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Aerospace: Building Gateway To The Galaxy

on July 30, 2019 - 6:39am
A NASA infographic shows the current lineup of parts comprising the Gateway. Modules shown in blue are U.S. contributions; modules shown in purple are proposed international components; and modules in yellow are both U.S. and international, or yet to be determined. Courtesy/NASA
Astronauts Stephanie Wilson, left, Shannon Walker and Raja Chari evaluate an American-made deep space habitat for the Gateway. Astronauts are participating in the evaluations to provide their perspectives as those who may one day live aboard the lunar outpost, which would be located about 250,000 miles from Earth.

Rotary Club Of Los Alamos Hosts Youth Exchange Student Gabriel Dufal From France

on July 30, 2019 - 5:57am
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is hosting Youth Exchange student Gabriel Dufal from France, posing here with his father. Dufal arrives Aug. 8, just in time to participate in the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade with Rotary members. He will attend Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo

Young Women Peacemakers From Israel And Palestine Speak At Unitarian Church Of Los Alamos Sunday

on July 29, 2019 - 3:20pm

Young women will present talks SUnday at the who are part of Creativity for Peace’s leadership program. Courtesy/Creativirty For Peace


The community is invited to a Creativity for Peace Brunch, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos to hear four young women who are part of Creativity for Peace’s leadership program share their stories of life and reconciliation in the face of war. Talks will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

These four young women are taking part in the 21st Creativity for Peace camp session along with 16 high

LANL: Numerical Model Pinpoints Source Of Pre-Cursor To Seismic Signals

on July 29, 2019 - 3:00pm

These before and after simulations show the collapse of a stress chain after a laboratory quake. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Research could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes

Numerical simulations have pinpointed the source of acoustic signals emitted by stressed faults in laboratory earthquake machines. The work further unpacks the physics driving geologic faults, knowledge that could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes.

“Previous machine-learning studies found that the acoustic signals detected from an earthquake fault can be used to predict when the next

Sig Hecker Speaks At MOWW Meeting

on July 29, 2019 - 1:59pm

Dr. Sig Hecker with Chapter Commander LTC Gregg Giesler. Courtesy/MOWW

MOWW News:

Former LANL Director Dr. Sig Hecker, a noted authority on nuclear weapons states, spoke at the annual picnic of the Military Order of the World Wars July 16 at the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa.

Dr. Hecker started by asking for questions. Hearing none, he read from a list of several questions giving short answers to each.

Are the U.S. and Russia in another Cold War? No, but relations between the two are the worst in years.

Will the trade war with China lead to war, possibly nuclear?

Santa Fe Opera Artistic Director Alexander Neef Will Be Next Director Of Paris National Opera

on July 28, 2019 - 7:38am
Santa Fe Opera Artistic Director Alexander Neef. Photo by Bo Huang
SFO News:
SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Opera is delighted to share news of the appointment of Artistic Director Alexander Neef as the next General Director of Paris National Opera commencing in late 2021.
Neef has served as the Santa Fe Opera’s Artistic Director Designate since Feb. 9, 2018 and Artistic Director since Oct. 1, 2018. 
The Santa Fe Opera’s leadership team, consisting of General Director Robert K.

Griggs: Fountain Eruptions On Margaret Island

on July 28, 2019 - 7:28am

While in Budapest, Hungary, recently, Los Alamos Daily Post foreign correspondent David Griggs took a boat ride on the Danube River. One option of the ride was to get off at Margaret Island and get picked up two hours later. The island is a large park, and while sitting in the shade on a bench Griggs kept hearing a strange series of noises behind him. Turning around, he saw this beautiful fountain. These photos capture part of the programmed series of eruptions, which were fascinating to watch on a warm July afternoon. Photo by David Griggs/

Scene from the programmed series of

Reporters Without Borders Presents Five Proposals To Put An End To Violence Against The Press

on July 27, 2019 - 8:21am
Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam. Courtesy photo
RSF News:
In a letter to Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) details five proposals to put an end to the violence against journalists and restore full freedom of the press.
RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire dispatched the letter to Lam in which he details the proposals to end the violence against journalists in China’s Special Administrative Region.

Catch Of The Week: Data Privacy And App Usage

on July 26, 2019 - 11:25am
Los Alamos

It’s July, and it’s hot. So hot that … your friends are all prematurely aging? Surely by now you’ve seen Facebook friends posting images of themselves in 50 years, all thanks to a fun app called FaceApp.

FaceApp uses artificial intelligence to “age” uploaded photos by 50 years. So far, the app has been downloaded by around 80 million users.

Aside from the existential horror of seeing yourself in 50 years, it’s all fun and games until researchers start reading though the user and privacy agreements: by using this app, you

Wine Spectator Reveals 2019 Award Winners

on July 26, 2019 - 7:46am
Wine Spectator News:
NEW YORK, NY — Finding a place to drink great wine around the globe has never been so easy. Wine Spectator has uncorked the winners of the 2019 Restaurant Awards, which honors the world’s best restaurants for wine.
This year, the Restaurant Awards program honors 3,800 dining destinations from all 50 states in the U.S. and 79 countries internationally.
Launched in 1981, the Restaurant Awards are judged on three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award, with 2,447; 1,244; and 100 winners this year in each respective

AGU: Scientists Take High-Speed Video Of Waves To Better Understand Sea Spray

on July 25, 2019 - 10:11am
AGU News:
Waves crashing on seashores generate tiny droplets of water known as sea spray. Sea spray moves heat and water from the ocean to the atmosphere, but scientists are unsure which part of the wave-breaking process generates the most spray, whether it be wind shear, splashing, or the popping of air bubbles at the surface of the wave.
To address this question, scientists generated breaking waves experimentally in a lab.

World Futures: Monopoly – Part Two

on July 25, 2019 - 9:48am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Part One of this series dealt with an unrealistic example of a total drinking water monopoly.
While completely unworkable because the distribution of water in the world cannot really be controlled, it does illustrate the potential value of a true monopoly, and economic condition where a single entity controls an absolutely essential thing needed by human beings for survival and existence. It is based on money, another artificial or created concept of trading amongst members of a society.

Air Force Research Laboratory Launches Largest Unmanned Space Structure On SpaceX Falcon Heavy

on July 24, 2019 - 4:10pm

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying 24 satellites as part of DOD’s Space Test Program-2 mission launches June 25 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Four NASA technology and science payloads, which will study non-toxic spacecraft fuel, deep space navigation, ‘bubbles’ in the electrically-charged layers of Earth’s upper atmosphere, and radiation protection for satellites are among the two dozen satellites put into orbit. Courtesy NASA/Joel Kowsky

AFRL News:

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE - A satellite spanning nearly the length of a football field was launched on

NIST Physicists Create Record-Setting Quantum Motion

on July 24, 2019 - 11:30am
NIST physicist Katie McCormick adjusts a mirror to steer a laser beam used to cool a trapped beryllium ion (electrically charged atom). McCormick and her colleagues got the ion to display record-setting levels of quantum motion, an advance that can improve quantum measurements and quantum computing. Courtesy/J. Burrus/NIST
NIST News:
Showcasing precise control at the quantum level, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a method for making an ion (electrically charged atom) display exact quantities of quantum-level motion — any specific

CIR Ambassador Roundtable In Santa Fe Addresses State Of The State Department At Luncheon Aug. 9

on July 24, 2019 - 11:29am
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations is hosting an event at 11:30 a.m., Aug. 9 at the Estancia Primera Clubhouse, 450 Avenida Primera South in Santa Fe.
The event includes lunch and a panel discussion to hear Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, Ambassador Mark Asquino and Ambassador Pat Hawkins discuss the current status of the State Department under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
What comes next with Iran? With North Korea? With Venezuela? What are the effects of “foreign policy by tweet”? Has Secretary Pompeo restored morale at State?

AGU: Airborne Research Shows East Coast Cities Emitting Twice As Much Methane As Estimated

on July 24, 2019 - 9:47am
A NOAA Twin Otter aircraft over the Hudson on a 2018 research mission. Courtesy/Eric Kort/U of M
Genevieve Plant of the University of Michigan and NOAA’s Colm Sweeney review measurements of methane and other gases during an airborne research project in 2018. Courtesy/Eric Kort/U of M
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Atmospheric methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that also contributes to ground-level ozone pollution.
In the past decade, there has been intense scientific focus on improving the accuracy of methane emissions estimates in the United States, with most of the effort

New Mexico History Museum Launches Apollo Exhibit With Moon Rocks And Schmitt Flight Suit

on July 23, 2019 - 8:53am

On display at the NMHM is the Mercury Space Capsule 12B, created as a backup for the Mercury missions and on loan from the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. Courtesy/NASA

Mercury Space Capsule 12B. Courtesy/NASA

NMHM  News:

SANTA FE – Northern New Mexico residents have a rare opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing with a temporary exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) in Santa Fe through Oct. 20.

NMHM hosts “A Walk on the Moon: The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing” as part of the worldwide celebration of our

UbiQD Announces Novel Quantum Dot Optical Fiber Technology That Delivers Extra Light To The Lower Canopy Of Plants

on July 23, 2019 - 6:33am

Fiber-coupled luminescent concentrators, using UbiQD quantum dots, deployed over a row of tomatoes in a commercial hydroponic greenhouse. Inset: Close-up of the fiber tips, where light is delivered to the lower canopy. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

Representation of spectral tissue sensing utilizing the quantum dot-enabled fiber-coupled broadband medical light-source. The reflected spectrum can be a disease diagnostic. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD News:

  • Wide-ranging applications include greenhouse agriculture, medical diagnostics, and telecommunications

UbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based nanotechnology

UA: Alien Moons ... Vacations Of The Future?

on July 23, 2019 - 6:17am
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — Humans first explored the Earth’s moon 50 years ago, an impressive feat for sure. But if you are interested in venturing a little off the beaten path, here are some other extraordinary moons humans may be able to visit in the future.
Pit Stop on Phobos 
Your guide: Alfred McEwen, UA Regents' Professor of Planetary Sciences and principal investigator of HiRISE, the sharpest camera ever sent to another planet.
As you pack up your spaceship in preparation for decades of travel, you’re sure to feel like you’re forgetting something. Don’t worry!

LANL: Vampire Algae Killer’s Genetic Diversity Poses Threat To Biofuels

on July 23, 2019 - 6:08am
New DNA analysis has found genetic diversity in Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus, complicating efforts to protect algae ponds and the biofuels industry from this destructive pest. The predatory bacterium sucks out the contents of the algae cells, ultimately transforming a productive green algae pond to a vat of rotting sludge. Photo by Seth Steichen and Judith K. Brown, Plant Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
LANL News:
New DNA analysis has revealed surprising genetic diversity in a bacterium that poses a persistent threat to the algae biofuels industry.
With the

Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Science Camp Empowers New Mexican Young Women

on July 22, 2019 - 11:45am

Laboratory researcher Adrianna Reyes-Newell, right, shows students how laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy works. The ChemCam instrument on the Curiosity rover uses this technology to investigate the composition of Martian rocks. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Two-week program from Los Alamos National Laboratory aims to inspire and increase diversity in STEM fields

The third annual Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Physics Camp for Young Women recently concluded in Pojoaque, giving the 22 students from Northern New Mexico communities a grounding in science, technology, engineering and

Teens Launch 3rd ‘Youth Helping Refugee Youth’ Drive

on July 21, 2019 - 8:43am
Sarah Crotzer, left, and Madelyn Crotzer, sisters and co-founders of Youth Helping Refugee Youth, place a green collection bin at 1950 Camino Durasnilla for donations of school-related items to benefit refugee students recently-resettled in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo
Members of the 2019 Youth Helping Refugee Youth Advisory Board met recently to discuss the kick-off of this year’s drive. Clockwise from lower left, Kezia Tripp, Hannah Mullen, Talia Ben-Naim, Ashley Lestone, Madelyn Crotzer, Sarah Crotzer, Natalie Aulwes, Amaya Coblentz, Alyssa Parker and Mei Eutsler. Courtesy photo

County Zero Waste Team: There Is No Planet B

on July 19, 2019 - 10:21am

Los Alamos Public Schools students work to improve the environment. Courtesy photo


Zero Waste Tip: Call or write to companies and ask them to reduce plastic in their products and packaging.

It’s summer. Kids are taking a break from the classroom, but many understand there’s no vacation from fixing climate change, specifically the climate change caused by plastic pollution and food waste.

These environmental leaders are communicating their concerns to their peers and parents. Their work is shifting the paradigm in Los Alamos.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Advances Legislation To Establish Tech-Transfer Maturation Program

on July 19, 2019 - 9:17am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2019) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has advanced legislation to authorize an Energy Technology Maturation Program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed energy technologies and boost regional, technology-driven economic impact.

Senator Heinrich introduced the Energy Technology Maturation Program Act of 2019 (S. 1286) earlier this year, and on Tuesday, the bill was reported by a voice vote during a markup in the U.S.

RSF: Hong Kong Journalists Association Deplores ‘One Of The Worst Years’ Of Press Freedom

on July 19, 2019 - 7:40am
In its annual report, the Hong Kong Journalists Association deplores ‘one of the worst years’ of press freedom since the former British colony’s handover to China. Photo by /AFP
RSF News:
In its annual report published July 7, the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) deplores “one of the worst years” of press freedom since the former British colony’s handover to China.
In the report, the HKJA raises concerns about the future of press freedom in the former British colony.