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Middle East Expert Nakhleh Speaks On ISIS, The Middle East And US Policy Thursday

on September 11, 2015 - 7:57am

Dr. Emile Nakhleh

LWVLA/AAUW News:

"ISIS, the Middle East and US Policy: Regional Reflections Since the Iran Agreement" is the subject of Emile Nakhleh's talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Fuller Lodge with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. 

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and American Association of University Women are sponsoring the talk, which is free and open to the public.

Nakhleh is a government consultant on national security issues, particularly Islamic radicalization, terrorism, and the Arab states of the Middle East.

Ceres' Bright Spots Seen In Striking New Detail

on September 10, 2015 - 10:13am

This image, made using images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows Occator crater on Ceres, home to a collection of intriguing bright spots. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

NASA/JPL News:

The brightest spots on the dwarf planet Ceres gleam with mystery in new views delivered by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These closest-yet views of Occator crater, with a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixel, give scientists a deeper perspective on these very unusual features.

The new up-close view of Occator crater from Dawn's current vantage point reveals better-defined shapes of the

Dartmouth Study Finds Arctic Mosquitoes Thriving Under Climate Change

on September 9, 2015 - 10:54am
Courtesy/timrettig.com
 
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE News:
 
HANOVER, N.H.  Warming temperatures are causing Arctic mosquitoes to grow faster and emerge earlier, significantly boosting their population and threatening the caribou they feast on, a Dartmouth College study finds.
 
The study predicts the mosquitoes’ probability of surviving and emerging as adults will increase by more than 50 percent if Arctic temperatures rise 2 °C.
 
The findings are important because changes in the timing and intensity of their emergence affect their role as swarming pests of people and wildlife, as pollinators of tundra

Schoonover Family Shares Need For Donations To Dominica Devastated By Hurricane Erika

on September 9, 2015 - 8:35am
The Schoonover family. Courtesy photo
 
SCHOONOVER News:
 
Last winter our family was fortunate to visit the beautiful island of Dominica, "the nature island" of the Caribbean.
 
During our time there, not only were we able to appreciate the natural beauty of its forests, waterfalls, boiling lake and coral reefs, but we also met and became acquainted with many of its incredibly welcoming, friendly, hard-working, and knowledgeable inhabitants.
 
We have visited several foreign countries and nowhere did we feel more welcomed than when we set foot in Dominica.

Los Alamos Arms Control Group Supports Iran Arms Deal

on September 8, 2015 - 9:05am

U.S. negotiators, left, face Iranian negotiators during the March 17 Iran Nuclear Discussions morning meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry in Lausanne with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif. Under Secretary Wendy Sherman and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz participated in the meetings. Copyright Creative Commons/Credit: U.S. Mission / Eric Bridiers

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

An independent arms control group in Los Alamos strongly endorsed a recommendation in favor of the recently negotiated weapons reduction agreement with Iran.

In a public meeting Friday, members of

Author Mark Aaron Robinson Of Los Alamos Book Signing Sept. 12

on September 8, 2015 - 7:09am

BOOK News:

Author Mark Aaron Robinson, a resident of Los Alamos, will be available to sign copies of his book, Walking Among the Wheat & Tares, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at Hastings Entertainment, 542 North Guadalupe St.. in Santa Fe.

Robinson is an ecological engineer and environmental scientist with the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Saudi geologist from the Atomic Energy Research Institute (AERI) at Riyadh, at Bedouin Well, June 2009, 40 miles east of Mecca.

Afternoon temperatures were about 128°F. The well was hand dug and ~90 feet deep.

Environmental Research Reflected In Obama’s Trip To The Arctic

on September 6, 2015 - 9:26am
Cathy Wilson says, 'I am collecting shallow cores to quantify the depth of the peat layer in the soil. The peat thickness strongly controls the transfer of heat from the atmosphere into the deeper soil, which impacts how deep the soil thaws each year. We then use the hole in the ground to perform hydrologic measurements. Peat depth and hydraulic conductivity are two important parameters that go into our models that predict the rates of permafrost thaw.' Courtesy photo
 
Frozen Methane Bubbles in Alaska: When ice-rich permafrost thaws, former tundra and forest turns into a thermokarst lake

United Church Youth Pastor Keith Lewis Keeps Faith-Building Fun While Raising Funds For Nepal

on September 6, 2015 - 8:14am
David Pucket throws a whipped cream pie at Pastor Lewis during fun and games on last day of VBS. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
 
VBS students line up to throw whipped cream pies at Pastor Lewis as part of WCO fund raiser. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
 
By KayLinda Crawford
Los Alamos Daily Post

United Church of Los Alamos hosted a 5-week Vacation Bible School in August and Youth Pastor Keith Lewis kept the faith-building and learning fun with the theme: EVEREST – Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power.

“Each week we talked about how God helps us,”

Letter To The Editor: Where Are We As America?

on September 4, 2015 - 10:27am
By ROBERT FUSELIER
Los Alamos

For whatever reason, perhaps because of age, I often think back to my youth and the image I had then of our country and its role as a nation of this world.

Most of that image was formed from my understanding of the history of our nation during the half-century before my birth: the time of my parents and grandparents.

LAFD Displays Four International Accreditation Plaques

on September 3, 2015 - 7:55am

Four International Accreditation plaques now line the hallway at the Los Alamos Fire Department Administration Office on Central Avenue. LAFD was awarded the fourth plaque at last week's accreditation hearing in Atlanta. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Los Alamos County Fire Department Awarded International Accreditation

on September 2, 2015 - 12:05pm

At the awards banquet Thursday in Atlanta from left, CPSE Technical Advisor Gerard Kay, Deputy Chief Justin Grider, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, CFAI Commission Chair Steven Westermann, County Manager Harry Burgess, CPSE Technical Advisor Team Lead Gary Aleshire, IAFF President Bert Quintana and EMS Battalion Chief Ben Stone. Courtesy/LAFD

During the accreditation hearing last week in Atlanta, from left, County Manager Harry Burgess, Gary Aleshire, Chief Troy Hughes, Deputy Chief Justin Grider and EMS Division Chief Stone. Courtesy/LAFD

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Affirming

Internationally Acclaimed Alpha Program Begins At IHM

on September 2, 2015 - 6:57am

IHM News:

If you have ever wondered if there is more to life than this, how you can make the most of your life, about the existence of God, the afterlife, who is Jesus, or how we can have faith, the Alpha Course may be just what you are looking for.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16 through Dec. 16, the course is 6-9 p.m. each Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. There is no charge for the course and no commitment.

“The Alpha Course is a practical introduction to the Christian faith, a place where guests have an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly

Los Alamos Arms Control Group Considers Support Of Iran Policy

on August 31, 2015 - 1:18pm
 
LACACIS News:
 
The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS) is considering the adoption of a statement of support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the US, UK, France, Russia, China, Germany, and the European Union.  
 
The LACACIS draft policy statement can be read by visiting www.lacacis.org and clicking on Policy Statements.  
 
The position will be discussed and voted on at a meeting at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, at the United Church Christian Education Building Lounge (room 212), 2525 Canyon Road.  
 
The public is invited, but

LANL: Gene Regulation Tool Makes Medical And Biofuel Advances Possible

on August 30, 2015 - 9:37am

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have manufactured molecular 'dimmer' switches to control cellular metabolism with exquisite precision. The research has potential widespread application in biomedicine and bioenergy. The switches (pink) are made of RNA molecules and designed to control transmission of information (green/blue) to molecular machines (grey/orange) inside living cells. Courtesy LANL

LANL News:

  • Tunable riboregulator switches for post-translational control of gene expression

Recent work by Los Alamos National Laboratory experimental and theoretical biologists

LAFD Earns International Accredited Agency Status!

on August 27, 2015 - 8:19pm

Personnel in the LAFD Administration Office in Los Alamos watch today's accreditation hearing in Atlanta. Courtesy/LAFD

Staff Report

For the fourth time in its history, the Los Alamos County Fire Department has achieved International Accredited Agency status.

The award was presented this evening at a special ceremony in the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta. County Manager Harry Burgess, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, LAFD Union President Bert Quintana and EMS Supervisor Ben Stone traveled to Atlanta to accept the award on behalf of the department.

Los Alamos Teens Take Mission Trip To Haiti

on August 26, 2015 - 2:20pm
Cade Yost, right, of Los Alamos makes new friends with teenagers from Haiti. Courtesy photo

CHURCH News:

This summer, a group of 13 teenagers and adults from First Baptist Church of Los Alamos Youth Group headed to Haiti on a week-long mission trip.

The team spent the mornings visiting 10 girls living in a handicapped home and planting fruit trees for residents in the local community. Their afternoons were a little more chaotic as they partnered with a local church to run a Vacation Bible School for more than 800 local children.

Ray McGovern On Putin, Russia & Ukraine Aug. 28

on August 26, 2015 - 11:25am

Ray McGovern

CIR News:

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents the lecture by Ray McGovern, 'Nyet Means Nyet' - A Redline on Ukraine, 5-7 p.m., Friday at The Forum, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael's Dr. in Sana Fe.

McGovern came from his native Bronx to Washington in the early 1960s as an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then served as a CIA analyst for 27 years, from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush.

Heinrich Makes Tickets Available To New Mexicans To Watch Simulcast Of Pope Francis Address To Congress

on August 26, 2015 - 10:46am

Pope Francis during the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II April 27, 2014. Couresy/wikipedia.com

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. is encouraging New Mexicans interested in attending the outdoor simulcast of Pope Francis addressing a Joint Session of Congress Thursday, Sept. 24, to contact his Washington, D.C. office for tickets.

Pope Francis will be the first Pope to address a joint meeting of Congress. Heinrich will be allotted 200 tickets for the simulcast on the West Front grounds of the U.S. Capitol.

“This will be a very special moment

Cost Of Nukes

on August 25, 2015 - 11:21am

Nuclear power plant cost-effectiveness measure - interactive tool roots discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence. Courtesy/commons.wikimedia.com

HSNW News:

Despite the ever-changing landscape of energy economics, subject to the influence of new technologies and geopolitics, a new tool promises to root discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence rather than speculation.

Over the last two years, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has developed the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator, an online interface that provides a nuanced look at the economic

Los Alamos Rotary Exchange Student Nicholas Criscuolo Spending Year In Holland

on August 22, 2015 - 8:04am

Rotary Club of Los Alamos outbound student Nick Criscuolo, bottom row third from left, with other exchange students spending this school year in Holland. For more information on hosting or being an exchange student, contact Lisa Harris or Rob Metcalf at losalamosrye@gmail.com. Courtesy photo

DOE Selects U.C. Berkeley To Lead Consortium For U.S.-China Research Center’s Energy-Water Track

on August 22, 2015 - 7:09am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected the University of California, Berkeley to lead a consortium of university, nonprofit, utility, and national laboratory partners in a new technical track under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) that addresses water-related aspects of energy production and use.
 
Once the award is finalized, the U.S.

Letter To The Editor: About That Divine Wind

on August 16, 2015 - 11:24am

By LAWRY MANN
Los Alamos   

We lived in Iwakuni, Japan from 1956 to 1958. I was a meteorologist in the Navy for Fleet Air Wing Six.

Iwakuni was about as far from Hiroshima as Los Alamos is from Santa Fe – we traveled there often. We also visited Nagasaki.

Working for me was a Japanese PhD meteorologist. He plotted weather observations from China and Russia that we received in Morse code. He was vastly over qualified but it was the best paying job available. 

We worked from 1600 to 0800 because that was when FAW-6 planes went on patrol.

AGU: Melting Glaciers Feed Antarctic Food Chain

on August 11, 2015 - 11:47am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Nutrient-rich water from melting Antarctic glaciers nourishes the ocean food chain, creating feeding “hot spots” in large gaps in the sea ice, according to a new study.
 
New research finds that iron stored in the region’s glaciers is being shuttled by melting water to open areas of the ocean, called polynyas, where it stimulates growth of phytoplankton, ocean algae that form the base of the marine food chain.
 
Krill and fish thrive on phytoplankton, and these smaller animals support penguins, seals and whales that feed and breed in the polynyas that ring the

Santa Fe Institute’s Main Building Renamed After New Mexico Scientist Murray Gell-Mann

on August 10, 2015 - 11:07am

Dr. Murray Gell-Mann

SFI News:

A ceremony this morning is being held to rename Santa Fe Institute’s main building after legendary New Mexico scientist Murray Gell-Mann.

For 30 years, no one has been a more significant presence at the Santa Fe Institute than Dr. Gell-Mann and this event will honor New Mexico’s most prominent scientific figure by naming its iconic main building after him.

The naming takes place during a special ceremony at which Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales will commemorate Dr. Gell-Mann’s lifelong contributions to science and to New Mexico.

Upcoming Events Announced Commemorating 70th Anniversary Of End Of WWII

on August 10, 2015 - 9:43am

Courtesy image

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum announces upcoming events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII:

LECTURE

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. Fuller Lodge.

New Mexico State Historian Rick Hendricks will talk about the role New Mexico played in World War II.

FILM

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m. Fuller Lodge.

The Atomic Film Festival presents "Japan's Longest Day," a film about the decision to surrender.

Courtesy image

book signing

Thursday, Aug. 13, 5:30-7 p.m. Bethe House.

Reading and book signing with James Kunketka,

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