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On The Job In Los Alamos: Leadership Los Alamos Board Strategizes At Monthly Meeting

on November 9, 2017 - 2:58pm

On the job in Los Alamos are members of the Leadership Los Alamos Board during a monthly meeting this morning in the conferance room at TechSource inside the New Mexico Bank & Trust Building. From left, Board Chairman Brian D’Andrea, Jorge Maldonado, Debbie Hawes, Board Treasurer Debbie Reiss, Craig Martin, Chair-Elect Martha Katko, associate Graig Newell, Devon Durrer, Monica Hernandez-Lara, Libby Carlsten, Board Secretary Kate Thwaits, associate Kirsten Bell, Debbie Huling and Cheryl Sowder. Board members not pictured, Gabe Baca, Debby Bailey-Holgerson, Carol A. Clark (taking photo), Wendy

Amateur Naturalist: How Young Is Young And How Old Is Old?

on November 9, 2017 - 7:29am
The dark color of one tree and brownish-orange of the other suggests that one is young while the other is mature. However both trees have similar diameters and both have their branches emerging further up their trunks. Are they different or similar in their maturity? Photo by Robert Dryja

By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos

A ponderosa tree may live for as long as 700 years. This is 10 times longer than a person. This means there are some ponderosa trees that were already approaching 200 years old when Columbus discovered the Americas.

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time Part 5

on November 9, 2017 - 7:01am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

We finished last week’s article by observing the creation of the Bank of England in 1694 to raise money for its war against France. Note that war does not produce tradable things of value but does consume things of value.

This is not intended to debate warfare because it may be essential for a country to maintain itself or its diplomatic bargaining position. But there is a cost, there is a consumption of value. And this affects the exchange of goods and services – trade.

In France, under Louis XIV

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 9, 2017 - 6:49am

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Use Resources

on November 9, 2017 - 6:25am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Do you know about Petfinder.com? It is like eHarmony or Tinder, only it matches a human up with a pet. The website includes fish, reptiles, barnyard animals, and rodents as well as cats and dogs. I am a dog person so when I browse the website I look at the dogs.

In my head I match up my friends and family with their next ideal dog-love. Sometimes I will send an email with an enticing photo of the lonely pup.

So far, no one has actually taken advantage of the leads I offer.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Battle Of The Sexes

on November 9, 2017 - 6:14am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Battle of the Sexes” was released at the end of September, but only recently came to our local theater, thus this late review… The film tells the story of the public battle for equal pay and recognition for female athletes, championed by tennis great Billie Jean King, and culminating in what was deemed “the Battle of the Sexes”, the September 1973 tennis match between the 29 year old women’s tennis great King and the 55-year-old former men’s champ, Bobby Riggs.

Significant steps along the way are covered in the film, but not in much detail.

Cinema Cindy Reviews Thor: Ragnarok

on November 8, 2017 - 7:29am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Thor: Ragnarok” is the third Marvel Comics movie to come out in recent years featuring Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Throughout the series Thor is played by the studly Aussie actor, Chris Hemsworth, who truly is “easy on the eyes”.
 
All three Thor films depend on Marvel plotlines and Norse characters, but these lines do get blurred. So don’t expect the plot to make perfect sense; instead, you may find that the film will delight, surprise and entertain you if you don’t take it too seriously.
 
Working alongside Thor (most of the time) in this film

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