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NNSA Approves ‘Critical Decision 1’ For Advanced Sources And Detectors Project, A New Tool To Advance Stockpile Stewardship

on February 15, 2019 - 8:50am
An abbreviated concept illustration shows a portion of the ASD accelerator and target vessel. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has approved Critical Decision-1 (CD-1) for the Advanced Sources and Detectors Project (ASD), a cornerstone of the Enhanced Capabilities for Subcritical Experiments portfolio (ECSE).
ASD is a proposed 20-million electron volt (MeV) accelerator that will generate X-ray images, or radiographs, of subcritical implosion experiments for the nuclear weapons program.
“The ECSE portfolio is designed to better

NOAA Announces Arrival Of El Nino

on February 15, 2019 - 8:23am
Difference from average sea surface temperatures during January 2019 at the equator in the tropical Pacific. Courtesy/NOAA
NOAA News:
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued an El Nino Advisory today, indicating the climate pattern has taken effect and is likely to continue through the spring.
While the El Nino is expected to be weak, it may bring wetter conditions across the southern half of the U.S. during the coming months.
“El Nino conditions across the equatorial Pacific have come together and we can now announce its arrival,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director, NOAA’s

AHF: Learning From Hiroshima And Nagasaki

on February 13, 2019 - 9:11am

Paper cranes. Courtesy/AHF

Atomic Heritage Foundation News:

The Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the 7,700 members of the Mayors for Peace urge that the world remember the devastation and suffering caused by the world’s first atomic bombings. Their goal is both timely and urgent.

Cynthia C. Kelly, founder and president of the Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF), is traveling in Japan to interview Mayor Kazumi Matsui, president of Mayors for Peace, Thursday in Hiroshima. She also will interview Mayor Tomihisa Taue of Nagasaki Feb.

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Measures To Enhance Safety In Remote Border Areas, Boost Trade At Ports Of Entry

on February 10, 2019 - 9:38am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) have introduced three key proposals to address the needs in remote areas of the nation's southern border region and invest in our southern ports of entry to increase international trade and bolster economic development in border communities.
As congressional negotiators continue to work on a path forward for funding border security measures and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the end of the fiscal year, Heinrich and Udall want to make smart

On The Job In Los Alamos: AJ+ Reporter Jen Cloudy

on February 10, 2019 - 9:28am

On the job in Los Alamos is reporter Jen Cloudy with AJ+, an international multimedia news company launched in 2014 by Al Jazeera Media Network. She visited with the news team Friday afternoon at the Los Alamos Daily Post and checked out the most recent print edition. Cloudy said she decided to drive through Los Alamos after visiting friends on the Navajo Nation in the southern part of the state. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

World Futures: The Distribution Of Stuff – Part One

on February 8, 2019 - 7:07am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
People in the world today are dependent on stuff. If one looks at the evolution of humankind, one sees the creation of communities or societies for mutual support in continued existence.
Then one sees societies interacting to trade for needed and desired stuff. Today we have a human society of 7,680,256,619 people, almost 8 billion, organized in various nation-states, needing as well as producing stuff. It is stuff we really need as well as stuff we think we need, absolutely essential through frivolous. And if you go to

Los Alamos Daily Post Turns 7 Years Old Today!

on February 7, 2019 - 4:33pm

The Los Alamos Daily Post is celebrating its 7-year anniversary today at its world headquarters at 1247 Central Ave. The news team wants to take this opportunity to thank our many readers throughout the community, state, nation and world ... it is a privilege to bring you the news each and every day! Photo by Erika Clark

Staff Report

Today marks another milestone in the history of the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper as it celebrates seven years of delivering local news at lightning speed.

Award-winning journalist Carol A. Clark launched the Los Alamos Daily Post at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb.

RSF: Founder Of Human Rights Website Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison In China

on February 7, 2019 - 12:32pm
Liu Feiyue
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges for the immediate release of Liu Feiyue, founder of a Chinese human rights information website, who was sentenced today to 5 years for “inciting subversion of state power.”
Jan. 29, the Suizhou Intermediate People’s Court in central China (Hubei province) sentenced citizen-journalist Liu Feiyue, 48, founder of human rights website Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch (also known as Minsheng Guancha) to 5 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power” and “publishing articles that opposed the socialist system.”

Talk/Film On Dark Matter This Weekend In Planetarium

on February 7, 2019 - 11:29am

Explore the nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. Astrophysicist Galen Gisler discusses the nature of these phenomena at 7 p.m. Friday and the full-dome film ‘Dark Matter Mystery’ will play at 2 p.m. Saturday. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Unearth the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.

Astrophysicist Galen Gisler will give a talk called “The Dark Side of the Universe” at 7 p.m. Friday that will explore these phenomena.

Afghan Students Visit Los Alamos For Screening Of ‘The Staging Post’

on February 7, 2019 - 8:29am
Mah Begum speaks about her life in Afghanistan, while Hakima and Desert Academey Headmaster Yann Lussiez look on. The two girls spoke at the Unitarian Church Saturday to raise awareness about the New Mexico Refugee Bridge Program, which is bringing students from Afghanistan to study in New Mexico. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Hakima tells how education in Afghanistan differs from that in the U.S. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

 Los Alamos residents learned about the plight of Hazara refugees

Local Pharmacist Prepares 7th Volunteer Trip To Haiti

on February 6, 2019 - 8:43am

Haitian child. Photo by Katherine Fry

Los Alamos

Our beloved local Pharmacist Katherine Fry, also known as Katie, is headed back to Haiti and you have a chance to help.

Fry has volunteered for her seventh trip to do one of the many things she does best, care for her fellow man. Her daily job, as a Smith’s pharmacist comes in handy when she assists those who are ill and caring for the ill, with a path to healing.

On her trip, she will meet many people throughout her short stay and help them with immunizations, medicine and the simple donation of items that fill one’s

World Futures: Some Definitions Or Lack Thereof – Last Part

on February 6, 2019 - 7:56am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous column we asked how do we pay for capitalism and socialism. To delve into this question it is good to start, again, with what is the difference between them. Is it about the individual and his or her existence or is it about a collective body of people, a community, a business, a government entity or the entire world?

 Is it about equality of opportunity and freedom of the individual or is it about equality of existence among people? Note that equality of existence may or may not include freedom.
According to Merriam

‘Empty Trash Bag’ Orbiting Earth In Strange Way

on February 5, 2019 - 9:43am
Lots of space debris is orbiting Earth, including non-functional satellites. Courtesy/NASA
A bizarre object orbiting Earth is reminding astronomers of an empty trash bag.
The unusual satellite is trekking around the planet in an almost absurd ellipse, dipping as close as 372.8 miles (600 kilometers) from the surface and then swinging out to a distance of 334,460 miles (538,261 km), or 1.4 times the average distance of the Earth to the moon.
According to Northolt Branch Observatories in London, the object is a light piece of material left over from a rocket

AGU: Early Spring Rain Boosts Methane From Thawing Permafrost By 30 Percent

on February 5, 2019 - 8:49am
Grassy plants called sedges grow across the surface of the bog that Neumann and her team studied. Photo by Rebecca Neumann/University of Washington
A UW-led team has found that early spring rainfall warms up a thawing permafrost bog in Alaska and promotes the growth of plants and methane-producing microbes. Photo by Rebecca Neumann/University of Washington
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arctic permafrost is thawing as the Earth warms due to climate change. In some cases scientists predict that this thawing soil will release increasing amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas,

RSF: Prosecution Over Shortwave Broadcasts To China

on February 4, 2019 - 8:59am
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Thai authorities to drop all proceedings against Yung-hsin Chiang, a Taiwanese businessman based in Thailand who is facing a possible five-year jail sentence in a connection with a short-wave radio station that targeted listeners in China.
Chiang, who is due to appear in court Feb. 12, was arrested at his office in Bangkok Nov. 23 on a charge of violating Thailand’s broadcasting laws and was held for two days before being released on bail.
His crime is to have helped rent premises in the northern city of Chiang Mai that had

AGU: Passing Aircraft Wring Extra Snow And Rain Out Of Clouds

on February 3, 2019 - 4:31pm
A radar station at Kerava, Finland, recorded a trail of heightened precipitation—the yellow streak to the left—on the aircraft approach path to Helsinki-Vantaa airport (EFHK) in March 2009. Courtesy AGU/Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
Hole-punch’ clouds like this one seen over Houston, Minn. in November 2014, occur when airplanes fly through a thin cloud of supercooled water vapor, causing water droplets to freeze. The tiny crystals fall, leaving a hole to mark the plane’s passage.

Pro Basketball Player Alex Kirk Of Los Alamos Named Player Of The Week In Japan By Interperformances

on February 3, 2019 - 4:20pm

Pro basketball player Alex Kirk of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Interperformances News:

American Center Alex Kirk (211-C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) of Los Alamos, put on an amazing game in the last round for Toyota Alvark, receiving a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 37. 

The 27-year-old player had a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Fukuoka Rizing (#5, 9-29) 69-59. Toyota Alvark maintains the 3rd position in their group in Japanese B League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season.

Toyota Alvark

LANL: RFP Issued For New Supercomputer ‘Crossroads’

on February 1, 2019 - 7:58am
Los Alamos National Laboratory. CourtesyLANL
LANL News:
The next big supercomputer is out for bid. A Request For Proposal (RFP) was released Thursday for Crossroads, a high-performance computer that will support the nation’s Stockpile Stewardship Program.
The RFP is a joint effort of the New Mexico Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scale (ACES), a collaboration between Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories.
“Los Alamos National Laboratory is proud to serve as the home of Crossroads,” LANL Director Thom Mason said.

LANL Director Thom Mason Reflects On First 90 Days

on January 31, 2019 - 9:39am
LANL Director Thom Mason. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Thom Mason today completes his first 90 days at the helm of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

During an interview in his office last Thursday, Mason spoke of his admiration for the scientists, engineers and staff at the Lab and his gratitude to the community for its warm welcome. He also touched on the best thing about his job as well as the challenges.

“During these first 90 days one thing that has really struck me as I’ve visited the various areas of the

PEEC: Preview February’s Night Skies Friday

on January 31, 2019 - 8:35am
PEEC News:
Join Paul Arendt in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium at 7 p.m. Friday, for an interactive tour of February’s night skies.
In this talk, Arendt will highlight the planets, star patterns and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month. This program is perfect for beginner stargazers who want to learn more about the night skies.
In addition to this talk, the nature center will show the full-dome film “National Parks Adventure” at 2 p.m. Saturday.

RSF: Will China Ever Stop Harassing Foreign Reporters?

on January 29, 2019 - 1:30pm

RSF News:

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its appeal to the Chinese government to stop harassing foreign reporters and their sources after the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) revealed in its annual report, published today, that harassment of its members increased yet again in 2018.

Based on the 109 responses that the Beijing-based FCCC received to the questionnaire it sent to its 204 members from 31 countries and territories in December, the report described the situation as “worse now than it has been in the past 20 years,” except 2011, when coverage of

Afghan Refugee Students Visit Los Alamos Feb. 2

on January 29, 2019 - 8:54am

Afghanistan refugees Hakima and Mah Begum try their hand at skating Sunday at the Los Alamos Ice Rink. Courtesy photo
Afghan Refugee Students Visit Los Alamos — The Staging Post, a film about refugee students whose education has been disrupted by war, will be shown 4-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Unitarian Church.
Sunday, Jan. 27, two teen-age refugee students from Afghanistan, recently arrived in Santa Fe, visited Los Alamos. Hakima and Mah Begum tried their hand at ice skating at Los Alamos Ice Rink.

SFCIR: Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld On How World's Deadliest Countries Can Forge Path To Security Feb. 7

on January 29, 2019 - 7:31am
Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (SFCIR) presents a talk and book signing by Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld, author of A Savage Order: How the World’s Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security moderated by Mary-Charlotte Domandi from Radio Café.
Dr. Kleinfeld's book will be available for sale, and she will sign them following the talk at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa, 1501 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. There will be a cash bar throughout the discussion.
An urgent and provocative look at how extreme

New Mexico Leads World In Space Tourism

on January 27, 2019 - 10:01am
Spaceport America is an FAA-licensed spaceport on 18,000 acres of State Trust Land in the Jornada del Muerto desert basin in southern New Mexico directly west and adjacent to White Sands Missile Range. Courtesy photo
NMT News:
SANTA FE The future is now. For nearly a decade New Mexico has partnered with Virgin Galactic to take tourism out of this world to new heights.
During a recent interview on “CBS This Morning,” Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group said 2019 is the golden year.
“I will hope to go up in the middle of this year myself,” Branson said.

Launch Pad Lecture: ‘Big Bang And Its Afterglow’

on January 27, 2019 - 10:00am
NMSM News:
ALAMOGORDO, Imagine running a movie backwards and watching an explosion reassemble itself into one tiny package. That's just the starting point for figuring out what happened in the first years -- and trillionths of a second -- of the universe.
Join Museum Education Director Dave Dooling for the monthly free Launch Pad Lecture, Friday, Feb. 1 on the first floor of the museum. He will give you a peek at the Big Bang, its tell-tale afterglow, the unusual physics that went on, and why we had to clean up after the pigeons to be sure of it all.
The Launch Pad Lecture is