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Letter To The Editor: Do You Realize What Our Country Is Doing To The Yemeni?

on December 5, 2017 - 8:58am
By Dr. T. Douglas Reilly
Los Alamos

Yemen is one of the Arab world’s poorest countries. If you’ve followed the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, you’re aware of the worsening famine and cholera epidemic; especially as they affect children. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that it’s possible over 2/3 of the children may die of malnutrition in the next few months.

The United Nations now considers Yemen the worst humanitarian crisis, even surpassing South Sudan.

LANL: First Efficacy Study Announced For HIV-1 Preventive ‘Mosaic’ Vaccine

on December 4, 2017 - 9:24am
LANL theoretical biologist Bette Korber. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
International partners are announcing the first efficacy study for an investigational HIV-1-preventive “mosaic” vaccine. Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson are joining forces with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and National Institutes of Health on this study, and they have enlisted the aid of top researchers worldwide to conduct the trial.
The HIV-1 mosaic vaccine in the trial was originally designed at Los Alamos National Laboratory by theoretical biologist Bette Korber and her team.

Scenes From Annual Creche Show

on December 3, 2017 - 6:31am
This unusal rock creche is one of the many on display from around the world Saturday at the annual Creche Show inside the Los Alamos LDS Church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from the annual Creche Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from the annual Creche Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from the annual Creche Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from the annual Creche Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from the annual Creche Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time Part 8

on December 1, 2017 - 7:33am
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute

In part seven of this series we ended with three types of money on the table: gold (and other precious metals), fiat money (paper notes or data entries on a cyber ledger) backed by a government entity, and bitcoins backed by trust in no one other than the users.

In all cases, value is accrued by perception and is essential for timely trade (in exchange for goods and services). And we use government controlled banking systems to facilitate the process except when the monetary medium is physical (paper money or gold) or non-government bits and

Aspen Instructional Assistant Shaves Head For Cause

on November 25, 2017 - 6:20am

Aspen Instructional Assistant Trey Pereyra volunteers to have his head shaved if students meet their goal of raising 1,000 books and $500 ... they exceeded that goal by 200 books and $100. Courtesy photo

Honoring his promise, Aspen Instructional Assistant Trey Pereyra has his head shaved if students meet their goal of 1,000 books and $500, which they exceeded. Courtesy photo


The students of Aspen Elementary School found an unusual way to celebrate Tuesday the collection of 1,200 books and $600 in shipping fees to make a library for Kamayoge Primary School on Mfangano Island,

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value and Time Part 7

on November 23, 2017 - 10:15am

Los Alamos World
Futures Institute

Last week we explored the Federal Reserve System and how money is added to a country’s financial system through the granting of loans for doing or making something of value.

The money growth occurs because value is produced, or should be. As a result of effort expended, paid for with money, a product of value enters the market place and people consume it. In return, the consumers “earn” the product of value by producing something of value, be it a product or service.

Quantum Dots Amplify Light With Electrical Pumping

on November 21, 2017 - 8:20am

A collage showing a transmission electron microscopy image of the improved quantum dot and its representation, left, the schematic of the device, which nicely illustrates “current-focusing” idea, center, and the device under operation at right. Courtesy photo

LANL News:

Los Alamos achieves light amplification with electrically stimulated quantum dots, critical step towards solution-processible laser diodes

In a breakthrough development, Los Alamos scientists have shown that they can successfully amplify light using electrically excited films of the chemically synthesized semiconductor

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time (Part Six)

on November 19, 2017 - 5:50am
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute

Last week we looked at the banking system in the United States and the emergence of the Federal Reserve System (The Fed) and its 12 Federal Reserve Banks. At the end of the article, we examined a current dollar bill (paper), noting that it says “Federal Reserve Note.” In the United States, this is legal tender, meaning that it is valid for meeting a financial obligation.

Heinrich Statement On DHS Decision To Accept DACA Applications Delayed By Postal Service

on November 17, 2017 - 8:49am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to allow those rejected because of mail delays to resubmit their renewals for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Senator Heinrich led a group of Democratic Senators in sending a letter to DHS calling on the department to take immediate action. 
“I’m pleased that Dreamers whose applications were rejected due to Postal Service delays will be able to resubmit their renewals for

Los Alamos German Language Meetup Monday

on November 16, 2017 - 6:21am
Los Alamos German Language Meetup at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.
For German speakers who want an opportunity to converse for an hour over snacks, beer and Gemütlichkeit, gather at the Blue Window Bistro’s bar.
Register at Bis dann! 

Recent Talks At Rotary Club Of Los Alamos

on November 15, 2017 - 6:14am
At the Nov. 14 Los Alamos Rotary Club meeting, Christine Glidden of the Rotary Club of Rio Rancho describes her Rotary International Grant and the inspiration behind founding the non-profit 'Women To Be' that provides reusable feminine hygiene products for young and adult women in Nepal. The project will expand to Zambia in 2018. Glidden is seen here, center, with UNM student Kristin Joe, Rotary President Laura Loy, Andrew Chapuma - emissary to the King of Zambia, Bemba Tribe and International Service Chair Jean Gindreau. Photo by Rob Metcalf

Diane Kessel Knight, an accomplished Rotarian

New Mexico Dinosaurs Draw Big Crowds In Japan

on November 14, 2017 - 1:17pm
Opening day of the ‘A Great Journey of Dinosaurs exhibit at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Fukui, Japan, July 7, 2016, in front of the animatronics Bistahieversor sealeyi, a tyrannosaur dinosaur known only from New Mexico. Photo by Thomas Williamson
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico dinosaurs and other extinct reptiles drew huge crowds in Japan, during a yearlong three-city tour of the nation. During a collective 218 days on exhibition at three venues, the exhibition drew more than 588,000 visitors.
“The Japanese we worked with combined cutting-edge robotics

LANL: Scalable Clusters Make HPC R&D Easy As Raspberry Pi

on November 14, 2017 - 8:00am

The BitScope Pi Cluster Modules system creates an affordable, scalable, highly parallel testbed for high-performance-computing system-software developers. The system comprises five rack-mounted BitScope Pi Cluster Modules consisting of 3,000 cores using Raspberry Pi ARM processor boards, fully integrated with network switching infrastructure. Image: Bitscope. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • System with thousands of nodes brings affordable testbed to supercomputing system-software developers

A quest to help the systems software community work on very large supercomputers without having to

African Library Project Fundraiser Dec. 2

on November 12, 2017 - 6:13am

Reporters Without Borders: After Lack Of Medical Care In Prison, Chinese Blogger Dies

on November 11, 2017 - 7:40am
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is saddened to learn that the dissident Chinese writer and blogger Yang Tongyan died this week as a result of inadequate medical care while imprisoned for nearly 12 years by the Chinese state, suffering the same fate as Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.
Aged 56, Yang Tongyan died Nov. 7 after being “released on medical grounds” in August from Nanjing prison in the southeastern province of Jiangsu and undergoing an operation to remove a brain tumour.
A well-know member of the pro-democracy opposition who wrote under the pen name of Yang

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time Part 5

on November 9, 2017 - 7:01am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

We finished last week’s article by observing the creation of the Bank of England in 1694 to raise money for its war against France. Note that war does not produce tradable things of value but does consume things of value.

This is not intended to debate warfare because it may be essential for a country to maintain itself or its diplomatic bargaining position. But there is a cost, there is a consumption of value. And this affects the exchange of goods and services – trade.

In France, under Louis XIV

Los Alamos-Japan Project Conversation At Mesa Public Library Thursday

on November 8, 2017 - 6:04pm

Hiroshima Museum Director Kenji Shija, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation Chairperson Yasuyoshi Komizo, Los Alamos Historical Museum Director Judith Stauber and Los Alamos Historical Society board member Michael Redondo. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Museum


The public is invited to a conversation at the Library, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, about the Los Alamos Japan Project that has been initiated by Los Alamos History Museum director Judith Stauber. An exhibit about the Project is on display in the Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library through Nov. 21.

‘Peace’s New

AG Balderas Files Supreme Court Brief To Require Out-of-State & Online Retailers To Pay State & Local Taxes

on November 8, 2017 - 7:23am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
SANTA FE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review and reconsider the Court’s outdated “physical presence” rule, which restricts states’ ability to collect certain taxes from out-of-state retailers.
With the decline of brick and mortar shopping and the rise of online shopping, out-of-state retailers – including online retailers – have used the physical presence rule set forth in Bellas Hess, and later reaffirmed in the U.S.

Redeemer Lutheran Church In Los Alamos Continues Visual Tour Of Luther Lands Sunday

on November 8, 2017 - 7:00am
Redeemer Lutheran Church in Los Alamos continues its visual tour Sunday of places associated with Martin Luther. Courtesy photo​
By Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Los Alamos
In our next lecture, we will look at some pieces painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Before there was Instagram and Snapchat, artists portrayed people and places chronicling the events of the day. In addition, images taught the people about God and divine things.
We will begin our visual tour in the town of Möhra where Martin Luther’s parents Hans and Margarethe were married.

‘Come Write In!’ At The White Rock Branch Library

on November 7, 2017 - 6:05am

The word count across the world so far in the National Novel Writing Month evennt. Courtesy image


The Los Alamos County Library System is hosting the NaNoWriMo program (short for National Novel Writing Month) in November, joining libraries and writing groups around the world to support and stimulate writers.

Writing sessions begin at 6 p.m. each Tuesday in the White Rock Branch Library. Writers will be encouraged to write a 50,000-word novel during the month - but all writers are welcome to attend, whether their writing takes the form of a novel or something shorter.


LANL: First-Ever U.S. Experiments At New X-Ray Facility May Lead To Better Explosive Modeling

on November 6, 2017 - 10:24am

Courtesy image/

LANL News:

The detonation of carbon-rich high explosives yields solid carbon as a major constituent of the product mixture, and depending on the thermodynamic conditions behind the shock front, a variety of carbon allotropes and morphologies may form and evolve.

For the first time in the U.S., time-resolved small-angle x-ray scattering (TRSAXS) is used to observe ultra-fast carbon clustering and graphite and nanodiamond production in the insensitive explosive Plastic Bonded Explosive (PBX) 9502, potentially leading to better computer models of explosive performance.

New Program Highlights Los Alamos Innovations

on November 4, 2017 - 8:11am
AHF News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  “I was a computer,” recalls Jean Bacher, describing her work at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.
As retired Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist James L. Smith explains, “The word ‘computer’ didn’t exist then. Instead, the women doing calculations with mechanical calculators were known as ‘computers’.”
The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) has launched a new online interpretive program, “Los Alamos Innovations,” with 50 audio/visual vignettes.

Europe 2018 Selling Coffee Again!

on November 4, 2017 - 8:08am
Last year's Europe 2017 tour. Courtesy photo
Love fresh-roasted coffee? Want to help local students have a global educational travel experience? 
Graduating seniors are selling tasty coffee to cover some of the costs of their educational tour of historical and cultural sites in Italy and Germany. All coffee is kosher, certified organic, Fair Trade certified, and fresh-roasted after our local order is placed.  
Coffee is $13 for a 10 oz. bag and can be ordered whole bean or ground, in French Roast, Dark Roast, Medium Roast, and Decaf.

AG Balderas Trains Mexican Prosecutors, Forensic Scientists, Investigators In Effort To Stop Crime From Crossing Border

on November 3, 2017 - 10:04am

Attorney General Hector Balderas during a training in Santa Fe with Mexican law enforcement officials on investigative and trial presentation skills to help prevent crime from crossing the border. Courtesy photo

Attorney General Hector Balderas, seated at center, with Mexican law enforcement officials and New Mexico Office of the Attorney General prosecutors and special agents in Santa Fe during a recent training. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas hosted a delegation of 21 prosecutors, forensic scientists and investigators from the states of

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time Part 4

on November 3, 2017 - 7:33am
World Futures: What Do We Need?
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous articles of this series we looked at Uruk 5,000 years ago and saw the creation of tokens used for correspondence counting as well as making impressions in clay tablets. It was related to trade. A city of 50 to 80 thousand people, the inhabitants did different things and had to exchange goods – trade. 

Then we jumped forward to 1394 A.D. and saw banks and the exchange of goods and services over much greater distances.