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Pocket Books Of World War II Popular And Important

on June 16, 2019 - 7:50am

The Armed Services Editions or ASEs were important to the soldiers during World War II and authors considered it an honor to have their books selected  for the ASEs. Courtesy/LAHS

Los Alamos Historical Society

The small, paperback volumes of fiction and nonfiction that were distributed to troops during World War II are little known today, but to the men and women who fought that war, they were tremendously popular and important.

The Armed Services Editions or ASEs are sometimes referred to as “the books that went to war,” but there were at least two other publishing

Griggs: ‘End Plastic Soup’ Exhibit At 2019 Rotary International Convention In Hamburg, Germany

on June 15, 2019 - 10:28am
One of many hats displayed at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. Courtesy/David Griggs
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
“End Plastic Soup” was just one of the many exhibitors at the Rotary International Convention held this year in Hamburg, Germany.
Started in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, this group is trying to make the 1.2 million worldwide Rotarians aware of the immense problem of plastic waste. These creative hats had examples of the plastic soup polluting our waterways:
This group caught my eye

AGU: Climate Change May Shift Summer Thunderstorms

on June 15, 2019 - 10:18am
Thunderstorm seen from Belfort, France. Courtesy/Thomas Bresson, Flickr
AGU News:
Climate change could affect the regularity of summer afternoon thunderstorms in some parts of the world, according to new research.
A new study in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters modeled weather patterns in western Germany, northern France and parts of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, under climate change.
Under a strong climate scenario, where greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, extreme summer thunderstorms in these areas might break out more often overnight and

World Futures: Polling, Voting, Surveying, Choosing, Influencing And Statistics – Part One

on June 14, 2019 - 8:33am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
A couple of years ago I penned The List of 18, areas that will affect the future of earth and humanity.
The elements of the list are broad in context such as energy: storage, conversion, efficiency and distribution. It is a pretty straightforward list that should be easily controlled and administered.
But, as an example, the sub-elements of the energy element affect other items on The List of 18. For example, another item on the list is the distribution of products, stuff needed by the 7.346 billion people that comprise humanity,

Los Alamos National Laboratory All-Woman Team Commands Rock-Zapping Laser On Mars

on June 12, 2019 - 9:53am

Members of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s ChemCam Engineering Operations team, from left, Suzi Montano, Adriana Reyes-Newell, Roberta Beal, Lisa Danielson, Nina Lanza and Cindy Little. Not pictured is Margie Root. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The laser that zaps rocks on Mars is commanded by a talented group of engineers and scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory—who also happen to all be women, a rarity in the engineering field.

“It’s unusual, simply because engineering still tends to be male-dominated,” said Nina Lanza, a planetary scientist on the team who has helped recruit some

AGU: China’s Bioluminescent Seas Glowing Brighter

on June 12, 2019 - 8:24am

Blue bioluminescence produced by red Noctiluca scintillans near Taiwan’s Matsu Islands. Researchers now have a way to study the sparkly organisms by satellite. Courtesy/Yu-Xian Yang, Lienchiang County Government, Taiwan


AGU News:


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists have, for the first time, used satellites to track the bioluminescent plankton responsible for producing “blue tears” in China’s coastal waters and found the sparkly creatures have become more abundant in recent years.


Red Noctiluca scintillans are single-celled organisms found in coastal waters all over the world.

Tiny Light Box Opens New Doors Into Nanoworld

on June 12, 2019 - 7:10am
Using a box of stacked atomically thin layers of tungsten disulphide, Chalmers researchers have succeeded in creating a type of feedback loop in which light and matter become one. Courtesy/Denis Baranov/Yen Strandqvist/Chalmers University of Technology
Chalmers University of Technology News:
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have discovered a completely new way of capturing, amplifying and linking light to matter at the nanolevel.
Using a tiny box, built from stacked atomically thin material, they have succeeded in creating a type of feedback loop in which

NOAA Forecasts Large ‘Dead Zone’ In Gulf Of Mexico

on June 10, 2019 - 9:04am

NOAA scientists forecast the Gulf of Mexico dead zone this summer to be roughly the size of Massachusetts. Courtesy/NOAA

NOAA News:

NOAA scientists are forecasting this summer’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or ‘dead zone’ – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – to be approximately 7,829 square miles, or roughly the size of Massachusetts.

The annual prediction is based on U.S. Geological Survey river flow and nutrient data.

The 2019 forecast is close to the record size of 8,776 square miles set in 2017 and larger than the 5-year average measured size of

Udall, Heinrich Bill Directs Trump Administration To Meet Standards Set By Paris Climate Agreement

on June 8, 2019 - 2:22pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 43 of their colleagues in introducing legislation in the Senate to direct the Trump administration to meet the standards established by the historic Paris Climate Agreement and to mitigate the long-term damage caused by the Trump administration’s anti-environment actions.
The International Climate Accountability Act would prevent the president from using funds to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

Folklorico!: Moving Arts Espanola Presents Dances From Jalisco Ahead Of Secret City Summer Concert Friday

on June 8, 2019 - 7:47am
Moving Arts Espanola presents a Mexican Folklorico dance performance from the state of Jalisco. The dancers performed at 6 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond Pavilion before the Secret City Summer Concert. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from the dance performance. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from the dance performance.Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from the dance performance. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from the dance performance. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from the dance performance.

AGU: Loss Of Arctic Sea Ice Stokes Summer Heat Waves In Southern U.S.

on June 7, 2019 - 5:14pm
Composites of summer extreme (left panels) and oppressive heat wave (right panels) frequency during summers of low (top), neutral (middle) and high (bottom) Hudson Bay sea ice extent. Courtesy/AGU
AGU News:
Over the last 40 years, Arctic sea ice thickness, extent and volume have declined dramatically. Now, a new study finds a link between declining sea ice coverage in parts of the Canadian Arctic and an increasing incidence of summer heat waves across the southern United States.
The new study in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres explores how seasonal fluctuations

LANL Experts To discuss ‘The Science Of Vintage Space’ On Santa Fe Institute Panel 4:15-5:15 P.M. June 15

on June 7, 2019 - 4:25pm

Norris Bradbury, left, in front of the Kiwi B4-A reactor used to power a nuclear rocket in the 1960s as part of Project Rover. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:


Los Alamos National Laboratory will host a panel at the Santa Fe Institute's InterPlanetary Festival about the Science of Vintage Space June 15 in Santa Fe.


The event is free and open to the public.


Both current and retired experts from the Laboratory will talk about the critical role LANL played in the early days of the space race, such as developing sensors for satellites to detect nuclear explosions in space that resulted

RSF: China Detains 58 More Journalists

on June 7, 2019 - 6:24am
Fifty-eight more journalists, editors and publishers are being detained in China. Courtesy/RSF
RSF News:
The NGO Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), part of the Uyghur American Association (UAA), has recently revealed that 58 journalists, editors and publishers from the Xinjiang region (northwest) are being detained in China, bringing the count made by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) to a total 111 detainees for the country.
“This report, that comes in spite of Beijing’s media blackout, demonstrates the extent of the violations of press freedom in the Xinjiang region,” said Cédric Alviani,

D-Day Newspaper Discovered Lining Dresser Drawer

on June 6, 2019 - 10:40am
Twenty years ago, Marc Bailey of Los Alamos discovered this front page from the Tulsa Daily World dated June 6, 1944 lining the bottom of a dresser drawer at his grandparent’s house in Oklahoma. Photo by Marc Bailey

Today Marks 75th Anniversary Of D-Day Operation Overlord And The Battle Of Normandy

on June 6, 2019 - 6:55am

Courtesy/D-Day Anniversary/com

D-DAY News:

Today, June 6, marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Whilst most events take place in France, remembrance services and other events occur in the United States, UK and Canada.

Each year, thousands of people descend on Normandy in France to pay homage to the soldiers, sailors and airmen who took part in D-Day, Operation Overlord and the Battle of Normandy.

Veterans and their families, political figures, re-enactors, military vehicle enthusiasts and thousands of other men, women and children pay tribute to the those who

AGU: Earthquake In 2009 Intensifies American Samoa’s Rising Sea Levels

on June 5, 2019 - 7:00am
Crews working near the damage from the 2009 tsunami in American Samoa. Courtesy/Lorn Cramer/Flickr, Wikimedia Commons
AGU News:
The 2009, magnitude-8.1 Samoa earthquake dealt a great deal of damage to the Samoan Islands: Tsunami waves as high as 14 meters (46 feet) wiped out multiple villages, claiming nearly 200 lives and severely damaging water and electrical systems.
New research reveals the damage is likely to continue in the island Tutuila, also known as American Samoa.

Local LDS Relief Society Assists Women Across Globe

on June 3, 2019 - 4:17pm
Members of the LDS Church Relief Society create flannel liners to donate to Days for Girls and Women 2 Be. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

For many women around the world, menstruation can be a humiliating or physically painful experience because they don’t have any resources to help manage their flow.

According to the Days for Girls website, for many young women in rural areas or developing countries, getting their period forces them to miss school or prevents them from graduating.

World Futures: Profit, Non-Profit, Not-For-Profit Part 3

on June 3, 2019 - 4:02pm
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous article we explored profit making businesses as bubbles in society and concluded that they possibly could be non-profit organizations if they lose money.
If that is the case, they usually do not have to pay taxes, at least not on profits. But used in this sense the term “non-profit” is a misleading adjective in the legal sense. The use of the term has a governmental connotation, obviously making it ambiguous.

A non-profit, as commonly used, is a non-business activity or a not-for-profit organization or institution.

Griggs: World Water Summit 11 In Hamburg, Germany

on June 3, 2019 - 8:39am
Handwerkskammer. Courtesy/Wikipedia
Global Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
After months of silence, your bearded correspondent finally surfaces in Hamburg, Germany. Today I attended World Water Summit 11, organized by the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group.
WASRAG was formed in 2007 by a group of Rotarians. Since then it has facilitated many hundreds of projects – helping clubs find partners, ensuring sustainability, stressing the importance of a needs-driven approach, and developing best practices.
They encourage a holistic, integrated approach in which water

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Responds To President Trump’s Threat To Increase Tariffs On Mexico

on May 31, 2019 - 11:50am

Fact sheet detailing figures concerning New Mexico's trade relationship with Mexico. Courtesy/Governor's Office

From the Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham:


SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that his administration would impose escalating tariffs on Mexican imports until “illegal” migrants are stopped from arriving at the southern U.S. border:
“The president is threatening the employment of tens of thousands of New Mexicans whose livelihoods and families absolutely depend on a

Pajarito Astronomers Host Dark Night Saturday June 1

on May 31, 2019 - 11:33am

Pajarito Astronomers News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 8:15 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, June 1 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Mercury, Mars, Jupiter (with its moons) and Saturn will potentially be visible during the evening.

There will be a tour of the spring and summer constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

The public is invited and encouraged

FBI: Former LANL Scientist Charged With Making False Official Statements About His Contacts And Involvement With A Chinese Government Program

on May 30, 2019 - 4:58pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Turab Lookman, 67, of Santa Fe, made an initial appearance in federal court today on charges of making false official statements about his involvement with a program established by the Chinese government to recruit people with access to and knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property.

The FBI arrested Lookman yesterday after a grand jury indicted him on Wednesday on three counts of making false official statements about being recruited by and applying to participate in China’s Thousand Talents Program for personal compensation.

The indictment alleges that

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Statement On Special Counsel Mueller’s Public Remarks About Russia Investigation

on May 30, 2019 - 8:42am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHIGNTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s public remarks regarding the Russia investigation:
“Today, Robert Mueller made two things crystal clear. First, a foreign adversary meddled in our presidential election with the express intention of tipping the scales to benefit the Trump campaign. Second, the special counsel was unable to charge the president with obstruction of justice solely due to Department of Justice policy -- not lack of evidence.

Rotary: Veteran Mike Katko On The Poetry Of War

on May 30, 2019 - 6:18am

Veteran and Los Alamos Rotarian Mike Katko recently presented a program at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos in honor of Memorial Day. Entitled ‘The Poetry of War’, Katko read poetry inspired by the tragedy of battlefields of the Civil War, the World Wars and Vietnam. With primarily black-and-white photographs as a backdrop, he also added period music with powerful wartime lyrics. At the conclusion of his presentation, Katko asked members to share the names of veterans who had been important in their lives. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos National Laboratory: Quantum Information Gets Boost From Thin-Film Breakthrough

on May 29, 2019 - 11:00am

An innovative method for controlling single-photon emission for specific locations in 2D materials may offer a new path toward all-optical quantum computers and other quantum technologies. This image shows a false-color scanning electron micrograph of the array used to create place single-photon sources in epitaxial tungsten diselenide. Inset shows the Hanbury-Brown Twiss interferometry measurement proving quantum emission. Image by Michael Pettes/Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Method opens new path to all-optical quantum computers, other technologies


Efforts to create reliable light-based