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Show Your Passion For Innovation With A Creative Talk

on July 23, 2014 - 11:47am

Image/Los Alamos MainStreet

LANL News:

  • Presentations sought for TechRev Day at Los Alamos ScienceFest

Organizers of Los Alamos ScienceFest, a weeklong celebration of science, are seeking innovative presentations from passionate people with a love of innovation.

“TechRev Day, a ScienceFest event, will showcase a series of 15-minute presentations from students, educators, scientists, engineers, bloggers, inventors and other creative types who are just bursting at the seams to share their contagious enthusiasm about innovation or innovation-related topics,” said Shandra Clow of Los Alamos

Curiosity's Rock-Zapping Laser Sparks New Interest

on July 23, 2014 - 11:29am

PrintScreen/JPL

LANL News:

Last week the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover captured a series of images that showed the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) rock-zapping laser in action.

Although the ChemCam laser has fired more than 150,000 times on Mars, this marks the first time the plasma plume created by the laser has been captured on film.

Each time the laser hits a target, the plasma light is captured by the system’s 4.3-inch aperture telescope, which sends the light down an optical fiber to a spectrometer located in the body of the rover.

Hiking, Biking, Beer & Music July 26

on July 23, 2014 - 11:14am

LABC News:

The Second Annual Los Alamos Beer Co-op Fiesta is Saturday, July 26 at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The Fiesta features lift-served biking and hiking 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as a New Mexico brewers fest with live music noon to 6 p.m. Atomic City Transit Shuttle will run every ½ hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sullivan Field.

As part of the Fiesta, other Los Alamos cooperative businesses will attend to support their community and fellow cooperative.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on July 23, 2014 - 11:04am
Column by JIM O'DONNELL  
Reel Deal Theater 

This week we are opening Lucy, with Scarlett Johansson. Begin Again, Planes: Fire and Rescue, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will run for another week. Jersey Boys will end this Thursday so don’t miss it.

Next week on Aug. 1, we will definitely open Guardians of the Galaxy, and the following week Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is certain. The film I’ve been working hard to open on Aug. 8 is The Hundred Foot Journey which is perfect for this town. Disney is saying we don’t make the cut again for opening weekend but we can get it by Aug.

Three Los Alamos Scientists Named ‘Most Influential Scientific Minds’

on July 23, 2014 - 10:59am

LANL News:

  • Aiken, Korber and Perelson spotlighted in Thomson Reuters report

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Allison Aiken, Bette Korber and Alan Perelson have been named to Thomson Reuters list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.”

“To have three of our premier scientists recognized on this list is a great honor and attests to the intellectual vitality that feeds the breadth of disciplines essential to our national security mission,” LANL Director Charles McMillan said.

Nobel Laureate to Deliver Lecture in Los Alamos

on July 23, 2014 - 10:43am

Dr. Harold Varmus. Courtesy/vcihr.ca

JROMC News:

  • The upcoming lecture by Dr. Harold Varmus, co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, is sponsored by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee

Nobel laureate Dr. Harold Varmus will deliver the 44th Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.

The lecture, titled “The History and Future of Cancer Research,” is free and open to the public.

 

Dr.

Letter to the Editor: Stop The Cones, Stop The Madness

on July 23, 2014 - 10:28am
NICOLAS PILAT
Los Alamos

Anyone who has been through the center of town lately knows there's a lot of road work. As a result of said road work, motorists need to re-route themselves often and many oft-traveled trails are missing in action.

Alas, road work is often a necessary evil. Be it for repairing, adding to, or updating the roads and other infrastructure, construction usually has a place in Los Alamos. However, these projects introduce a new feature to the vehicular landscape that creates a threat equaled by no other: Cones.

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Udall On Report That U.S. Military’s Burn Pits May Have Broken Federal Law

on July 23, 2014 - 10:27am

Open-Air Burn Pit, Feb. 14, 2014, at Shindand Airbase, with unused Afghan-operated incinerators in background. Courtesy/SIGAR

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall responded to a new report that the U.S. military’s use of open-air burn pits at Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan may have violated federal law.

According to the report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), made public today, most of the solid waste at Shindand Air Base was disposed of for years in open burn pits rather than incinerators.

Madelyn Creedon Confirmed as NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator

on July 23, 2014 - 10:07am

Madelyn Creedon

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON – Madelyn Creedon was confirmed by the Senate this morning as the Department of Energy’s (DOE) principal deputy administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

“Madelyn Creedon’s confirmation comes at a critical point for the National Nuclear Security Administration,” DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz said.

Los Alamos Community Winds Presents Free Concert at 7 p.m. Today at Ashley Pond

on July 23, 2014 - 9:55am

The Los Alamos Community Winds will present a free concert at 7 p.m. today, July 23, at Ashley Pond. The community is invited to bring a picnic dinner, spread out a blanket and enjoy a slice of Americana as LACW continues the tradition of the town band with a concert of light music and good, old-fashioned popular tunes. File photo

Local Shiz Tsu Went Missing Last Week

on July 23, 2014 - 9:40am

DJ went missing last week in the North Mesa area. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

A Los Alamos family is offering a $500 reward for the return of their beloved shiz tsu DJ.

While the family was on vacation last week, DJ, along with another family dog, was under the care of a friend when he ran away.

DJ is brown and white and responds to his name being called but is shy, so might try to run away from people he doesn’t know. The family heard a report that DJ was last seen on Camino Uva but said he could be anywhere in the North Mesa area.

He is brown and white and responds to DJ.

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Voyager Spacecraft Might Not Have Reached Interstellar Space

on July 23, 2014 - 9:23am

The heliosphere, in which the Sun and planets reside, is a large bubble inflated from the inside by the high-speed solar wind blowing out from the Sun. Pressure from the solar wind, along with pressure from the surrounding interstellar medium, determines the size and shape of the heliosphere. The supersonic flow of solar wind abruptly slows at the termination shock, the innermost boundary of the solar system. The edge of the solar system is the heliopause. The bow shock pushes ahead through the interstellar medium as the heliosphere plows through the galaxy.

Zach Medin Best Predictor Tuesday Night

on July 23, 2014 - 8:59am

Los Alamos Relay For Life 2014 Is All Day Event Aug. 23

on July 23, 2014 - 8:33am

ACS News:

The American Cancer Society's (ACS) Relay for Life, a Team Fundraiser to Fight Back against cancer, is set for 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 at Ashley Pond.

This year's event is a bit different in that it will be an all day event rather than overnight. The Relay for teams to raise money for the ACS will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., during which a few to several people will walk or jog around Ashley Pond.

Teams may signup for the ACS Los Alamos Relay for Life at http://www.relayforlife.org/losalamosnm. Team captains may schedule and coordinate the activities of their team to

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OBITUARY: Max Brinkman Dec. 20, 1925–June 30, 2014

on July 23, 2014 - 7:40am

MAX BRINKMAN (aka Maxene Beckman) Dec. 20, 1925 – June 30, 2014

Max Brinkman of Eagle, Idaho passed away peacefully on Monday, June 30, 2014 at the age of 88. She was born in San Diego, Calif., Dec. 20, 1925.

She was a longtime resident of Los Alamos and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for more than 20 years.

Max was an avid tennis player. Once during a tennis match, Max fell and hurt her wrist but didn’t stop playing until she had won the match. Later she discovered she’d broken her wrist. She also loved to ski and taught her two granddaughters ages 2 and 4 to ski.

Max is

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Letter to the Editor: Volunteers & Donations Made YMCA’s July Fourth Family Fun Run Successful

on July 23, 2014 - 7:24am
By JEREMY SMITH
Sports and Adventure Program Director
Los Alamos Family YMCA

I would like to thank all those who helped with the YMCA’s July Fourth Family Fun Run. This community event would not happen each year without the sponsors, donors, volunteers and of course the participants.

The event was sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos Medical Center and Southwest Safety Services Inc.

OBITUARY: JoAnn Marie Jain - July 21, 2014

on July 23, 2014 - 6:59am

JOANN MARIE JAIN - July 21, 2014

JoAnn Marie Jain, 70, of Los Alamos, NM died peacefully at home on July 21, 2014, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. 

She was born to William and Josephine Dorson in Nashua, NH. JoAnn received her RN degree at Catherine Laboure’ School of Nursing in Boston, MA. She met and married Mahavir Jain in Beltsville, MD in 1966, while working as a nurse in Washington, D.C.  

Before settling in Los Alamos, NM, in 1974, JoAnn and Mahavir lived in Winnipeg, Canada and College Station, Texas.

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SFI: Audrey de Nazelle On Health and Sustainability

on July 23, 2014 - 6:52am
Audrey de Nazelle
, Imperial College London

SFI News:

Audrey de Nazelle will speak on health and sustainablility at 12:15 p.m., July 23 in the Collins Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: There is an increasing interest in tackling multiple social, health and environmental concerns in cities with a comprehensive and holistic approach, including a recent surge in interest in developing complex systems analysis of cities.

Udall, Heinrich: New Leadership Needed at N.M. VA Medical Center

on July 23, 2014 - 6:49am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 21, as the acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary visits New Mexico, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the VA to move quickly to hire a qualified permanent director for New Mexico's VA hospital to help it immediately begin the work to regain the trust of veterans and address serious problems with scheduling, emergency response, care for rural veterans and other challenges.

Numerous vacancies at the VA, including the New Mexico VA Medical Center (VAMC) director, have made it extremely difficult to make

WIPP to Reduce Transportation Contract Drivers

on July 23, 2014 - 6:44am

WIPP News:

Visionary Solutions, a carrier contracted to transport waste to WIPP, will reduce its driver teams as a result of the February events that suspended waste disposal operations at the facility.

In anticipation of the decline in shipments, the Carlsbad Field Office asked Visionary Solutions to propose cost estimates that reflect the reduced need for transportation services. Visionary Solutions has now reduced its qualified two-person driving teams from 11 to three. The number of dedicated tractors or trucks also will be reduced to three.

WIPP will maintain its transportation

OBITUARY: Simon A. Bergauer Feb. 20, 1917–July 20, 2014

on July 23, 2014 - 6:41am

SIMON A. BERGAUER Feb. 20, 1917–July 20, 2014

Simon “Sy” A. Bergauer entered into his well deserved rest on July 20, 2014 at the age of 97.

Sy was born February 20, 1917 to Simon and Katherine Bergauer in St. Louis, Mo. Growing up he enjoyed baseball, fishing and just being outdoors with his brother, sister and friends. 

Sy was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Edward Bergauer, a sister, Emma Bergauer, a nephew in law, Rod Slocum, a grandchild Rodney Bergauer and a grandnephew, Ricky Wells.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Olive Mae Bergauer, son Timothy and wife Rhea,

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DOE: Up to $31 Million for Initial Phases of Enhanced Geothermal Systems Field Observatory

on July 23, 2014 - 6:39am

DOE News:

As part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced up to $31 million to establish the initial phases of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), a field laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).  

EGS are engineered reservoirs, created beneath the surface of the Earth, where there is hot rock but limited pathways through which fluid can flow. During EGS development, underground fluid pathways are safely created and their size and connectivity increased.

Los Alamos Pedestrian Hit By Truck Has Died

on July 22, 2014 - 1:59pm

Emily Mares-Lang

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Emily Mares-Lang, 73, of Los Alamos died Monday evening after being struck by a truck July 16 near the Los Alamos Post Office.

She had remained in critical condition at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center since being hit while walking in the crosswalk on Main Street.

"The world will miss a beautiful person ... that's for sure," Ed Lang said today, adding that arrangements are pending.

He said that he and Mares-Lang would have been married 24 years in September.

Mares-Lang was employed the last eight years at Los Alamos

Los Alamos Tops America's Best Small Towns List!

on July 22, 2014 - 8:14am

Ashley Pond Park in the heart of Los Alamos. Photo by TK Thompson 

LIVABILITY.COM News:

  • Annual list ranks America’s top small towns

Perhaps the best thing about a great small town is its ability to change your perspective. With this in mind, Livability.com has named the Top 10 Small Towns, 2014.

These cities provide beautiful locales that inspire both creativity and activity, and they offer unhurried atmospheres, authentic character and characters, cultural gems, fantastic outdoor settings and the uncommon ability to change lifestyles, shift points of view and nourish souls with simple

Johnson: The Impossibility of Untangling Conservation and Development

on July 22, 2014 - 7:59am
By DUSTIN JOHNSON
Los Alamos
(Currently doing an internship in Mongolia)

This is the first of a series of (roughly) monthly columns I'll be writing for the Los Alamos Daily Post on international development, humanitarian aid, and related issues.

In the United States and much of the developed world, we primarily think of conservation in terms of protected areas such as national parks, wildlife refuges, and wilderness areas. In these areas, human activity is usually limited to tourism and research.

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