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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.

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
 
By CATHERINE FRY, RPh
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

FBCLA News:

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
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
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 swap.lanl.gov 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
AGU/NASA News:
 
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.

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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

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
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
SENATE News:
 
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

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