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UA: Aging A Flock Of Stars In Wild Duck Cluster

on November 8, 2018 - 7:51am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — Do star clusters harbor many generations of stars or just one? Scientists have long searched for an answer and, thanks to the University of Arizona's MMT telescope, found one in the Wild Duck Cluster, where stars spin at different speeds, disguising their common age.
 
In a partnership between the UA and the Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute, a team of Korean and Belgian astronomers used UA instruments to solve a puzzle about flocks of stars called open clusters.
 
Astronomers have long believed that many open clusters consist of a single

AGU: Scientists Theorize New Origin For Earth’s Water

on November 7, 2018 - 9:15am
Artist’s conception of the dust and gas surrounding a newly formed planetary system. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON — Earth’s water may have originated from both asteroidal material and gas left over from the formation of the Sun, according to new research. The new finding could give scientists important insights about the development of other planets and their potential to support life.
 
In a new study in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, researchers propose a new theory to address the long-standing mystery of where

Los Alamos National Laboratory Pursues Efficient Computing With Cray, Marvell, And Arm

on November 6, 2018 - 7:28am
Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
In a drive to significantly boost usable operations per watt, per dollar and per development hour for extreme-scale computing, Los Alamos National Laboratory is running classified simulation codes in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Stockpile Stewardship Program on the new Cray® XC50™ system with Marvell® ThunderX2® processors.  
 
The collaboration with Cray Inc., funded by the NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing Program, integrates the Marvell ThunderX2 processors with Cray’s proven networking

World Futures: Ethics, Technology & Time – Final Part

on November 5, 2018 - 7:53am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the late 1980s, my group at LANL held a distance learning conference and engaged some of the distinguished attendees in a discussion of “distance medicine.”
 
While it was totally imaginary, at least at that time, the response was very, very clear. In a remote community, an individual was studying medicine in pursuit of becoming a fully licensed medical doctor.

LANL Posts Lowest-ever Illness And Injury Rate

on November 1, 2018 - 12:21pm
Courtesy/LANL
 
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory has posted its lowest-ever monthly illness and injury rate, as documented by the industry standard of Days Away Restricted Transfer Rate (DART) and Total Recordable Case (TRC) rates. The Laboratory’s rates are well below comparable industry averages.

This summer, DOE renewed the Laboratory’s Voluntary Protection Program Star status, making LANL the largest VPP Star site among the 17 national laboratories.

Head To Head: Hateful Words And Violent Acts

on November 1, 2018 - 12:15pm
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

In light of the tragic murder of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and the bombs mailed to 14 people and a media outlet (CNN) who President Trump has called out as his enemies, I’m going to postpone the discussion of tribal politics and talk about the capacity of speech to inspire violence.

Hate crimes in the nation’s 10 largest cities increased by 12 percent last year, reaching the highest level in more than a decade, according to a report in May by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism

AGU: Researchers Describe Likely Origin Of Perfect Lines On Saturn’s Moon

on November 1, 2018 - 10:30am
Saturn’s moon Dione coasts along in its orbit appearing in front of its parent planet. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
 
AGU News:
 
Strange features on Saturn’s moon Dione resembling lines of latitude on a map could be the result of space dust crashing onto Dione’s surface, according to a new study.
 
Dione is the fourth-largest of Saturn’s 53 confirmed moons. It has a liquid water ocean covered by an icy shell and a surface marked by craters, fault scarps and recently discovered bright, linear streaks parallel to its equator.

Triad National Security Takes The Helm Today At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on November 1, 2018 - 9:32am

The National Security Sciences Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • New LANL Director Thom Mason stresses, ‘Change where needed, continuity where critical.’ 

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory begins operations today under a new management and operating (M&O) contract between Triad National Security, LLC (Triad) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The NNSA awarded the M&O contract to Triad June 8, 2018. 

 

“The new leadership team at Los Alamos is determined to strike the right balance between mission delivery for

Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church Observing International Day Of Prayer For Persecuted Church

on November 1, 2018 - 9:25am

Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church News:

Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church will observe the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church at 10:20 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. 

The theme is Hebrews 13:3: “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” 

Every year Christians around the world set aside this day to pray for believers who are persecuted for their faith.

The community is invited to attend this service at Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church at 333 Bryce Ave., in White Rock.

UbiQD Of Los Alamos Selected Nationally For Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Program

on November 1, 2018 - 8:33am

UbiQD of Los Alamos is one of only five companies selected nationally for the IN2 program. UbiQD will receive up to $250,000 to accelerate innovative commercial buildings technology. Courtesy/UbiQD

BUSINESS News:

  • One of only five companies selected nationally for the IN2 program, UbiQD will receive up to $250,000 to accelerate innovative commercial buildings technology

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has announced that UbiQD, Inc.

Postponed: Los Alamos-Japan Institute Presents Pearl Harbor And Paper Cranes At UnQuarked Now Dec. 10

on October 27, 2018 - 12:30pm
Los Alamos-Japan Institute Director Dr. Judith Stauber with Masahiro Sasaki of Hiroshima. Courtesy photo
 
LACDC News:
 
Join the Los Alamos-Japan Institute for Culture On Tap Monday, Dec. 10. This event is part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District and takes place at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.
 
The discussion, “Pearl Harbor and Paper Cranes,” is an interactive informal community conversation led by Los Alamos-Japan Institute Director Dr.

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty Recognizes LANL Director Terry Wallace In Special Ceremony

on October 25, 2018 - 4:20pm

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty presents LANL Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., with the Gold Award—the NNSA’s highest honor. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, the Department of Energy’s undersecretary for nuclear security and administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), visited Los Alamos National Laboratory today to present Dr. Terry Wallace, outgoing Laboratory director, with the Gold Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed by an NNSA Administrator.

NNSA is the government agency that oversees the entire U.S.

World Futures: Ethics, Technology & Time – Part Four

on October 25, 2018 - 8:40am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the late 1980s, my group at LANL held a distance learning conference and engaged some of the distinguished attendees in a discussion of “distance medicine.” While it was totally imaginary, at least at that time, the response was very, very clear.
 
In a remote community, an individual was studying medicine in pursuit of becoming a fully licensed medical doctor.

LANL Breaks Ground On National Security Office Space

on October 24, 2018 - 1:32pm

Breaking ground Monday on a new national security office building on LANL property, from left, Steve Goodrum, manager of NNSA’s Los Alamos  Field Office; Nancy Jo Nicholas, principal associate director for Global Security at LANL and Terry C. Wallace, Jr., director of LANL. Courtesy/LANL

LANL Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., speaks at the groundbreaking next to an artist’s rendering of the new national security office building that will be constructed on Lab property. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Monday morning, Terry C.

LANL: Clues To Creating An HIV Vaccine: HIV Sugars Are Key For Effective Immune Responses

on October 24, 2018 - 9:42am

Artistic rendition of antibodies targeting ‘gaps’ in the HIV virus’s sugar shield. Blue protein is antibody, and the HIV surface protein called Env is depicted using the predicted sugar shield – dark blue are sites where sugars are attached, green is the predicted sugar shield, and magenta/pink are uncommon gaps in the sugar shield. Study author Kshitij Wagh et al. show that the completeness of sugar shield of the infecting virus is key to developing effective antibody responses in HIV infected individuals. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The search for a vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes

PEEC: Explore World Of Black Holes Oct. 26-27

on October 24, 2018 - 7:17am
Explore the world of black holes this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center. At 7 p.m. Friday, join Aycin Aykutalp to learn about her recent research on infant massive black holes in the early universe. At 2 p.m. Saturday, watch the full-dome film ‘Black Holes’. CourtesyPEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Explore the world of black holes at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26. Aycin Aykutalp will discuss her research on possible pathways for the formation of massive seed black holes in the early universe and on Saturday, Oct.

AGU: New Research Shows Strong Indian Monsoons Steer Atlantic Hurricanes Toward Land

on October 24, 2018 - 6:34am
Hurricane Maria near peak intensity, moving north towards Puerto Rico, Sept. 19, 2017. New research finds strong monsoons in the Indian Ocean can induce easterly winds that push Atlantic Ocean hurricanes westward, increasing the likelihood they’ll make landfall in the Americas. Courtesy/Naval Research Laboratory/NOAA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Strong monsoons in the Indian Ocean can induce easterly winds that push Atlantic Ocean hurricanes westward, increasing the likelihood they’ll make landfall in the Americas, according to new research.
 
A new study finds that in years where

Los Alamos Mountaineers: Talk On Adventures In East Greenland At Nature Center Tuesday Evening

on October 22, 2018 - 6:12pm

Learn about Eiichi Fukushima’s adventures in East Greenland at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting beginning by 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. This talk is free open to the public. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to attend the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting and hear about Eiichi Fukushima’s trip to East Greenland in 1971.

This presentation is free and open to the public and starts at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. The Mountaineers’ regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings.

Justice, Treasury, State Departments Coordinate Efforts Against Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion

on October 22, 2018 - 7:17am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The United States of America, through its Departments of Justice, Treasury, and State announced Tuesday a series of measures to target and dismantle the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) – one of the largest, most dangerous drug cartels currently operating in Mexico.
 
These measures include the unsealing of 15 indictments, the State Department’s approval of large rewards, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designations, and the establishment of a citizen tip-line.  
 
CJNG is one of the most powerful cartels in
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CIR 2018 Gala With Ambassador Michael Mcfaul, Former U.S. Ambassador To Russia Nov. 1

on October 21, 2018 - 7:04am
Ambassador Michael McFaul
 
CIR News:
 
The keynote speaker for the Santa Fe Council on International Relations 2018 Annual Gala will be Ambassador Michael McFaul, former United States Ambassador to Russia and currently Stanford professor of political science.
 
CIR’s 2018 Annual Gala is Thursday, Nov. 1 at La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E. San Francisco St. in the ballroom. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., followed by keynote speaker Ambassador McFaul. This is CIR’s preeminent fundraising and social event.
 
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Peace Building At Rotary Club Of Los Alamos

on October 20, 2018 - 7:54am

Reem Ghunaim, left, visited the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Oct. 16. Here she is welcomed by Club President Vincent Chiravalle, District 5520 Lt. Governor Yale Jones of Taos and Los Alamos Rotarian Alison Pannell. Ghunaim was visiting Rotary District 5520 (New Mexico and west Texas) to meet with the District's peace-building team of which Jones and Pannell are members. Ghunaim and the District team are meeting with students at St. John's College in Santa Fe with the hope of collaborating on peace projects in the near future. Courtesy photo

Rotarian Yale Jones, District 5520 Lt.

Culture On Tap: Pearl Harbor And Paper Cranes Oct. 29

on October 20, 2018 - 7:11am

LAJI News:

 

The community is invited to attend the Los Alamos-Japan Institute—Community Conversation, 5:30-7 p.m., Oct. 29 at UnQuarked at 145 Central Park Square.

 

Culture on Tap: Pearl Harbor and Paper Cranes is an interactive community conversation hosted by Los Alamos-Japan Institute Director Dr. Judith Stauber, LANL Scientist John Hopkins and LAJI Advisory Board Members Anita Barela, Katy Korkos, Betsie Miller-Kusz and Leia Roach.

 

Los Alamos-Japan Institute is a nonpartisan Los Alamos-based, global community working to bridge communication across atomic history in Los Alamos,

EM’s Office Of River Protection Energizes Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Analytical Laboratory

on October 18, 2018 - 6:12am
The Analytical Laboratory will analyze samples of vitrified low-activity waste to ensure it meets regulatory requirements and standards. Courtesy photo
 
An electrician tests control panel switches in Hanford’s Analytical Laboratory. The laboratory is the first of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization’s four primary facilities to be fully energized. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:

RICHLAND, Wash.

Arctic Ice Sets Speed Limit For Major Ocean Current

on October 18, 2018 - 6:06am
A large pool of meltwater over sea ice in the Beaufort Sea. Courtesy NASA/Operation IceBridge
 
The evolution of sea ice over the Beaufort Gyre: In springtime, as ice thaws and melts into the sea, the gyre is exposed to the Arctic winds. Courtesy of the researchers
 
AGU News:
 
The Beaufort Gyre is an enormous, 600-mile-wide pool of swirling cold, fresh water in the Arctic Ocean, just north of Alaska and Canada. In the winter, this current is covered by a thick cap of ice.

World Futures: Ethics, Technology & Time – Part Three

on October 17, 2018 - 8:22pm
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
We take money for granted, not making or earning money but the physical item itself. Money represents an IOU from the issuing party. We have to go to the issuer and receive something of value in exchange for the physical stuff we call money. It is, in essence, a tangible substance we can carry in our pocket.
Credit and debit cards are not really money but merely a synthetic representation (some electronic ones and zeros) of money.
 
In today’s world money usually represents an IOU from the government and demands your confidence in the

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