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Los Alamos Researchers And Supercomputers Help Interpret Latest LIGO Findings

on October 18, 2017 - 6:56am
LANL News:
Astrophysicist Chris Fryer was enjoying an evening with friends Aug. 25, 2017, when he got the news of a gravitational-wave detection by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory.
The event appeared to be a merger of two neutron stars—a specialty for the Los Alamos National Laboratory team of astrophysicists that Fryer leads. As the distant cosmic cataclysm unfolded, fresh observational data was pouring in from the observation—only the fifth published since the observatory began operating almost two years ago. ​
“As soon as I heard the news, I knew

NNSA Completes FPU Of W80-1 Alt 369

on October 18, 2017 - 6:08am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has completed the First Production Unit (FPU) of the W80-1 Alteration (Alt) 369.
This accomplishment is an important step toward maintaining nuclear capabilities that will help deter attacks on the United States and its allies.
“The dedicated team at Pantex went above and beyond to complete this milestone before fiscal year 2017 came to a close,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, NNSA’s principal assistant deputy administrator for military application.

Mars Geologic Features Get New Mexican & Spanish Names From El Camino Real

on October 17, 2017 - 11:17am
ALBUQUERQUE  With names like Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos, and a giant crater the size of the Valles Caldera, future maps of the planet Mars will contain a lot of names familiar to the people of New Mexico.
Suggested by a member of the Mars Rover team based in New Mexico, the names are of cities and locales along the legendary El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro and are being used to name features visited by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity during an important phase of its mission.
“As part of mapping Mars’ surface, we name rocks and places investigated by

NNSA And Partners Launch Project To Reduce Use Of Radioactive Source Based Devices

on October 17, 2017 - 5:43am
NNSA News:
NEW YORK, NY  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has partnered with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) to launch the first citywide initiative to reduce the reliance on risk significant devices in medical and research applications.
This combined effort will serve as a way to reduce the risk of a terrorist acquiring this material for a radiological dispersal device (“dirty bombs”).
NNSA’s Acting Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear

LANL: Chemical Treatment Improves Quantum Dot Lasers

on October 16, 2017 - 5:29pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemist Jaehoon Lim works on an apparatus that synthesizes quantum dots along with Los Alamos researcher Young-Shin Park (also with the University of New Mexico Center for High-Technology Materials). In a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, Los Alamos colleagues Kaifeng Wu and Victor Klimov worked with Lim and Park to demonstrate that negatively charged quantum dots show promise for low-power laser applications or quantum dot laser diodes. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • Doctored dots release laser light more efficiently, use less power

One of the secrets

AGU: Combination Of El Niño And 2016 Ecuador Earthquake Likely Worsened Zika Outbreak

on October 16, 2017 - 6:25am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Zika virus outbreak in coastal Ecuador in 2016 was likely worsened by a strong El Niño and a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the region in April, according to a new study.
new research commentary suggests the earthquake left more people exposed to disease-carrying mosquitos, and climate variability associated with the 2014-2016 El Niño event created more favorable mosquito breeding grounds.

Indigenous Leader Appeals To Japanese Prime Minister: Stop Rainforest Destruction For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

on October 16, 2017 - 5:20am
TO News:
SARAWAK / MALAYSIA  On the anniversary of the first Tokyo Olympics, Matu Tugang, headman of the Indigenous Penan community of Long Jaik from Sarawak, Malaysia, delivered an urgent plea to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to stop Japan’s use of wood from a company that is destroying their forests and their livelihoods.
Japan has been using tropical timber from Sarawak to construct the New National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Evidence gathered at the Stadium construction site by NGOs in April 2017 confirmed the use of plywood supplied by Shin Yang, a company

Great Firewall Of China Closes Loopholes

on October 13, 2017 - 3:45pm
RWB News:
In the months prior to the Communist Party of China’s 19th Congress, which begins Oct. 18, President Xi Jinping has been deploying a major arsenal of repressive measures against online social networks with the aim of perfecting the “Great Firewall” that censors the Internet in China.
Just weeks ahead of the Congress, which is expected to renew Xi’s mandate for another five years, the US encrypted messaging app WhatsApp suddenly began malfunctioning in China, in a sign that a new turning-point had been reached in the Party’s censorship.

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time (Part 1)

on October 13, 2017 - 8:01am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

This series of articles examines money as a means of facilitating trade, the impact of value perception, and the compacting of perceived time. To do this, it is best to examine the historical perspective and understand the needs of the evolving system of humanity together with the impact of technology on how we do business.

In 3,000 B.C., the estimated population of the world was 14 million people.

Los Alamos Daily Post Hits 8,000 FB Friends!

on October 10, 2017 - 1:21pm


The Los Alamos Daily Post has surpassed 8,000 friends today on Facebook!

The local newspaper began operations Feb. 7, 2012 and became the Official Newspaper of Record in January of this year under a contract with Los Alamos County, which runs through 2023.

The Daily Post is published online seven days a week and its print edition is mailed each Thursday to every home and business in Los Alamos and White Rock. The Post also has readers throughout New Mexico, across the United States and in 129 countries around the world.

The Los Alamos Daily Post is owned and operated by

Los Alamos Japan Project Exhibition Opens At Mesa Public Library Today

on October 10, 2017 - 7:04am

Cranes in the exhibit at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Katy Korkos

Panel from Los Alamos Japan project display. Courtesy/Los Alamos History Museum


The Los Alamos/Japan Project exhibition in the Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library, which will be on display through Nov. 21, will celebrate its opening with a reception 4-6 p.m. today.

This exhibit at the Mesa Public Library tells the ongoing story of the Los Alamos/Japan Project—an expansive, long-term project to develop dialogue with international museum colleagues and pursue understanding between Los Alamos, Hiroshima,

Happy Columbus Day

on October 9, 2017 - 5:52am

Columbus Day celebrates Christopher Columbus's Discovery of the Americas in 1492. Courtesy/wikipedia


Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries in the Americas and elsewhere, which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas Oct. 12, 1492.

The landing is celebrated as "Columbus Day" in the United States, as "Día de la Raza" ("Day of the Race") in many countries in Latin America, as "Día de la Hispanidad" and "Fiesta Nacional" in Spain, where it also is the religious festivity of la Virgen del Pilar, as Día de las

JILA’s 3-D Quantum Gas Atomic Clock Offers New Dimensions In Measurement

on October 9, 2017 - 4:44am
JILA’s three-dimensional (3-D) quantum gas atomic clock consists of a grid of light formed by three pairs of laser beams. A stack of two tables is used to configure optical components around a vacuum chamber. Shown here is the upper table, where lenses and other optics are mounted. A blue laser beam excites a cube-shaped cloud of strontium atoms located behind the round window in the middle of the table. Strontium atoms fluorescence strongly when excited with blue light. Courtesy/G.E. Marti/JILA
NIST News:
JILA physicists have created an entirely new design for an atomic clock, in

World Futures: Accuracy And Precision (Part Four)

on October 7, 2017 - 3:59am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In this series we have looked at accuracy and precision with a continuing question of how much do we need. We started with some definitions and explored randomness and the value of Pi, the ratio of a circle to its diameter.

Then we looked at standardiztion of how we measure physical things, primarily in the scientific-engineering domains but also relating to commerce, and again explored randomness.

Bradbury Science Museum Question Of The Month: Why Not Harness Lightning For Renewable Energy Source?

on October 6, 2017 - 8:07am

Lightning striking behind LANL's main technical area. Courtesy/BSM


Given that lightning generates so much electricity, why don’t we harness it as a renewable energy source?

While it’s true that a single lightning bolt could power the entire city of Santa Fe for about a minute, there are some issues with capturing lightning as an energy source.

First, while there are some areas of the planet (like the Sangre de Cristo mountains near Santa Fe and the Florida coast) that get a higher than average number of lightning strikes, getting lightning to exactly strike our

CIR: Special Cuba Briefing Oct. 10

on October 3, 2017 - 7:50am
CIR News:
Hear Amb. Vicki Huddleston offer CIR members a special briefing on Cuba at 12-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the CIR Conference Room at 413 Grant Ave., Suite D in Santa Fe.
The talk is free to CIR members and $5 for nonmembers. Parking is available on the west side of the Wells Fargo building.
What exactly is happening in the famed island nation these days? From Friday's NY Times: "Just when it seemed that Cuba was on track to become something of a routine destination for Americans, tensions and tactics reminiscent of the Cold War have once again complicated travel to

Los Alamos Rotary Club Welcomes Youth Exchange Student Julian Baier Of Austria

on October 2, 2017 - 7:47am

Vincent Chiravelle, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, welcomes Rotary Youth Exchange student Julian Baier of Austria during Baier’s presentation Sept. 26 about his hometown, Neustift , a village of 70 people in lower Austria. Baier, 17, will be hosted by the Rotary Club in Los Alamos through the school year. He has two older sisters who also were Rotary Youth Exchange students; his cat, Jeanie, has an Instagram account with more than 6,500 followers. Baier has just joined the Los Alamos High School Golf Team and has interests in business, marketing and computer science.

Last Chance To View Masterpiece Paintings From Spain's Museo Del Prado In Santa Fe

on October 1, 2017 - 6:56am
One-of-a-kind Outdoor Exhibition Closes Oct. 31. Courtesy photo
ART News:
SANTA FE  Time is quickly running out for visitors to experience The Prado in Santa Fe, a free outdoor exhibit in Cathedral Park, featuring 92 full-scale reproductions of European artwork organized by the Museo Nacional del Prado of Spain – The Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.
The exhibit, opened in May 2017, is now in its final weeks, and the public only has until, Oct.

Jewish Council For Public Affairs Deeply Troubled By Record-Low Refugee Cap

on October 1, 2017 - 6:18am
JCPA News:
NEW YORK, NY  The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is deeply troubled by the Administration’s proposal to cap Fiscal Year 2018 refugee admissions at just 45,000—less than half of the current number—particularly given the scope of the international refugee crisis and other strife around the world.
This figure is the lowest refugee cap set by any president since the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program was established in 1980.
JCPA urges Congress to pass legislation that protects America’s global leadership in welcoming immigrants and offering refuge to those fleeing

Hunt Over For A ‘Top 50 Most-Wanted Fungi’

on September 29, 2017 - 10:49am

Researchers from LANL and several other institutions have characterized a sample of ‘mystery’ fungus and found its home in the fungal tree of life. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Tree of life still holds mysteries in the fungal world – millions of them

In a step toward bridging the gap between fungal taxonomy and molecular ecology, scientists from several institutions including Los Alamos National Laboratory have characterized a sample of “mystery” fungus collected in North Carolina and found its home in the fungal tree of life.

“Working estimates tell us that there should be more than 5

CDC: Why Global Health Security Is Essential To U.S. National Security

on September 29, 2017 - 6:44am

CDC News:

How does CDC fulfill its mission to keep America safe from health threats? The first-ever special supplement to CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) journal details progress made in preventing, detecting, and responding to disease threats around the world.

The threats keep coming: SARS in 2003; pandemic influenza in 2009; the largest Ebola outbreak in history in 2014; Zika in 2015. Since then we’ve had regional outbreaks of chikungunya, yellow fever, and H7N9 influenza, among hundreds of others.

World Futures: Accuracy And Precision (Part Three)

on September 29, 2017 - 6:30am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the last column, we looked at national and international measurement systems and another brief observation of randomness, ending again with the question how accurate and precise things need to be? 

If you examine a 12 ounce can of soda, it probably says 12 fluid ounces (fl. oz.) and 355 milliliters (ml). If you convert 12 fl. oz. to ml, it actually is 354.882744 ml. Probably good enough to wash down the hotdog at the barbeque. In a similar manner, one U.S. pint equals 472.176473 ml.

Los Alamos Scientists Named 2017 Laboratory Fellows

on September 28, 2017 - 10:44am

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 2017 Fellows, clockwise from top left, Donald Burton, Turab Lookman, Stephen Doorn and Manvendra Dubey. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News: 

  • Researchers recognized for outstanding science research and leadership

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been named 2017 Fellows: Donald Burton, Stephen Doorn, Manvendra Dubey, and Turab Lookman.

“Becoming a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow is one of the highest accomplishments in the Lab,” Laboratory Director Charles McMillan said.

NNSA Collaborates With South African Firm On Groundbreaking Conversion To Low-Enriched Uranium-Based Molybdenum-99 Production

on September 27, 2017 - 7:23am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd (NTP) completed conversion of their critical medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production process from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) in August.
“South Africa and NTP Radioisotopes have demonstrated outstanding global leadership in completing this lengthy and technically challenging Mo-99 conversion project,” said David Huizenga, the NNSA’s acting deputy administrator

Researchers Find New Way To Manipulate Magnetism

on September 26, 2017 - 9:46am
Schematic shows how different energies of argon (Ar) ions bombarding a thin film of cobalt (Co) sandwiched between platinum (Pt) layers can twist or rotate the spin of electrons in a particular direction, by controlling an effect known as the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI). Credit: NIST
NIST News:
In a pioneering effort to control, measure and understand magnetism at the atomic level, researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have discovered a new method for manipulating the nanoscale properties of magnetic materials.
The ability to