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NOAA: Remote Coral Reefs In Better Condition Than Those Near Human Populations In U.S. Pacific

on December 14, 2018 - 7:20am
Corals at Pagan Island, an uninhabited volcanic island in the Mariana Islands archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, seem to have fared much better than other areas. Here is a close-up of an Acropora coral, typically more susceptible to bleaching events, which appears to be doing just fine. Courtesy/NOAA
 
NOAA News:
 
Coral reefs in remote, uninhabited areas of the American Pacific are generally in good condition, while reefs in the regions that are closer to human populations show more signs of impacts, according to five status reports on reef ecosystems released Thursday by NOAA.
 
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Andrews: Education, Training & The Five ‘W’s’ Part 2

on December 14, 2018 - 7:18am
By ANDY ANDREWS
World Futures Institute
 
In the previous column, we looked at the rapid growth of knowledge and the growing challenge of staying current in a knowledge hyper-expansion. The five “Ws,” or who, what when, why and where were not even mentioned, except collectively in the title. I believe exploring these areas is essential to the continued existence of humanity, individually, collectively and societally. So let’s get started.
 
WHO needs education and training considering the individual, or is it whom should we educate or train? The simple answer is everyone.

AGU: New Research Finds Tornadoes Form From The Ground Up, Contrary To Popular Thought

on December 14, 2018 - 6:46am
A tornado May 25, 2012 in Galatia, Kansas as it was decaying. Courtesy/Jana Houser
 
Shot of the EF-3 tornado near maximum width and peak intensity May 31, 2013 in El Reno, Okla. Courtesy/Nick Nolte, CC-BY-3.0
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research challenges existing assumptions about how tornadoes form.
 
Historically, scientists assumed tornado rotation began in storm clouds, creating a funnel that travels downwards. This theory matches what storm chasers commonly observe visually in the field.

LANL Director Shares Plans At 2018 REDI Conference

on December 13, 2018 - 9:51am

LANL Director Thom Mason
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason focused his recent keynote address at the 2018 Regional Economic Development Initiative REDI Conference on the importance of area small businesses – and emphasized his intention to increase LANL’s support.

“LANL is already consistently among the best performing across all the national laboratories in percentage of procurement from regional small businesses,” Mason told the crowd gathered Dec. 4 at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino.

Interfaith Los Alamos Delivers Winter Coats And Gift Cards To Recently Resettled Refugees In Albuquerque

on December 13, 2018 - 9:21am
Scene of resettled refugees in Albuquerque receiving winter coats and gift cards Dec. 6 from the second annual Interfaith Los Alamos coat drive. Courtesy/ILA
 
Scene of resettled refugees in Albuquerque receiving winter coats and gift cards Dec. 6 from the second annual Interfaith Los Alamos coat drive. Courtesy/ILA
 
Interfaith Los Alamos News:
 
Thanks to the generosity of a great many people in the Los Alamos faith-based community, Interfaith Los Alamos was able to gather 80 new winter coats plus 60 gift cards to buy winter coats for refugees recently resettled in Albuquerque.
 
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Scenes From Rotary Club Winter Holiday Party

on December 13, 2018 - 8:30am

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos held its Winter Holiday Party at Cottonwood on the Greens recently and had the pleasure of inducting Kyuhee Bussod of Los Alamos National Bank and Dr. Ziaur Khan, a retired medical doctor, the first MD to join the Los Alamos Club. Rotarian Brian Newnam of the Membership Committee and President Vincent Chiravelle led the special ceremony.  Photo by Kateri Morris
Rotarians and guests enjoyed the recent Winter Holiday Party arranged by Rotarians Mary Beth Maassen, Laura Loy, Laura Gonzales and LeAnne Parsons.

Unknown Trove Of Planets Found Hiding In Dust

on December 12, 2018 - 7:05am
The Taurus Molecular Cloud, pictured here by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, is a star-forming region about 450 light-years away. The image frame covers roughly 14 by 16 light-years and shows the glow of cosmic dust in the interstellar material that pervades the cloud, revealing an intricate pattern of filaments dotted with a few compact, bright cores — the seeds of future stars. Courtesy/ESA/Herschel/PACS, SPIRE/Gould Belt survey Key Programme/Palmeirim et al.
 
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — “Super-Earths” and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars in much greater numbers

UA-Led OSIRIS-REx Discovers Water On Asteroid, Confirms Bennu As Excellent Mission Target

on December 11, 2018 - 5:19am
This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). Courtesy/NASA/Goddard/UA
 
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — Fst through early December, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft aimed three of its science instruments toward Bennu and began making the mission's first observations of the asteroid.
 
During this period, the spacecraft traveled the last 1.4 million miles (2.2 million km) of its outbound journey to arrive Dec. 3 at a spot 12 miles (19 km) from Bennu.

AGU: Scientists Brew Lava And Blow It Up To Better Understand Volcanoes

on December 10, 2018 - 9:04am

Scientists cooking up 10-gallon batches of molten rock to inject with water. Courtesy/AGU

Scientists study what happens when they inject water into molten rock. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

The first results are published from experiments that aim to illuminate the physics of lava-water interactions, which can sometimes make eruptions more dangerous

WASHINGTON, D.C. — What happens when lava and water meet? Explosive experiments with manmade lava are helping to answer this important question.

By cooking up 10-gallon batches of molten rock and injecting them with water, scientists at the State

Culture On Tap: Pearl Harbor Paper Cranes Tonight

on December 10, 2018 - 7:45am
 
 LACDC News:
 
The community is invited to join the Los Alamos-Japan Institute (LAJI) for Culture On Tap tonight, Dec. 10. This event is part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District and takes place at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room in 145 Central Park Square.
 
The Los Alamos-Japan Institute invites scientists, survivors, veterans, peacemakers, artists and educators to participate in an interactive community conversation about the shared atomic legacy between Los Alamos and Japan.

Scenes From 25th Annual Crèche Show

on December 8, 2018 - 10:01am

The 25th Annual Crèche Show is underway until 4 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1967 18th St. The community is invited to view Nativities from around the world free of charge. The event includes a ‘touching table’ for the very young and an area where children can have their picture taken dressed as Joseph and Mary. Christmas music and light refreshments also will be provided at the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Bishop Joshua Miller and event co-chair Marilyn Ramsey greeting community members Friday afternoon.

Remembering Attack On Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941

on December 7, 2018 - 9:43am

Scene from the bombing of Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. Courtesy/history.com

This Day In History:

On this day in 1941, at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault.

The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.

With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President

Following Recent Federal Climate Report, Udall Urges Immediate Action To Combat Climate Change

on December 6, 2018 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following the recent release of a federal climate report, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of his Senate colleagues in calling for bold action to combat climate change.
 
Along with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Udall and 23 other senators introduced a resolution affirming findings from the recent National Climate Assessment, along with the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) report, and urging decisive action to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
 
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AGU: The Oldest Water On Earth

on December 6, 2018 - 7:17am

Salty water deep below the surface of the Earth that hasn’t seen the light of day in millions or even billions of years. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

Thousands of feet below the surface of the Earth is salty water that hasn’t seen the light of day in millions or even billions of years.

Miners working deep underground had encountered and wondered about the origin of this water for decades, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that scientists started to investigate where this water was coming from and what it might contain – giving researchers clues into how life survives in the deepest parts of our

LANL: Arctic Ice Model Upgrade To Benefit Polar Research, Industry And Military

on December 5, 2018 - 11:09am

LANL scientist Elizabeth Hunke and her team have released an update to the sea-ice computer model, CICE, that has been a key part of the Arctic predictive capability for the U.S. Navy, NOAA and the National Ice Center. CICE also is widely used for earth-system research in academic and government institutions worldwide. Courtesy/E. Hunke.

 

LANL News:

  • Polar conditions modeled more accurately for naval and commercial safety improvements

An update for an internationally vital sea-ice computer model developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory with several collaborating groups, called CICE

OSIRIS-REx Arrives At Asteroid Bennu

on December 4, 2018 - 7:40am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at its destination, asteroid Bennu, Dec. 3. Led by the University of Arizona, the OSIRIS-REx mission is the first NASA mission to visit a near-Earth asteroid, survey the surface, collect a sample and deliver it safely back to Earth.
 
The composition of the asteroid, Bennu, could shed more light on the origins of the solar system.
 
"Initial data from the approach phase show this object to have exceptional scientific value.

Committee On Arms Control & International Security Presents Talk By LANL Senior Fellow Terry Hawkins

on December 4, 2018 - 7:10am
 

LACACIS News:

The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS) will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the lounge of The United Church of Los Alamos at 2525 Canyon Road.  

A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation by LANL Senior Fellow Houston T. (Terry) Hawkins. The presentation is entitled “The Art and Science of Surviving What We Are Becoming.” Hawkins grounds his presentation in the field of socially coupled systems and informatics (SCSI), which deals with the social aspects of computerization.

World Futures: Artificial Intelligence – Part Four

on December 3, 2018 - 11:52am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
Previously we looked at presenting a consumer with a list of video program selections based on “preferences” of the individual consumer. The service being provided is essentially a “cloud library” of video programming with the “librarian software” helping in the selection process.
 
Concurrently, the “cloud librarian” is collecting data about the collective consumers to help in the selection or creation of new media products.
 
The “cloud librarian” is making decisions in providing individual customer service but is restricted from

Udall Issues Statement On NAFTA Deal

on December 3, 2018 - 7:56am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the signing Friday of a replacement NAFTA agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada at the G20 summit:
 
“Today’s signing comes after two years of pointless uncertainty and reckless threats to NAFTA from the Trump administration, which raised roadblocks to investment and economic progress across New Mexico. This new deal — the full extent of which has not been released — will require approval in the next Congress.

International Women’s Forum Hosts Annual Event

on December 2, 2018 - 7:24am

Attending the annual holiday gathering of the International Women’s Forum, members from left, Linda Deck - director of the Bradbury Science Museum; Ann Hillerman - author; Nancy Bartlit - Los Alamos Historian and Carol A. Clark - publisher of the Los Alamos Daily Post (taking the picture). The event took place Saturday night on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. IWF is comprised of more than 6,800 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents. IWF is dedicated to building better leadership locally and globally.

NIST: New Device Widens Light Beams By 400 Times

on December 2, 2018 - 7:24am
This mode expansion device is made of a linear waveguide, a slab waveguide, and a grating. Light enters the device through the linear waveguide. When the waveguide makes contact with the slab, the light expands laterally. The grating then converts the expanded light into waves through free-space. The process also can happen in reverse, bringing free-space light into the waveguide. This enables researchers to connect two mode expansion devices together. For instance, they can use two devices to prove an unknown gas. By Sean Kelley/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
By using light waves instead of electric

Gallery Of Conscience Exhibit Opening Jan. 6

on November 30, 2018 - 3:27pm
Aymar Ccopacatty working on the community trash loom Aug. 2 at MOIFA during the Arts Alive program. Photo by Chloe Accardi

Adelina Garcia with clay pig piece during an April 10 healing pottery workshop at Elder Kathy Wan Povi Sanchez’ house, San Ildefonso Pueblo. Photo by Chloe Accardi

MIFA News:

 
SANTA FE The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe is hosting an opening reception for a new exhibition in the Gallery of Conscience entitled Community through Making.
 
The public opening is 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 and features artists talking 1-2 p.m.

NIST: Atomic Clocks Now Keep Time Well Enough To Improve Models Of Earth

on November 30, 2018 - 9:36am
NIST physicist Andrew Ludlow and colleagues achieved new atomic clock performance records in a comparison of two ytterbium optical lattice clocks. Laser systems used in both clocks are visible in the foreground, and the main apparatus for one of the clocks is located behind Ludlow. Courtesy/Burrus/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
Experimental atomic clocks at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have achieved three new performance records, now ticking precisely enough to not only improve timekeeping and navigation, but also detect faint signals from gravity, the early universe and

AGU: Whale Songs’ Changing Pitch May Be Response To Population, Climate Changes

on November 30, 2018 - 9:27am
A fin whale surfaces at 58˚S in the southern Indian Ocean in a photo captured in January 2010 from the R/V Marion Dufresne, the research vessel that collected hydrophone data for the new study. Courtesy/J-Y Royer
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Blue whales around the world are singing a little flat, and scientists may now have more clues as to the reason why.
 
A new study finds there’s a seasonal variation in the whales’ pitch correlated with breaking sea ice in the southern Indian Ocean.

Three LANL Scientists Named Fellows By AAAS

on November 28, 2018 - 1:18pm

Los Alamos newest AAAS Fellows from left, Manvendra Dubey, David Janecky and Greg Swift. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Manvendra Dubey, David Janecky and Greg Swift honored for their lasting impacts in climate, oceanic and thermoacoustic science

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Manvendra Dubey, David Janecky and Greg Swift have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon Association members by their peers.

“Becoming an AAAS fellow is a tremendous honor.

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