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World Futures: Monopoly – Part One

on July 19, 2019 - 6:35am
 
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
Monopoly refers to a condition or circumstance when a specific person or entity is the only supplier of something that people need, require or want.
 
It deals with controlling something in a society defined as a group of people. And it is also a board game.

To get a better feel for what a monopoly is, consider a totally unrealistic example called drinking water and evaluate it in the context of U.S. currency (dollars) and the world population of 7.7 billion people.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Recognize LANL Contributions To State Economy, Employment

on July 18, 2019 - 10:37am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

 

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) commended findings from an independent economic-impact analysis released Tuesday, which found that Los Alamos National Laboratory is responsible for creating 24,169 jobs in New Mexico.

 

The Economic Impact report, developed by the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), found that the Los Alamos National Laboratory contributes $3.1 billion to the states’

An Open Book: Science And Humanity

on July 18, 2019 - 9:17am
By DAVID IZRAELEVTIZ
Los Alamos
 
Last Saturday was ScienceFest Discovery Day, and it was certainly a discovery Saturday for me. I missed the prior Friday night concert (more about that later), but I wanted to make sure to walk around on Saturday and get a feel for what this ever-improving Los Alamos signature event was all about. I saw loads of kids doing hands-on science experiments or safely peering through telescopes at the Sun.

UA Scientists Move From Mapping Moon To Worlds Beyond With A Few Mouse Clicks Over Lunch

on July 18, 2019 - 8:30am
UA News:
 
TUCSON — In 1972, it took an astronaut going on a spacewalk to do what Lynn Carter now can do with a few mouse clicks over lunch.
 
Carter, a planetary science professor at the Univerity of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, points to a small, framed photograph above her desk. It shows the Apollo 17 spacecraft, the last crewed mission to the moon, cruising high above the grey, cratered expanse below.
 
"See that little antenna sticking out there? That was the first planetary radar on a spacecraft, and while it went around the moon, it pinged the surface," she said.

Who WIll Stump PEEC Astronomers Friday!

on July 18, 2019 - 8:26am
See who can stump PEEC’s team of astronomers 7 p.m. Friday, July 19. The nature center also will play the full-dome film 'Incoming!' 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
See who can stump PEEC’s team of astronomers this Friday, July 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at another round of “Stump the Astronomers.”
 
The fun starts at 7 p.m. and features local astronomers Galen Gisler, Akkana Peck, Dave North, Steve Becker and Peter Polko. Guests should bring their toughest astronomy-related questions and see if they can stump the experts.
 
This event is free to

Maggie Toulouse Oliver: It’s Time to Abolish ICE

on July 16, 2019 - 10:10am

From the Maggie Toulouse Oliver For Senate Campaign:
  • Agency Created to Fight Terrorism Now Creates Terror in U.S.

SANTA FE -- New Mexico Secretary of State and candidate for U.S. Senate Maggie Toulouse Oliver called today for the federal government to do away with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency saying that it has overstepped its original mission and is actually undermining safety and stability in American communities.
 

“It’s time to abolish ICE,” Toulouse Oliver said. “ICE was created to stop terrorism and keep Americans safe.

Homeland Security News Wire: Four Ways Blockchain Could Make Internet Safer, Fairer And More Creative

on July 16, 2019 - 10:01am

Courtesy/TPC Management SRL

HSNW News:

The Internet is unique in that it has no central control, administration or authority, but in recent years Internet services such as search engines and social media platforms have increasingly been provided by a small number of very large tech firms.

The Internet is slowly turning into something like the current financial system, which centrally monitors all transactions and uses that data to predict what people will buy in future.

Randy Carlson Of Los Alamos Remembers Apollo 11

on July 16, 2019 - 8:48am
Randy Carlson of Los Alamos depicted here, blue shirt at right, in the Apollo 11 movie DVD released in mid-May using a 16 mm tri-turret camera to film the event. Courtesy/Randy Carlson
 
By RANDY CARLSON
Los Alamos

Today, July 16 is the 50th anniversary of man going to the moon. It so happens that I was there that morning and witnessed the Saturn V launch.

More recently those memories returned having seen myself in the recent “Apollo 11” movie. The movie uses a lot of footage not seen before and, to my amazement, there I was at the 18-minute mark into the movie. 

Although I was in the

Two Years After Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo’s Death, China Remains World’s Largest Prison Of Journalists

on July 15, 2019 - 5:11pm
Courtesy/RSF
 
RSF News:
 
Two years after the death of Nobel Peace Prize and RSF Award laureate Liu Xiaobo while in detention, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates that China remains the largest prison in the world for defenders of free information.
 
As the world commemorates the second anniversary of the death of Nobel Peace Prize and RSF Award laureate Liu Xiaobo, whose cancer was left untreated in detention, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates that China remains the biggest prison for journalists, with at least 112 of them behind bars.
 
“Despite the international

DEA: Pence Attends $569 Million Cocaine Offload

on July 15, 2019 - 5:10pm
DEA News:
 
CORONADO, Calif. Vice President Mike Pence, Office of National Drug Control Policy Director James W. Carroll, Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon and Vice Admiral Linda Fagan, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area, attended a United States Coast Guard drug offload July 11 at Naval Base Coronado.
 
Agents with the DEA, FBI, Customs and Border Protection and the crew of the USCG Cutter Munro offloaded more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana, worth a combined estimated $569 million, which was seized in international waters

LANL Director Thom Mason Shares Plans For Working With Local Communities During RCLC Board Meeting

on July 15, 2019 - 9:25am
LANL Director Thom Mason briefs board members Friday during the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting in Council Chambers at Española City Hall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Councilor and RCLC liaison David Izraelevitz, right, speaks with LANL Director Thom Mason, left, as RCLC Executive Director Eric Vasquez, second from left, and Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives listen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

ESPAÑOLA “It’s a scary world out there,” Los Alamos National

Countries U.S. Government Doesn’t Want You Visiting

on July 15, 2019 - 6:51am

Courtesy/ATL

By All Time Lists:

For safety concerns, the U.S. government has issued travel advisories on several countries. Here are 10 of them:

10. Libya

According to an article published by MSN, the U.S. State Department has a standing “do not travel” advisory on Libya. The country has been unstable since its dictator was toppled in 2011. The government is unable to control crime, for the most part, and extremist groups are known to target foreign travelers, particularly those from the U.S.

But, for those of you old enough to remember, you know that Libya’s issues go back further than

RSF Demands Chinese Authorities Release Former Beijing News Editor-In-Chief

on July 15, 2019 - 6:29am
Dai Zigeng
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese authorities to release Dai Zigeng, a former Beijing News editor-in-chief, who has been detained since earlier this month for unclear reasons.
 
Dai Zigeng, 55, a former editor-in-chief of state media group Beijing News, has been detained since earlier this month. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) only posted a short notice June 10 stating that Dai was under investigation due to suspected “serious violations” of the Party’s discipline.
 
“By detaining a

AFRL & Catalyst Space Accelerator Announce Applications Open For New Space-Based ISR Cohort

on July 14, 2019 - 7:32am
Courtesy/CSA
 
Courtesy/CSA
 
CSA News:
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Catalyst Space Accelerator is excited to announce the opening of applications for the next cohort, the Space-Based ISR Cohort #CAISR, set for Sept. 9 through Nov. 22.
 
The deadline for applications for entry is Aug. 7. Applications may be found here.
 
The problem set for this cohort, by the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate, was born during the August 1960 Discoverer 14 delivery of the first space-based reconnaissance imagery on photographic film. 
 
Since that day, intelligence,

Catch Of The Week: Tech Support Scams

on July 12, 2019 - 6:33pm
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

Your phone rings, you pick up, and it’s “Microsoft” calling to let you know that you have “a virus” on your computer. What do you do?

  1. Pay whatever they are asking to have them remove it.
  2. Hang up.
  3. My computer has a virus?? OH NO!!! Kill it with fire!!!

Hopefully, you answered, “B. Hang up.”  Microsoft, Apple, Dell, etc. will NEVER ever call you to tell you there is a problem with your computer.  These scammers will try to get you to hand over remote access to your computer so they can “fix” it.

NIST’s Compact Atomic Gyroscope Has New Twists

on July 11, 2019 - 2:44pm

NIST physicist Elizabeth Donley holds a card used to trace the paths of laser beams in the atomic gyroscope. The atoms are in a small glass container inside the magnetic shield box with the pink tape on it. Photo byJ. Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have upgraded their compact atomic gyroscope to enable multitasking measurement capabilities and measure its performance, important steps toward practical applications.

Described in a new paper, the quantum gyroscope design and evaluation processes were led by three women — a

World Futures: Polling, Voting, Surveying, Choosing, Influencing & Statistics – Part Four

on July 11, 2019 - 7:27am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In part three of this series we looked at polling and voting generally about political contests and elections. We can look at the results and ignore them, get excited, and even get angry. Consider the 2016 presidential race and election. For the most part we as individuals are insulated from them. The polls and the voting are about someone else. But what if the data gathered are about us? What if data are being used to target us, our way of thinking, our choices, and our way of life?

When my wife and I owned and operated an art and

Rotary: Galen Gisler On Threat Of Near-Earth Asteroids

on July 10, 2019 - 4:09pm

Dr. Galen Gisler, retired LANL astrophysicist and community volunteer, recently spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the threat of near-Earth asteroids. He described the impacts of the Chicxulub impact in present-day Yucatan that is responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, as well as those impacts in our modern age: Tunguska, Siberia in 1908 and Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013. To study the threat, scientists find potentially hazardous asteroids, calculate their orbits, monitor and characterize them, and if necessary, develop and execute a deflection mission.

MOWW Meeting/Picnic Features Sig Hecker July 16

on July 8, 2019 - 10:11am

Dr. Sigfried Hecker

MOWW News:

This month’s meeting and annual picnic of the Military Order of the World Wars is Tuesday, July 16 at the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa.

Dr. Sigfried Hecker is the featured speaker. He is a former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and noted authority on the status of nuclear weapon states. His talk will focus on global nuclear issues.

The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation begins at about 7:15 p.m.

The Military Order of the World

HSNW: First Responders Radiological Preparedness

on July 7, 2019 - 8:23am

First responders and emergency managers train on how to plan for the first minutes of a radiological dispersal device detonation response. Courtesy/HSNW

HSNW News:

A radiological dispersal device (RDD), or “dirty bomb,” detonation in a local jurisdiction will have significant consequences for public safety, responder health and critical infrastructure operations.

First responders and emergency managers must quickly assess the hazard, issue protective action recommendations, triage and treat the injured, and secure the scene in support of the individuals, families and businesses in the

Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, NM Partnership Team With Coach Jackson To Sell Land Of Enchantment To World

on July 7, 2019 - 8:05am
From left, Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, Coach Greg Jackson and Tim Nitti teaming up to promote New Mexico tourism, businesses, brands and products Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, the New Mexico Partnership, and Coach Greg Jackson’s New Mexico Experience are teaming up to promote New Mexico tourism, businesses, brands, and products at MMA events worldwide.
 
The New Mexico Experience was launched in early 2019 by Coach Greg Jackson, co-owner of the JacksonWink Academy in Albuquerque.

AGU: New Study Solves Mystery Of Salt Buildup On Bottom Of Dead Sea

on July 6, 2019 - 12:21pm
An aerial view of the Dead Sea taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. New research explains why salt crystals are piling up on the deepest parts of the Dead Sea’s floor, a finding that could help scientists understand how large salt deposits formed in Earth’s geologic past. Courtesy/NASA/Hubble
 

Researchers walk along the bank of the Dead Sea, one of Earth’s saltiest bodies of water. It is nearly 10 times saltier than the ocean. Courtesy/Nadav Lensky/Geological Survey of Israel
Salt crystals form on instruments dipped into the Dead Sea. Courtesy/Nadav Lensky/Geological Survey of Israel

 

AGU: Climate Change Transforming Northernmost Arctic Landscapes

on July 5, 2019 - 8:02am
A. Map of the study area showing permafrost monitoring site locations. B. Examples of the even terrain at each site at the start of monitoring (2003, 2004, 2005) and the terrain after a decade of monitoring (2016). Thermokarst development was observed at all sites. C. Examples of thermokarst topography and landforms observed at each site in 2016: i), ii) subsidence and trough formation at Isachsen, iii) trough formation and pond development at Mould Bay, iv) subsidence and trough formation at Green Cabin.

Griggs: Dateline Olomouc In The Czech Republic

on July 4, 2019 - 8:41am
A streetcar on Pekarska Street in Olomouc in the eastern province of Moravia in the Czech Republic. Photo by David Griggs/ladailypost.com
 
A thought provoking fountain in Olomouc. Photo by David Griggs/ladailypost.com
 
By DAVID GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
I was originally scheduled to stay at The Poets’ Corner Hostel for seven nights in Olomouc, and I enjoyed it so much that I stayed four more.
 
I had been in Prague and was feeling overwhelmed by the number of tourists.

Letters Going To Troops With Ties To Los Alamos

on July 3, 2019 - 7:34am

Letters from local students and residents are sent to more than 10 service men and women with ties to Los Alamos. This ‘Dear Soldiers’ letter is from a local student and sent in time for the Fourth of July. Local nonprofit Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) welcomes more cards, letters, post cards and notes with small or large messages or drawings. Donations of postage also are welcome. Items can be dropped by the Betty Ehart Senior Center or for large pick ups, call 505.695.9139. For more information, visit www.cya-nm.org.

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