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FBI Warns Texas Leaders Of Foreign Threats To Research And Academic Institutions

on September 25, 2018 - 3:01pm
FBI News:
HOUSTON, Texas — Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Perrye K. Turner welcomed Thursday, Sept. 13, the Assistant Director (AD) of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, Bill Priestap, and leaders of Texas medical, scientific research, and academic institutions.
AD Priestap discussed the challenges of protecting educational and research opportunities while mitigating potential risks to U.S. national and economic security. “Enhanced protection begins with enhanced awareness,” concluded AD Priestap.
The FBI works closely with private partners and government agencies to ensure

AGU: New Study Suggests Martian Moon May Have Come From Impact On Home Planet

on September 25, 2018 - 6:24am
Phobos seen from Mars surface captured by the Curiosity rover in 2014. Courtesy/NASA / JPL / MSSS / Justin Cowart CC-BY-3.0
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The weird shapes and colors of the tiny Martian moons Phobos and Deimos have inspired a long-standing debate about their origins.
The dark faces of the moons resemble the primitive asteroids of the outer solar system, suggesting the moons might be asteroids caught long ago in Mars’ gravitational pull. But the shapes and angles of the moons’ orbits do not fit this capture scenario.
A fresh look at 20-year-old data from the Mars Global

Marc Kippen Awarded Inaugural Global Security Medal

on September 24, 2018 - 6:05pm

Los Alamos Global Security Medal recipient Marc Kippen. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • R. Marc Kippen is an expert in space-based sensing and nuclear detonation detection ... he is the first recipient of LANL’s Global Security Medal
  • Medal honors commitment to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s mission

R. Marc Kippen has been awarded the inaugural Los Alamos Global Security Medal in recognition of his innovative professional and scientific excellence supporting Los Alamos National Laboratory’s global security mission.

Specifically, Kippen is recognized for his leadership and achievements in

Los Alamos School Children Get Pinkies Painted Purple To Help Eradicate Polio

on September 24, 2018 - 7:32am

The Purple Pinkie Project is the Rotary Club effort to eradicate Polio. Courtesy/Rotary


Volunteers through the Rotary Club of Los Alamos will visit local elementary schools at lunch Monday, Oct. 22 to raise money for polio eradication.

In 1985, Rotary International began raising funds in an effort to eliminate Polio worldwide. Polio has not been a problem in the United States for many years, but this is not the case in many developing countries.

Cards And Letters Needed For Local Wounded Soldier

on September 23, 2018 - 6:26pm

Cards and postage may be dropped off to our collection box at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

C’YA News:

Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) has 8-10 military personnel they send cards and letters to on a regular basis.

Recipients include former Los Alamos students, Pojoaque high school graduates, relatives of locals and friends.

A few urgent requests have been received and we would appreciate your time. While continued mail is always appreciated, items received by Wednesday of this week is crucial.

Local Army solider Ezra Maes was recently in a

New Mexico’s Military And Overseas Voters To Begin Receiving General Election Absentee Ballots

on September 23, 2018 - 5:11pm
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
SANTA FE Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announces that New Mexico county clerks have begun sending ballots to all federally qualified voters living outside the U.S. who have submitted a valid absentee application.
These voters are covered under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and the state’s Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act (UMOVA).
“Election Day is quickly approaching and the men and women living and serving outside the U.S.

Up In The Sky, It’s A Star, A Planet … No It’s A Balloon!

on September 23, 2018 - 7:02am

As the moon rose in the east at sunset Saturday, what looked like a bright star or planet turned out to be a high altitude research balloon. Photo taken by Jeff Bloch from Quemazon with a 300 mm Cannon Telephoto.

Science Balloon Spotted From Western Area Saturday

on September 23, 2018 - 6:29am

View of a science balloon spotted Saturday night in the sky next to the moon taken from Western Area. Photo by Diane Roussel-Dupre

World Futures: Governance Part 3

on September 20, 2018 - 3:16pm
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous column we explored governance in families, businesses, organizations that are subject to some external control, and one global entity that uses agreed governance but without external government control (the Internet). It now is useful to explore government and its role in governance.

Drawing from Wikipedia, government is a system or group of people governing an organized community. If you explore the definition in an array of sources, a precise definition becomes confusing and elusive.

LANL Scientist Jonathan Dowell Discusses Lighthouse Directional Radiation Detector During Science On Tap

on September 18, 2018 - 7:15am

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Jonathan Dowell presented the talk, ‘Simple sophistication: Detecting radiation one beam at a time’ Monday evening at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. Like its namesake, the lighthouse directional radiation detector is all about maintaining a safe distance from harm. Whether the goal is confirming absence of radioactive materials or tracking them, the latest engineering innovation by Dowell and his colleagues brings a radiation-detection tool with immense potential to keep workers and the public safe.

Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephanie Sydoria Delivers Keynote At Ukraine’s 27 Years Of Independence Event

on September 16, 2018 - 5:57am

Ukrainian Americans gathered Wednesday in Albuquerque for a celebration of Ukraine’s Independence Day. Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephanie Sydoria, behind sign and 5th from right, delivered the keynote address. Courtesy photo


Ukrainian Americans of New Mexico celebrated both the 27th and the 100th anniversaries of the declarations of Ukrainian independence by gathering Aug. 26 at the Albuquerque Civic Plaza to read aloud the official proclamation issued by Mayor Tim Keller.

Father Artur Bubnevych of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Byzantine Catholic Church blessed the

AGU: Mysterious ‘Lunar Swirls’ Point To Moon’s Volcanic, Magnetic Past

on September 15, 2018 - 2:30pm
Sonia Tikoo, an assistant professor in Rutgers-New Brunswick’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, looks at moon rock samples in a Petri dish. Courtesy/Rutgers
AGU News:
The mystery behind lunar swirls, one of the solar system’s most beautiful optical anomalies, may finally be solved thanks to a new study.
The solution hints at the dynamism of the moon’s ancient past as a place with volcanic activity and an internally generated magnetic field. It also challenges our picture of the moon’s existing geology.
Lunar swirls resemble bright, snaky clouds painted on the moon’s

AGU: U.S. Wildfire Smoke Deaths May Double By 2100

on September 15, 2018 - 7:48am
A helicopter drops water on the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., as firefighters continue to battle the blaze in 2012. Courtesy/U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock
This image, captured by the NOAA-20 satellite’s VIIRS instrument Aug. 19, 2018, shows thick plumes of smoke over British Columbia. Courtesy/NOAA
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of deaths associated with the inhalation of wildfire smoke in the U.S. could double by the end of the century, according to new research.
A new study simulating the effects of wildfire smoke on human

World Futures: Governance Part 2

on September 14, 2018 - 2:43am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous column we ended by observing a roughly pyramidal order in every organization. Yet in my mental model I visualize the 7.4 billion people on Earth as individual bubbles engaged in pedesis or Brownian motion.
First observed, or at least documented, by botanist Robert Brown in 1827, he observed that the triangular shaped pollen of Clarkia Pulchella immersed in water would burst at the corners. The particles released would then randomly bounce around in the water.

In a bubble model of humanity assume every person is a

Los Alamos Historical Society Intern Studies Cold War

on September 13, 2018 - 9:23am

Los Alamos High School graduate Kallie Funk’s summer job as an intern for the Los Alamos Historical Society gave her the opportunity to research Cold War history in the society’s archives, a topic that is a good fit with her college major, political science. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Historical Society Intern

I was born and raised in Los Alamos. My mom was as well, so I have always thought I knew everything there was to know about Los Alamos and its history.

However, after I accepted a research internship at the Los Alamos Historical Society earlier this year, I quickly

International Space Station Captures Hurricane Florence

on September 13, 2018 - 7:50am

Hurricane Florence on the morning of Sept. 12, 2018, viewed from the International Space Station, (ISS/NASA photo, prep. by David Ponton,

Hurricane Florence on the morning of Sept. 12, 2018 viewed from the International Space Station (ISS/NASA photo, prep. by David Ponton,

Eye of hurricane Florence on the morning of Sept. 12, 2018, viewed from the International Space Station (ISS/NASA photo, prep. by David Ponton,

Benson: Every Day Is 9-11...

on September 12, 2018 - 9:50am
Los Alamos

Tuesday morning, a monumental American flag soared from the high-angle rescue ladder above the row of fire engines and emergency vehicles parked ceremonially at the West Jemez Road Fire Station. Tuesday was 9-11, something Americans alive in 2001 were tasked to Never Forget.

As I watched people heading into LANL, however, it seemed as if … well … a lot of us have, indeed, forgotten. Drivers were concentrating on mundane things like the phone at their ear, or the car ahead rather than the flag above.

Letter To The Editor: Consider USA Response To 9/11

on September 11, 2018 - 4:56pm
Los Alamos

Almost 3,000 souls perished in the 9/11 attacks; BTW in the rest of the world the date is 11 September, i.e. 11/9.

Let’s take a moment to consider the USA response to 9/11. The events of that day led to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars; in my opinion, they also led to the rise of the Islamic State (IS), the Syrian war, and the millions of refugees who fled the wars and their aftermaths.

The Afghan and Iraq wars caused over 10,000 USA and coalition deaths and between one and two million civilian deaths.

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001...

on September 11, 2018 - 6:27am

Courtesy photo


Today marks the 17th anniversary of the series of four coordinated attacks against the United States.

The attacks:

  • Date: Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001
  • Perpetrator: Al-Qaeda
  • Total number of deaths: 2,996 (2,977 victims + 19 hijackers):
  • Locations: New York City, Stonycreek Township, Arlington County
  • Attack types: Aircraft hijacking, Mass murder, Suicide attack, Terrorism

Source: wikipedia

On Sept.

AGU: Polluted Groundwater Likely Contaminated South Pacific Ocean Coral Reefs For Decades

on September 10, 2018 - 7:41am
Rarotonga. Photo by Dirk Erler
AGU News:
Groundwater containing excess nitrogen from agricultural fertilizers likely contaminated coral reefs on the Cook Islands during the second half of the 20th century, continuing for years after fertilizer use stopped, according to a new study.
The finding suggests human activities have long-lasting impacts on coral reef communities and could be contributing to their decline.
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth, supporting more species per unit area than any other marine environment, according to NOAA

Professional Basketball Player Alex Kirk Of Los Alamos Named MVP In Championship Game In Tokyo

on September 9, 2018 - 9:10pm

Professional basketball player Alex Kirk receives the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for the pre-season tournament (Early Cup). Alvark Tokyo won the championship game during which Kirk, a Los Alamos High School graduate, scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. Alvark Tokyo is a Japanese professional basketball team in Tokyo. Toyota sponsors the team, which plays in the Japanese B.League. Until 2000, the team was known as the Toyota Pacers.

Hargreaves And Fry Embark On Haiti Mission Trip

on September 4, 2018 - 6:12am
Photo by Elizabeth Hargreaves
Photo by Elizabeth Hargreaves
Los Alamos
Katherine Fry and friend Elizabeth Hargreaves make one divine duo, as they head to Haiti on a mission trip of hope and healing during September.
Fry has herself recently had some personal healing, having knee surgery.
“I am grateful for the ability to have a knee replacement, to be able to see a medical doctor when I want/need to, without waiting for weeks or months and not having to walk great distances on a dirt road to see a medical professional,” Fry said. “That includes;

Happy Labor Day 2018 Los Alamos!

on September 3, 2018 - 6:46am

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Daily Post news team wishes our readers a happy and relaxing Labor Day in Los Alamos, throughout the state, across the nation and in 129 countries around the world.

History of Labor Day

What it Means:

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Labor Day Legislation:

The first governmental recognition came

World Futures: Statistics (And Probability) – Part 10

on September 2, 2018 - 6:04am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous columns we explored different areas where statistics are used for scientific purposes, management purposes. operational decisions and intellectual purposes. For example, measuring the cross sections of a Uranium atom (a statistical measurement) allows for the design of a nuclear reactor.

But how do you measure what people want both individually and collectively? As a collection of individuals we want and need things, the driving desires that support consumption, purchasing and demand for business enterprises.

Environmental Management Assistant Secretary White Focuses On Collaboration In Japan Visit

on August 31, 2018 - 5:30am
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White speaks during the fifth meeting of the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation Aug. 8 in Tokyo. Courtesy photo
EM News:
Following is a first-person account by Environmental Management Assistant Secretary Anne White on her trip Aug. 7-10 to Japan as part of a delegation attending the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation, the U.S.-Japan Decommissioning Forum, and a tour of the Fukushima Daiichi Site.
I had the honor of traveling to Japan proudly representing EM, while accompanying Deputy Energy Secretary