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Veterans Ben And Cresta Bateman Continue To Serve

on August 3, 2017 - 11:48am
Veterans Ben and Cresta Bateman of Los Alamos continue serving fellow warriors. Courtesy photo
 
Ben Bateman, left, with his forward observer on patrol in Iraq. Courtesy photo
 
Ben Bateman at a memorial for two of his comrades during his deployment in Ramadi, Iraq in 2007. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

He served his country for eight and a half years as a commissioned officer in the U. S. Army, including three years as a Special Forces officer and a Green Beret. She spent seven and a half years in the Army as a Logistics Officer.

NASA: Total Solar Eclipse Monday, Aug. 21

on August 2, 2017 - 2:46pm

Total solar eclipse Aug. 21. Courtesy/NASA

NASA News:

All of North America will be treated Monday, Aug. 21, to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights ... a total solar eclipse.

This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Ore. to Charleston, S.C. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.

NASA created this website (link) to provide a guide to this amazing

NASA Contracts With University Of Alabama At Birmingham To Develop New Orbiting Hardware

on August 1, 2017 - 9:49am
This conceptual drawing of Iceberg shows the modular nature of the units. Unlike MELFI's permanent structure, these units can be removed from the rack and returned to earth in the event that they ever need repairs or refurbishing. Courtesy photo
 
UAB News:
 
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  NASA has a plan for the future of space research, and it is counting on University of Alabama at Birmingham engineers to help make it a reality.
 
The UAB Engineering Innovation and Technology Development research group recently received a contract worth $6.2 million over the next three years to design and build

LANL: Single-Photon Emitter Has Promise For Quantum Info-Processing

on July 31, 2017 - 1:00pm

LANL researchers have produced the first known material capable of single-photon emission at room temperature and at telecommunications wavelengths, using chemically functionalized carbon nanotubes. These quantum light emitters are important for optically-based quantum information processing and information security, ultrasensitive sensing, metrology and imaging needs and as photon sources for quantum optics studies. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Carbon nanotubes form first known tunable room-temperature quantum emitters at telecom wavelengths

Los Alamos National Laboratory has produced the first

Supreme Court Asked To Prevent Email Providers From Hiding Crime Evidence On Overseas Servers

on July 31, 2017 - 10:15am

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE -- Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a bipartisan coalition of 33 states and Puerto Rico to support the U.S. Department of Justice’s request in United States v. Microsoft, that the U.S. Supreme Court decide whether email service providers can shield evidence of a crime from law enforcement by storing data outside the United States.

“New Mexico’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force does critical work protecting our children and we hope that the Supreme Court agrees with our law enforcement coalition so that work is not jeopardized,” Attorney General

General Lori Robinson Statement In Light Of Friday's North Korean ICBM Launch

on July 31, 2017 - 10:02am
General Lori Robinson
 
NORAD News:
 
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  North Korea’s launch on Friday of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile was detected, closely tracked, and determined not to be a danger to North America. 
 
However, this provocative launch served as yet another reminder of North Korea’s continued threat to the United States and our allies with their missile program.

Smith's Marketplace Pharmacist Katherine Fry Nominated For Kroger Community Service Award

on July 29, 2017 - 7:02am
A woman on a mission. Smith's Pharmacist Katherine Fry will visit Haiti in September with the help of Kroger for her 6th mission trip. She was recently nominated for a national award and selected as the highlighted story for District 6. Courtesy photo
 
Mothers in Haiti carry infants far and sometimes wait hours to receive the most basic of care for their children. The life-saving efforts are assisted by local Heroine Dr. Katherine Fry and donations from Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos

Dr.

Annual Sackcloth And Ashes Hiroshima Day Peace Vigil Comes To Los Alamos Aug. 5

on July 28, 2017 - 8:47am

Scene from a previous sackcloth and ashes peace vigil gathering at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy/CCNS

CCNS News:

 
People are scheduled to gather at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos to participate in the annual sackcloth and ashes peace vigil to commemorate Hiroshima Day.
Former Catholic priest John Dear and Jay Coghlan of Nuclear Watch New Mexico, will be speaking at the Peace Vigil.
There will be a quiet walk, then sitting in sackcloth and ashes for 30 minutes, then returning to the park, where participants will reflect together on the experience as well as the

Local Businesses And Organizations Share Stories About Los Alamos Ranch School Boys

on July 27, 2017 - 5:04pm

Sandra West, left, and Elizabeth Turner hold a profile of Luna Leopold, an earth scientist and hydrologist. The profile is on display at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at the Los Alamos Nature Center. It is one of more than 30 panels about Los Alamos Ranch School students now on display around town. Photo by Aimee Slaughter

 

By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society

Marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Los Alamos Ranch School, local businesses and organizations have teamed with the Los Alamos Historical Society to share stories about some of the

DOE Issues RFI For Hanford 222-S Lab Contract

on July 27, 2017 - 5:01pm

The U.S. Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

CINCINNATI — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center today issued a Sources Sought/Request for Information (RFI).

The RFI is seeking interested parties with specialized capabilities necessary to successfully perform all or a portion of the elements of scope for a potential upcoming competitive DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) procurement for the 222-S Laboratory Analytical Management and Services at the DOE Office of River Protection (ORP),

World Futures: Efficiency (Part One)

on July 27, 2017 - 4:56pm

World Futures:  What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Efficiency is a measure of avoiding waste while doing things well and successfully. Let’s consider it from two perspectives:  the world (part 1) and humanity (parts two, three and four).

The world exists with essentially one energy source – the sun. You can argue that there also is coal, natural gas, oil, wind, ocean currents, and on and on.  But without the daily supply of energy from the sun, these other sources would rapidly run out.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Holds Listening Session On Human Trafficking In New Mexico's Indian Country

on July 27, 2017 - 8:57am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, held a stakeholder meeting on ways to more effectively prevent, prosecute, and improve data collection on human trafficking in Indian Country.

Federal data on human trafficking in Native communities is limited, but available information suggests human trafficking in the United States frequently targets vulnerable populations, which would include Native Americans who disproportionately face high rates of poverty and trauma.

In order to address the

Sen. Heinrich Statement On Russia Sanctions

on July 26, 2017 - 10:00am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted 419-3 to approve legislation, which has been long opposed by the Trump administration, sanctioning Russia, Iran and North Korea:

“Expanding sanctions against Russia sends a strong message that there will be real consequences for undermining our democratic process.

LANL Information Scientist Herbert Van de Sompel To Receive Paul Evan Peters Award

on July 26, 2017 - 9:51am

Herbert Van De Sompel, an information scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will recieve the Paul Evan Peters Award.

LANL News:

  • Networked infrastructure to support scholarship among his contributions

Herbert Van de Sompel, research scientist at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award from the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE.

The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information

County Presents Proclamation Of Friendship To Hiroshima, Nagasaki

on July 25, 2017 - 7:17am

From left, Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member Michael Redondo, County Council Chair David Izraelevitz and Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber show off the proclamation and paper cranes that will be delivered to the Nagasaki and Hiroshima in August. Izraelevitz presented the proclamation Monday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos Historical Society board member Michael Redondo and Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber will present a Los Alamos County proclamation of frienship to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and

NOAA’s Climate.Gov: Natural Wetlands, Tropical Agriculture Cause Methane Increases, Not Oil And Gas

on July 24, 2017 - 7:59am
Courtesy/NOAA
 
NOAA News:
 
“Agricultural and wetland emissions” from the planet’s tropical areas, not oil and gas activities in the United States, are more than likely responsible for a post-2007 global increase in methane levels, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate.gov.
 
But regulating or mitigating those methane sources could be difficult or impossible.
 
“Both of the likely contenders for the recent increase in emissions could be tricky to mitigate,” wrote Climate.gov’s Rebecca Lindsey and Michon Scott.

NNSA Spearheads International Effort To Convert Ghana Reactor To Low Enriched Uranium Fuel

on July 23, 2017 - 7:51am
NNSA in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NNSA
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A team of experts from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the International Atomic Energy Agency, China and Ghana completed the conversion of Ghana’s GHARR-1 Miniature Neutron Source Reactor from highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium fuel July 13.
 
These reactor conversions allow important research to continue while enabling the removal and disposal of HEU fuel, eliminating the risk that this weapons-usable material could be stolen or diverted for malevolent use. 

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

on July 21, 2017 - 8:40am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the previous two columns we explored how we make collective decisions for saving earth and humanity. These decisions encompassed both the what and the how, with how being the creative or most difficult part. We looked at the Special Theory of Relativity, cold fusion, reporting on a survey, the U.S. Constitution, the Communist Manifesto, and the Paris Agreement. Now it is appropriate to explore implications for parts of the List of 18.
 
Energy: How do we make alternative energy affordable?

LANL: Neutrino Research Takes Giant Leap Forward

on July 20, 2017 - 4:31pm

This illustration shows the 800-mile/1300-kilometer path from Fermilab to the Sanford Underground Research Facility, straight through the earth. Courtesy/Fermilab
  • The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will send particles 800 miles to a mile-deep detector in South Dakota

LANL News:

In a unique groundbreaking ceremony July 21 at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, S.D., an international group of dignitaries, scientists and engineers will mark the start of construction of a massive experiment that could change our understanding of the universe.

Savannah River Site Reaches Milestone In Supplying Tritium For National Defense

on July 20, 2017 - 4:20pm

SAVANNAH RIVER News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Savannah River Tritium Enterprise (SRTE) in Aiken, S.C., has conducted three tritium extractions in fiscal year 2017, marking the first time the Tritium Extraction Facility has performed more than one extraction in a year.

 “Achieving this significant milestone – especially doing it safely, securely, and in a disciplined manner – has required a tremendous team effort on the part of the entire SRTE team,” said Lt. Gen. Frank G.

Heinrich: Russia Treating West Like It’s The Wild, Wild West With No Norms, No Laws, No Consequences...

on July 20, 2017 - 8:09am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned four-star General Paul Selva during a Tuesday Senate Armed Service Committee hearing for his reappointment to U.S. Air Force General and Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
 
Sen. Heinrich asked General Selva about Russia’s hostile actions toward the United States and its allies in Europe. “I think the pattern of behavior from Russia is painfully obvious. They will do what it takes to achieve their objectives with very little limitations.

ORNL: Titan Simulations Show Importance Of Close 2-Way Coupling Between Human And Earth Systems

on July 20, 2017 - 7:48am
OLCF’s Titan advances delivery of accelerated, high-resolution earth system model with human dimensions. Courtesy photo
 
ORNL News:
 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory announces that its Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) has developed a new integrated computational climate model to reduce uncertainties in future climate predictions marks the first successful attempt to bridge Earth systems with energy and economic models and large-scale human impact data.
 
The integrated Earth System Model, or iESM, is being used to explore interactions between the physical climate system,

AIA Presents ‘US-Russian Relations: Is the Past Always Prologue?’ With Ambassador C. Paul Robinson

on July 20, 2017 - 6:56am

Albuquerque International Association News:

As part of its 2017 International Lecture Series, the Albuquerque International Association presents “US-Russian Relations: Is the Past Always Prologue?” with Ambassador C. Paul Robinson.

The lecture is open to the public, 3-5 p.m. Friday, July 28 at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center, 1634 University Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

After 1991, following the break-up of the USSR, the Russian Federation began to slip into the rear-view mirror of American foreign policy.

Audio Exclusive: Alex Kirk Signs With Professional Team In Japan

on July 19, 2017 - 3:43pm
Former Los Alamos High School Hilltopper and University of New Mexico Lobo Alex Kirk will continue his professional playing in Tokyo, Japan this fall. Courtesy/Alex Kirk
 
By RJ Montaño, Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
rjmontano@ladailypost.com
 
 

Playing basketball and visiting different countries for a living is a dream come true for White Rock native Alex Kirk. The former Los Alamos High School Hilltopper and University of New Mexico Lobo will continue his professional playing career with Toyota Alvark Tokyo in Japan this fall.

LANL: Simulation Reveals Universal Signature Of Chaos In Ultracold Reactions

on July 19, 2017 - 8:26am

A two-dimensional slice of the potential energy surface for the K + KRb reaction. The reaction proceeds from right to left. In the intermediate region a deep well is clearly visible which leads to chaotic motion. Image courtesy Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Findings have implications for quantum computing, other technologies

Researchers have performed the first ever quantum-mechanical simulation of the benchmark ultracold chemical reaction between potassium-rubidium (KRb) and a potassium atom, opening the door to new controlled chemistry experiments and quantum

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