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Los Alamos Educators And Students Help Deliver School Libraries To Rural Kenya … And More!

on August 30, 2018 - 6:59am
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Los Alamos
School was out for the summer but these local educators were not slowing down one bit! In mid-June Nicole McGrane and Audrey Juliani (Barranca teachers), Petra Pirc McDowell (former LAPS physical therapist), Sharon Allen (retired teacher), Nicole’s daughter Kaitlyn (LAHS sophomore), and Petra’s daughter Hailey (LAMS 8 th grader) headed to far western Kenya to some small, remote islands off the shores of Lake Victoria, near the Uganda border.
Undaunted by the challenges of traveling in over-packed vans on unpaved, washed out roads to an

LANL: High-Impact Los Alamos Innovations Honored As R&D 100 Award Finalists

on August 29, 2018 - 9:50am
Ten Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations are finalists for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards, including the Universal Bacterial Sensor developed by the team led by Harshini Mukundan. The sensor mimics biological recognition of bacterial pathogens to identify infections even before the patient's symptoms are evident. Courtesy/LANL
Cristian Pantea and Dipen Sinha with the Acoustic Collimated Beam (ACCObeam). Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
Ten Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations are finalists for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year

CIR: Tickets Available For Journalism Under Fire

on August 29, 2018 - 9:42am
Santa Fe Council on International Relations
Executive Director

The Santa Fe COuncil on INternational Relation (CIR) has annouced that tickets for Journalism under Fire are now on sale with early bird ticket available until Oct. 15. All tickets are available here; a conference website (which is being added to) is available here.

Essential to Journalism under Fire is the participation of New Mexico journalists and New Mexico students.

NIST: Many Arctic Pollutants Decrease After Market Removal And Regulation

on August 27, 2018 - 4:28pm
Persistent Organic Pollutants, also known as POPs, can having lasting impacts on both people and wild animals in the Arctic. Research shows some POPs are decreasing in the region after being pulled from market or regulated around the globe. Courtesy/Arturo de Frias Marques (
NIST News:
Levels of some persistent organic pollutants (POPs) regulated by the Stockholm Convention are decreasing in the Arctic, according to an international team of researchers who have been actively monitoring the northern regions of the globe.

NIST: Graphene Quantum Dot Structure Takes Cake

on August 24, 2018 - 7:26am
Illustration of the wedding cake structure formed by electrons magnetically confined within tiny regions in graphene. Photo by C. Gutiérrez/NIST
NIST News:
In a marriage of quantum science and solid-state physics, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used magnetic fields to confine groups of electrons to a series of concentric rings within graphene, a single layer of tightly packed carbon atoms.
This tiered “wedding cake,” which appears in images that show the energy level structure of the electrons, experimentally confirms how electrons

AGU: Acceleration Of Mountain Glacier Melt Could Impact Pacific Northwest Water Supplies

on August 23, 2018 - 2:12am
Mount Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. Courtesy/National Park Service

The Olympic Mountain Province rises to an elevation of 7,980 feet. The higher peaks are covered with glaciers and snowfields, feeding the many rivers that radiate outward from the center of the range. Courtesy/Washington State Department of Natural Resource
The Nisqually Reach region has been identified as an area important for fish, aquatic mammals, and benthic habitats and an area of unique geologic processes. Courtesy/Washington State Department of Natural Resources
AGU News:

LANL Director Terry Wallace Rocks Crowd With Cosmic Mystery Of Minerals Presentation At Fuller Lodge

on August 22, 2018 - 10:50am

LANL Director Terry Wallace listens as UNM-LA Advisory Board President Steve Boerigter delivers an introduction of Wallace laced with hilarity ahead of Wallace's presentation on ‘The Cosmic Mystery of Minerals’ during the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

LANL Director Terry Wallace cracks up as he is being introduced with some geeky humor by Lab physicist Steve Boerigter during the UNL-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos hosted “An Evening With Dr. Terry Wallace” Aug.

Strem And UbiQD Of Los Alamos Sign Distribution Agreement For Cadmium-Free Quantum Dots

on August 20, 2018 - 12:12pm

An example of UbiQD's innovative quantum dot (QD) technology. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.


NEWBURYPORT, Mass. – UbiQD, Inc., a nanotechnology company in Los Alamos, has signed an agreement with Strem Chemicals, Inc. to allow distribution of their innovative quantum dot (QD) technology.

Strem, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals for research and development, will now offer six new products in collaboration with UbiQD.

World Futures: Statistics (And Probability) – Part Eight

on August 20, 2018 - 5:52am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In this series we have looked at the application of statistics in a few areas with the central theme that statistics deals with the representation of large volumes of historical data points in order to make predictions about the future and decisions about what path or road to take.
We know where to go or are trying to figure it out. As individuals, the historical data gives us insight into probable outcomes if we choose product A or product B, invest in company A or company B, or change the car oil this week or next month.
For the

LANL: Two Los Alamos Scientists Named American Geophysical Union Fellows

on August 14, 2018 - 7:41am
S. Peter Gary
LANL News:
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) named two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists fellows in recognition of their leadership and excellence in Earth and space sciences.
Geoffrey D. Reeves and S. Peter Gary are among 62 new fellows who will be honored at AGU’s annual conference in December in Washington, D.C. Only 0.1 percent of AGU’s 60,000-plus member scientists are named fellows each year, according to the international organization.
Reeves has been involved in numerous NASA and national security missions, most recently the Van Allen Probes mission

NASA Awards UbiQD Of Los Alamos Contract To Develop Greenhouse Films For Space Missions

on August 13, 2018 - 10:57am

Growing Opportunities is hosting UbiQD’s first commercial greenhouse pilot project in Alcalde. This false color photo shows the Dutch-style greenhouse where UbiGro™ Film is boosting the weight yield of tomatoes. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

Artist’s rendition of a quantum dot enhanced lunar greenhouse. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

NASA News:

  • Phase I STTR will fund a collaboration with the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center to develop and test quantum dot materials for maximizing crop yields on the Moon, Mars, or other long-term space missions

UbiQD, Inc., a Los Alamos-based

DOE: RFI/SS For Environmental Management Deactivation, Decommissioning And Removal Services

on August 13, 2018 - 6:07am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI, Ohio ― The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Thursday issued a Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought for Environmental Management Nationwide Deactivation, Decommissioning and Removal (DD&R) Services.

The DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) is currently in the acquisition planning phase for a potential upcoming procurement to perform DD&R of Facilities, Waste Management, and Program Support for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Office of Science (OS). The services to be acquired may be performed at various locations throughout the

Pajarito Astronomers Dark Night Saturday

on August 8, 2018 - 8:18am
The Pajarito Astronomers are hosting a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 8 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, Aug. 11 at Spirio Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Venus, a brilliant Mars, Jupiter and its moons, Saturn and its rings, Neptune and Uranus will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the summer constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

Rotary Club Features Trade Banner Exchange

on August 7, 2018 - 4:27pm

Rotary Club of Los Alamos President Vince Chiravelle accepts a trade banner from Rotary Youth Exchange student Christopher Koh. Koh, who is entering his senior year of high school, recently told Rotary members about his 2017-2018 school year in Santiago, Chile. His studies were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos and Rotary District 5520. During his year abroad, Koh enjoyed extensive travels in Chile, as well as in Patagonia. Photo by Oliver Morris

FBI: Prolific Fraudster Sentenced To 40 Years

on August 7, 2018 - 3:44pm

FBI News:

He was, in the words of the assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting him, a “financial predator.” And the federal judge he recently stood before called his long-term fraud crime spree “outrageous” and “despicable,” noting the more than 500 victims ensnared by his latest scheme.

The individual in question is Harris Dempsey “Butch” Ballow, a Texas man who had seemingly made a career out of separating people from their hard-earned money through various financial scams—starting back in the 1980s.

LANL Names Andy Erickson New Senior Fellow

on August 7, 2018 - 10:26am

LANL Senior Fellow Andy Erickson. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • Dedication and ingenuity in support of national security praised ... expertise in emerging threats has been invaluable to LANL’s national security mission for more than two decades.


Los Alamos National Laboratory has named George “Andy” Erickson a senior fellow, one of only six senior fellows currently at the Laboratory. Erickson is an expert in emerging threats and serves as the Laboratory’s deputy principal associate director of Global Security and senior intelligence executive. 


“I have known and worked with Andy for

Study Reveals How Sand Dunes Alter Seismic Waves

on August 5, 2018 - 6:35am
Barchan dune geometry, in reality and the simulations. (a) Image of an isolated Qatari barchan dune from an aerial drone, courtesy of Sylvain Michel. (b) Elevation profile of the same barchan, from data courtesy of Michel Louge. (c) Mesh generated model of the same dune. The red arrow indicates the location of the point force for the simulation in the video. Courtesy/AGU
AGU News:
Sand dunes may be lovely to behold, but they have long been seismic troublemakers to geophysicists trying to detect what lies underground nearby.

Nuke Protesters Gather In Los Alamos To Commemorate 73rd Anniversary Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

on August 4, 2018 - 5:39pm

Peace activist John Dear protests nuclear weapons during a rally today that started at Ashley Pond Park and included the traditional sackcloth and ashes march and sit-in along Trinity Drive. Dear spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post about the protest saying, ‘We gather to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by calling for the closing of the Lab and the abolition of nuclear weapons … so we invite everyone to quit their jobs and become people of peace.’ Photo by John McHale/

Yosuyo Nugent from Hiroshina and now living in Santa Fe participates in today's

Spotting Spies In The Sky...

on August 3, 2018 - 8:51am

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HSNW News:

The use of drones for surveillance is no longer in the realm of science fiction. A new study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Weizmann Institute of Science reveals the first technique to detect a drone camera illicitly capturing video.

The study addresses increasing concerns about the proliferation of drone use for personal and business applications and how it is impinging on privacy and safety.

BGU says that BGU researchers used a DJI Mavic quadcopter, a small yet powerful drone, to spy on a house.

PEEC: ‘Search For Sun Siblings’ Talk 7 p.m. Today

on August 3, 2018 - 7:29am
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PEEC News:
Stars like the Sun almost never form in isolation. Usually, star formation takes place in large clusters, creating many sibling stars in batches that slowly disperse over time. Join Erica Fogerty at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium to learn about the search for the Sun’s long-lost relatives and their most likely location.

Erica Fogerty

Fogerty is a computational astrophysicist in the Center for Theoretical Astrophysics at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Secures Major Wins For New Mexico In Annual National Defense Spending Bill

on August 2, 2018 - 9:57am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

  • National Defense Authorization Act heads to President’s desk for signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that support New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and job-creating initiatives throughout the state. The bill includes an amendment sponsored by Sen.

Wallace And Five Former LANL Directors Participate In Panel To Wrap Up 75th Anniversary Celebration

on August 2, 2018 - 7:34am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace, right, and former directors, from left, Donald Kerr, John Browne, Robert Kuckuck, Michael Anastasio and Charlie McMillan, answer questions from panel moderator Ellen Tauscher during Tuesday's event celebrating 75 years of LANL leadership. Courtesy/LANL

LANL Director Terry Wallace recalls his best memories of LANL including the 1960s and 70s when he was growing up in the Los Alamos community. Courtesy/LANL


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LANL: Computer Simulations Predict Spread Of HIV

on August 1, 2018 - 4:06pm
Thomas Leitner, computational biologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy photo
Principal decay of paraphyletic signal. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
In a recently published study in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory show that computer simulations can accurately predict the transmission of HIV across populations, which could aid in preventing the disease.
The simulations were consistent with actual DNA data obtained from a global public HIV database, developed and maintained by Los Alamos.

Photographing New Zealand With Leslie Bucklin

on August 1, 2018 - 5:32am
Los Alamos photographer Leslie Bucklin captures New Zealand during a three week visit. Courtesy photo
Scene in New Zealand. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
New Zealand, photography, travel … local artist and Los Alamos County Visual Information Specialist Leslie Bucklin will be featured during the Art on Tap series at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at UnQuarked, The Wine Room at 145 Central Park Square.
Bucklin will share details from her grand 21-day photography adventure touring New Zealand on a tiny ($3,000 per person) budget!

OJJDP Publishes International Child Kidnapping Guide For Law Enforcement

on August 1, 2018 - 5:28am
From the Office of Justice Programs:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Tuesday published guidelines to help law enforcement prevent and respond to cases of international kidnapping of a child by a noncustodial parent.
In 2017 there were more than 900 cases of international kidnapping of children across 59 countries reported to the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues. Law enforcement agencies play a critical role in the prevention and resolution of international parental kidnapping.
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