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Attorney General Hector Balderas Sues To Stop Illegal Rollback Of Net Neutrality

on January 16, 2018 - 1:56pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General

SANTA FE Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government.

“Today we are taking aggressive legal action to stop the illegal rollback of net neutrality protections because New Mexico already struggles to

Heinrich Raises Serious Concerns Over Reports Of Preemptive ‘Bloody Nose’ Strategy Against North Korea

on January 16, 2018 - 5:36am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis expressing his deep concerns regarding reports that the Administration is considering a “bloody nose” strategy against North Korea in which the United States would conduct a preemptive, targeted military strike.
 
“As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I understand the importance of keeping all options on the table, including military options, in terms of negotiations and

Sig Hecker Appears On 60 Minutes Tonight

on January 14, 2018 - 6:22am

Former LANL Director Dr. Sig Hecker

COMMUNITY News:

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Sig Hecker is scheduled to appear in an interview on 60 Minutes at 7 p.m., ET/PT today, Jan. 14.

Hecker has visited North Korea seven times and will discuss his perception of the county's nuclear program.

Daily Post Reporter Spots Giant Elephant Seals

on January 14, 2018 - 6:14am

Giant elephant seals spotted Friday on Jenny Island in Antarctica by Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Kirsten Laskey who is vacationing in the area. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Giant elephant seals. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Mountaineers: A Month In South Africa: Climbing, Cuisine, Culture, More Climbing And Critters Jan. 23

on January 12, 2018 - 8:10am
Sarah Gustafson of Los Alamos climbing at Waterfall Boven in South Africa. Courtesy/Los Alamos Mountaineers
 
MOUNTAINEER News:
 
The Los Alamos Mountaineers monthly program features a talk by Los Alamos residents Sarah and John Gustafson describing their trip to South Africa in August 2017, including climbing at Waterfall Boven, consorting with penguins, cruising for lions, contemplating South African culture, and consuming exquisite cuisine.

The meeting is Tuesday. Jan. 23 in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road.

Los Alamos Daily Post Reporter Kirsten Laskey Tours Neko Harbor In Antarctica

on January 12, 2018 - 7:08am
During her vacation Thursday in Antarctica, Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Kirsten Laskey takes a tour of Neko Harbor, an inlet of the Antarctic Peninsula on Andvord Bay. Photo by Ray Laskey

Communication Six: Identity Theft

on January 12, 2018 - 6:46am
SONYIA WILLIAMS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Student Intern

Unauthorized access to information is one problem that arises with the expansion of electronic communication, but what other vulnerabilities arise from this modern form of information transfer? As well as hacking and other methods of obtaining information impermissibly, identity theft allows an individual to communicate as another person extremely detrimentally.

When a stolen identity is used to apply for additional lines of credit, the victim can spend years trying to resolve bad debt run up by thieves in their names.

Some

AGU: Study Finds First Direct Proof Of Ozone Hole Recovery Due To Chemicals Ban

on January 12, 2018 - 6:30am
A view of Earth’s atmosphere from space. A new study finds that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — For the first time, scientists have shown through direct satellite observations of the ozone hole that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion.
 
new study in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, shows the decline in chlorine, resulting from an international ban on chlorine-containing manmade chemicals called

RSF: China Among Worst Free Speech Predators

on January 12, 2018 - 6:27am
RSF News:
 
As the Chinese government tries to project the image of a modern, powerful nation with a great future for French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that China is one of the world’s worst countries as regards respect for the freedom to inform.
 
President Xi Jinping is receiving Macron with great fanfare, and hopes that little attention will be paid to the delicate issue of the systematic human rights violations on which his rule is based. RSF nonetheless reminds all concerned that China is ranked very near the bottom of the RSF World

Watoto Children's Choir In Los Alamos Feb. 15

on January 11, 2018 - 7:29am

Members of the Watoto Children’s Choir perform Feb. 15 in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
Members of the Watoto Children’s Choir. Courtesy photo
 
WCQ News:
 
The Watoto Children’s Choir, a group of 18 orphans from Uganda, will continue its six-month U.S. tour in the Los Alamos area Thursday, Feb. 15, featuring a brand new concert, Signs & Wonders.
 
The production will be presented at 7 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church at 97 East Road.
 
The concert will feature worship songs that share the stories of the children and the joy that they have because of God’s love.

Culture On Tap: Celebrate Diversity Week Jan. 16

on January 10, 2018 - 5:59pm

Los Alamos Creative District News: 

 

One Los Alamos invites the community to celebrate Diversity Week in Los Alamos with a special Culture On Tap at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 16 at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

 

Special speakers Jim Nesmith, a former immigration officer and Stephanie Sydoriak, a Los Alamos living treasure and author of the memoir “An Ocean Between,” a memoir portraying the story of her family as they emigrated from Ukraine to the United States, will share their thoughts and experiences about our community.

 

UnQuarked will offer a special menu of international small

Scene From Half Moon Bay In Shetland Islands

on January 10, 2018 - 2:34pm
Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Kirsten Laskey is visiting Half Moon Bay today in the Shetland Islands and checking out a rookery of chinstrap penguins during her vacation in Antarctica. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post Reporter Tours Antarctica

on January 9, 2018 - 10:39am

Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Kirsten Laskey boarded a National Geographic cruise ship this morning in Ushuaia, Argentina to head out for a three-week vacation in Antarctica. With nearly 24 hours of daylight at this time of year, she will have ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Courtesy photo

Latino Victory Slams Administration’s Decision To End TPS For Salvadorans

on January 9, 2018 - 10:03am
LVP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Latino Victory Project Monday slammed the Trump Administration’s decision to end temporary protected status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador was designated for TPS after three earthquakes devastated the country in 2001, killing over 1000 people and injuring thousands more. Today, El Salvador remains in crisis, with one of the highest homicide rates in the world.
 
 “This dangerous decision showcases the dearth of humanity at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Trump is forcing hundreds of thousands of hard-working taxpayers to choose between

Santa Fe Community College Continuing Education Department Trip To Greece

on January 9, 2018 - 8:31am
SFCC News:
 
Greece with a Difference! Sign Up for this Continuing Education Adventure. Have you always wanted to see the Acropolis? Learn about the oracle of Delphi? Spend a few days on a Greek island?
 
You can do these and lots more through a Santa Fe Community College Continuing Education trip. This budget-friendly tour May 5 through 19 includes breakfast and either lunch or dinner each day, entrance fees, all ground and ferry transportation and lodging.
 
Information Sessions
  • 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 11, Room 408, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Avenue
  • 5:30-7 p.m.,

Los Alamos History Museum Presents Nobel Heroes Portraits By Peter Badge Jan. 12 To April 27

on January 8, 2018 - 2:50pm

David J. Thouless received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2016 for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter. c: Peter Badge/Typos1 in cop. with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings - all rights reserved 2018

Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909 - 2012), received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1986 for her work on nerve growth factor. c: Peter Badge/Typos1 in cop. with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings - all rights reserved 2018

Los Alamos History Museum News:

The Los Alamos History Museum is presenting Nobel Heroes Portraits by Peter

Reporters Without Borders: Chinese Court Sentences Anti-Corruption Blogger Wu Gan To 8 Years In Prison

on January 8, 2018 - 6:58am
A Chinese court sentences anti-corruption blogger Wu Gan to eight years in prison. Courtesy photo
 
Anti-corruption blogger Wu Gan
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the eight-year prison sentence that a Chinese court has imposed on Wu Gan, a blogger who campaigned tirelessly against government corruption until his arrest in 2015.
 
A court in the northern city of Tianjin passed the sentence Dec. 26 after convicting Wu of “subverting state power” at the end of a trial held behind closed doors.

Heinrich, Wyden Call For Intelligence Assessment Of President's Latest North Korea Tweet

on January 7, 2018 - 6:34am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats requesting that the Intelligence Community assess the risk to the United States and to U.S. interests and personnel arising from President Trump’s latest North Korea tweet.

“In particular, we request that the assessment address the likely North Korean response to the President’s January 2 tweet and the President’s other threatening tweets and statements, and whether this

DEA: China Announces Scheduling Controls On Two Fentanyl Precursor Chemicals

on January 6, 2018 - 7:45am
Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson
 
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  China’s Ministry of Public Security last week announced scheduling controls on two fentanyl precursor chemicals – NPP and 4ANPP, substances that can be used to make illicit drugs.
 
The scheduling controls will take effect Feb. 1, 2018 and is the result of the ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Government of China and their shared commitment to countering illicit fentanyl-class substances.
 
“Fentanyl compounds significantly contribute to the current opioid crisis in

AGU: Arctic Clouds Highly Sensitive To Air Pollution

on January 5, 2018 - 7:32am
A rare case of forest fire smoke interacting with clouds in the Arctic in July 2012. Contour lines indicate carbon monoxide concentrations in the atmosphere. Courtesy/MODIS/NASA.
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — In 1870, explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, trekking across the barren and remote ice cap of Greenland, saw something most people wouldn’t expect in such an empty, inhospitable landscape: haze.
 
Nordenskiöld’s record of the haze was among the first evidence that air pollution around the northern hemisphere can travel toward the pole and degrade air quality in the Arctic.

Science And Technology Highlights At LANL In 2017

on January 5, 2018 - 6:53am
Los Alamos National Laboratory put its Big Science capabilities to wide, productive use in 2017. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

With a top-story list populated by breakthroughs in supercomputing, accelerator science, space missions, materials science, life science, and more, Los Alamos National Laboratory put its Big Science capabilities to wide, productive use in 2017.

“No discipline left untouched—that’s the story from Los Alamos in 2017,” said Alan Bishop, Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology and Engineering at Los Alamos.

Communication 5: Unauthorized Access To Information

on January 5, 2018 - 6:39am
SONYIA WILLIAMS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Student Intern

As stated in the last column, with the increased use of technology comes an increased vulnerability of having one’s privacy breached. Computers (including smart phones) have become an integral part of our everyday existence.

Computer networking technologies - intranet, extranet, and internet - have advanced to the point where information can be stored, transmitted, and available to people accessing and conducting their business anytime and from anywhere.

Los Alamos Residents Tour Holy Land

on January 4, 2018 - 7:26am

Roger and Lilly Anaya of Los Alamos and parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church are on a trip to the Holy Land with 54 pilgrims from all over the country being led by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio. Courtesy photo

Roger Anaya of Los Alamos makes friends with a donkey shepherd while on his trip to the Holy Land. There are about 20 pilgrims from New Mexico including Roger and his wife Lilly Anaya and John and Connie Russell from Los Alamos. Former IHM Pastor John Carney is leading the New Mexico congregation.

Free Opportunity To Learn Chinese Jan. 10-31

on January 3, 2018 - 1:40pm

Communication 4: When Does Security Override Privacy?

on January 1, 2018 - 1:10pm
SONYIA WILLIAMS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Student Intern

In today’s age communication has gone from postcards and letters to posts on a virtual wall and letters on a keyboard. Texting and email have become primary forms of communication among Americans and are the two most common forms of non-personal communication. According to a 2014 survey done by Gallup News, 73 percent of Americans say they send or receive texts on a daily basis.

This 73 percent was then broken down into two categories, those who send or receive texts “a lot” on a daily basis and those who only send or receive

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