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CIR Presents Talk On Recent Energy Trend Impacts

on July 2, 2015 - 7:24am

Senior Adviser to the Center for Naval Analyses, James Clad. Courtesy photo

CIR News:

​The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents James Clad, senior adviser to the Center for Naval Analyses and former deputy assistant secretary of defense.

Clad will discuss how recent energy trends have upset the world oil market and transformed the geopolitical landscape in a talk entitled, “The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape” at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, hosted at Tipton Hall, SF University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michaels Dr.

Asian energy demand is surging, Russian

Udall Welcomes Historic Agreement To Re-open U.S. And Cuba Embassies

on July 1, 2015 - 8:46am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the agreement between the United States and Cuba to re-open embassies in Washington and Havana: 

“Re-opening embassies in Washington and Havana is a historic step toward normalizing relations and finally building a 21st century relationship with Cuba. In my visits with Cuban entrepreneurs, artists and others, it's clear to me that the Cuban people are eager to engage with the world.

Judges Select Youth Olympic Games Medal Design

on June 30, 2015 - 9:42am

The winning medal design for the Youth Olympic Games/Lillehammer 2016, titled 'To the TOP' by Burzo Ciprian of Romania. Courtesy/meltwaterpress

SPORTS News:

“To the TOP” by 20-year-old Burzo Ciprian from Romania was chosen out of more than 300 entries from 65 nations as the medal design for the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 2016.

Burzo’s winning design was chosen by a panel of judges comprising Olympians, young ambassadors and young reporters.

“For me was one of the best feelings I've ever had after I was announced as the winner.

Curiouser And Curiouser: Bright Spots On Ceres

on June 29, 2015 - 9:18am

Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

SCIENCE News:

The closer the Dawn spacecraft approaches, the mysterious bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres appear more complex, and the more complex they appear, the more interesting they become.

The cluster of mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres can be seen in this image, taken June 9 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). These new images of Ceres from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft provide more clues about its mysterious bright spots, and also reveal a pyramid-shaped peak towering over a relatively flat

Mathematicians: Boeing 777 Nosedived Into Ocean

on June 28, 2015 - 7:38am

Courtesy/TAMU.edu

HSNW News:

The plight of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) is one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history, but an interdisciplinary research team led by a Texas A&M University at Qatar math professor has theorized the ill-fated plane plunged vertically into the southern Indian Ocean in March 2014.

The researchers’ computer simulations lead to the forensic assertion that a 90-degree nosedive explains the lack of debris or spilled oil in the water near where the plane is presumed to have crashed. The research was the cover story in the April 2015 issue of Notices of

WR Baptist Church Launches 30 Hour Famine

on June 27, 2015 - 12:19pm
 
WRBC News:
 
Over the years, the youth from the White Rock Baptist Church have participated in an event called the 30 Hour Famine. At the famine, students and adult sponsors go 30 hours without eating anything.
 
There's year's event began at noon Friday and participants will break their fast at 6 p.m. today. Students do this event in order to raise their own personal awareness of global hunger issues, but they also do this event as a fundraiser.

Drones And Food

on June 25, 2015 - 8:53am

Pteryx UAV, a civilian UAV for aerial photography and photomapping with roll-stabilised camera head. Image/wikipedia

HSNW News:

The precision agriculture sector is expected to grow at a high rate over the coming years.

This new way of farming is already a reality in northwest Italy, where technologies are being used to keep plants in a good state of health but also to avert the loss of quality yield.

Sensors and drones can be among the farmers’ best friends, helping them to use less fertilizers and water, and to control the general condition of their crops.

CORDIS reports that nowadays

Analyzing Ocean Mixing Reveals Insight On Climate

on June 24, 2015 - 8:52am
A Three-dimensional spatial structure of mixing in an idealized ocean simulation, computed using Lagrangian particle statistics. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
  • Eddies pull carbon emissions into deep ocean, new model simulates complex process

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a computer model that clarifies the complex processes driving ocean mixing in the vast eddies that swirl across hundreds of miles of open ocean.

“The model enables us to study the important processes of ocean storms, which move heat and carbon from the atmosphere into the deep ocean,” said Todd

Amateur Radio Operators 'Field Day' June 27-28

on June 23, 2015 - 5:30pm

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT News:

This weekend beginning at noon Saturday and running to noon Sunday, Amateur Radio Operators worldwide will be performing “Field Day”. This is equivalent to a public safety exercise.

The purpose of this field day is to test equipment and operational status of the Amateur Radio operators. This is normally conducted on HF frequencies without the use of repeaters. An operator may choose: Voice operations, Digital Data operations or morse code operations.

International Scientific Society Responds To Pope Francis’ Encyclical On Climate Change

on June 23, 2015 - 10:43am
AGU Executive Director/CEO Christine McEntee
 
AGU News:
 
Washington, D.C. — The American Geophysical Union (AGU) represents more than 60,000 Earth and space scientists worldwide and AGU Executive Director/CEO Christine McEntee issued the following statement on behalf of the organization in response to Pope Francis’ recent encyclical.

“The scientific community has long agreed that climate change is one of the most profound challenges facing our global society, and as AGU outlined in our position statement on climate change, there is no question human activity is playing a predominant role in that

General Leslie R. Groves’ Grandson Visits Los Alamos

on June 21, 2015 - 12:30pm

At Thursday's gathering from left, Mark Rayburn, Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board Chair; Nancy Bartlit, WWII author and former President of the Los Alamos Historical Society; John Bartlit, advocate for Los Alamos Historical Society and environmental columnist; Nina Johnson, Executive Director of Cornerstones Community Partners; Dick Groves, Grandson of General Leslie R. Groves; Paul Millar, friend and business partner of Dick Groves Photo by Tom Sandford, Los Alamos Historical Society board member and historical district tour guide.

Alaska Glaciers Contribute To Global Sea Level Rise

on June 20, 2015 - 8:30am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Alaska’s melting glaciers are adding enough water to the Earth’s oceans to cover the state of Alaska with a 1-foot thick layer of water every seven years, a new study shows.
 
The study found that climate-related melting is the primary control on mountain glacier loss. Glacier loss from Alaska is unlikely to slow down, and this will be a major driver of global sea level change in the coming decades, according to the study’s authors.
 
“The Alaska region has long been considered a primary player in the global sea level budget, but the exact details on the

U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz Remarks On Papal Encyclical On Climate Change

on June 19, 2015 - 7:40am
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
 
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released the following statement regarding the release of a papal encyclical on climate change by Pope Francis.
 
"Pope Francis' call to action on climate change is an important milestone in the global effort on this issue. His is not just a powerful moral voice, he also graduated as a chemical engineer and understands the consensus of climate scientists that accumulating man-made pollution endangers our planet and people around the world.
 
As Pope Francis reminds us, we must push for ambitious

Aquatic Center Joins World's Largest Swim Lesson

on June 18, 2015 - 11:46am
Today at 10 a.m., pools, waterparks and other aquatic facilities around the world hosted the Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Children of all ages attended the event at the Los Alamos Aquatic Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

NASA Agreements Advance Mars Exploration, Los Alamos Rover Instrument A Key Component

on June 17, 2015 - 6:27pm

SuperCam builds upon the successful capabilities demonstrated by ChemCam aboard the Curiosity Rover during NASA’s current Mars Mission. SuperCam will allow researchers to sample rocks and other targets from a distance using a laser. In addition to harnessing Los-Alamos developed Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) technology—which can determine the elemental composition of the target from more than 20 feet away—SuperCam adds another spectrum to its laser for Raman and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • SuperCam’s body to be built at Los Alamos and the

Detecting Nukes Through Underground Explosives Tests

on June 16, 2015 - 12:21pm

Two workers oversee the emplacement of the canister that contained the chemical explosive charge for Source Physics Experiment-4 Prime at the Nevada National Security Site. Courtesy/LLNL

HSNW News:

Three weeks ago, a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) led-team successfully conducted the fourth in a series of experiments designed to improve the U.S. ability to detect underground nuclear explosions.

The Source Physics Experiment (SPE-4 Prime) is a fundamental step forward in the U.S. effort to improve arms control verification, and will eventually be used to assure compliance

LANL: Project ATHENA Creates Surrogate Human Organ Systems

on June 15, 2015 - 12:07pm

Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Surrogate human organs could revolutionize the way biologists and medical personnel screen new drugs or toxic agents

The development of miniature surrogate human organs, coupled with highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, could one day revolutionize the way new drugs and toxic agents are studied.

“By developing this ‘homo minutus,’ we are stepping beyond the need for animal or Petri dish testing: There are huge benefits in developing drug and toxicity analysis systems that can mimic the response of actual human organs,” said Rashi Iyer, a senior

Global Samples From Nuclear Contamination Sites Reveal Unpredicted Uranium And Plutonium Behavior

on June 15, 2015 - 11:22am

Workers on a cleanup site at DOE's Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State, one of several sites sampled for uranium and plutonium variations. Courtesy/DOE

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos Analysis Shows Elements Not Acting In Nature As Previously Modeled

Knowing how a chemical in soil reacts and transforms over time in response to neighboring elements, weather and heat is essential in determining whether that chemical is hazardous.

This is especially important when that chemical is radioactive.

In a collaborative, international effort led by Los Alamos National Laboratory, researchers

Aquatic Center Hosts World's Largest Swimming Lesson

on June 11, 2015 - 11:05am

COUNTY News:
  • Walkup Aquatic Center is serving as an Official Host Location

Largest Swim Lesson in 24 Hours Sends the Message: Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ to millions around the globe.

Thursday, June 18, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the sixth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record™.

The global record attempt for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), is 10 a.m. wherever you are. Team WLSL holds the current Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, which stands at 36,564 participants

Martian Glass: Window Into Possible Past Life?

on June 10, 2015 - 7:18am

Spectral signals: Researchers have found deposits of impact glass preserved in Martian craters like Alga (above) using data from NASA's Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM). Green indicates the presence of glass. (Blues are pyroxene; reds are olivine.) Such deposits could be a good place to look for signs of past life. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech/JHUAPL/University of Arizona

The search for impact glass: A possible Martian site (white circle) is the Nili Fossae trough.

NM Businesses Wanted For Trade Mission To Israel

on June 10, 2015 - 6:43am
ACI News:
 
  • Israel is New Mexico’s second largest international trading partner
 
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) and the New Mexico-Israel Business Exchange (NMIBE) announced that registration is now open for local companies to join other business leaders, government officials, and entrepreneurs to explore Israel on a joint trade mission Oct. 10-20, 2015.
 
In addition to touring Israel’s cultural, historic, and religious sites, delegates will have the opportunity to engage with their international counterparts, open trade opportunities, and promote New Mexico

Los Alamos High School Graduate Studying At WTAMU Receives Gilman Scholarship For Study In Brazil

on June 8, 2015 - 11:19am

Shalee Britton of Los Alamos

EDUCATION News:

CANYON, Texas—It’s been Shalee Britton’s lifelong dream to study the fauna and flora of tropical regions, and that dream will come true for the West Texas A&M University student when she travels to Brazil in the fall as the recipient of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Britton, a junior wildlife biology major and Attebury Honors student from Los Alamos is one of 860 American undergraduate students from 332 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the award, sponsored by the U.S.

Snodgrass: Fixing A Hole Where The Blame Gets In ... The Dangerous Gap Between An Act Of Nuclear Terrorism And An Informed Response

on June 7, 2015 - 3:45pm

Radiological Dispersion Device. Courtesy/ready.gov

Fixing A Hole Where The Blame Gets In

  • The dangerous gap between an act of nuclear terrorism and an informed response

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

The specter of a nuclear 9/11 may have diminished in the last five years with the partial dismantlement and dispersal of the Islamic militant organization al-Qaida.

LANL Workers Alerted To Cybersecurity Threat

on June 5, 2015 - 2:07pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employees were notified Thursday in a memo by LANL Director Charlie McMillan of a cybersecurity incident that could put employee and subcontractor personal information at risk.

Director McMillan Memo:

SUBJECT: Office of Personnel Management Cybersecurity Incident

This afternoon we were notified by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) of a cybersecurity incident involving U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) systems and data containing personal information.

Hubble Space Telescope Peers Into Milky Way Galaxy

on June 5, 2015 - 9:41am

Hubble peers into the most crowded place in the Milky Way. Courtesy photo

SCIENCE News:

Dr. John P. Holdren is director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House. He also is the President's Chief Science Advisor.

Dr. John P. Holdren

"From time to time, I like to send quick, ad-hoc notes to White House staff on a variety of topics―upcoming lunar eclipses, groundbreaking climate news, incredible photos from space. Things I've come across and found fascinating," Holdren stated in an email to media. "Apparently, people really like them.

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