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Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo Has Died

on July 14, 2017 - 9:24am
Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo, a 2010 Nobel peace laureate and 2004 RSF press freedom laureate, died Wednesday ... he had been imprisoned in China since 2008. Courtesy photo
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo, who was the 2010 Nobel peace laureate and 2004 RSF press freedom laureate. RSF holds the Chinese authorities responsible and urges them to end the house arrest of his wife, Liu Xia.

The embodiment of resistance to oppression and the fight for

World Futures: Who Do You Trust – Or Is It Whom? Part Two

on July 14, 2017 - 4:39am

World Futures:  What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In part one of this series, three documents were listed for suggested for reading. In your busy schedule, did you have the time? Let’s consider the challenge.

There is a card in circulation titled “100 Days of Summer Get Out. Get Active” One of the check boxes is “Read 100 Books.” What does this really mean?  According to www.reading soft.com, the average person reads 200 words per minute with 65 percent comprehension. Checking Wikipedia, novels range from 100,000 to 175,000 words.

Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins Shares Story, Part 2

on July 13, 2017 - 6:21am

Korean War veteran Paul Elkins of Los Alamos on Hill 324 in Korea in 1952. Courtesy photo

Outpost Yoke was the first place Paul Elkins served in Korea in January 1952. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When we left MSgt. Paul Elkins in Korea in Part One of this series, his regiment had arrived and he had led two squads to the Company outpost, which was about three-quarters of a mile ahead of the front line and Chinese troops were manning the line they were facing. By this time, it had started to snow and the conditions were miserable.

Day Of Action For Net Neutrality Breaks Records

on July 12, 2017 - 6:52pm

INTERNET News:

There has been such a surge in activity -- and the traffic is not showing signs of slowing down -- that organizers are still scrambling to document everything that has happened but so far through the BattleForTheNet.com site alone (not including the Internet Association’s page or other aligned efforts) we’ve seen:

 NOTE: these numbers represent only a portion of the final totals, and due to the massive numbers, comments and emails will be delivered over several days.  We will release additional updates as we continue documenting what has happened:

  • More than 10 million

Letter To The Editor: Mosul, A Pyrrhic Victory

on July 12, 2017 - 12:03pm
By DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos
 
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Mosul Sunday “to announce its liberation and congratulate the armed forces and Iraqi people on this victory.”
 
(New York Times, Sunday July 9, 2017 from al-Abadi's official Twitter account). From the same NYT article, “The victory marked the formal end of a bloody campaign that lasted nearly nine months, left much of Iraq's second- largest city in ruins, killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly a million more.”
 
The pictures we've seen in news media remind me of Dresden after the allied fire-bombing

Greenland’s Ocean Bloom Likely Fueled By Iron

on July 12, 2017 - 10:55am

Satellite photo of glacial meltwater runoff from the Greenland Ice Sheet. A new study finds iron particles washed off Greenland’s rocks and soil and ferried into the sea by the meltwater are driving a recently-discovered summer algal bloom. Courtesy/NASA

 

By KER THAN
Stanford

Iron particles catching a ride on glacial meltwater washed out to sea by drifting currents is likely fueling a recently discovered summer algal bloom off the southern coast of Greenland, a new study finds.

Microalgae, also known as phytoplankton, are plant-like, marine microorganisms that form the base of the food

Protest For Net Neutrality Spreads Across Internet

on July 12, 2017 - 7:08am

Courtesy image

INTERNET News:

More than 100,000 websites, Internet users and organizations are participating in a massive online protest today against the FCC’s plan to gut protections that keep the web free from censorship, throttling and extra fees.

Many of the most popular websites on the web are participating in today's Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation.

Starting at midnight, a flood of major web platforms like Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Spotify,

LANL Holds Accountable Those Individuals Responsible For Improper Shipment Of Special Nuclear Material

on July 11, 2017 - 10:15pm
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory has taken swift action against those responsible for improperly shipping small quantities of special nuclear material to both Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Savannah River National Laboratory last month.

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) issued a press release June 24 stating it had been informed that the shipments should have been made using commercial ground cargo services, and were packaged and containerized for this mode of transportation.

Largest Websites On Earth Prepare For Net Neutrality Day Of Action Wednesday July 12

on July 11, 2017 - 3:54pm

INTERNET News:
  • More than 80,000 websites, Internet users and organizations plan massive online protest Wednesday, July 12. Participants include Twitter, Amazon, Facebook. Google, Reddit, Netflix, OK Cupid, Mozilla, Etsy, Kickstarter, Vimeo and PornHub...

Airbnb, Spotify, Yelp, Snapchat, and Dropbox are the latest major players to announce their participation in the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality scheduled for July 12 to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation.

‘Secret Pass’ Opens At Bradbury Science Museum

on July 11, 2017 - 10:58am

The Behind the Fence exhibit gives visitors a 360-degree immersive experience of key park properties at the Lab.

LANL News:

The Bradbury Science Museum will open three new exhibits and a video as part of a new experience called “Manhattan on the Mesa.” The exhibits will be dedicated 4-6 p.m., July 14 at a public opening.

“With these exhibits we help visitors to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park experience the park properties at the Laboratory that are not yet open to the public,” Museum Director Linda Deck said.

Manhattan on the Mesa includes:

 

  • A new video, titled Racing

PBS Science Café: Invisible Universe Revealed

on July 9, 2017 - 7:44pm

Hubble launched in 1990 and has taken fascinating images like this one since then. Courtesy/NASA

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium is hosting presentation on one of NASA’s most ambitious experiments. After watching NOVA: Invisible Universe Revealed, Dr. Rick Wallace of Los Alamos will discuss the astronomical significance of the Hubble’s findings, including cosmic expansion and supermassive black holes. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to uncover the invisible mysteries of our Universe.

Wallace has a Ph.D.

CDC: Protect Your Child’s Skin From The Sun

on July 9, 2017 - 6:45am
 
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CDC News:
 
Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life.
 
Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.
 
Seek shade. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it’s happened. Cover up.

LANL: A Universal Biosensor For Infectious Disease

on July 7, 2017 - 12:06pm

LANL News:

With increased travel and globalization, the spread of new diseases has become a threat to global health—and global security. Whether in a rural village or an urban medical clinic, healthcare workers need diagnostics that provide answers then and there, for any disease, in order to effectively treat individual patients or widespread outbreaks.

That’s why Harshini Mukundan and her team at Los Alamos National Laboratory are working to develop a universal biosensor.

“If we are able to mimic the body’s immune recognition in the laboratory, we could have a universal strategy for the

Leuser Ecosystem And Tropical Rainforest Heritage Of Sumatra Remains ‘World Heritage at Risk’

on July 7, 2017 - 10:14am
Waterfall. Courtesy photo
 
TRHS News:
 
KRAKOW, POLAND  The 41st World Heritage Committee session has voted unanimously to retain the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS) on the List of World Heritage In Danger due to threats facing its globally significant rainforests.
 
Panut Hadisiswoyo, founder and director of the Orangutan Information Centre, and civil society spokesperson at the World Heritage Committee meeting issued the following statement:
 
“The World Heritage Committee has confirmed the need to take decisive action to address current and emerging threats facing

Facebook And Google Say They're Joining Net Neutrality Day Of Action July 12

on July 7, 2017 - 9:06am
INTERNET News:
 
Representatives for Facebook and Google have told multiple reporters that the web giants plan to participate in the Internet wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality scheduled for July 12 to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation.
 
Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Private Internet Access, Mozilla, OK Cupid, Imgur, PornHub, Medium, and hundreds of other major sites are also participating.
 
“We have not heard directly from either Facebook or

World Futures: Who Do You Trust – Or Is It Whom? Part One

on July 7, 2017 - 8:41am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the winter or spring of 1973, I attended a required lecture by Walter Cronkite, the anchor of CBS Evening News and “the most trusted man in America.” At the end of each broadcast he said “And that’s the way it is.” I was 31years old and I believed him. Again, it was a required lecture. I was lucky attendance was required.

During the lecture Mr.

Net Neutrality Day Of Action July 12 May Be the Largest Online Protest In Years

on July 6, 2017 - 7:30am
FFTF News:
 
Urban Dictionary, Bandcamp, Automattic (who run WordPress) and Discord are among the latest major web platforms to join the Internet-wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality scheduled for July 12 to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation.
 
Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Private Internet Access, Mozilla, OK Cupid, Imgur, PornHub, Medium, and dozens of other major sites also are participating.
 
More than 50,000 people, sites and organizations have

Scenes From Bandelier Naturalization Ceremony

on July 5, 2017 - 8:14am

Fifteen newly-sworn United States citizens at Bandelier National Monument Tuesday with Superintendent Jason Lott, far right, and Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, second from right, who was the guest speaker. Courtesy photo

Nicholas Maestas, left, representing U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz at Tuesday's naturalization ceremony at Banderlier. Courtesy photo

Some of the new United States citizens being sworn in at Tuesday's naturalization ceremony at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy photo

Representing VFW Post 8874

Girl Scouts Of America Show Support To US Servicemen And Women With Local Million Thanks Drive

on July 4, 2017 - 11:31am

The Girl Scouts of America show support to the servicemen and servicewomen of America, by assisting with the local A Million Thanks drive. The Albuquerque North Stake of the LDS Church held a Leadership Conference for Girl Scouts recently and used the A Million Thanks project as their service project. Our local program received over 100 cards from girls of all ages. Five bundles were sent to local and regional young men serving across the United States and in South Korea. The goal of the project is to regularly sent mailings to boost the spirits of our military.

Four Local Experts Discuss Recent Discoveries In Astronomy At Nature On Tap Thursday

on July 4, 2017 - 8:40am
PEEC News: 
 
The community is invited to discuss the latest findings in astronomy Thursday at Nature on Tap.
 
Local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Joyce Guzik, Dr. Paul Arendt, Dr. Galen Gisler and Dr. Steve Becker will provide an engaging discussion about black holes, the upcoming solar eclipse, NASA's latest probes, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, the night sky and upcoming planetarium shows.
 
Nature on Tap is part of a series of conversations about art, history, nature and science. PEEC is hosting Thursday's talk 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked in Central Park Square.
 
Joyce

Happy Independence Day Los Alamos!

on July 4, 2017 - 7:42am

Signing the Declaration of Independence. Courtesy/military.com

Staff Report

July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States.

Each year on July 4th, Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event.

Conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with

Distant Earthquakes Trigger Underwater Landslides

on July 3, 2017 - 6:29am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research finds large earthquakes can trigger underwater landslides thousands of miles away, weeks or months after the quake occurs.
 
Researchers analyzing data from ocean bottom seismometers off the Washington-Oregon coast tied a series of underwater landslides on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, 80 to 161 kilometers (50 to 100 miles) off the Pacific Northwest coast, to a 2012 magnitude-8.6 earthquake in the Indian Ocean – more than 13,500 kilometers (8,390 miles) away.

Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins Tells His Story: Part 1

on July 2, 2017 - 8:09am

Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins of Los Alamos shares his experiences prior to and during the war. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

MSgt. Paul Elkins. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series about Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins of Los Alamos.

Last month marked 67 years since the beginning of the Korean War, sometimes called the Forgotten War, in which almost 40,000 Americans died and more than 100,000 were wounded.

Former Los Alamos Resident Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield Receives Institute Of Physics' Award

on July 1, 2017 - 9:08pm

Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield is the 2017 recipient of the Institute of Physics' Mary Somerville Medal and Prize. Courtesy photo

SCIENCE News:

Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield of the National University of Ireland Galway and former Los Alamos resident is the recipient of the 2017 Mary Somerville Medal and Prize.

She received the medal and prize for her work as a speaker and writer on physics for a popular audience, and for having organized and hosted many innovative events bringing physics to the Irish public.

Fairfield has an extensive and varied track record of bringing physics to the public, including

World Futures: Water Water Everywhere

on June 30, 2017 - 10:05pm

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

 “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1797-1798. On Earth, 97 percent of the water is saline, in oceans, seas and saline ground water.

Per Wikipedia, “Fresh water is naturally occurring on the Earth’s surface in ice sheets, ice caps, glaciers, icebergs, ponds, lakes, rivers and streams, and underground as ground water in aquifers and underground streams.” Approximately 3 percent of Earth’s water is fresh water.

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