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RSF Urges China To Free Senior Citizen Journalist, Victim Of Torture

on January 9, 2019 - 11:21am
Courtesy photo
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on China for the immediate release of citizen journalist Qin Yongmin, 65, who has been serving a 13-year prison sentence since last summer and whose state of health has deteriorated as a result of abuse.
 
Chinese citizen journalist and activist Qin Yongmin is "constantly forced to perform hard manual work", put "under regular surveillance by other prisoners" and even receives "death threats," which is akin to "physical and mental torture" in view of his age and declining health. This was revealed by his wife in an

Michael Moore Of Los Alamos Completes U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Sea Year At USMMA

on January 6, 2019 - 5:39am

COMMUNITY News:

Kings Point, NY – Midshipman Michael Moore, son of Patricia and Murray Moore of Los Alamos recently completed Sea Year training at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point, NY. 

Moore was nominated by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. Moore is a graduate of Los Alamos High School.

“The World is Our Campus” is emblematic of Sea Year, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy's signature training program where midshipmen spend one year training aboard ocean going vessels.

Midshipman Moore traveled to Europe, Alaska and the

Museum Telescopes Open For Supermoon Total Eclipse

on January 5, 2019 - 4:41am
Supermoon coming to the skies over New Mexico Jan. 20. Courtesy/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Another Supermoon Total Eclipse is coming to the skies over New Mexico Jan. 20.
 
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s will open its doors 8:30-11:30 p.m. for visitors to fully appreciate the astronomical coincidence happening in the sky that evening after sunset (weather permitting).
 
A lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow and reflects its dark, red interior color.

AGU: Who Is Vulnerable To Tropical Cyclones And Why?

on January 3, 2019 - 8:56am
A radar image of the Bhola cyclone, believed to be the deadliest tropical cyclone in world history, which struck Bangladesh Nov. 12, 1970, resulting in upwards of 300,000 deaths. Courtesy/NOAA
 
AGU News:
 
Tropical cyclones, and the torrential rains and strong winds these storms bring along with them, threaten coastal communities around the world and are expected to increase in intensity due to climate change. But not every tropical cyclone becomes a natural disaster and not every natural disaster results in human fatalities.
 
Whether or not a natural hazard, such as a tropical

Nature On Tap: Updates In Astronomy Monday

on January 2, 2019 - 11:03am

Dr. Galen Gisler will lead a panel of local astronomers at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 at UnQuarked Wine Room, on the latest updates in astronomy and upcoming lunar eclipse. Courtesy/LACD

CREATIVE DISTRICT News:

The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Creative District, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 at UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square for Nature On Tap, to discuss the latest updates in astronomy and learn about the upcoming lunar eclipse.

Dr. Galen Gisler will lead a panel of local astronomers in this discussion.

On Tap is a

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Enters Close Orbit Around Bennu, Breaking Record

on January 1, 2019 - 7:30am
Orbital A Beauty shot. Photo by Pam Scott/UA
 
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — At 2:43 p.m. EST, Monday Dec. 31, while many on Earth prepared to welcome the New Year, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) away, carried out a single, eight-second burn of its thrusters – and broke a space exploration record.
 
The spacecraft entered into orbit around the asteroid Bennu, and made Bennu the smallest object ever to be orbited by a spacecraft.
 
“The team continued our long string of successes by executing the orbit-insertion maneuver perfectly,” said Dante Lauretta,

Los Alamos National Laboratory World-Class User Facilities Foster Rich Research Opportunities

on December 30, 2018 - 7:03am

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory's Pulsed Field Facility at LANL has a $30 million pulsed power infrastructure that includes this 1.43 gigawatt motor generator. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Through its technology transfer efforts, Los Alamos National Laboratory can implement user facility agreements that allow its partners and other entities to conduct research at many of its unique facilities.

Its national user facilities are the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT). They

NHCC Opens Exhibit Focused On ‘Braceros’ Program

on December 29, 2018 - 7:38am
Image from the exhibit ‘Braceros’ at the NHCC. Courtesy/NHCC

NHCC News:

At 6 p.m. Jan. 25, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), will hold an opening reception in its History and Literary Arts (HLA) building at 1701 4th St. SW in Albuquerque.

The reception for the exhibit “Braceros”, photographed by the Hermanos Mayo, is free and open to the public through June 30, during the hours the HLA building is open.

The exhibition features more than 30 black and white photographs of braceros taken by the photojournalist collective known as the Hermanos Mayo.

Heinrich On Resignation Of Defense Secretary Mattis

on December 29, 2018 - 7:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis:
 
“Secretary Mattis has been a voice of stability in an otherwise chaotic administration. Throughout his decades of service, Secretary Mattis has proven to be a tough leader on and off the battlefield.

Los Alamos Mountaineers Present: ‘A Southern Californian’s Forays Into Ice And Alpinism’

on December 28, 2018 - 9:11am
Jonathan Regele during a climbing adventure. Coutesy/Los Alamos Mountaineers
 
LOS ALAMOS MOUNTAINEERS News:

Hear about how Jonathan Regele fell in love with ice and alpinism — even though he grew up in southern California — at  7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting.

The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting begins at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. The Mountaineers meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. The event is free and open to all.

As a kid who grew up in southern California, snow was a novelty to Regele.

World Futures: Education, Training And The Five ‘Ws’ – Part Four

on December 27, 2018 - 3:31pm
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the first three articles of this series, we explored education and training and what people need to know or master when they emerge into society. We also examined the five “Ws” of education and training to include the accelerating expansion of knowledge and even increasing demand for mental facility and skills needed to successfully assimilate into society. And then we considered the cost to become “qualified” for something that allows the individual to lead a satisfying, controlled and rewarding life.

RSF: First Anniversary Of Blogger Wu Gan Conviction

on December 27, 2018 - 8:27am
Chinese blogger Wu Gan sentenced to eight years in prison for criticizing corruption within the Communist Party’s ranks. Courtesy photo
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the international community not to forget Wu Gan, a Chinese blogger who was sentenced to eight years in prison exactly a year ago for criticizing corruption within the Communist Party’s ranks.
 
Wu received the eight-year jail sentence on a charge of “subverting state power” from a court in the northern city of Tianjin Dec. 26, 2017, after 952 days in preventive detention.

Preview Super Moon Total Eclipse At NMMNHS Jan. 4

on December 26, 2018 - 9:19am
Courtesy/NASA
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Another Super Moon Total Eclipse is coming to the skies over New Mexico the evening of Jan. 20, 2019.
 
That night the moon will be full and relatively close to the Earth, which in recent years has become known as a Super Moon, and it will also be totally eclipsed!  
 
During the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s (NMMNHS) $5 First Friday event Jan. 4, there will be a preview event of this astronomical convergence.
 
Each first Friday evening of the month, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is open 5:30-9

NMMNHS Hosts ‘Encounter Party’ Following New Horizons Fly-By Of Kuiper Belt’s Ultima Thule

on December 25, 2018 - 5:32pm

Illustration of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69 – nicknamed ‘Ultima Thule’ – a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles beyond Pluto. Set for New Year’s 2019, New Horizons’ exploration of Ultima will be the farthest space probe flyby in history. Courtesy image/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

NMMNHS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto July 14, 2015, but its mission didn’t end there. On New Year’s Day, the probe will perform another flyby of a Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (is

Merry Christmas Los Alamos!

on December 25, 2018 - 8:47am

A depiction of the Nativity of Jesus. Photo by Jeff Weese

Staff Report:

The news team at the Los Alamos Daily Post wishes our readers in Los Alamos, across the nation and around the world a very Merry Christmas.

Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon.

For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature.

Tales Of Our Times: Earthrise - 1968, Looking Back 50 Years

on December 24, 2018 - 9:17am
Courtesy/John Bartlit
 
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens 
for Clean Air & Water
 
Earthrise - 1968, Looking Back 50 Years
 
Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit Dec. 24, 1968, Christmas Eve 50 years ago. It was halfway through the Cold War.
 
That evening, the astronauts—Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders—held a live broadcast from lunar orbit. They showed their pictures of the Earth and moon as seen from their spacecraft.
 
The photograph above, taken by Anders,

RSF: 2018 Round-Up Of Deadly Attacks And Abuses Against Journalists – Figures Up In All Categories

on December 24, 2018 - 9:12am
 
RSF News:
 
A total of 80 journalists were killed this year, 348 are currently in prison, and 60 are being held hostage, according to the annual worldwide round-up of deadly violence and abusive treatment of journalists released today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which shows an unprecedented level of hostility towards media personnel.
 
The RSF round-up figures have risen in all categories. Murders, imprisonment, hostage-taking and enforced disappearances have all increased. Journalists have never before been subjected to as much violence and abusive treatment as in 2018.
 

Give Your Family The Gift Of Cultural Understanding – Host An Exchange Student!

on December 23, 2018 - 7:24am
ASSE News:
 
Give the ultimate gift of cultural understanding by hosting a foreign exchange student this upcoming year.
 
ASSE International Student Exchange, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school students from over 30 countries: Spain, Germany, Thailand, Denmark, Portugal, South Korea, Italy, France, The former Soviet Union Countries, Norway and more!
 
Couples, single parents, and families with & without children in the home are all encouraged to host! You can choose to host a student for a semester or for the school year.
 
Each ASSE student

Two Chinese Hackers Associated With The Ministry Of State Security Charged With Global Computer Intrusion

on December 21, 2018 - 4:17pm
DOJ News:
 
The unsealing of an indictment charging Zhu Hua (朱华), aka Afwar, aka CVNX, aka Alayos, aka Godkiller; and Zhang Shilong (张士龙), aka Baobeilong, aka Zhang Jianguo, aka Atreexp, both nationals of the People’s Republic of China (China), with conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft was announced Thursday.
 
The announcement was made by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York, Director Christopher A. Wray of the FBI, Director Dermot F.

UA: Stellar Corpse Reveals Clues To Missing Stardust

on December 21, 2018 - 7:09am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — Everything around you – your desk, your laptop, your coffee cup – in fact, even you – is made of stardust, the stuff forged in the fiery furnaces of stars that died before our sun was born.
 
Probing the space surrounding a mysterious stellar corpse, scientists at the University of Arizona have made a discovery that could help solve a long-standing mystery: Where does stardust come from?
 
When stars die, they seed the cosmos around them with the elements that go on to coalesce into new stars, planets, asteroids and comets.

LANL: Machine Learning-Detected Signal Predicts Time To Earthquake ... Fault Displacement ‘Fingerprint’ Forecasts Magnitude

on December 18, 2018 - 10:34am
LANL researchers applied machine-learning expertise to predict quakes along Cascadia, a 700-mile-long fault from northern California to southern British Columbia that flanks cities such as Seattle. The results are published in two papers in Nature Geoscience. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
  • ‘Fingerprint’ of fault displacement also forecasts magnitude of rupture
 
Machine-learning research published in two related papers in Nature Geosciences reports the detection of seismic signals accurately predicting the Cascadia fault’s slow slippage, a type of failure observed to precede large

Europe 2019 Coffee And Holiday Craft Sales At LANB

on December 18, 2018 - 10:20am

Stop by the LANB lobby, noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to support Los Alamos students and their educational travel to Europe in 2019. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Looking for meaningful holiday gifts? The Europe 2019 Holiday Craft and Coffee Sale will be in the lobby of LANB, noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Stop by LANB to support Los Alamos students and their educational travel and have a free cup of coffee.

Coffee is a perfect gift for the holidays and a great way to support local youth on educational travel. Coffee is $13 for a 10 oz.

NIST: Fire-Breathing Dragon Helps Fight Ember Attacks On Thatched-Roof Structures

on December 18, 2018 - 9:47am
The NIST Dragon showering firebrands (embers) onto a model of a water reed thatched roof. Courtesy/NIST
 
Workers build the thatched roof of a gassho-zukuri (‘constructed like hands in prayer’) style house in Japan. A new NIST study looks at the impact of firebrands on these and other thatched-roof structures. Courtesy/Bernard Gagnon via Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA
 
NIST News:
 
Visitors to the historic mountain villages in central Japan marvel at the elegance of the steep thatched-roof farmhouses found there. Known as “gassho-zukuri,” Japanese for “constructed

LANL: Top 25 Stories Highlight Science Achievements

on December 18, 2018 - 8:24am

LANL News:

Breadth and depth of Lab science reflected in top science reporting

From space missions to disease forecasting, particle physics to artificial intelligence, the biggest science news items from Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2018 have been gathered in one place: It’s a collection that reflects the significant depth and breadth of national laboratory science.

“The range of technical and scientific capabilities in these stories, as reported by media outlets across the world, reflects the many ways Los Alamos National Laboratory serves the nation,” Laboratory Director Thom Mason

Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr Brought Winter Cheer To Los Alamos

on December 14, 2018 - 8:59am

Neils Bohr was an avid skier long before coming to Project Y at Los Alamos and assuming the codename of Nicholas Baker. Photographs were strictly forbidden during those days, but someone snapped this picture of Bohr on skis at Sawyer’s Hill. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society

By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society

Los Alamos has had its share of prominent and important visitors through the years. One of the most significant was in December 1943, when brilliant Danish physicist Niels Bohr visited.

Bohr won the 1922 Nobel Prize for contributions that laid the foundations for

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