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Federal Human Trafficking Report Finds U.S. Federal Courts Handled 771 Human Trafficking Cases In 2018

on April 13, 2019 - 11:11am
Human Trafficking Institute News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The 2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report was released Wednesday, April 10, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The Report, a project of the Human Trafficking Institute, is a continuation of the Institute’s efforts to provide comprehensive data about every criminal and civil human trafficking case that federal courts handle each year. In 2018, there were a total of 771 human trafficking cases in U.S. federal courts with a total of 1,217 criminal defendants and 390 civil defendants in those cases.
Last year marked the

LANL Scientists Develop New Open-Source Software That Predicts Impacts Of Extreme Events On Grids

on April 11, 2019 - 8:03am
Carleton Coffrin, a computer scientist at LANL, developed the Severe Contingency Solver software to help government agencies better plan for power outages caused by extreme events. The software is now available publicly. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
A new, free, open-source software reliably predicts how damage from hurricanes, ice storms, earthquakes and other extreme events will restrict power delivery from utility grids.
The Severe Contingency Solver for Electric Power Transmission is the only software available—commercially or open-source—that reliably supports analysis of

Holocaust Memorial Museum Statement On 25th Anniversary Of The Genocide In Rwanda

on April 11, 2019 - 7:59am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Twenty-five years ago, the world watched in horror as within 100 days, as many as one million Rwandans, predominantly Tutsi, were murdered. In the months leading up to the killings, individuals, institutions, and governments failed to heed the mounting warning signs of genocide.
This included the Jan. 11, 1994, ‘genocide fax’ sent by the Hon. Lt. Gen.

Scientific Computing In Cloud Gets Down To Earth

on April 9, 2019 - 10:53am

Seismology researchers at LANL have conducted a continent-scale survey for seismic signatures of industrial activity using the Amazon Web Services commercial cloud (AWS), then rapidly downloaded the results without storing raw data or needing a local supercomputer. Courtesy/Google
LANL News:
In a groundbreaking effort, seismology researchers have conducted a continent-scale survey for seismic signatures of industrial activity in the Amazon Web Services commercial cloud (AWS), then rapidly downloaded the results without storing raw data or needing a local supercomputer.
“Using a

Los Alamos High School Graduate Alisha Lindsey Named National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow

on April 7, 2019 - 10:25am

LAHS graduate Alisha Lindsey at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. has been named a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. She is the daughter of Andre and Cherie Trottier of Los Alamos. Photo by JT Hardin

National Geographic Society News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Los Alamos High School 1997 graduate Alisha Lindsey has been selected as one of this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows in recognition of her commitment to geographic education.

Lindsey is the daughter of Andre and Cherie Trottier of Los Alamos. She teaches seventh- and

Scenes From 24th Annual Los Alamos Photographer’s Show Opening Event In Gallery At Mesa Public Library

on April 3, 2019 - 6:40am

The 24th Annual Los Alamos Photographer's Show opened Monday evening in the gallery at Mesa Public Library. The show features the images of 26 photographers exhibiting 154 photographs of exotic animals and locations from all over the world and at home. The show rums through April 27. Photo by John McHale/

The gallery was well attended Monday for the opening. Photo by John McHale/

Doris Ford stands by her photo of a Blue Footed Booby taken in the Galapagos Islands. Photo by John McHale/

Janet Harry views a photo entitled ‘Got My Goat’ by

County-Sponsored Astronomy Dark Night April 6

on April 2, 2019 - 8:48am
Pajarito Astronomers News:
The Pajarito Astronomers is holding its first County-Sponsored Dark Night of 2019 starting at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.  
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze.
The moon and the planet Mars will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the late-winter and spring constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

United And Unitarian Church On Mission In Mexico

on March 31, 2019 - 8:41am
A free community dinner the team held to raise funds for the trip. Courtesy photo
Building site. Courtesy photo
United Church News:
The Gomez Renteria family home is just one of three being built last week by members of the Mexico Mission crew.
Teams of adults and youth from the United Church of Los Alamos and the Unitarian Universalist Church, spent their spring break in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, building homes for the poor.
The team travels and stays together, working on all three homes throughout the week. They also follow a study guide, this year based on Mr.

Thank You Los Alamos From Haiti!

on March 31, 2019 - 8:03am
Katie Fry of Los Alamos holding a Haitian baby during her recent mission trip. Courtesy photo
Friends of the Children of Haiti Founder Richard Hammond talking to a patient who was overjoyed to see him. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos
Dear Los Alamos community,
Thank you so much for your support! Your financial donations went a long way in funding our March clinic with Friends of the Children of Haiti,  
Your physical donations helped me bring needed supplies for the March clinic and future clinics.

New Mexico Public Safety Forensic Laboratory Secures Coveted International Endorsement

on March 30, 2019 - 1:05pm
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Forensic Laboratory system has been acknowledged for its technical competence and accredited in the disciplines of biology (DNA-nuclear and body fluid identification), drug chemistry, firearms, toolmarks and serial number restorations, latent print processing, comparisons and impression evidence (footwear and tires) by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).
“The accreditation process provides an essential, external, independent review of forensic services DPS provides.

Global Health Expert Richard Skolnik Evaluates U.S. Healthcare For Cost, Coverage, Fairness

on March 30, 2019 - 9:35am

Global health expert Richard Skolnik. Library. Courtesy photo

Richard Skolnik, an expert on global health, spoke to the League of Women Voters at a recent “Lunch with a Leader” talk at Mesa Public Library. 

His topic was “56 Countries Later – A Global Perspective on Healthcare in the United States”.

Skolnik has nearly 40 years of experience at the World Bank and has lectured at George Washington and Yale universities. 

Skolnik explained that the goal of a health system is to maximize the health of the population, in fairly distributed ways, and at the least

AGU: Laser Blasts Show Asteroid Bombardment, Hydrogen Make Great Recipe For Life On Mars

on March 28, 2019 - 8:04am
A portion of the experimental setup Dr. Rafael Navarro-González, an astrobiologist at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City and a co-investigator with the SAM instrument, and his team of researchers used to simulate asteroid impacts in the early Martian atmosphere. The flask (center) contains a composition of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and hydrogen gasses. A high-intensity infrared laser is focused into the flask from a lens (left), to simulate the high energy shockwaves produced by asteroids entering the Martian atmosphere.

Community Invited To Weekend Retreat With Author Of New York Times Bestseller ‘Left To Tell’ April 5-6

on March 28, 2019 - 8:02am

Immaculee Ilibagiza

IHM News:

On Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church will host guest speaker Immaculee Ilibagiza, author of the New York Times Bestseller “Left to Tell”.

When the Rwandan genocide began in 1994, Immaculee’s father sent her to hide in the home of a local pastor. Huddled in a 3 by 4 foot bathroom with seven other women for three months, they were unable to speak to each other lest they be heard. They had to take turns standing up in the cramped space.

Turning to prayer to escape the anger, resentment and hate that was building up

Homeland Security Secretary Jackie White Visits Border To Meet With Key Stakeholders, Evaluate Needs

on March 27, 2019 - 7:27pm

DHSEM Secretary Jackie White visited a nonprofit shelter Tuesday in Las Cruces where migrants are temporarily placed after being processed. Courtesy photo

DHSEM Secretary Jackie White visited today wth key stakeholders involved in the humanitarian crisis on the border. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA TERESA — Secretary Jackie White of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management visited key stakeholders involved in the current humanitarian crisis on the border as part of an ongoing evaluation of security and humanitarian needs.

White visited a

Around The World In White Rock April 3

on March 27, 2019 - 2:45pm


LAPS News:

The public is invited to travel around the world in two hours during the 8th annual Multicultural Fair at Chamisa Elementary School at 5 p.m. April 3.

Presented jointly by Chamisa Elementary and Piñon Elementary Schools, the fair offers attendees the opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity in the local community through dance, music, crafts and food tastings.

Students receive a passport to visit the many countries represented at the fair.

Santa Fe World Affairs Forum: Symposium April 11-12

on March 27, 2019 - 9:25am
Santa Fe World Affairs Forum – Annual Symposium “Rising Authoritarianism: Can Democracy Meet the Challenge” Thursday and Friday, April 11-12 in the Jemez Rooms of the Main Administration Building at Santa Fe Community College.
As a new era of international strongmen emerges, this symposium, focuses on Europe, Latin America and the US to examine the global authoritarian threat, its underlying causes, and how authoritarianism can be countered. 
LACACIS members are eligible for the two-day $95 member discount, which includes breakfasts and lunches and a Meet the Speaker

RSF: China's Pursuit Of A New World Media Order

on March 26, 2019 - 8:21am

In a report titled ‘China’s Pursuit of a New World Media Order’, Reporters Without Borders investigates Beijing’s strategy to control information beyond its borders, a project that poses a threat to press freedom throughout the world. Courtesy/RSF

RSF News:

In a report titled “China’s Pursuit of a New World Media Order”, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) investigates Beijing’s strategy to control information beyond its borders, a project that poses a threat to press freedom throughout the world.

China, ranked 176 out of 180 in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without

Hubble Captures Birth Of Giant Storm On Neptune

on March 25, 2019 - 8:47am

This composite picture shows images of storms on Neptune from the Hubble Space Telescope (left) and the Voyager 2 spacecraft (right). The Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 image of Neptune, taken in Sept. and Nov. 2018, shows a new dark storm (top center). In the Voyager image, a storm known as the Great Dark Spot (GDS) is seen at the center. It is about 13,000 km by 6,600 km in size — as large along its longer dimension as the Earth. The white clouds seen hovering in the vicinity of the storms are higher in altitude than the dark material. Courtesy/NASA/ESA/GSFC/JPL

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March Worm Moon At About 98 Percent Full

on March 23, 2019 - 10:17am

The Worm Moon photographed at about 98 percent full at around 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 20 from White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs
Los Alamos

The full moon in March is called the Worm Moon, and is usually considered the last full moon of winter. It also is called Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon and Sap Moon.

Traditional and Native American names for each full moon of the year are derived by how they helped to track the seasons.

Scenes From BSMA Night With A Nerd

on March 22, 2019 - 6:48am

Community members gather March 14 at Fuller Lodge for the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) presentation of Night With A Nerd. Featured speaker Tim Koeth presented ‘The Physicists in the Basement of the High Castle’, an intriguing talk about the race between WW2 United States and Germany to build the world’s first atomic weapon and how the United States succeeded where others failed. for more information about the BSMA. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Community members at Fuller Lodge for the BSMA presentation of Night With A Nerd.

Daily Postcard: Super Worm Moon Rises Over Sangres

on March 22, 2019 - 6:09am
Daily Postcard: The Super Worm Moon rising Wednesday evening over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The March 20 supermoon has many nicknames: the Worm Moon, because the ground begins to thaw and earthworms reappear. The Worm Moon will be the last supermoon of 2019. Photo by Marc Bailey

World Futures: Electricity And Other Energy – Part 3

on March 21, 2019 - 7:39am
World Futures Institute
Human beings need energy to exist in some manner, either just get by or live a more rewarding life.
As humanity we need energy to collectively choose our paths. Historically we found a great source of energy in the chemical bond of various forms of matter and evolved. We saw the internal combustion engine emerge as a highly useful tool to do work. It has been around longer than all of the living human beings of today.
With it, however, we began emitting large quantities of C)2, especially as our ingenuity was applied and our population grew –

Explore Discoveries Of Cassini Mission To Saturn

on March 20, 2019 - 11:41am
Learn about the Cassini Mission to Saturn at 7 p.m., Friday at the Nature Center. Plus, watch the full-dome film 'Incoming!' at 2 p.m., Saturday. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The community is invited to join Dan Reisenfeld at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to learn more about what scientists have discovered from the Cassini mission that orbited Saturn.
NASA and the European Space Agency had a spacecraft at Saturn sending back a continuous stream of images for 13 years. The Cassini mission orbited Saturn 2004 to 2017 and made what is described as spectacular

UNM-LA Student Attends Coding Workshop Overseas

on March 20, 2019 - 10:17am
Rique Fernandez will meet students from the United States, India and the Netherlands at a hackathon conference in Rotterdam. Photo by Nancy Coombs
UNM-LA News:
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) student Rique Fernandez has been invited to attend a computer coding workshop in the Netherlands.
Along with nine other students from Albuquerque, Espanola and the Navajo Nation, Fernandez will be in Rotterdam March 16-24 to participate in Cyberheros, a “hackathon” event produced by Cyberworkplace, an organization that provides cyber security and teaches coding skills to youth.
Fernandez is

Service And Sacrifices Of Women During Wartime

on March 20, 2019 - 8:26am

Vietnam Women's Memorial. Courtesy/Jeff Kubina/Flikr

NPS News:

National parks preserve military history and the nation’s stories amidst times of war. They’re found in places like Washita Battlefield National Historic Site in Oklahoma and World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, that stretches from Hawai'i, Alaska and California.

Wartime in America brings to mind accounts of George Washington and his men, spending a bone-chilling winter at Valley Forge and stories of the Buffalo Soldiers who were based out of the Presidio before fighting in the Spanish-American and