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Dateline Los Alamos: Top Science News Of 2014

on December 22, 2014 - 4:40pm

LANL 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.

Mysteries Of ‘Molecular Machines’ Revealed

on December 22, 2014 - 4:10pm

A picture of a membrane protein called cysZ determined with Phenix software using data that could not previously be analyzed.Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Scientists are making it easier for pharmaceutical companies and researchers to see the detailed inner workings of molecular machines.

“Inside each cell in our bodies and inside every bacterium and virus are tiny but complex protein molecules that synthesize chemicals, replicate genetic material, turn each other on and off, and transport chemicals across cell membranes,” said Tom Terwilliger, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist.

Foxx: From Rags To Riches In Memories?

on December 17, 2014 - 1:54pm
Sydney Frazier and her family volunteer to help work in a rice paddy while traveling in Asia. Courtesy photo
World travelers from left, Sydney Frazier and her parents Kerri and Jason Frazier being faux farmers in New Zealand. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Just over two years ago, my youngest daughter, husband, and then, 8-year-old child left on a two year travel around the world. Two years seemed like a long time but Jan. 7 they leave New Zealand to return to the United States.

Udall Addresses New Cuba Relations; Prisoner Release

on December 17, 2014 - 11:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released a statement today on the president’s announcement that he has taken steps to normalize relations with the country of Cuba and has secured the release of American prisoner Alan Gross, who had been held in a Cuban jail since 2009. 

In November, Udall traveled to Cuba with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., where they met with Cuban officials as well as religious and business leaders to discuss the impacts of the embargo and travel restrictions on American and Cuban families.

SFCC: Summer Study Abroad Program In Spain

on December 15, 2014 - 8:57am

Los Alamos Names New Laboratory Fellows For 2014

on December 15, 2014 - 8:15am

LANL News:
  • Honorees span sciences in physics, astrophysics, chemistry

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows list expands by five this week as a new group of high achievers is named.

The honorees this year are Christopher L. Fryer, Herbert O. Funsten, John C. Gordon, Jaqueline L. Kiplinger and David S. Moore.

“The sustained scientific excellence demonstrated by the work of Chris, Herb, John, Jaqueline and David exemplifies the outstanding people and capabilities we apply to today’s national security mission, and positions the Laboratory to be prepared to meet future challenges,”

Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting 7 p.m. Sunday

on December 10, 2014 - 4:54pm


The Los Alamos Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will host a local participation in the Worldwide Candle Lighting at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Ashley Pond bandstand. 

As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons worldwide commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon. Please join with us in creating faralitos to honor the children of Los Alamos lost to us through an early death.

Materials will be provided between 6:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. to create faralitos. The faralitos will be lit promptly at 7 p.m.

Accident Occurs At Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant

on December 3, 2014 - 8:25am

Courtesy image


Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk announced this morning that an accident has occurred at the Zaporizhye Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in south-east Ukraine.

Yatseniuk said in a news report that he was aware an accident had occurred at the Zaporizhye NPP. News agency Interfax Ukraine reports that the problem occurred at bloc No. 3 - a 1,000-megawatt reactor - and the resulting lack of output had worsened the power crisis in the country. Interfax added that the bloc was expected to come back on stream Dec. 5.

Ukraine is one of Europe’s largest energy

Rotary Efforts Result In $145K To Fight Polio

on December 2, 2014 - 9:17am



The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is among 39 Rotary clubs throughout Rotary District 5520, which includes New Mexico and west Texas, that recently raised awareness and money in support of Rotary International’s polio eradication effort.  

Friday Oct. 24, local members gathered at Los Alamos schools to share information about the drive to eliminate polio from the globe, to paint pinkies purple, and to accept donations.

Small Volcanic Eruptions Could Be Slowing Global Warming

on November 27, 2014 - 7:49am

The Sarychev Peak Volcano, on Matua Island, erupted on June 12, 2009. New research shows that eruptions of this size may contribute more to the recent lull in global temperature increases than previously thought. Courtesy/NASA

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Small volcanic eruptions might eject more of an atmosphere-cooling gas into Earth’s upper atmosphere than previously thought, potentially contributing to the recent slowdown in global warming, according to a new study.

Scientists have long known that volcanoes can cool the atmosphere, mainly by means of sulfur dioxide gas that eruptions

Los Alamos Impacts Highlands Of Guatemala

on November 16, 2014 - 7:47am

At Tuesday's meeting at the Manhattan Project, Rotarian Deborah Simon updates the local club on a project that provides clean water to rural villages in the highlands of Guatemala. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost


Los Alamos Daily Post

Sitting on top of a mesa with nothing but canyons surrounding it, Los Alamos can feel a little isolated from the world; but believe it or not, this small town impacts not only neighboring cities but also countries.

For instance, the local Rotary Club is helping to bring a positive impact in another secluded part of the world - the

LANL: Using Wikipedia To Forecast Diseases

on November 13, 2014 - 12:17pm

Scientist Sara Del Valle and her team observe findings from their research on disease patterns from analyzing Wikipedia articles. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos research published in Public Library of Science

Scientists can now monitor and forecast diseases around the globe more effectively by analyzing views of Wikipedia articles, according to a team from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“A global disease-forecasting system will improve the way we respond to epidemics,” scientist Sara Del Valle said.

Rosetta's Philae Probe Lands On A Comet

on November 12, 2014 - 12:51pm

Rosetta’s deployment of Philae to land on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Courtesy/ESA

Touchdown of Philae. Courtesy/ESA

ESA News:

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved. Watch video here.

After a tense wait during the seven-hour descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the signal confirming the successful touchdown arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT (17:03 CET). The confirmation was relayed via the Rosetta orbiter to Earth and picked up

International Scientific Society Reacts To L’Aquila Seismologists Acquittal

on November 11, 2014 - 9:51am

Christine McEntee

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The following statement is attributable to Executive Director/CEO Christine McEntee of the American Geophysical Union (AGU):

"The October 2012 conviction of Italian scientists on manslaughter charges in connection with the L'Aquila earthquake was alarming to the worldwide scientific community, and today’s acquittal is an important step in sanctioning the role scientists play in advising governments and communicating the results of their research to the public.

Udall Statement On President’s Net Neutrality Plan

on November 10, 2014 - 12:12pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, welcomed the president’s support for a free and open Internet as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares new net neutrality rules and issued the following statement:
“Net neutrality is about leveling the playing field, and I am encouraged that the president has joined the call for strong rules by the FCC to protect the open Internet.

Los Alamos Rotary Raises $13,000 For Matching Grant

on November 10, 2014 - 6:42am
Los Alamos Rotarians Linda Hull, left, and Alison Pannell discuss a $13,000 matching grant during Tuesday's meeting at the Manhattan Project. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The grant obtained by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos to support the education of Haitian children living in the Dominican Republic represents numerous things.

It is a testament of what teamwork and persistence can accomplish; it is proof that friendships can be forged over countries’ borders; and it is evidence that positive change in people’s lives is possible.

Performers With Salzburg Marionette Theater Take Los Alamos Concert Poster Back To Austria

on November 4, 2014 - 9:56am

Performers with the Salzburg Marionette Theater prepare to carry a Los Alamos Concert Association's concert poster back to Austria after their performance in the Smith Auditorium Saturday evening. They were so taken with the design that they plan to display the poster along with other memorabilia in their home theater in Salzburg, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013. Courtesy photo 

CIR: Former US Ambassador To Ukraine Delivers Final Fall Lecture Thursday Nov. 6

on October 31, 2014 - 4:15pm

John E. Herbst

CIF News:

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine John E. Herbst will deliver our fourth and final Fall lecture on the crisis in that beleaguered country at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

The venue is The Santa Fe Women's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. A full house is anticipated for this presentation, so interested parties should reserve their tickets as soon as possible. They may do so on line at or by calling 505.982.4931. Tickets are priced at $15 for members and $20 for non-members and guests. Full-time students 25 and under are admitted free with proper ID.

Students Asked To Submit Idea For Volunteer Project With Meaningful Impact Abroad

on October 31, 2014 - 12:33pm

  • Winning student will get to put their vision into action on a free, two-week program abroad

New York—AFS-USA, a global leader in intercultural student exchange programming, is asking American 8th-12th graders: What is one problem in the world that you would like to solve, and what type of volunteer project would you design to help solve it?”

Students are asked to submit a short essay or video outlining their idea for a volunteer project that could have a meaningful impact abroad.

New Mexico Consortium First To Use Social Media To Track Northern Lights

on October 27, 2014 - 2:20pm

A recent All-sky camera photo of the northern lights or aurora, a natural light display in the sky, predominantly seen in the high latitude regions. Courtesy/NMC

NMC News:

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is launching a new citizen science platform today called Aurorasaurus that allows the public to track auroras in real-time using their smartphones and the project website.

The public can help researchers track auroras on their desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Courtesy/NMC

This NSF funded project provides data to help space scientists understand the mechanics behind the

Johnson: Giving People Cash Works

on October 26, 2014 - 7:10am
Los Alamos
(Currently in a master's program in Nova Scotia)

Much emergency aid in disaster and war zones takes the form of in-kind assistance: food, shelter, clothing, medicine, etc. Part of the reason for this is that these may simply not be available in the area. Often though, some forms of services are still operational, especially near refugee camps or after natural disasters in heavily populated areas.

So, why not give people in these situations cash to take advantage of available, local services?

Longest Serving Under Secretary Of State Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky Presents Major Lecture Oct. 28

on October 21, 2014 - 9:38am

Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky

CIR News:

Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky's Oct. 28 appearance before The Council on International Relations (CIR) represents the third Fall 2014 lecture in a series of four focusing on the crisis in Ukraine and its ramifications for Europe, NATO and the United States.


Kyoto University To Explain Demand Response Research In Los Alamos

on October 21, 2014 - 9:34am

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities invites the public to attend a special presentation on preliminary results of the Mesa Smart Meter Study. 

Researchers from Japan's Kyoto University, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and Toshiba Corporation will provide an update and explain the continuing research being conducted at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday in Los Alamos in the New Golf Course Community Building, 4250 Diamond Dr.

For the past year and a half, Los Alamos volunteers in North and Barranca Mesas participated in three of the four Mesa

New U.S. Citizens Take Oath of Allegiance During Naturalization Ceremony At Fuller Lodge

on October 18, 2014 - 9:54pm
Family and friends join 17 new U.S. citizens in the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos this morning at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Officer Peter Rechkemmer breaks down the naturalization ceremony to participants Saturday at Fuller Lodge. He also spoke about his experience taking part in his own naturalization ceremony. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Chief U.S. District Judge M.

Los Alamos Rotarian Tony Chan Shares Travels On The Silk Road

on October 18, 2014 - 3:38pm

At the Los Alamos Rotary Club's Tuesday meeting at the Manhattan Project Restaurant, Rotarian Tony Chan gave a presentation about his family’s trip on the Silk Road, which included exploring Kashigar, Urumqui and Turfan . The photo shown here was taken at a livestock market. Chan also showed photos of treks across frozen lakes and switchbacks climbing up steep mountains. The photos showed everything shrouded in snow and mist, 'Doesn't look very friendly, does it,' Chan told the crowd. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
In addition to the wintery scenes Tony Chan captured in his photos