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World Futures: Ethics, Technology & Time – Part Three

on October 17, 2018 - 8:22pm
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
We take money for granted, not making or earning money but the physical item itself. Money represents an IOU from the issuing party. We have to go to the issuer and receive something of value in exchange for the physical stuff we call money. It is, in essence, a tangible substance we can carry in our pocket.
Credit and debit cards are not really money but merely a synthetic representation (some electronic ones and zeros) of money.
 
In today’s world money usually represents an IOU from the government and demands your confidence in the

LANL: Arctic Greening Thaws Permafrost, Boosts Runoff

on October 17, 2018 - 4:20pm

NGEE-Arctic researchers from Los Alamos, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Oak Ridge National Laboratory dig deep snow pits in tall shrub patches to understand the warming effect of snow-shrub interactions on underlying permafrost. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Study finds shrubs trap snow, creating permanently thawed zones that destroy permafrost and create pathways for increased water and carbon flow

A new collaborative study has investigated Arctic shrub-snow interactions to obtain a better understanding of the far north’s tundra and vast permafrost system.

NMHU Students Conduct Czech Volcanic Research

on October 17, 2018 - 8:45am
Highlands geology graduate student Sindy Lauricella examines a rock sample from the Krasny Vrch volcano in the Czech Republic during field research. Photo by Jake Erickson/Highlands Media Arts
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM Highlands University geology students conducted five weeks of groundbreaking research aimed at understanding the legendary Krasny Vrch volcano in the Czech Republic.
 
Highlands University’s three-year $250,000 National Science Foundation Grant, titled From the Roots to the Roof: the Anatomy of Volcanoes, funded three geology students to conduct research in the

Antarctic Ice Shelf Sings As Winds Whip Across Surface

on October 17, 2018 - 8:35am

Study co-author Rick Aster during a station installation trip on the Ross Ice Shelf, holding a broadband seismometer. These sensitive sensors were buried at depths of two meters (6 feet) to record micro-scale seismic motions of the ice shelf in three dimensions over the course of two years. Courtesy/Rick Aster.

 

Researchers lay the conduit that connects the seismometer to the solar power system (background) and recording components at a Ross Ice Shelf seismic station. Courtesy/Rick Aster

 

AGU News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Los Alamos Rotary Welcomes 19 New U.S. Citizens

on October 16, 2018 - 11:11am
Rotarian and event coordinator Jim Nesmith, center, welcomes new U.S. citizens naturalized in a ceremony Saturday. Oct. 13 at Fuller Lodge. Members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos provided and served refreshments as 19 new citizens from countries including France, Great Britain, India, Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru celebrated. Courtesy photo

LANL: Three Los Alamos Medal Winners Changed The Course Of Science

on October 15, 2018 - 3:20pm

From left, Paul Whalen, Geoffrey West and John M. Pedicini are awarded the Los Alamos Medal—Los Alamos National Laboratory’s highest honor. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory today announced that three individuals have been awarded the Los Alamos Medal, the Laboratory’s highest honor, for groundbreaking contributions to science and national security. John M.

Spies, Lies & Nukes Ticket Discounts Through Oct. 20

on October 15, 2018 - 12:00pm

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos Daily Post readers are being offered a 15 percent discount for tickets purchased today through Oct. 20 for the Spies, Lies & Nukes event, Nov. 3-4 at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. The promocode for this discount is: plame1.

During the event, former covert CIA officer Valerie Plame and several of her CIA colleagues will discuss their perspectives and experiences on cyber warfare, covert action, international affairs, and nuclear proliferation.

Free Film Sponsored By Los Alamos Chapter Of Hadassah: Challah Rising In The Desert

on October 15, 2018 - 8:55am

Challah Rising in the Desert film poster. Courtesy/Hadassah

HADASSAH News:

Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico celebrates the history and people of New Mexico’s unique Jewish community. A special screening of this feature documentary will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Reel Deal Theater. 

The screening is sponsored by the Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah. The movie is free to attend, but donations for medical research at Hadassah Hospital in Israel are welcome. Refreshments will be served after the film.

In the new feature documentary, braided Challah bread

World Futures: Ethics, Technology & Time – Part One

on October 14, 2018 - 4:52am

By ANDY ANDREWS

World Futures Institute

People have been studying and debating ethics for a long time, at least relative to our perception of humanity. During this time period there has been an acceleration of the growth of technology. On Sept. 8, 1966, the first Star Trek episode aired. In the Star Trek episodes a device called a communicator was used to allow voice communication between an individual on a planet or elsewhere and the Starship Enterprise.

LANL: John, Reichhardt And Viswanathan Honored

on October 12, 2018 - 10:17am

LANL scientists from left, Kevin John, Cynthia Reichhardt and Hari Viswanathan will be honored Oct. 25 with the Laboratory’s Fellows Prizes for 2018. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Three Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists will be honored Oct. 25 with the Laboratory’s Fellows Prizes for 2018.

Cynthia Reichhardt and Hari Viswanathan will receive the annual Fellows Prize for Research, and Kevin John will receive the Fellows Prize for Leadership.

“I congratulate Cynthia, Hari and Kevin for their outstanding achievements,” said John Sarrao, principal associate director for Science, Technology and

Science On Tap: Honey, Have You Seen My CubeSat?

on October 10, 2018 - 3:51pm

Rebecca Holmes

projectY cowork News:

Join the next Science On Tap, presented by the Los Alamos Creative District and the Bradbury Science Museum, Monday, Oct., 15 for a discussion with Rebecca Holmes on CubeSats.

The On Tap series starts at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room and is free and open to the public.

Originally designed in 1999 by professors at Stanford and Cal Poly, CubeSats are miniature, short-lived satellites traditionally launched into low Earth orbit. This summer a pair was deployed on a mission to Mars aboard the stationary lander, InSight.

CubeSats initial purpose was to

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day

on October 8, 2018 - 7:30am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday which celebrates the Indigenous peoples of America.

Los Alamos Public Schools calendar listing for today states: No school - Indigenous Peoples’ Day and San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James Mountain commends that acknowledgment by LAPS.

“I would like to recognize and commend the Los Alamos Public Schools for their forward thought and courage to establish today as Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” Mountain said.

LANL: Newly Detected Microquasar Gamma-Rays ‘Call For New Ideas’

on October 5, 2018 - 10:36am
The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory, 13,500 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mexico’s Volcán Sierra Negra. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
The first-ever detection of highly energetic radiation from a microquasar has astrophysicists scrambling for new theories to explain the extreme particle acceleration.
 
A microquasar is a black hole that gobbles up debris from a nearby companion star and blasts out powerful jets of material.
 
“What’s amazing about this discovery is that all current particle acceleration theories have difficulties explaining the

Switzerland Exchange Student Lisa Schutt At Rotary

on October 5, 2018 - 10:01am
Lisa Schutt, the Swiss youth exchange student hosted this school year by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, answered questions following her recent Club presentation. Schutt's parents and sister are involved in fields of medicine. Schutt is enjoying the local high school's opportunities to take elective classes, which are not offered during her 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. school day at home. She enjoys skiing, recreational soccer and horseback riding. Rotarians were pleasantly surprised when Schutt shared Swiss chocolate with them. Courtesy photo
 
Rotary Youth Exchange student Lisa Schutt from

‘Spies, Lies & Nukes’ Two-Day Conference Nov. 3-4

on October 4, 2018 - 5:04am

Former covert CIA officer Valerie Plame
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Spies, Lies, & Nukes: Inside International Espionage is an intensive 2-day conference hosted by former covert CIA officer Valerie Plame and featuring experts with extraordinary experiences and access to the highest levels of US policy-makers.

The community is invited to attend this unique forum and join Valerie Plame and several of her highly decorated CIA colleagues as they discuss their perspectives and experiences on cyber warfare, covert action, international affairs, and

Ambassador Linton Brooks Speaks On The World Following The Demise Of US–Russia Arms Control At UNM In Albuquerque Oct. 2

on October 1, 2018 - 4:31pm
Ambassador Linton Brooks
 
LACACIS News:
 
The Center for International Studies Albuquerque International Association (AIA) presents Ambassador Linton Brooks who will speak on The World Following the Demise of US–Russia Arms Control  3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center, 1634 University Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

For fifty years the nuclear balance between the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia has been regulated by a series of bi-lateral treaties and agreements culminating in the current New START Treaty.

Del Norte Credit Union Celebrates International Credit Union Day By Giving Back In A Big Way

on October 1, 2018 - 12:42pm

DNCU News:

  • Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative is donating $5 for new memberships opened in October to the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico

SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) is excited to announce an October fundraiser benefiting the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico. The decision to raise funds and awareness began with a reflection on what credit unions are known for—giving back and being helpful community partners. DNCU and other credit unions around the world celebrate International Credit Union (ICU) Day’s 70th anniversary Oct. 18.

DNCU will showcase a platinum

Rotary Hears Talks On NCRTD, Panajachel, Scouting

on September 30, 2018 - 5:48pm
Jim Nagle, public information officer for the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) the Blue Bus told Rotarians recently about the ballot initiative reauthorizing existing funding for bus services. This is not a tax increase. From fiscal year 2016-17 data, the NCRTD provided almost 800,000 passenger trips in a service area of more than 10,000 square miles. There are 419 bus stops, with a 53-vehicle fleet. Photo by Kurt Schoenberg
 
Retired Los Alamos County employee David Griggs, who now lives in Panajachel, Guatemala, recently told the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the

Non-Profit Organization Looking For Community Area Representatives To Join International Team

on September 30, 2018 - 4:11pm
ASSEI News:
 
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community. ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.
 
Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure.
 
Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their

Night Sky Fiesta 2018 At Bandelier Oct. 4, 5 & 6

on September 28, 2018 - 9:43am
Telescope viewing of the night sky at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS
 
NPS News:
 
Bandelier will be celebrating your skies here in the park and New Mexico for three days! Solar viewing, scale model solar system walks, guests speakers, and giant telescopes will all be offered the first weekend in October.
 
Days will start with solar scope viewing 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon to safely look at your nearest star, the sun.

DOE Solar Competition At Los Alamos Makers

on September 28, 2018 - 8:28am
 
The Department of Energy has broken down the American-Solar competition into a series of 3 distinct contests with increasing prize value. Courtesy/LA Makers
 
LOS ALAMOS MAKERS News:
 
Los Alamos Makers is excited to announce that it was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in the American-Made Solar Prize.
 
The American-Made Solar Prize is a $3 million prize competition designed to revitalize U.S.

Dr. Maggie Charsley Of Los Alamos Becomes An American Citizen At Naturalization Ceremony Monday

on September 27, 2018 - 8:28am

Dr. Maggie Charsley of Los Alamos became a citizen of the United States of America during a Naturalization ceremony Monday in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Dr. Maggie Charsley of Los Alamos participated in a moving Naturalization ceremony, becoming a citizen of the United States of America Monday at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

United States District Court Judge Judith C. Herrera presided over the event, welcoming 201 new citizens from 47 countries.

2016: The ‘Regime Change’ Election And What Comes Next Part 1

on September 27, 2018 - 6:58am

By JIM HALL
Los Alamos

This series of articles answers the questions of “What happened in the 2016 Election, and Why?” I believe the current situation is like a storm on the sea. Lots of froth on top, masking deep currents underneath.  

Several friends, knowing I follow social and political trends, asked me, “Jim, what the H--- is going on?”. Intrigued, I researched and developed a presentation with which independents, liberals, and conservatives seem to agree.

Bandelier Celebrates Year Of Bird Global Big Day Oct. 6

on September 26, 2018 - 1:34pm
Great horned owl at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

 
Bandelier National Monument will be celebrating the Year of the Bird in October with Global Big Day #2 Oct. 6.  
 
Meet at the Visitor Center at 8 a.m. for a bird walk down the Falls Trail to kick off this important bird day. Please wear comfortable shoes/boots and bring water and binoculars if you have them. Contact the Bandelier Visitor Center for more information at 505.672.3861 ext 517.
 
Global Big Day is an international birding event to collect data on migrating birds.

AGU: Ocean Research And Education Are Foundations For Economic Growth

on September 26, 2018 - 10:14am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Scientific research in Earth and space sciences advances our understanding of our world and contributes to strong global economies, security, and public health and safety.
 
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) announced a revision to its position statement, "Ocean Research and Education Are Foundations for Economic Growth.” The revision calls upon public and private entities to “forge cooperation and make bold investments that enable scientific discovery and solutions in ocean science to support the global economy.”
 
The statement recognizes that the

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