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Udall On Report That U.S. Military’s Burn Pits May Have Broken Federal Law

on July 23, 2014 - 10:27am

Open-Air Burn Pit, Feb. 14, 2014, at Shindand Airbase, with unused Afghan-operated incinerators in background. Courtesy/SIGAR

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall responded to a new report that the U.S. military’s use of open-air burn pits at Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan may have violated federal law.

According to the report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), made public today, most of the solid waste at Shindand Air Base was disposed of for years in open burn pits rather than incinerators.

Voyager Spacecraft Might Not Have Reached Interstellar Space

on July 23, 2014 - 9:23am

The heliosphere, in which the Sun and planets reside, is a large bubble inflated from the inside by the high-speed solar wind blowing out from the Sun. Pressure from the solar wind, along with pressure from the surrounding interstellar medium, determines the size and shape of the heliosphere. The supersonic flow of solar wind abruptly slows at the termination shock, the innermost boundary of the solar system. The edge of the solar system is the heliopause. The bow shock pushes ahead through the interstellar medium as the heliosphere plows through the galaxy.

Photo Gallery: Faces Of Int'l Folk Art Market

on July 19, 2014 - 9:03am

Photo by Derrick Key/Los Alamos

Photo by Derrick Key/Los Alamos

IFAM News:

This summer’s 11th annual International Folk Art Market kicked off July 10 with a Community Celebration in Santa Fe’s Railyard Park. The annual Artists’ Procession included more than 100 of the 2014 Market artists from more than 60 countries, all in colorful national dress.

The Market ran through July 13 at Milner Plaza on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill and included international food vendors, artist demonstrations, hands-on art making activities for children, dance and the opportunity to meet artists from around the world.

The

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Saturday's Supermoon Shines Over Los Alamos

on July 14, 2014 - 8:57am

Saturday's supermoon shines bright and large above Los Alamos. A supermoon is a new or full moon, which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 percent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. There are four to six supermoons a year on average and 2014 will have five. They are the two new moons of January, and the full moons of July, August and September. The full moon of Aug. 10, will present the closest supermoon of the year at 221,765 miles from Earth. Source: earthsky.org. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Santa Fe Council on International Relations: Champagne Brunch & Film July 22

on July 7, 2014 - 9:16am

CIR News:

Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) is hosting a Champagne Brunch and viewing of the film "Welcome," 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 at the CIR's new location at 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D in Santa Fe.

Join the Council on International Relations for a delightful champagne brunch and film entitled: Welcome, directed by Phillippe Lioret on Tuesday, July 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at CIR’s new location: 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D in Santa Fe.

The multi award-winning new film from writer/director Philippe Lioret, WELCOME is a compassionate and inspiring

LANL: Ribosome Research in Atomic Detail Offers Potential Insights into Cancer, Anemia, Alzheimer’s

on July 3, 2014 - 9:30am

The newly discovered rolling movement shown in (A) three-dimensional cryo-electron microscopy image of ribosome, and (B) computer-generated atomic-resolution model of the human ribosome consistent with microscopy. A). Arrows indicate the direction of movement during transition between the two different states. B). Ribbons represent backbone of RNA and protein molecules within the ribosome. Color bar indicates the amount of motion during rolling. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New movement during decoding occurs in humans, not in bacteria

A groundbreaking study of the human ribosome is revealing

LANL: Scientists Ignite Aluminum Water Mix

on June 30, 2014 - 7:51am

LANL chemist Bryce Tappan ignites a small quantity of aluminum nanoparticle water mixture.  In open air, the compound burns like a Fourth of July sparkler.  Courtesy/LANL

When dry, aluminum nanoparticles look like simple dark gray dust. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Combustion mechanism of aluminum nanoparticles and water published in prestigious German chemistry journal

Don't worry, that beer can you’re holding is not going to spontaneously burst into flames, but under the right circumstances aluminum does catch fire, and the exact mechanism that governs how, has long been a mystery.

Now,

LANL: Probing Fukushima With Cosmic Rays Should Speed Cleanup

on June 18, 2014 - 12:27pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory postdoctoral researcher Elena Guardincerri, right, and undergraduate research assistant Shelby Fellows prepare a lead hemisphere inside a muon tomography machine, which can peer inside closed containers and provide detailed images of dense objects such as nuclear materials or other items of interest.

New Los Alamos Approach May Be Key to Quantum Dot Solar Cells With Real Gains in Efficiency

on June 18, 2014 - 7:56am

Core/shell PbSe/CdSe quantum dots (a) and a carrier multiplication (CM) pathway (b) in these nano structures. (a) Transmission electron microscopy image of thick-shell PbSe/CdSe quantum dots developed for this study. (b) A hot hole generated in the shell via absorption of a photon collides with a core-localized valence-band electron, promoting it across the energy-gap, which generates a second electron-hole pair. In thick-shell PbSe/CdSe quantum dots this process is enhanced due to slow relaxation of shell-localized holes into the core.Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Nanoengineering Boosts Carrier

The Internet’s Next Big Idea: Connecting People, Information and Things

on June 16, 2014 - 9:01am

Image Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

By Chris Greer, Senior Executive for Cyber-Physical Systems
National Institute of Standards and Technology

In the early 1990s, a Web page consisted of crude, rainbow-colored, text-filled boxes that “hyperlinked” to more text. Today, your Internet-enabled smartphone not only gives you access to libraries’ worth of information, but also helps you navigate the physical world.

Cyber-physical systems, also called the Internet of Things, are the next big advance for our use of the web.

United Church of Los Alamos Mexico Mission Volunteers Construct Homes For Families

on June 15, 2014 - 8:30pm

United Church of Los Alamos and Unitarian Church members at a home building trip in April in Puerto Peñasco. Courtesy photo

During their April trip to Puerto Peñasco, the group built a double size home for a family of six previously living in a one room home. Courtesy photo

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

A profound sense of fulfillment experienced by Los Alamos youth and adults who build homes for Mexican families living in dreadful circumstances draws many to volunteer year after year.

Laura and Randy Erickson have participated in 32 of these annual week-long trips and helped

LANL: Desert Scientists Turn to Rainforest for Climate Answers

on May 30, 2014 - 10:08am

Heath-Powers: Los Alamos scientist Heath Powers, foreground, and on-site technician Vagner Castro work on field equipment for measuring carbon dioxide and water vapor near areas of human habitation in Brazil.Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Work in Brazil’s Amazon Basin Should Improve Climate Prediction

Nearly a quarter of the way through their two-year project, a team of scientists deployed to Brazil’s Amazon Basin is unraveling the mysteries of how land and atmospheric processes affect tropical hydrology and climate.

UN Mulling Rules to Govern Autonomous Killer Robots

on May 19, 2014 - 8:21am
A mock 'killer robot' is pictured in central London April 23, 2013 during the launching of against lethal robot weapons. Courtesy. Carl Court/AFP
 
HSNW News:

On Tuesday, delegates from several international organizations and governments around the world began the first of many round of talks dealing with what some call “lethal autonomous weapons systems” (LAWS), and others call “killer robots.”

Supporters of LAWS say the technology offers life-saving potential in warfare, as these robots y are able to get closer than troops to assess threats without letting emotions interfere in their

Udall Opposes FCC's Proposed Internet 'Fast Lane'

on May 16, 2014 - 8:06am

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement expressing concern about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote Thursday for net neutrality rules that include a "fast lane" or "toll lane" to charge companies for faster delivery of content: 

 

"Today's vote by the FCC is very disappointing. As the commissioners move forward to make a final rule, I'm calling on them to protect free expression, competition and innovation online.

LAHS Grads Win DECA International Championship

on April 27, 2014 - 7:54am

Josh Dolin and Sydney Sivils, 2010 Los Alamos High School graduates, won the International Championship of the collegiate division Advertising Campaign competition at the 2014 DECA International Career Development Conference April 24-26 in Washington, D.C. Dolin and Sivils are graduating seniors at UNM. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA Inc.

View Rare Glimpse of Antarctica Through National Geographic Lens 7 p.m. Thursday at PEEC

on April 13, 2014 - 9:58am

Stephen Becker of Los Alamos stands in front of the National Geographic Explorer. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

It was the trip of a lifetime. Last November, Los Alamos local Stephen Becker embarked on the National Geographic Explorer ship to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and Antarctica. 

During this voyage, National Geographic photographers produced a 50-minute video showing some of the trip highlights. Becker will show the video, and talk about the trip in a program at 7 a.m. at PEEC Thursday, April 17. Join Becker and PEEC for a rare glimpse of this remote region.

This event

CIR Celebrates Europe Day in Santa Fe May 4-5

on April 12, 2014 - 8:41am

Ambassador Nuno Brito of Portugal to the United States

CIF News:

Santa Fe Council on International Relations announces a Europe Day in Santa Fe.

Featured Speaker:  H.E. Nuno Brito, Ambassador of Portugal to the United States

Panel Speakers:

  • Mr. Georgios Papanikolaou, Consul General of Greece in Houston
  • Mr. Stephan Helgesen, Honorary Consul of Germany in New Mexico
  • Mr. Edward Herrera, Director of the NM Economic Development Dept, Office of International Trade
  • Moderated by: Dr. James Joy, Retired US Senior Foreign Service Officer

· Sunday, May 4, 5-9 p.m.  $35 Dinner and a Movie: Welcome  

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World’s Largest Single Crystal of Gold Verified at Los Alamos

on April 7, 2014 - 9:54am

 

Neutron diffraction data collected on the single-crystal diffraction (SCD) instrument at the Lujan Center, from the Venezuelan gold sample, indicate that the sample is a single crystal. Courtesy/LANL

Science staff prepares measurements on the Single Crystal Diffraction Device at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Lujan Neutron Scattering Center. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lujan Center neutron diffraction team confirms structure

When geologist John Rakovan needed better tools to investigate whether a dazzling 217.78-gram piece of gold was in fact the world’s largest single-crystal

Sarov, Russia Sends Gift To Los Alamos County Council

on April 4, 2014 - 2:35pm

Los Alamos County Communications & Public Relations Administrator/Public Information Officer Julie Habiger holds a gift from the Sister City of Sarov to the Los Alamos County Council, which was presented today by Desta Parkinson on behalf of her sister Summer Shelley who brought it back from Russia. The gift will be placed in a display case at the Los Alamos Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Alert: FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information About Suspected Child Sexual Predator

on April 2, 2014 - 11:31am

FBI News:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. 

Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are attached to this email with the request that media publish and broadcast this information as widely as possible.

The materials also can be found online at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

Initial images and video of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 28, engaging in sexually explicit

IRS Releases Virtual Currency Guidance

on March 28, 2014 - 1:05pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX -– The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued a notice providing answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on virtual currency, such as Bitcoin. These FAQs provide basic information on the U.S. federal tax implications of transactions in, or transactions that use, virtual currency.

 

In some environments, virtual currency operates like “real” currency -- i.e., the coin and paper money of the United States or of any other country that is designated as legal tender, circulates, and is customarily used and accepted as a medium of exchange in the country of

ATHENA Desktop Human 'Body' Could Reduce Need for Animal Drug Tests

on March 28, 2014 - 10:58am

The ATHENA organ project combines heart, liver, kidney and lung features in a desktop toxicity testing platform. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Surrogate Organ System Developed for Toxicity Testing

Creating surrogate human organs, coupled with insights from highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, a new project is on the brink of revolutionizing the way we screen new drugs and toxic agents.

ATHENA, the Advanced Tissue-engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer project team, is developing four human organ constructs – liver, heart, lung and kidney – that are based on a significantly

Can You Spare An Hour For The Planet?

on March 27, 2014 - 9:51am

WORLD WILDLIFE News:

Saturday, March 29 at 8:30 p.m., hundreds of millions of people around the globe will turn off their non-essential lights for one hour during Earth Hour to display a commitment to protect the one thing that unites us all – our planet.

From the beginning, cities and towns across America have enthusiastically embraced Earth Hour – turning off lights in government buildings and urging their citizens to participate. This single act is provoking discussion and is helping to create the change we need to reduce our environmental impact.

Earth Hour is a great opportunity for

Los Alamos County Officials Gather with Japanese Dignitaries For Meeting and Reception in Santa Fe

on March 22, 2014 - 11:36am

Los Alamos County Councilor Geoff Rodgers, left, with Consul General of Japan Ikuhiko Ono, center, and Consul General of Mexico Mauricio Ibara Ponce de Leon at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe Friday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Senior officials from JETRO (the Japan External Trade Organization) met in Santa Fe Friday with various business and community leaders to promote economic dialogue between Japan and New Mexico. The JETRO delegation featured Director Sachiko Yoshimura of JETRO offices in Los Angeles.

Topics of discussion

Think New Mexico Among World's Top Think Tanks

on March 18, 2014 - 7:26am

TTCSP News:

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania’s International Relations Program recently recognized Think New Mexico as one of the top think tanks in the world in its seventh annual “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.” According to TTCSP, “the index has become the gold standard for think tanks around the world and is widely cited by governments, donors, journals and policymakers.”

Think New Mexico is a nonpartisan, results-oriented think tank dedicated to improving the quality of life for all New Mexicans, especially those who lack a

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