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Alex Kirk Ices Two Free-Throws To Seal Alvark Title

on May 11, 2019 - 12:08pm

Los Alamos High School graduate and basketball star Alex Kirk with his father Alan Kirk  Friday in Yokohama Japan as the Alvark Tokyo team repeats as champions of the Japanese B. League after beating the Chiba Jets in the championship game 71-67. Kirk iced two free-throws with 11 seconds left to seal the back-to-back title for Alvark and secure a second consecutive trip to the FIBA Asia Champions Cup later this year. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

Los Alamos High School graduate and basketball star Alex Kirk play on the Alvark Tokyo team, which Friday repeated their win of the Japanese B.

AGU: Climate Change Gives Old Trees Growth Spurt

on May 10, 2019 - 6:17pm
A graph of Dahurian larch tree growth from 1964-2014. BAI stands for basal area increment – the amount of area the trees gained in cross-section each year, in square millimeters. The lines represent average growth for trees of different age groups (150 to 200 years old, 200 to 250 years old, 250 to 300 years old, and older than 300 years). The spike in growth around 2004 is evident. Courtesy/AGU/Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences
 

Tree rings collected from old-growth Dahurian larch trees. Trees grow one ring per year. Courtesy/Xianliang Zhang
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Udall, Warren, Harris, Blumenthal To DHS: Stop Unconstitutional Surveillance Of Journalists, Activists...

on May 10, 2019 - 10:48am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senators demand answers from Acting Secretary McAleenan about CBP’s program to target and monitor individuals reporting on or providing assistance to migrants at the border

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin K.

AGU: Radioactive Carbon From Nuclear Bomb Tests Found In Deep Ocean Trenches

on May 9, 2019 - 8:48am
Hirondellea gigas, a type of amphipod that lives in the Mariana Trench. Courtesy/Daiju Azuma, CC BY 2.5
 
The 37 kiloton “Priscilla” nuclear test, detonated at the Nevada Test Site in 1957. Courtesy/U.S. Department of Energy
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Radioactive carbon released into the atmosphere from 20th-century nuclear bomb tests has reached the deepest parts of the ocean, new research finds.
 
A new study in AGU’s journal Geophysical Research Letters finds the first evidence of radioactive carbon from nuclear bomb tests in muscle tissues of crustaceans that inhabit Earth’s

Global Probe Into Dark Web Drug Ops Nets Arrests

on May 6, 2019 - 10:19am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. After a two-year investigation into one of the world’s largest dark web marketplaces, the DEA and other law enforcement partners have announced the arrests of three German nationals who operated the site, which sold illegal drugs and other goods to more than a million customers.
 
The three defendants were arrested April 23-24 in the United States and Germany and now face charges in both countries for their roles as administrators of the Wall Street Marketplace (WSM). (German charges:

World Futures: Integrity – Part Four

on May 5, 2019 - 6:34am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the previous column we examined deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the coding used to support all life on earth as we know it.
 
It controls the living organism, its functioning in the environment, and contains information about functioning.

Los Alamos Quadrumaniacs Robotics Team Qualifies For International Competition In West Virginia

on May 2, 2019 - 9:45am

The Quadrumaniacs with their robot, from left, Zoya Kahn, Timothy Rousculp, Sasha Simakov, Magellon Bronson and Lucy Kelley. Members Corben Meek and Maggie Kelley are not pictured.  Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

The story of how the Quadrumanics got their name tells you something about the team. The name comes from quadrumana, primates with four hands. Probably, most people reading this didn’t know that, but the team did.

EM Assistant Secretary Anne White Tours WIPP, LANL Projects, Meets With Workers

on May 1, 2019 - 10:56am
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White joins waste management staff from Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to mark the second shipment of transuranic waste from LANL’s Area G to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant this year. Courtesy photo
 
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White meets with early career professionals during a visit to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant last week. Courtesy photo
 
WIPP News:
 
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White visited the cleanup program's New Mexico sites last week.
 
Following is her report on the trip:
 
I had a

SFCIR Presents Dr. Donald Hinsman On State Of Global Climate May 6

on May 1, 2019 - 10:34am
SFCIR News:
 
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (SFCIR) is hosting a presentation by Dr. Donald Hinsman, a former World Meteorological Organization (WMO) director of the World Weather Watch, the Global Climate Observing System and the WMO Space Programme.
 
Dr. Hinsman's presentation is 10 a.m. to noon Monday, May 6 at SFCIR, 413 Grant Ave, Suite D will cover the State of the Global Climate during 2017 and 2018 as described in the WMO’s Annual Statements on Global Climate.
 
The World Meteorological Organization is a member of the United Nations System and is its

State, City Of Albuquerque Open Facilities At Expo New Mexico To Assist Asylum-Seeking Families

on May 1, 2019 - 8:25am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Mayor Tim Keller Tuesday announced a partnership aimed at alleviating some of the pressure in New Mexico’s southern border communities, particularly Las Cruces, which has developed as a result of federal agents transporting an increasing number of asylum-seeking migrant families to the city.
 
Existing dormitories located at Expo New Mexico, a state facility, will be opened to provide temporary accommodations for some of these families.

RSF: Labor Rights Journalists Feared To Be Victims Of Torture In China

on May 1, 2019 - 8:17am
Two of three labour journalists detained earlier this year in Guangzhou were placed April 20 under a special detention system often associated with torture. Courtesy/RSF
 
RSF News:

 

Wei Zhili and Ke Chengbing, both editors of labor rights news outlet iLabour.net who were arrested in March in the south-eastern Chinese city of Guangzhou, have been under “residential surveillance at a designated location” (RSDL) since Saturday, April 20, according to their families.

 
This detention system, that is supposed to handle individuals who pose a threat to national security, deprives

Scientists Track Giant Ocean Vortex From Space

on May 1, 2019 - 7:46am

Researchers have found a new way to use satellites to monitor the Great Whirl. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON—Researchers have found a new way to use satellites to monitor the Great Whirl, a massive whirlpool the size of Colorado that forms each year off the coast of East Africa, they report in a new study.

Using 23 years of satellite data, the new findings show the Great Whirl is larger and longer-lived than scientists previously thought.

LANL: SuperCam One Step Closer To Mars

on April 30, 2019 - 8:14am

The SuperCam has completed testing and evaluation at LANL and is on its way to JPL for full system integration. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The SuperCam instrument – designed, built and tested at Los Alamos National Laboratory in partnership with the French Space Agency – and destined for the exploration of Mars – has completed testing and evaluation at Los Alamos and is on its way to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California for full system integration. 

The SuperCam instruments left Los Alamos Monday, April 29. SuperCam will be one of two* Los Alamos instruments on the next rover, called

AGU: New Studies Highlight Challenge Of Meeting Paris Agreement Climate Goals

on April 29, 2019 - 9:39am
Smokestacks in Champaign, Ill. Two new studies show future climate extremes depend on the policy decisions made by major emitters, and that even if major emitters were to strengthen their commitments to reducing emissions, the rest of the world would have to immediately reduce their greenhouse gases to zero to achieve the Paris 2015 goal. Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.

AGU: Dust Toll In Africa Exceeds Deaths From HIV

on April 29, 2019 - 9:19am
AGU News:
 
In Africa, air pollution causes the premature deaths of about 780,000 people each year, potentially more than HIV infection, a new study estimates.
 
Mineral dust from the Sahara desert is the largest contributor to air quality-related mortality on the continent overall according to the new study in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.
 
“It’s just the sheer amount of material and also how it co-locates with the densely populated parts of Western Africa.

RSF: 2019 World Press Freedom Index: Asia-Pacific Press Freedom Impacted By Political Change

on April 29, 2019 - 8:33am
RSF News:
 
What with totalitarian propaganda, censorship, intimidation, physical violence and cyber-harassment, a lot of courage is needed nowadays to work independently as a journalist in the Asia-Pacific countries, where democracies are struggling to resist various forms of disinformation.
 
Two significant rises in the Index – both of 22 places – highlighted the degree to which a country’s political ecosystem impacts the freedom to inform. In Malaysia, the ruling coalition was ousted in an election for the first time in the country’s 62 years of independence.

World Futures Institute: Integrity – Part Three

on April 26, 2019 - 5:44am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In Part Two of this series we ended by asking what are our moral and ethical principles that constitute our integrity and where do we get them.

If humanity was constant, the answer might be constant. But we are involved in a world of accelerating evolution. While some of the evolving “things” are easy to comprehend and embrace, others are not. Others are not!

For example, James Watson and Francis Crick first identified the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in 1953, almost 200,000 years after anatomically modern humans.

In 1990, 37

Odyssey Of The Mind Team Qualifies For World Finals

on April 25, 2019 - 8:05am

Aspen Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind Team poses early Tuesday evening outside the school board room, from left, Grace Virgilio, Sophia Pacheco, Vickie Daley, Alea Kretz, Matthew Allen, Jayden Garcia, Xander Wilson and Mike Coggeshall. Courtesy/LAPS

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos School Board recognized a group of Aspen Elementary School students during its meeting Tuesday evening who participated in the Odyssey of the Mind competition and qualified for World Finals being held in May at Michigan State University.

Odyssey of the Mind

LANL: Scientists Create First Billion-Atom Biomolecular Simulation Of Entire Gene Of DNA

on April 23, 2019 - 9:24am
A Los Alamos-led team created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model and will help researchers to better understand and develop cures for diseases like cancer.
 
“It is important to understand DNA at this level of detail because we want to understand precisely how genes turn on and off,” said Karissa Sanbonmatsu, a structural

Particles, Tugging Tides May Affect Extraterrestrial Life

on April 22, 2019 - 12:19pm
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — Since its discovery in 2016, planetary scientists have been excited about TRAPPIST-1, a system where seven Earth-sized rocky planets orbit a cool star.
 
Three of the planets are in the habitable zone, the region of space where liquid water can flow on the planets' surfaces. But two new studies by scientists in the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory may lead astronomers to redefine the habitable zone for TRAPPIST-1.
 
The three planets in the habitable zone are likely facing a formidable opponent to life: high-energy particles spewed from

Andrews: Integrity – Part Two

on April 20, 2019 - 7:53am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In Part One of this series, we ended with a question of when life begins. It can be argued that the answer affects moral and ethical principles of not just the individual, but the collective organization called society.

Buried in this perspective is another ill-defined term – a society. Is it private or public, is it a large or small group, or is it some interwoven amalgamation of an integral entity? For this part, let us view it as a governmental entity recognizing that all citizens in the entity are part of the government.

The population

LANL: Data Mining Digs Up Hidden Clues To Major California Earthquake Triggers

on April 18, 2019 - 3:58pm

A historic image of quake damage in Long Beach, Calif., 1933. COurtesy/W.L. Huber, USGS. Public domain

 

LANL News:

 

A powerful computational study of southern California seismic records has revealed detailed information about a plethora of previously undetected small earthquakes, giving a more precise picture about stress in the earth’s crust.

 

A new publicly available catalog of these findings will help seismologists better understand the stresses triggering the larger earthquakes that occasionally rock the region. 

 

“It’s very difficult to unpack what triggers larger

Scientists Find Evidence Mercury Has Solid Inner Core

on April 18, 2019 - 3:51pm
An illustration of Mercury’s interior based on new research that shows the planet has a solid inner core. Courtesy/Antonio Genova.
 
An artist’s concept of the interiors of Earth, Mars and Earth’s moon. New research shows Mercury has a solid inner core like Earth does. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists have long known that Earth and Mercury have metallic cores.
 
Like Earth, Mercury’s outer core is composed of liquid metal, but there have only been hints that Mercury’s innermost core is solid.

AGU: Warm Autumn Winds Could Strain Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

on April 16, 2019 - 4:36pm
 
This satellite image from March 3, 2016 shows unusual late summer/early fall melting on the Larsen C ice shelf. New research finds the additional melting is due in part to warm, dry air currents called foehn winds that originate in the Antarctic Peninsula’s central mountain range and discusses the compounding effects of these late-season melt events on the snowpack. Courtesy/NASA Earth Observatory/Lauren Dauphin

This photograph shows a cloud-clearing, induced by foehn winds, on the lee side of mountains on the Antarctic Peninsula.

LANL: New First-Of-Its-Kind Model Accurately Predicts Harmful Space Weather

on April 14, 2019 - 7:02am
An artist’s rendering of the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth. The purple, concentric shells represent the inner and outer belts. They completely encircle Earth, but have been cut away in this image to show detail. Courtesy/NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab/Walt Feimer
 
LANL News:
 
A new, first-of-its-kind space weather model reliably predicts space storms of high-energy particles that are harmful to many satellites and spacecraft orbiting in the Earth’s outer radiation belt.
 
A paper recently published in the journal Space Weather details how the model can accurately give a

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