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Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

on November 26, 2015 - 10:03am

‘Home To Thanksgiving’, Currier and Ives (1867). Courtesy/

Staff Report

Today is Thanksgiving and the Los Alamos Daily Post news team extends the warmest of wishes to our readers in the local community, across the country and around the world.

In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly, but not universally, traced to a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts.

The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest.

SDSS J103842.59+484917.7: Where Alice In Wonderland Meets Albert Einstein

on November 23, 2015 - 10:11pm

This group of galaxies has been nicknamed the 'Cheshire Cat' because of its resemblance to a smiling feline. Some of the cat-like features are actually distant galaxies whose light has been stretched and bent by the large amounts of mass contained in foreground galaxies. This is an effect called 'gravitational lensing,' predicted by Einstein's Theory of General Relativity that is celebrating its 100th anniversary. X-rays from Chandra show that the two 'eye' galaxies and the smaller galaxies associated with them are slamming into one another in a giant galactic collision.Credit/X-ray:

Andrew J. Wong Of Los Alamos Wins Grand Prize In 2015 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest

on November 21, 2015 - 11:43am

Out of more than 1,700 entries from around the world, Andrew J. Wong of Los Alamos just won the Grand Prize in the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta photo contest. The annual fiesta is the world's most photographed event. Wong's winning photo is this striking silhouette of a crew and their hot air balloon. Wong works at Los Alamos National Laboratory and his wife Charissa Wong owns Photo Essence by Charissa, a local photography business. For his award winning photograph, Wong is receiving a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens. Photo by Andrew J. Wong

Los Alamos Technology Gains National Backing

on November 19, 2015 - 1:16pm

Descartes Labs artificial intelligence can race through mountains of data and read a landscape in seconds. An early emphasis for this technology is in evaluating and predicting agricultural output, like these irrigated fields near Roswell. Courtesy/2015 NASA/LANDSAT


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos pixels and Los Alamos dots were both riding high this week.

Descartes Labs, Inc., a one-year-old company specializing in satellite imagery recognition and analysis, announced Tuesday that it had raised $5 million in a venture capital round, thanks to a group of investors

New Climate Model Predicts Likelihood Of Greenland Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise, And Dangerous Temperatures

on November 16, 2015 - 1:28pm

Greenland ice loss. Photo by Matthew Hoffman/LANL

LANL News:

A new computer model of accumulated carbon emissions predicts the likelihood of crossing several dangerous climate change thresholds.

These include global temperature rise sufficient to lose the Greenland Ice Sheet and generate seven meters of long-term sea level rise, or tropical region warming to a level that is deadly to humans and other mammals.

"The model is based on idealized representations of societal, technological and policy factors," said lead researcher Jeremy Fyke, of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Theoretical

N Square Launches Game Design Competition To Address Nuke Risks

on November 16, 2015 - 11:11am

Courtesy/N Square


Nuclear proliferation remains one of the most vexing and complex issues of our time. Though the Cold War ended long ago, today’s nuclear security situation is more volatile than ever. But with such a huge challenge comes an even bigger opportunity for innovation, and who better to tackle this issue than the gaming community, known for their creativity and collaborative problem solving.

A new design competition is calling on innovators to save the world, in real life, by inspiring creative solutions and novel approaches that foster greater

LANL Monitoring Situation Unfolding In Paris, France

on November 16, 2015 - 7:49am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is monitoring the situation unfolding in Paris, France.

Security officials are engaged with the Department of Energy (DOE) as well as federal and local law enforcement. There are no known imminent threats to DOE sites or personnel.

LANL employees traveling in France are directed to contact their manager or the Emergency Operations Center for accountability purposes. In addition, the EOC is prepared to take calls for additional assistance and information.

NASA's Swift Spots Its Thousandth Gamma-ray Burst

on November 12, 2015 - 10:23am

GRB 151027B, Swift's 1,000th burst, center, is shown in this composite X-ray, ultraviolet and optical image. X-rays were captured by Swift's X-Ray Telescope, which began observing the field 3.4 minutes after the Burst Alert Telescope detected the blast. Swift's Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) began observations seven seconds later and faintly detected the burst in visible light.

Los Alamos National Laboratory To Study Future Computing Technology Capabilities

on November 12, 2015 - 7:51am

D-Wave's newest quantum processor is over 1000 qubits - about double the size of its previous generation processor, and far exceeding the size of any other quantum processor. Courtesy/D-Wave

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is exploring the future of computing by critically evaluating quantum annealing technology through the acquisition of a 1000+ quantum bits (qubits) D-Wave 2X™ system.  

D-Wave is a company that specializes in the development, fabrication, and integration of superconducting quantum annealing computers.

"Eventually Moore’s Law (transistors on an integrated

LANL: Molecular Clocks Control Mutation Rate In Human Cells

on November 9, 2015 - 9:51am

In research reported in the journal Nature Genetics, two clock-like mutational processes have been found in human cells and the rates at which the two clocks tick in different human cell types have been determined. Image courtesy Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Cancer and ageing could be predetermined by the speed of molecular clocks

CAMBRIDGE, UK, and LOS ALAMOS—Every cell in the human body contains a copy of the human genome. Through the course of a lifetime all cells are thought to acquire mutations in their genomes.

Some of the mutational processes

Looking For Deliberate Radio Signals From KIC 8462852

on November 8, 2015 - 8:13am

Allen Telescope Array. Courtesy/Seth Shostak, SETI Institute


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— Could there be intelligent life in the star system KIC 8462852? A recent analysis of data collected by the Kepler space telescope has shown that this star, informally known as Tabby’s Star, evidences a periodic dimming of 20 percent and more. 

While several natural explanations for this strong change in luminosity have been proposed, one possibility is that a technologically adept civilization has built megastructures in orbit around star, causing the dimming. 

One example of a large-scale

Los Alamos Student Honored By Johns Hopkins University Center For Talented Youth

on November 6, 2015 - 12:53pm

Danielle Ensberg of Los Alamos, left, honored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Oct. 18 in Baltimore. Courtesy photo


BALTIMORE—Danielle Ensberg, a student from Los Alamos, was honored Oct. 18, as one of the brightest middle school students in the world at an international awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

The Center honored Ensberg, a student at Los Alamos High School School, for her exceptional performance as a middle school student on the college SAT, ACT, or similar test as part of the

New Mexico Magazine Wins International Awards

on November 4, 2015 - 7:37am
Editor in Chief Dave Herndon
NMM News:
New Mexico Magazine maintained its long winning streak by bringing home prestigious awards from the 35th annual International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) dinner, Oct. 28 in San Diego, Calif.
Editor in Chief Dave Herndon accepted the awards on behalf of the magazine and its contributors.

“It’s an honor to represent the state in an international competition,” Herndon said. “And it’s gratifying to receive recognition from top publishing experts. I’m proud of our team and contributors.”

IRMA members include 31 state, province and regional

NNSA Labs Host Foreign Disarmament Experts

on November 3, 2015 - 11:44am

DOE/NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Madelyn Creedon

WASHINGTON, D.C. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) hosted a visit Oct. 26-27, by eight foreign disarmament and nonproliferation experts to demonstrate the technologies and capabilities through which the United States maintains the nuclear weapon stockpile in a non-testing environment. 

This visit built on the success of the first visit by NPT Non-Nuclear Weapon State representatives in advance of the NPT Review Conference in May.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Of State Anita Freidt

At The Centre Of The Tuning Fork

on November 3, 2015 - 10:51am

This galaxy is known as Mrk 820. Courtesy/ESA/Hubble & NASA and N. Gorin (STScI) Acknowledgement.Judy Schmidt (


This galaxy is known as Mrk 820 and is classified as a lenticular galaxy — type S0 on the Hubble Tuning Fork.

The Hubble Tuning Fork is used to classify galaxies according to their morphology. Elliptical galaxies look like smooth blobs in the sky and lie on the handle of the fork.

Los Alamos Scientist Part Of NASA’s Select Few Hunting For Meteorites In Antarctica

on November 3, 2015 - 10:23am

LANL scientist Nina Lanza at the summit of Hvannadalsnukur, the highest mountain in Iceland, practicing glacier travel techniques similar to those needed for Antarctic fieldwork. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Nina Lanza, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space and Remote Sensing group, was selected as one of eight members for the 2015-2016 field campaign of the Antarctica Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) program, which is supported by NASA.

“These meteorites can help us understand the formation and evolution of our solar system,” Lanza said. “They come from planets, their moons and asteroids.

LANL: High-energy Physics Detector MicroBooNE Sees First Accelerator-born Neutrinos

on November 2, 2015 - 10:43am

An accelerator-born neutrino candidate, spotted with the MicroBooNE detector. Courtesy/Fermilab

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos collaboration on target, beamline, aids detection of “ghost particles”

MicroBooNE, a neutrino detector saw its first neutrinos, known as the ghost particles, Oct. 15 in a multi-laboratory experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, near Chicago.

“This is a great day for MicroBooNE, and it brings us closer to addressing the question of sterile neutrinos and short-baseline neutrino oscillations,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory staff member Richard Van de Water,

Halloween Skies To Include Dead Comet Flyby

on October 31, 2015 - 8:30am

This image, bearing an eerie resemblance to a skull, of asteroid 2015 TB145, a dead comet, was generated using radar data collected by the National Science Foundation's 1,000-foot (305-meter) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The radar image was taken Oct. 30, 2015, and the image resolution is 25 feet (7.5 meters) per pixel. Courtesy/NAIC-Arecibo/NSF

JPL News:

The large space rock that will zip past Earth this Halloween is most likely a dead comet that, fittingly, bears an eerie resemblance to a skull.

Scientists observing asteroid 2015 TB145 with NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility

LANL: Novel Targeted Therapy For Stomach Cancer

on October 29, 2015 - 8:46am

New research at LANL and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute shows a molecular fingerprint in stomach cancer that shows it can be treated with platinum drugs and/or molecular inhibitors known as PARP. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Therapy has potential to save lives of thousands of cancer patients each year

New research from a multidisciplinary team shows that a molecular fingerprint, termed “signature 3,” is found in stomach cancer, opening the door to potential treatment with therapies such as platinum drugs.

This finding has the potential to save thousand of lives a year by delivering a

White Rock Presbyterian Church Expects To Pack Over 200 Shoeboxes At Packing Party Nov. 6

on October 27, 2015 - 7:35am

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party in 2014. Courtesy photo

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party in 2014. Courtesy photo

WRPC News:

White Rock Presbyterian Church (WRPC) is again hosting a shoebox packing party for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) at 7 p.m., Nov. 6 at 310 Rover Blvd. in White Rock.

OCC is a project of Samaritan's Purse, which is a non-denominational relief organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.

Public Talk: ‘Delivering Little Boy’ By Grandson Of Manhattan Project Physician Oct. 27

on October 25, 2015 - 1:14pm

Little Boy. Courtesy/wikipedia


Los Alamos Daily Post

Jim Nolan, a professor of sociology at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., didn’t know much about his grandfather, James F. Nolan, a physician with training in radiology who played a unique role in the early history of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos.

James L. Nolan, Jr., Professor of Sociology, Williams College

The younger Nolan had a general idea that his father had moved to Los Alamos at an early age but no detailed knowledge about his grandfather.

Rotary Club Hosts Purple Pinky Day

on October 25, 2015 - 11:56am

Rotarian Linda King helps Barranca Mesa Elementary students participating in Friday’s Purple Pinky Project. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout

Barranca Mesa Elementary students show off their purple pinkies during Friday’s recognition of Rotary's World Polio Day. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout


By LINDA HULL, Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

In honor of Rotary International's World Polio Day, members from the Rotary Club of Los Alamos volunteered Friday at local elementary schools to engage students in the Purple Pinky Project. 

 For a $1 donation, roughly the cost of a polio vaccine, students

NNSA Awards Over $11 Million to Accelerate Development Of Domestic Mo-99 In U.S. Without Use Of Highly Enriched Uranium

on October 24, 2015 - 1:25pm

Workers prepare a low-enriched uranium machine for the production of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced Thursday it has awarded more than $11 million in additional funding to its cooperative agreement partners, SHINE Medical Technologies and NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, to accelerate the establishment of new, domestic sources of the medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) produced without the use of proliferation-sensitive highly enriched uranium (HEU). 


LANL Team Receives NNSA Administration Awards For Exceptional Work

on October 23, 2015 - 10:07am

Recognizing the LANL IFE14 team’s ‘extraordinary effort,’ Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz (ret.), center, presents team leader Ward Hawkins, second from left, with the NNSA Silver Award for Distinguished Service, and team members Richard Kelley, far left, and Aviva Sussman, second from right, with the NNSA Bronze Award for Excellent Service. Liz Miller, far right, is a member of the IFE14 team. Not pictured are Emily Schultz-Fellenz and Kenneth Wohletz, who also were awarded the NNSA Bronze Award. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a ceremony last week, National Nuclear Security

Rings of Fire: New Explosives Provide Enhanced Safety, High Energy

on October 22, 2015 - 8:18am

Explosives chemist David Chavez weighs a small amount of tetrazine, an explosives precursor. Chavez has synthesized two new explosives molecules that promise high-energy with enhanced safety. Courtesy/LANL

A small amount of explosive material is subjected to shock wave with a striker plate to induce detonation. An explosive material's insensitivity — it's resistance to accidental or unintended detonation — is one set of data measured using this type of test. Photo by Daniel Preston/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory explosives chemist David Chavez has synthesized a pair of