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Free Opportunity To Learn Chinese Jan. 10-31

on January 3, 2018 - 1:40pm

Communication 4: When Does Security Override Privacy?

on January 1, 2018 - 1:10pm
SONYIA WILLIAMS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Student Intern

In today’s age communication has gone from postcards and letters to posts on a virtual wall and letters on a keyboard. Texting and email have become primary forms of communication among Americans and are the two most common forms of non-personal communication. According to a 2014 survey done by Gallup News, 73 percent of Americans say they send or receive texts on a daily basis.

This 73 percent was then broken down into two categories, those who send or receive texts “a lot” on a daily basis and those who only send or receive

Happy New Year 2018!

on January 1, 2018 - 8:55am

The Los Alamos Daily Post news team would like to take this opportunity to thank our many readers throughout the community and state, across the nation and around the world and we wish you all a very Happy New Year! Courtesy photo

NSF Awards $5.7 Million To Protect U.S. Cyberspace

on December 29, 2017 - 9:14am

HSNW News:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently gave the nation’s cybersecurity professionals a boost with the inclusion of four new universities into its CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program.

NSF awarded nearly $5.7 million, with an expected total of almost $16.6 million over the next five years, to universities in Illinois, Maryland, Louisiana and Texas.

Three New War Crimes Now Recognized By ICC

on December 29, 2017 - 9:07am

HSNW News:

The Assembly of State Parties to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Dec. 14 in New York has added three new war crimes to the Rome Statute.

Belgium had proposed these amendments to the Statute, which is the founding treaty of the ICC, as early as 2009.

The new war crimes added to the Rome Statute:

  • Use of biological and toxin weapons;
  • Use of weapons causing injuries by fragments which in the human body escape detection by X-rays; and
  • Use of laser weapons causing permanent blindness.

Belgium’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that these weapons kill without discrimination or

Promising New Wildfire Behavior Model May Aid Fire Managers In Near Real Time

on December 29, 2017 - 9:04am

NASA Global Fire Map. Courtesy/NASA

HSNW News:

Wildfires continue to scar California beyond the normal fire season in what’s been a particularly catastrophic year for natural disasters across the U.S. But a new big-data solution for predicting wildfire spread is also heating up, and it may become a useful tool in the firefighters’ arsenal, according to wildfire researchers attending the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

The more readily available updates of wildfire behavior are, the more informed the decisions of fire managers, according to the researchers.

AGU: Scientists Engineer Microbes To Form ‘Memories’ Of Their Environment

on December 27, 2017 - 10:35am
Inserting chemically sensitive genes into the DNA of bacteria can produce lasting memories of their environment and show scientists how they communicate. Courtesy/Pixabay
 
AGU News:
By JEREMY REHM
 
Microbes like bacteria aren’t conscious enough to form memories, but a group of scientists in Texas developed a new way for them to do so at the genetic level.
 
Researchers report they’ve successfully engineered microbes to report on their environments and form genetic “memories” of the event.

LAHS Graduate Major Kyle Trottier Arranges Special Visit By Vice President Mike Pence To Afghanistan

on December 23, 2017 - 11:19am

From left, Vice President Mike Pence, J3 Future Operations Chief Major Kyle Trottier and Sergeant Major Delarosa, J3 Operations. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos High School Graduate Major Kyle Trottier together with his planning team successfully completed arrangements for the recent surprise Christmas visit by Vice President Mike Pence to Afghanistan.

Trottier is the J3 Future Operations Chief for the 3rd Infantry Division stationed in Afghanistan.

Communication 3: Possibility Of Miscommunication

on December 22, 2017 - 6:38am
By SONYIA WILLIAMS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute
Student Intern

In the last column we explored the advantages and disadvantages of mechanical translation. One of the major disadvantages is that a mechanical translator does not account for the connotation of words, but rather the denotation.

This leaves a lot of room for error. As stated in the last article, it makes it difficult for mechanical translators to keep up with the perpetually evolving nature of languages.

Along with this, not accounting for the connotation of words can lead to misinterpretation and thus ineffective

Seasonal Flu Death Estimate Increases Worldwide

on December 22, 2017 - 5:38am

CDC News:

According to new estimates published this week, between 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide die from seasonal influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year, higher than a previous estimate of 250,000 to 500,000 and based on a robust, multinational survey.

The new estimate, from a collaborative study by CDC and global health partners, appears this week in The Lancet. The estimate excludes deaths during pandemics.

“These findings remind us of the seriousness of flu and that flu prevention should really be a global priority,” said Joe Bresee, M.D., associate director for global

AGU: Algae Growth Reduces Reflectivity, Enhances Greenland Ice Sheet Melting

on December 22, 2017 - 5:23am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research shows algae growing on the Greenland ice sheet, the Earth’s second-largest ice sheet, significantly reduce the surface reflectivity of the ice sheet’s bare ice area and contribute more to its melting than dust or black carbon.
 
The new findings could influence scientists’ understanding of ice sheet melting and projections of future sea level rise, according to the study’s authors.
 
Glaciologists have long known materials such as mineral dust and black carbon can darken the surface of large ice sheets.

DeBenedittis Calls For New Mexico Governor And Legislators To Lead On Net Neutrality

on December 21, 2017 - 8:40am

Peter DeBenedittis

From the Office of gubernatorial candidate Peter DeBenedittis:

Stating that “The new Federal Communications Commission appointees have shown their true colors and sold out Internet users, small businesses, and free speech by eliminating net neutrality,” Progressive Democratic candidate for governor, Dr. Peter DeBenedittis, is calling on Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico State Legislators to take the lead where regulators in DC have failed.

The new rules passed by the FCC allow internet service providers to block or charge more for any content they choose.

“Is it

Reporters Without Borders Round-Up: 65 Journalists Killed In 2017, 326 Kept In Prison, 54 Held Hostage

on December 20, 2017 - 7:28am

RSF News:

The number of women journalists murdered in 2017 has doubled...

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is releasing its annual round-up of violence and abuses against journalists throughout the world. A total of 65 journalists were killed in 2017, 326 are in prison and 54 are held hostage. 

The 65 journalists who were killed were either fatally injured in the course of their work (for example, in an artillery bombardment) or were murdered because their reporting angered someone. The murdered reporters were the majority – 60 percent of the total figure.

Although these figures are alarming, 2017

Europe Coffee And Cocoa Sale At LANB Dec. 20-21

on December 19, 2017 - 1:02pm
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Love coffee? Looking for last minute meaningful gifts? Stop by LANB for a free cup of coffee as you finish your holiday errands Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and support amazing Los Alamos students and educational travel.

The Europe 2018 Holiday Coffee and Cocoa Sale is 1:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 and Thursday Dec. 21 in the lobby of LANB at 1200 Trinity Dr.
 
Coffee is $13 for a 10 oz. bag, whole bean or ground, freshly roasted in French Roast, Dark Roast, Medium Roast, and Decaf.

Nephews Of Venezuela First Lady Each Get 18 Years In Prison For Conspiring To Import Cocaine Into US

on December 19, 2017 - 7:14am

DEA News:
  • Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas conspired to import more than 800 kilos of cocaine into the US

MANHATTAN, N.Y. – Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Raymond Donovan, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Operations Division, announced Friday that Efrain Antonio Campo Flores (“Campo Flores”) and Franqui Francisco Flores De Freitas (“Flores De Freitas”) were each sentenced to 216 months in prison for conspiring to import cocaine into the United States. 

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South Korean Journalists Badly Beaten In China

on December 18, 2017 - 9:15am

RSF News:

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) blames the Chinese government for Thursday’s incident in which two South Korean photo-journalists trying to cover their president’s official visit to Beijing were badly beaten by Chinese security agents. The incident is symptomatic of a decline in the situation of foreign journalists in China.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s visit to China, which began Dec. 13, was supposed to help defuse geopolitical tension between the two countries.

But tension within the visiting delegation rose Thursday when the South Korean journalists accompanying

Manhattan Project Unsung Hero: Mathematician Ulam

on December 16, 2017 - 6:58am
Mathematician Stanislaw Ulam is featured in a display in the Hans Bethe House, part of the Los Alamos History Museum. Courtesy photo

Ulam used this slide rule--before calculators were invented--to solve many mathematical problems. Courtesy photo
 
By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society
  • A mathematician does something on a piece of paper & then lo & behold a big explosion may occur. —Stanislaw Ulam, 1967, written in his desk drawer.
 
Stan Ulam may be one of the least known of the leading Manhattan Project scientists.

Meow Wolf​ ​And Xsplit: ​Galaga ​World​ Championship

on December 15, 2017 - 9:47am
MEOW WOLF News:
 
SANTA FE  Nationally-renowned arts and entertainment group Meow Wolf announces its first annual live streamed video gaming event, SCORE WARS, kicking off with a Galaga World Championship that will bring together the best Galaga players on the planet for an epic four-day throwdown to smash world records and crown a new world champ. 

SCORE WARS: Galaga World Championship launches Thursday, March 29 to Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe—home to THEA-Award winning phenomenal immersive arts experience House of Eternal Return.
 
All of the action will be

Communication 2: Advantages And Disadvantages Of Machine Translation

on December 15, 2017 - 7:42am
By SONYIA WILLIAMS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute
Student Intern

Mechanical translators have many benefits, as shown in the previous column, but they are not flawless systems of translation. In a society of perpetually evolving technology, converting solely to mechanical translators seems like the logical thing to do, but the drawbacks of these translators prevent their sole use. This means that they have to work in conjunction with human translators in order for international translation to be as efficient as possible.

The main factor inhibiting the efficiency of machine translation is

Avaya: Setting NORAD Santa Tracking World Record

on December 14, 2017 - 9:47am
NORAD News:
 
SANTA CLARA, Calif. Avaya is preparing its industry-leading Avaya Customer Engagement technology to help set a new record at the 62nd annual NORAD Tracks Santa, scheduled to start Dec. 24 and end Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
 
During the 23-hour period in 2016, more than 1,400 hotline volunteers answered a record 154,192 calls (1.8 calls per second) to the NORAD Tracks Santa 1-877 HI-NORAD hotline.
 
The mission critical Avaya Customer Engagement technology, which supports the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base in

Four Scientists Win Los Alamos Medal

on December 14, 2017 - 8:51am

The Los Alamos Medal was established in 2001 to honor those who have contributed to the Laboratory at the highest level. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Cram, Deaven, Menlove and Moyzis receive Laboratory’s highest honor

Los Alamos National Laboratory will award four former researchers with the Los Alamos Medal for their scientific contributions. Scott Cram, Larry Deaven, Robert Moyzis and Howard Menlove will receive the award, the highest honor bestowed by the Laboratory.

The team of Cram, Deaven, and Moyzis are recognized for their work sequencing the human genome and Menlove for his work on

‘Wonder Girls’ Book-signing, Lecture, Photos Jan. 24

on December 13, 2017 - 8:40am

CREATIVITY FOR PEACE News:

2018 is shaping up to be the “Year of the Girl.” As each news headline trumpets an unstable atmosphere for countries the world over, girls are leading the way in education, environmental action and social justice.

CREATIVITY FOR PEACE, a Santa Fe-based nonprofit, celebrates the stabilizing role that young women play in our communities with the upcoming exhibition of photographs, Jan. 24-31, from the just-released book, “WONDER GIRLS, Changing Our World” by Paola Gianturco and Alex Sangster.

Gianturco and Sangster's book journey began with a pivotal chapter about

AGU: New Simulations Suggest Meteors Explode From The Inside

on December 12, 2017 - 11:37am
AGU News:
 
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Researchers have identified an explosive new mechanism that breaks down meteors as they hurtle toward Earth.
 
New simulations of falling meteors suggest air particles penetrate the space rocks’ porous interiors as they careen through the atmosphere. These air particles create pockets of high pressure that ultimately lead the rock to explode from the inside, tens of kilometers above the Earth.
 
By uncovering this new way in which Earth’s atmosphere breaks up meteors, the new finding suggests the atmosphere may provide better protection against meteors than

Reporters Without Borders Opposes Spread Of China’s Internet Surveillance Model

on December 12, 2017 - 5:01am
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the international community and the world’s Internet giants to resist China’s use of the concept of national “cyberspace sovereignty” as a pretext for exporting its Internet surveillance model. 
 
The concept was reaffirmed again this week at China’s annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, whose participants included Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pinchai.
 
China is “willing to work with the international community to respect cyberspace sovereignty and promote partnerships,” President

Local Students Given Opportunity To Study Abroad

on December 11, 2017 - 9:15am
ASSE News:
 
Qualified high school students are offered a unique opportunity to spend an academic year, semester or summer holiday in Europe, Asia, North or South America, Australia or South Africa as part of the ASSE International Student Exchange Program.
 
Students, 15 to 18 years old, qualify on the basis of academic performance, character references and a genuine desire to experience life abroad with a volunteer host family.
 
Families abroad are carefully screened to provide a caring environment in which students can learn the language and culture of their host country.

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