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Medical Imaging Research Leader Ken Hanson Of Los Alamos Receives SPIE Directors’ Award

on August 16, 2017 - 5:37pm

Medical imaging research scientist Dr. Ken Hanson from Los Alamos National Laboratory has been selected for a top award by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Dr. Hanson received the 2017 SPIE Directors’ Award last week during SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, Calif.

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BELLINGHAM, Wash., and SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Ken Hanson, a medical imaging research scientist at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL), has been selected as this year’s recipient of a top award from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Dr.

Redondo And Stauber Visit Popular Los Alamos History Museum Exhibit Creator Isao Hashimoto

on August 16, 2017 - 5:18pm

Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member Michael Redondo, left, and Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber with Japanese digital artist Isao Hashimoto during their recent visit to Japan on behalf of the Los Alamos/Japan Project. Hashimoto’s time lapse animation of the world’s nuclear explosions is a popular yet sobering Cold War exhibit in the Hans Bethe House in Los Alamos. Flashing lights on a world map indicate the locations of explosions that have occurred while differing sounds reveal the countries that conducted the tests.

Library Of Congress To Host Appointment Ceremony Of 2017 National Student Poets

on August 16, 2017 - 9:02am
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS News:
 
The Library of Congress will host the appointment ceremony of the sixth class of the National Student Poets Program, honoring five outstanding youth poets from across the United States for their original work Thursday, Aug. 31.
 
The National Student Poets, who represent five different regions of the country, will read original works as part of the ceremony, which will be led by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Kathryn K. Matthew.
 
Special guest speakers will include 2016 National Student Poet Joey

LANL: Unique Imaging Of Dinosaur’s Skull Tells Evolutionary Tale

on August 15, 2017 - 4:19pm

A 3D image of Bistahieversor sealeyi, which was found in the Bisti Badlands in New Mexico and Imaged at Los Alamos' unique facilities. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Collaboration creates highest-resolution scan of a large tyrannosaur skull

Researchers using Los Alamos’ unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done.

Supernova Hunters: ‘Get Them Young’

on August 15, 2017 - 9:30am

Bright blue dot: Supernovae such as SN 2017cbv appear as "stars that weren't there before," which is why multiple images taken over time are necessary to reveal their true identity. SN 2017cbv lies in the outskirts of a spiral galaxy called NGC 5643 that lies about 55 million light-years away and has about the same diameter as the Milky Way (~100,000 light-years). Data are from the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Supernova Project and the Carnegie-Irvine Galaxy Survey. Courtesy/B.J. Fulton/Caltech)

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AG Balderas Statement On Virginia Crisis

on August 15, 2017 - 8:13am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the Virginia white supremacy crisis:
 
"The First Amendment should not be weaponized to terrorize Americans and our condolences are with the Commonwealth of Virginia," said Attorney General Hector Balderas. "New Mexicans stand united against hatred and bigotry."
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Griggs: Taking The Train To Los Alamos

on August 15, 2017 - 8:11am

The train station in Lamy, only a few miles from Santa Fe. Board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief here. Westbound Train #3 goes to Los Angeles, and Eastbound #4 goes to Chicago. Photo by David Griggs/ladailypost.com

 

By DAVID GRIGGS
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

Good news for train travelers: You can book a reservation through Amtrak to travel to and from Los Alamos and White Rock.

 

Heading for Chicago or Los Angeles? You can take Amtrak from either Los Alamos or White Rock. Calling them “Thruway Bus Connections”, Amtrak goes the extra mile and delivers you to many destinations that are not on the rail lines.

 

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Judge Grants Final Approval To Settlement Barring San Juan County Jail From Honoring ICE Detainers

on August 15, 2017 - 8:03am
SUPU News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― Thursday, as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions continued his attempt to coerce local jurisdictions across the country, including Bernalillo County, into enforcing federal immigration law, U.S. District Court Judge William P. Johnson granted final approval to a class action settlement barring the San Juan County Detention Center from honoring ICE Immigration Detainers in the case of Susana Palacios-Valencia and Somos un Pueblo Unido v. San Juan County Board of Commissioners.

"The federal government cannot force local jails or municipalities into violating the

Study: 2017’s Best & Worst Places To Retire

on August 15, 2017 - 6:42am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With retirement confidence declining in 2017 and nearly four in 10 American workers having little or no money saved for their golden years, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst Places to Retire.

To help Americans plan for a comfortable retirement without breaking the bank, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest U.S. cities across 40 key measures of affordability, quality of life, health care and availability of recreational activities.
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Los Alamos Gathers In Solidarity With Charlottesville

on August 15, 2017 - 2:12am

Candlelight vigil organizer Ellen Ben-Naim welcomes some 150 community members who gathered Monday evening in solidarity with Charlottesville, Va., where a woman was killed and others injured Saturday during a white supremacist rally. Voices of Los Alamos in conjunction with other local organizations hosted the peaceful gathering to take a stand against hatred and violence. The gathering was meant to show unity and resolve to stand up against white supremacy, racism, bigotry and any form of oppression. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Vigil organizer Ellen Ben-Naim speaks to the

Automated Fingerprint Analysis Now Closer To Reality

on August 14, 2017 - 10:47am

Fingerprints left at a crime scene—so-called latent prints—are often partial, distorted and smudged. Courtesy/Chugh et al., Hancek/NIST

The first big case involving fingerprint evidence in the United States was the murder trial of Thomas Jennings in Chicago in 1911. Jennings had broken into a home in the middle of the night and, when discovered by the homeowner, shot the man dead.

Broad Support For Ten Commandments Monument Reflected In Numerous Briefs At Supreme Court

on August 14, 2017 - 9:05am
Alliance Defending Freedom News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Supreme Court has received numerous friend-of-the-court briefs in support of a New Mexico city’s ability to allow citizens to display a Ten Commandments monument among other historical monuments on public property.
 
The briefs filed in City of Bloomfield v. Felix include support from the attorneys general or governors of 23 states, 24 members of Congress, and a variety of legal experts, religious groups, and others.

Last month, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the city of Bloomfield, New Mexico, asked the high

IRS: For Most, Highway Use Tax Return Is Due Aug. 31; E-file Is A Convenient Filing Option

on August 14, 2017 - 8:39am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service reminds truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles that, in most cases, their next federal highway use tax return is due Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.
 
The deadline generally applies to Form 2290 and the accompanying tax payment for the tax year that begins July 1, 2017, and ends June 30, 2018. Returns must be filed and tax payments made by Aug. 31 for vehicles used on the road during July. For vehicles first used after July, the deadline is the last day of the month following the month of first use.
 
Though some taxpayers have
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Udall To Keynote US Global Leadership Coalition Conference And NM Water Conference

on August 14, 2017 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will be the keynote speaker at a forum on national security and economic prosperity with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and at the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s (WRRI) 62nd Annual N.M. Water Conference.
 
He also will lead a roundtable discussion at Kirtland Air Force Base with leaders of the N.M.

Zinke Supports Acceptance Of 3,595 Acres Of Wilderness For Sportsmen's Access To Sabinoso In New Mexico

on August 14, 2017 - 7:10am
Courtesy photo
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following a ​trip to New Mexico, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced he and the Department - through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - intend to finalize the process to consider whether to accept the donation of 3,595 acres (formerly known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch) that are adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness to be included as part of the wilderness​.
 
If approved, the donated land will provide public access to the 16,000-acre Sabinoso Wilderness, which is wholly surrounded by non-federal land.

Study: New Mexico 9th Worst State To Have A Baby

on August 14, 2017 - 6:44am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With August being one of the most popular months for newborn arrival and Americans paying the highest birthing costs in the world, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby.

To determine the most ideal places in the U.S. for parents and their newborns, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 20 key measures of cost, health care accessibility and baby-friendliness.

Coalition Of LANL Communities Board Voices Deep Concern Over RFP For Lab Management Contract

on August 13, 2017 - 10:19am

Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler chats with Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales prior to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board meeting Friday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

From left, Jack Jekowski, RCLC board members, Taos County Commissioner Mark Gallegos, Taos Councilor Darien Fernandez and Espanola Mayor Alice Lucero. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Draft Solicitation for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Site Management and Operating Contract as presently proposed has

Scientists Discover Cause Of Sea Level Hot Spots

on August 13, 2017 - 7:32am
The Indian River Lagoon, where salinity increases helped researchers discover a hot spot. Courtesy/NASA Kennedy Space Center
 
By STEPHANIE LIVINGSTON
AGU
 
Sea level rise hot spots — bursts of accelerated sea rise that last three to five years — happen along the U.S. East Coast thanks to a one-two punch from naturally occurring climate variations, a new University of Florida study shows.
 
After UF scientists identified a hot spot reaching from Cape Hatteras to Miami, they probed the causes by analyzing tidal and climate data for the U.S. eastern seaboard. The new study, published

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait ... Prevent Remote Access Takeover Attacks

on August 12, 2017 - 6:52am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today reminded tax professionals that their entire digital network could be at risk for remote takeover by cybercriminals. Such a takeover could lead to fraudulent tax filings and damage to their clients.
 
Multiple incidents have been reported to the IRS in the past year as tax professionals’ systems have been secretly infiltrated. The criminals accessed client tax returns, completed those returns, e-filed them and secretly directed refunds to their own accounts.
 
Increasing awareness about

Heinrich, Tillis Lead Letter To U.S. International Trade Commission Opposing Tariffs Harming Solar Industry

on August 12, 2017 - 6:30am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), along with a bipartisan group of senators, are urging the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to not impose tariffs that would negatively affect the American solar industry.
 
In a letter to Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, the lawmakers—who both represent states that have a growing solar industry—expressed their deep concern with the pending Section 201 global safeguard case regarding solar cell and module manufacturing in the United States. The ITC will hold a public hearing on the

LANL: Genomic And Fluid-flow Technologies Win Regional Tech-transfer Awards

on August 11, 2017 - 7:04pm

Los Alamos scientists observing a dfnWorks simulation. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Federal Laboratory Consortium recognizes Los Alamos innovation

Two technologies developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory were recently recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Mid-Continent Region for their contribution to both Los Alamos’ mission and the greater good.

dfnWorks, a computational suite that simulates and predicts the flow and transport of fluids through underground fracture networks, and EDGE Bioinformatics, an easy-to use, web-based computer program that allows for sophisticated

AG Balderas Opposes EPA’s Illegal Proposed Delay Of Rule Limiting Methane Emissions

on August 11, 2017 - 6:57am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Joining a coalition of 14 attorneys general, the State of Colorado, and the City of Chicago, Attorney General Hector Balderas Aug. 9 submitted comments in opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed 27-month compliance delay of an important public health rule put forward during the Obama Administration.
 
The methane new source rule now in place limits emissions of this powerful greenhouse gas by encouraging the use of emerging technology in leak monitoring and setting a fixed schedule for monitoring leaks at all well sites and

N.M. Delegation: Rebid Is Opportunity For DOE To Strengthen LANL’s Critical Role In NNM

on August 11, 2017 - 6:50am

NM CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News
  • Paramount concern is assuring the safety and health of the employees, the public and protecting the environment while enabling the lab to continue to meet its crucial national security missions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) sent a letter Thursday to U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Nuclear Security General Frank G.

Study: 2017’s Strictest & Most Lenient States On DUI

on August 11, 2017 - 6:40am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With drunk driving resulting in roughly 1 million arrests, 10,000 deaths and $44 billion in economic damage each year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released an in-depth report on 2017’s Strictest & Most Lenient States on DUI.

In the interest of underscoring the financial downsides of driving drunk, WalletHub compared the penalties in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 15 key metrics, ranging from fines and minimum jail time to “ignition interlock device” requirements.
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Los Alamos History Representatives Present Special Proclamation Extending Friendship To Nagasaki

on August 10, 2017 - 10:49am

Accepting the Special Proclamation Extending Friendship to Nagasaki is Akitoshi Nakamura, museum director of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. The proclamation was presented to the museum by Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber and Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member Michael Redondo Aug. 11, 2017 on the occasion of the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony. Courtesy photo

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