that the public is largely unaware of. One year ago, the Chinese had about one billion hogs in their swine herd.

Tea And Fashion Show Fundraiser Features Modeling By Community Leaders; Benefits Home Building Mission

on September 3, 2019 - 7:46am

The Jeff Favorite family enjoying tea at last year's Tea and Fashion Show. Photo by Jennifer Neil

A young house builder in Juarez helps the team build his home. Photo by Lynn Finnegan

TOTH News:

It’s time to dust off the hat and gloves and have some fun. Trinity on the Hill’s annual Tea and Fashion Show, coming up at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at 3900 Trinity Dr., promises to be a gala event.

In addition to sipping tea and enjoying a scrumptious menu of sweets and savories, attendees will be treated to a fashion show featuring local “celebrities”.

“Our fashion show, with all the

NOAA Satellite Image Of Hurricane Dorian Eye Over Bahamas Early Today

on September 2, 2019 - 8:33am

NOAA GEOS Public Domain satellite image of Hurricane Dorian, eye over the Bahamas early this morning, Sept. 2, 2019, enhancement and preparation by David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

NOAA Satellite Image Of Hurricane Dorian Today

on September 1, 2019 - 9:07am

NOAA GEOS Public Domain satellite image of Hurricane Dorian off the SE US coast, AM Sept. 1, 2019, enhancement and preparation by David A. Ponton, wildearth.com

RSF Demands Release Of Former Journalist Charged With ‘Picking Quarrels And Provoking Trouble’

on August 31, 2019 - 8:50am
Former journalist Zhang Jialong, critical of Beijing’s censorship, is charged with ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’. Courtesy/RSF
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese authorities to release Zhang Jialong, a former journalist critical of Beijing’s censorship who has been detained since Aug. 12.
 
Jialong, a former journalist known for his commitment against censorship, was taken by the police Aug. 12 in Guiyang City (Guizhou province).
 
The day after, he was charged with "picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, an accusation often used by the

Climate Change Warming Europe Faster Than Expected

on August 31, 2019 - 8:15am
A satellite image of the heat energy emitted from Europe during July, 25, 2019 shows this summer’s highest extremes. Courtesy/European Space Agency
 
The daily maximum temperature (TXx) and daily minimum temperature (TNn) mean trends for weather across Europe. The three regions are Northern Europe (NEU), Central Europe (CEU), and the Mediterranean (MED). Courtesy/Lorenz et al/Geophysical Research Letters/AGU
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Climate change is increasing the number of days of extreme heat and decreasing the number of days of extreme cold in Europe, posing a risk for

NOAA Satellite Photo Of Hurricane Dorian

on August 30, 2019 - 11:01am

Photo of Hurricane Dorian taken early this morning by NOAA Satellite. Photo prepared and enhanced by David Ponton, wildearthlight.com

More Than Footprints: Archaeological Hike On Moon

on August 28, 2019 - 7:13am
One of the first steps taken on the Moon, this is an image of Buzz Aldrin's boot print from the Apollo 11 mission. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon on July 20, 1969. The Apollo 11 mission launched on July 16 on a Saturn V launch vehicle developed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Courtesy/NASA
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE As part of this year’s 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing events, the New Mexico History Museum offers the lecture More than Footprints: An Archaeological Hike on the Moon.
 
This presentation by Beth Laura O’Leary,

AGU: Rising Summer Heat Could Soon Endanger Travelers On Annual Muslim Pilgrimage

on August 25, 2019 - 6:17am
The Kaaba at al-Haram Mosque during the start of Hajj. Courtesy/Al Jazeera English – Al-Haram mosque, CC BY-SA 2.0
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Over two million Muslim travelers just finished the annual religious pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, traveling during some of the country’s hottest weather.
 
New research finds pilgrims in future summers may have to endure heat and humidity extreme enough to endanger their health.

Los Alamos Rotary Welcomes Youth Exchange Student

on August 22, 2019 - 8:26am

Rotary Club of Los Alamos President Phil Dabney presents Youth Exchange student Gabriel Dufal with a Rotary t-shirt earlier this week on Dufal's 16th birthday. Cottonwood on the Greens also provided birthday cake for the celebration during the Rotary meeting. Photo by Linda Hull

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently welcomed its new Youth Exchange student, Gabriel Dufal of Lyon, France. Dufal will attend Los Alamos High School during the school year and has already participated in several Rotary activities including riding on the Rotary Club's float in the Fair and Rodeo Parade and helping

World Futures Institute: Energy Part Two

on August 22, 2019 - 6:34am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In Energy – Part One we looked at the energy consumption of humanity at both the individual and collective levels, noting the change in climate but finishing with a question of affordability.

This is a challenging question because it deals with a long time scale while most of us are concerned about buying food or paying the rent or mortgage next week. Yet we, collectively, are considering House Resolution 109, the Green New Deal, and Senate Bill 59 dealing with the Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment.

Each of these proposed pieces

Griggs: Crossing The Atlantic

on August 21, 2019 - 8:09am
The Winged Bull of Sargon in the Assyrian collection at the British Museum. Photo by David Griggs
 
By DAVID GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Greetings from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
 
What a trip! All three big Cunarders were in Southampton at the same time: Queen Mary II, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.
 
This is a voyage I have wanted to make since I was a child.

Interfaith Los Alamos Supports New Refugee Students

on August 21, 2019 - 7:13am
A teenage student from a refugee family with his new backpack containing a complete set of school supplies. Courtesy/ILA
 
A young refugee student holds his new supplies. Courtesy/ILA
 
Refugee students recently arrived in Albuquerque gather with their school supplies. Courtesy/ILA
 
Interfaith Los Alamos News:
 
This summer has been a very busy time for school-age kids of refugee families recently arrived in Albuquerque.
 
They have to get prepared to enroll in a completely strange (to them) school, while at the same time learn English, how to get around Albuquerque without getting

National Park Service Awards More Than $2.8 Million In Grants To Preserve And Interpret World War II Japanese American Confinement Sites

on August 20, 2019 - 5:02pm
Among the new grant projects, the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation will continue to restore the only remaining root cellar at the site. In 1942, incarcerees constructed the root cellar to store produce grown as part of the center’s agricultural program. Courtesy/Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation
 
NPS News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Park Service today announced more than $2.8 million in Japanese American Confinement Sites grants to fund 19 preservation, restoration, and education projects.

Virginia Tech Researchers Receive $2.9 Million Grant With China To Study Infectious Diseases

on August 19, 2019 - 8:13am
College of Science researchers Kate Langwig, right, and Joseph Hoyt, left, received a grant to understand the long-term host and pathogen dynamics of white-nose syndrome in bats. Courtesy/Virginia Tech
 
NSF News:
 
Sometimes, scientists have to look to the past to better understand the present. 
 
Researchers from the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science received a $2.9 million dollar award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) to understand the long-term host and pathogen dynamics of white-nose syndrome in

Night With A Nerd: Dr. Phil Goldstone On Thinking About Nuclear Deterrence In Today’s World

on August 18, 2019 - 9:01am

BSMA News:

The community is invited to join Dr. Phil Goldstone Sept. 12 as he explores how the invention of nuclear weapons 75 years ago changed international affairs – and also the existential framework of a large portion of the world’s people. 

It's now long beyond the confrontations of the cold war, and the world’s largest weapons stockpiles have been greatly reduced. Yet nuclear weapons issues are now present and rising, with Russia (again), Iran and North Korea looming large in the news—and with the playing field changing weekly, it seems. 

Modern war has held some “conventional”

NOAA Awards $2.7 Million In Grants For Marine Debris Removal And Research

on August 18, 2019 - 8:38am
A marine debris team member gathers a handful of disposable cigarette lighters picked up at a beach cleanup site. Courtesy/NOAA
 
NOAA News:
 
NOAA announced a total of $2.7 million in grants supporting 14 projects to address the harmful effects of marine debris on wildlife, navigation safety, economic activity, and ecosystem health.
 
With the addition of non-federal matching contributions, the total investment in these marine debris projects is more than $5.2 million. 
 
The grants, selected competitively from 82 community-based marine debris removal and research proposals received this

Violence Against Journalists Escalates In Hong Kong

on August 14, 2019 - 12:33pm
Dale de la Rey/AFP
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Hong Kong authorities to protect journalists covering protests against violence by the police and the mobs.
 
As four more journalists were assaulted in the North Point area Sunday Aug. 11, RSF calls on the Hong Kong authorities to put an end to the violence against the press.
 
In the past two months, journalists covering the anti-extradition bill protests were increasingly the victim of intimidation and physical abuse by the police as well as pro-Beijing mobs.
 
“Violence against journalists has now become

Rotary Youth Exchange Student Gabriel Dufal Of France Experiences Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Parade

on August 12, 2019 - 10:16pm

Rotary Youth Exchange student Gabriel Dufal from Lyon, France sits next to the Rotary Club inflatable as Rotarians Linda Hull, President Phil Dabney, Mike Katko and LeAnne Parsons wait to begin Saturday morning for the Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Parade. Dufal is registered as a junior at Los Alamos High School during his year of study here. Photo by Rotarian and float driver Bob Hull

UA: New Lens For Life-Searching Space Telescopes

on August 12, 2019 - 8:16am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory is a world leader in the production of the world’s largest telescope mirrors. In fact, it is currently fabricating mirrors for the largest and most advanced earth-based telescope: The Giant Magellan Telescope.
 
But there are size constraints, ranging from the mirror’s own weight, which can distort images, to the size of our freeways and underpasses that are needed to transport finished pieces.

One Step Closer To Finding Answers ... Virtual ‘Universe Machine’ Sheds Light On Galaxy Evolution

on August 11, 2019 - 7:48am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — How do galaxies such as our Milky Way come into existence? How do they grow and change over time? The science behind galaxy formation has remained a puzzle for decades, but a University of Arizona-led team of scientists is one step closer to finding answers thanks to supercomputer simulations.
 
Observing real galaxies in space can only provide snapshots in time, so researchers who want to study how galaxies evolve over billions of years have to revert to computer simulations.

Posts From Abroad: Gion Matsuri Festival

on August 8, 2019 - 8:56am
The Chigo. Inside these Hoko Floats are also Bayashi Musicians who play traditional instruments. Photo by Leia Roach
 
The Roof Riders - The Roof Riders keep the float safe as it maneuvers its way down town. On the top of these Hoko floats are very tall sacred poles that have to be moved past buildings and power lines. Photo by Leia Roach
 
By LEIA ROACH
Los Alamos
 
The Gion Matsuri is Kyoto's biggest festival and one of the biggest festivals in Japan.

Senators Udall, Paul, Khanna, Gaetz Lead Call For Inclusion Of Bipartisan Iran Amendment In Final NDAA

on August 6, 2019 - 9:20am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

 

Bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers call for final defense bill to include amendment prohibiting unauthorized and unconstitutional war with Iran

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and U.S. Representatives Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers in calling on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include a bipartisan amendment to prohibit unconstitutional war with Iran in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

 

Many of the signers of

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