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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


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.

Thank You For Supporting Medical Mission To Haiti

on June 3, 2015 - 7:34am
Catherine Fry with a young patient. Courtesy photo
Friends of the Children medical team in Haiti in May. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Thank you Los Alamos community for your financial and prayer support during the time I travelled to Haiti May 11-22, with Friends of the Children of Haiti for a medical mission. 

I dispensed medications to the more than 2,300 patients who visited the clinic during that time period. We saw patients ranging in age from just a few days old to some nearing 100 years of age.

Los Alamos Teens Headed To Haiti

on June 2, 2015 - 9:12am

Members of the First Baptist Church of Los Alamos Haiti Mission Team. Courtesy photo


This week a group of 13 teenagers and adults from First Baptist Church of Los Alamos Youth Group will leave on a mission trip to Haiti.

Partnering with a local Haitian church in Les Cayes, the team will primarily work with children. Part of the time will be spent helping with special needs children, visiting orphanages and running a Vacation Bible School.

Map of Haiti. Courtesy/FBCLA

“Many teens in our youth ministry have been called by God to be missionaries in recent years and this trip

LANL Closes A Gate On Infectious Diseases

on May 31, 2015 - 1:39pm
Los Alamos National Laboratory biomedical researcher Alina Deshpande is working on speeding awareness and strengthening global resilience against infectious diseases. Courtesy LANL
Los Alamos Daily Post

What’s the latest on chikungunya?

Don’t know? Never heard of it?

Don’t feel bad. Not many people outside the health profession have encountered this disturbing, infectious disease that has hit parts of southwestern Mexico very hard this month.

So try this: Go to where there is an option box labelled “Select a Disease.” Click on the down arrow to open the box

NNSA Conducts Experiment To Improve U.S. Ability To Detect Foreign Nuclear Explosions

on May 28, 2015 - 2:28pm

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, a National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) led-team successfully conducted the fourth in a series of experiments designed to improve our 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 with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, Anne Harrington, noted that “The seismic Source Physics

New Research Reveals Europa's Mystery Dark Material Could Be Sea Salt

on May 27, 2015 - 3:30pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  New laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter's moon Europa is likely sea salt from a subsurface ocean, discolored by exposure to radiation.
The presence of sea salt on Europa's surface suggests the ocean is interacting with its rocky seaflooran important consideration in determining whether the icy moon could support life.
The new study has been accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, and is available online.
“We have many

Threading Forever Exhibit At Mesa Public Library Features Internationally Renowned Artists June 5-27

on May 27, 2015 - 10:44am

‘Metamorphosis Series’ by Theresa DiMenno. Courtesy/MPL

MPL News:

Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Art Gallery will be the site for some exceptional art work with international ties June 5 through June 27.

Three artists of the collaborative Threading Forever, and one additional special guest, will show works ranging from sculpture to digital art and photography.

Threading Forever has been brought together through the efforts of Jemez resident and sculptor Harriette Lawler.

Armenia Secures Dangerous Radioactive Sources In Cooperation With NNSA

on May 27, 2015 - 10:03am

NSA News:

YEREVAN, Armenia – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) joined the Republic of Armenia today to announce the safe and secure removal of three unused radioactive sources from two locations in Yerevan, Armenia.

The successful completion of the radioactive source recovery campaign was conducted by the Armenia Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ANRA).

Since 2002, the NNSA’s Radiological Security Program has committed over two million dollars to Armenia in support of radiological security projects.

Mars Rover’s ChemCam Instrument Gets Sharper Vision

on May 27, 2015 - 8:46am

Yellowjacket is the first rock targeted by the NASA Mars Rover’s ChemCam device after checkout of the auto-focus repair. It is a layered sedimentary rock. The laser analysis yielded a composition very close to that of Mars soil and unlike the lakebed sedimentary compositions observed at lower elevations and earlier in the mission. The soil-like composition may indicate that these rocks formed from sediment transported by wind, rather than by water. The ChemCam image also shows millimeter-size spherules of unknown origin, not seen in most earlier sedimentary rocks.

NNSA Hosts International Nuclear Forensics Workshop

on May 25, 2015 - 3:52pm
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  During May 11-22, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence program held a hands-on nuclear forensics course at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. The “International Training Course on Nuclear Forensics Methodologies,” was co-sponsored with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). 
Twenty participants from eight countries focused on the application of nuclear forensics methods during the investigation of nuclear or other radioactive material found outside

AIA: Mark Von Hagen Lecture On Ukraine May 31

on May 25, 2015 - 1:46pm

Dr. Mark Von Hagen

AIA News:


ALBUQUERUQE – The Albuquerque International Association (AIA) will host a public lecture by Dr. Mark Von Hagen titled “Ukraine between East and West: Linking the Past to the Present” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at UNM Continuing Education Auditorium, 1634 University Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

There is no one in the country better able to explain Ukraine in terms of its current problems, as well as in terms of its troubled history than Von Hagen.


New Options For Plutonium Pit Production At LANL

on May 24, 2015 - 12:49pm

Pit Production would continue at PF-4, according to new report by the Congressional Research Service. Courtesy/LANL


Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Would relocating Royal Crest help solve safety problem?

The Royal Crest trailer park may have a role to play in fulfilling a Congressional mandate for Los Alamos National Laboratory to resume production of plutonium pits, the imploding, hollow cores that detonate thermonuclear weapons.

A report by the Congressional Research Service that became available this week proposes several options to solve manufacturing, safety and

Legislation Introduced To Build Cuba’s Digital Economy

on May 23, 2015 - 9:16am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday that would enable U.S. telecommunications and Internet companies to provide their services and devices in Cuba.
Cuba is one of the least wired countries in the western hemisphere, leaving many Cubans unable to access the Internet for things like business development, political discourse and personal communications.
Smartphones also are unusable in Cuba, and the few Cubans who do have access to cellular technology

IIE Announces 160 Study Abroad Scholarships

on May 23, 2015 - 8:57am
IIE News:
NEW YORK — Leading up to its centennial celebration in 2019 and building on its nearly 100-year commitment to study abroad, the Institute of International Education launched Generation Study Abroad® in 2014 to double the number of students who study abroad each year.
With less than 10 percent of American college students studying abroad, IIE is taking action to enable more U.S. students, especially those who are typically underrepresented in U.S. study abroad, to participate in an academic, internship, or service-learning experience abroad.

IIE has announced a first round

Poll: What's Causing Bright Spots On Ceres?

on May 22, 2015 - 10:32am

Unusual bright spots discovered on Ceres. Courtesy/JPL

JPL News:

Can you guess what's creating those unusual bright spots on Ceres? Volcano, geyser, rock, ice, salt deposit, other?

On March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft began orbiting Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Even before the spacecraft arrived at the dwarf planet, images revealed mysterious bright spots that captivated scientists and observers alike.

Until Dawn gets a closer look over the next few months, it's anyone's guess what those spots could be. So, go ahead! Cast your vote. See more

U.S. Leads Fifth International Review Meeting On Safety Of Spent Fuel And Radioactive Waste Management

on May 20, 2015 - 8:11pm
NNSA News:
VIENNA, Austria Representatives of the nations or Contracting Parties who are signatories to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (Joint Convention), began on Monday the Fifth Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties.
The Joint Convention is the first international instrument that deals with the safety of management and storage of radioactive waste and spent fuel in countries with and without nuclear programs.

Proposed Los Alamos Bag Ban Bad For Environment And Freedom

on May 20, 2015 - 1:50pm
By PAUL J. GESSING, President
Rio Grande Foundation

The Los Alamos County Council is considering banning plastic grocery bags. More than 200 municipalities in the United States, including two in New Mexico – Santa Fe and Silver City – have banned the distribution of lightweight plastic shopping bags.

Proponents of bag bans, specifically the Sierra Club, claim they will reduce litter and protect the marine environment, diminish our consumption of resources and emissions of greenhouse gases, reduce waste, and save taxpayers’ money.

Unfortunately, the supposed environmental benefits of

National Defense University Students Tour Los Alamos

on May 19, 2015 - 11:24am

National Defense University students gather for lunch Monday at Fuller Lodge during their visit to Los Alamos. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Staff Report

Students from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., paid a visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday as part of a two-week trip visiting various national security facilities around the country. 

According to a staff member traveling with the students, 50 different countries are represented by this gathering and all are studying for a Masters Degree in National Security.

Before gathering for lunch at

LANL: Better Predicting Flu Outbreaks With Wikipedia

on May 16, 2015 - 8:43am

From left, Kyle Hickmann, Nick Generous, Alina Deshpande, Geoffrey Fairchild, Sara Del Valle and Reid Preidhorshy. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have the ability to forecast the upcoming flu season and other infectious diseases by analyzing views of Wikipedia articles.

“The ability to more accurately forecast the flu season and other infectious diseases will transform the way health departments prepare for and respond to epidemics, ultimately saving lives,” scientist Sara Del Valle said.

Del Valle and her team recently published “Forecasting the

Gazan Child Trauma Specialist, Local Palestinian Activist Talk On Humanitarian Crisis In Gaza 7-9 P.M. Today

on May 16, 2015 - 8:15am

Before and after the Israeli bombing in Gaza, Summer 2014. Courtesy photo


The public is invited to attend a talk by Ayman Nijim and Samia Assed on the Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza and restoring the Gazan Village of Khuza’a, 7-9 p.m., today at the Albuquerque Mennonite Church, 1300 Girard Blvd.

Ayman Nijim, a lifelong resident of Gaza, is a professional trauma specialist. He has designed programs to provide psychosocial support for children in Gaza and to help mothers heal from the impacts of occupation, displacement, siege and the continuing Israeli assault. 

Ayman Nijim.

National Expert To Discuss Conflict In Israel Sunday

on May 15, 2015 - 7:02am

Laura Green


The Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, will host a question and answer session on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at Club House facilities at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

All are welcome. Donations will be accepted.

The speaker is Laura Green, a regional leader of Hadassah and a national leader of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. 

Green is very well informed on the history and present state of the conflict and has very extensive experience with travel in Israel


US And China Mark 10th Anniversary Of Peaceful Uses Of Nuclear Technology Joint Coordination Meetings

on May 14, 2015 - 3:09pm

NNSA News:

CHENGDU, CHINA – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington and China National Energy Administration (NEA) Director General Liu Baohua co-chaired the 10th Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology (PUNT) Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) meeting May 6-7 in Chengdu, China.

Since 2002, the United States and China have held periodic joint meetings on their cooperative activities under the U.S.-China PUNT Agreement.

Businessmen From Philippines Tour Los Alamos

on May 9, 2015 - 4:16pm

A group of eight businessmen from the Philippines and a couple of American tour guides visited Los Alamos last Saturday. One of the guides explained that this is the second year the group has traveled through Los Alamos as part of their tour of southwestern United States. The trip began three days earlier when the men flew from Malaysia to San Francisco where they visited for two days before flying to Albuquerque. The tour guides were waiting for them with a truck load of motorcycles, which they rode up I-25 toward Los Alamos.

AHF Meets With Mayors Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

on May 5, 2015 - 1:37pm

AHF President Cindy Kelly with Mayor Taue, on her right, and Mayor Matsui, on her left. Courtesy/AHF.

AHF President Cindy Kelly with Mayor Taue amidst the media. Courtesy/AHF

AHF News:

The Atomic Heritage Foundation met with the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Japanese local government officials, Friday, May 1, to discuss the interpretation of the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The meeting, which was held at the Institute of International Education at 809 United Nations Plaza in New York City, marked a positive first step in opening a dialogue with the Japanese,