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Sydney's Corner: Birds of Florence, Italy

on August 23, 2013 - 7:59am

Sydney Frazier in Florence, Italy. Photo by Jason Frazier
SYDNEY’S CORNER: Birds of Florence, Italy
 
Introduction by Teralene Foxx
Los Alamos

I am an ecologist by training and interests; I love the out-of-doors. But with all the gadgets we have now (ipads, cellphones, computers), how do our children and grandchildren learn and become passionate about the natural and cultural world around them? How do we teach them earth-care and tolerance?

I passionately believe that the only way we come to appreciate the world around us is to be out exploring and experiencing the world.

NNSA, China Sign Agreement to Prevent Nuclear Smuggling

on August 22, 2013 - 10:00am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently signed an agreement with the People’s Republic of China’s General Administration of China Customs (GACC) to renew cooperative efforts to deter, detect and interdict the illicit smuggling of special nuclear and other radiological materials.

The agreement was signed by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and China’s Minister of the GACC, YU Guangzhou, during the annual U.S.–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington.

“China plays a key role securing both regional and international maritime

New Gamma-Ray Observatory Begins Operations at Sierra Negra Volcano in Mexico

on August 21, 2013 - 12:43pm

The HAWC Observatory taken in August 2013 from the summit of Sierra Negra. The image has been digitally altered to show HAWC as it will appear when construction is complete in 2014. The 111 Cherenkov detectors currently installed (100 Cherenkov detectors in operation) are colored white and located in the upper right quadrant of the array. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New site to observe supernovas and supermassive black holes

The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma Ray Observatory has begun formal operations at its site in Mexico.

Woman Takes 100 Mile Hike Around Mont Blanc with Father and Others from Los Alamos

on August 21, 2013 - 11:29am

Fathers and daughters who participated in a 100 mile hike around Mont Blanc, from left, Harry and Angela Martz, Paul White (who had sons so he joined the trip by 'adopting' Kerri Frazier’s roommate), Stephanie Larsen, Brian and Megan Metz; Joy and Roger Ferenbaugh, Kerri Frazier and Charles Frazier aka Jim. Courtey photo

 

Tour du Mont Blanc
Introduction by Teralene Foxx

You have all heard about Daddy/Daughter dances but how about Daddy/Daughter hikes. Well not just any hike, but a 100 mile hike in France, Italy, and Switzerland.

DoD Shuts Down Burn Pits at Camp Leatherneck

on August 14, 2013 - 11:38am

Burn pit in Afghanistan. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Senators applaud measure, say more work still needs to be done

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced today that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has ceased burn pit operations at one of two camp sites supporting Operating Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Its closure follows Udall and Corker’s recent call for immediate action to halt the use of open-air burn pits after findings by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) that found the burn pits were utilized without

LANL Scientists Show Muon Imaging May Offer Hope of Assessing Damaged Reactor Cores

on August 12, 2013 - 8:45am

LANL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. ─ Critical to the recovery efforts following the devastating effects of the 2011 tsunami on Japan’s Fukushima reactor is the ability to assess damage within the reactor’s core.

A study in the journal AIP Advances by a team of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) shows that muon imaging may offer the best hope of assessing damage to the reactor cores and locating the melted fuel.

Muon imaging, which utilizes naturally occurring muons created in the atmosphere by cosmic rays to image dense objects, should solve the problem of determining the

Reconciliation Ceremony Marks Anniversary of Hiroshima

on August 6, 2013 - 6:35pm

Los Alamos students participate in today's Peace Ceremony at Fuller Lodge Art Center marking the anniversary of Hiroshima. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Students were asked to turn out and look at the adults as part of today's ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Students joined adults at a reconciliation ceremony and reception at Fuller Lodge Art Center commemorating today's anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima Japan.

The Peace’s New Century Project is a collaboration between Betsie Miller-Kusz of the Jemez Valley and Masaru

Letter to the Editor: Brief Response to 'Weak Correlation Between CO2 and Temperature ...'

on August 3, 2013 - 8:28am
By Stephen Price and Charles Keller
Los Alamos
 
We have responded briefly to the writer’s comments, which are in quotes, and written additional comments of our own. We are happy to provide scientific journal citations to support any of our statements made below.

“A weak short-term correlation between CO2 and temperature proves nothing about causation. Proponents of the notion that increases in the air's CO2 content lead to global warming point to the past century's weak correlation between atmospheric CO2 concentration and global air temperature as proof of their contention.”

Actually they

Is Bandelier the 8th Wonder of the World?

on August 1, 2013 - 7:25am

VirtualTourist News:

Voting is now open at VirtualTourist for the favorite 8th wonder of the World and Bandelier National Monument is on the list of possiblities.

Voting is open June 3 through Sept. 30. Vote here.

VA Seeks Feedback For Open Burn Pit Registry

on July 25, 2013 - 8:20am

Marine Lance Corporal Richard Carmichael disposes of trash at the burn pit on Forward Operating Base Zeebrudge in Afghanistan's Helmand province. DOD photo

VA News:

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is asking veterans to help create its Open Burn Pit Registry for military service members, civilian personnel and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Udall coauthored the legislation to create the burn pit registry, which the president signed into law

U.S., New Zealand Collaborate to Combat Trafficking of Nuclear Materials

on July 24, 2013 - 8:28am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced a collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to provide mobile radiation detection equipment to countries in Latin America, South East Asia and Africa.

This is the fifth joint NNSA-New Zealand project under a bilateral memorandum of understanding, as a result of the 26-member G8 Global Partnership (GP) Against the Spread of Weapons and Material of Mass Destruction.

Udall, Corker: End Use of Burn Pits in Afghanistan

on July 24, 2013 - 8:22am
A bulldozer dumps a load of trash into a burn pit just 300 yards from the runway at Bagram Airfield, January 2012. An Army memo from 2011 found the burn pit is associated with 'long-term' health effects on soldiers at Bagram. Courtesy/U.S. Army
 
US SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced they have sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asking for immediate action to halt the use of open-air burn pits at two camp sites supporting Operating Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Their letter follows reports by the Special

Britain's Royal Baby is a Boy

on July 22, 2013 - 3:30pm

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Courtesy/marieclaire.co.uk

Staff Report

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a boy, according to a statement by Clarence House.

Prince William was present at the birth of the infant who weighed in at 8 pounds 6 ounces.

The newborn's name has not been announced but his title will be Prince of Cambridge, according to reports. He is third in line to the throne.

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E.U. and U.S. to Extend Scientific Cooperation on Measurements and Standards

on July 19, 2013 - 8:13am

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-PA, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, Joint Research Centre Director General Dominique Ristori and European Parliament Member Edit Herzog at a signing ceremony July 17. Photo by K. Delak/NIST

NIST News:

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the U.S.

LANL: Mudundi R. Raju Receives Padma Shri Award

on July 18, 2013 - 8:29am

President of India Pranab Mukherjee presents the Padma Shri award to former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Mudundi Raju. Courtesy/M. Raju

Mudundi Raju and his wife M. Subhadra Devi Raju met recently for lunch with John Hopkins at the Blue WIndow Bistro in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANL News:

Mudundi R. Raju Receives Padma Shri Award

  • Los Alamos retiree brings medical advances to poor of India

The government of India honored former Los Alamos scientist and Laboratory Fellow Mudundi Raju with a Padma Shri award this year for his distinguished

NNSA Conducts I-RAPTER Training in Kazakhstan

on July 17, 2013 - 8:33am

Joseph J. Krol Jr., NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) last week conducted an International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response (I-RAPTER) training in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The training, held at the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Almaty, included using radiation detection equipment to locate hidden radioactive sources during a practical exercise.

Toshiba Commercial Shooting in Los Alamos

on July 6, 2013 - 11:03am

COUNTY News:

A Toshiba commercial is being filmed in Los Alamos and Ghost Ranch next week.

WHEN: Monday, July 8-9

WHERE: LOS ALAMOS COUNTY LOCATIONS

  • Los Alamos County Department of Utilities, EMS Building at Pajarito Cliffs Site;
  • Los Alamos County Landfill;
  • Smart House;
  • Sandia Road at 47th Street; and
  • Cheyenne in Tsikimu Village.

Flier notifications have been distributed to all affected neighbors in the Sandia/47th Street neighborhood and the Cheyenne/Tsikimu Village. No interim traffic controls are required.

The commercial is intended for the country of Japan, in Japanese, and will probably

Truman’s Decision to Drop Bomb Discussed at 70th Anniversary Lecture July 10

on July 4, 2013 - 8:15am

Noel Pugach. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

President Harry S. Truman’s decision to use atomic bombs on Japan during World War II will be discussed in the next installment of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 70th Anniversary Public Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Noel Pugach, professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico, will discuss Truman’s decision to drop atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; he also will explain the nature of Truman’s decision and how and why he made it.

“Harry S.

US, International Partners Remove Last HEU from Vietnam, Set Nuclear Security Milestone

on July 3, 2013 - 9:19am

Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) removel in Viet Nam. Courtesy/NNSA News

A Vietnamese commander gives instructions prior to departing in a convoy carrying highly enriched uranium. Courtesy/NNSA News

 

NNSA News:

VIENNA, Austria – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), in a joint operation with the Russian Federation, announced today the successful removal of 11 kilograms of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the Dalat Nuclear Research Institute in Dalat, Vietnam.

With this

Russian Youth Paint White Rock Rock

on June 28, 2013 - 3:45pm

This morning in White Rock, Russian youth visiting from Sarov as part of the Los Alamos-Sarov Sister Cities Initiative painted the White Rock Rock at Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The rock project begins to take shape. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The rock is painted. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Once the rock was painted, the group headed over to the nearby White Rock Fire Station for a tour. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Russian Visitors Present Painting to Paul White

on June 28, 2013 - 3:35pm

This morning in White Rock, Russian youth visiting from the Sister City of Sarov presented a painting to Paul White of the Los Alamos-Sarov Sister Cities Initiative. White asked the youth how they ever got the painting over here from Russia to which they answered, "It wasn't easy." Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Humans Stoked Australia’s ‘Angry Summer’ Heat

on June 28, 2013 - 7:49am

The Australian continent endured unprecedented high temperatures in the summer of 2013. This image, using data from NASA’s Aqua satellite, shows Australian land-surface-temperature anomalies, or departures from average, during Jan. 1-8, 2013. Red means above-average temperature; blue, below average; grey, incomplete data. Australia’s summer occurs during the northern-hemisphere winter. Image by Jesse Allen/NASA Earth Observatory

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.

US, Japan Develop New Method for Radiological Dose Assessment Around Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants

on June 27, 2013 - 9:53am

Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) have developed a novel method for analyzing airborne radiological monitoring data. This new method has been used to perform a detailed study of survey data taken by the NNSA and JAEA in the months following the March 2011 radiological incident in Japan.

Aerial surveys were employed in the region surrounding the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to cover the area impacted by the accident quickly, thoroughly and safely.

Russian Youth Visit Los Alamos

on June 26, 2013 - 3:02pm

At Tuesday's first meeting in the new Municipal Building, Los Alamos County Councilor Fran Berting presents gifts on behalf of the Council to youth from Sarov, Russia visiting town as part of the Los Alamos Sarov Sister Cities Initiative. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Russian youth present Los Alamos County Council members with gifts during Tuesday's meeting. The group has a full schedule of activities and events to attend before leaving for home Monday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dr.

US-Russia Partnership Reaches Key Milestone in Converting Russian Nuclear Weapons into US Nuclear Fuel

on June 25, 2013 - 10:26am
HEU. Courtesy/NNSA
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has monitored the elimination of more than 475 metric tons (MT) of Russian highly enriched uranium (HEU) under a landmark nuclear nonproliferation program, commonly known as Megatons to Megawatts.
 
With today’s 475 MT HEU milestone, deliveries under the U.S.-Russia HEU Purchase Agreement of low enriched uranium (LEU) produced from Russian HEU are 95 percent complete, and HEU roughly equivalent to 19,000 nuclear weapons has been permanently eliminated.

“The HEU Purchase

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