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LANL Scientist Jonathan Dowell Discusses Lighthouse Directional Radiation Detector During Science On Tap

on September 18, 2018 - 7:15am

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Jonathan Dowell presented the talk, ‘Simple sophistication: Detecting radiation one beam at a time’ Monday evening at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. Like its namesake, the lighthouse directional radiation detector is all about maintaining a safe distance from harm. Whether the goal is confirming absence of radioactive materials or tracking them, the latest engineering innovation by Dowell and his colleagues brings a radiation-detection tool with immense potential to keep workers and the public safe.

Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephanie Sydoria Delivers Keynote At Ukraine’s 27 Years Of Independence Event

on September 16, 2018 - 5:57am

Ukrainian Americans gathered Wednesday in Albuquerque for a celebration of Ukraine’s Independence Day. Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephanie Sydoria, behind sign and 5th from right, delivered the keynote address. Courtesy photo


Ukrainian Americans of New Mexico celebrated both the 27th and the 100th anniversaries of the declarations of Ukrainian independence by gathering Aug. 26 at the Albuquerque Civic Plaza to read aloud the official proclamation issued by Mayor Tim Keller.

Father Artur Bubnevych of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Byzantine Catholic Church blessed the

AGU: Mysterious ‘Lunar Swirls’ Point To Moon’s Volcanic, Magnetic Past

on September 15, 2018 - 2:30pm
Sonia Tikoo, an assistant professor in Rutgers-New Brunswick’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, looks at moon rock samples in a Petri dish. Courtesy/Rutgers
AGU News:
The mystery behind lunar swirls, one of the solar system’s most beautiful optical anomalies, may finally be solved thanks to a new study.
The solution hints at the dynamism of the moon’s ancient past as a place with volcanic activity and an internally generated magnetic field. It also challenges our picture of the moon’s existing geology.
Lunar swirls resemble bright, snaky clouds painted on the moon’s

AGU: U.S. Wildfire Smoke Deaths May Double By 2100

on September 15, 2018 - 7:48am
A helicopter drops water on the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., as firefighters continue to battle the blaze in 2012. Courtesy/U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock
This image, captured by the NOAA-20 satellite’s VIIRS instrument Aug. 19, 2018, shows thick plumes of smoke over British Columbia. Courtesy/NOAA
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of deaths associated with the inhalation of wildfire smoke in the U.S. could double by the end of the century, according to new research.
A new study simulating the effects of wildfire smoke on human

World Futures: Governance Part 2

on September 14, 2018 - 2:43am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous column we ended by observing a roughly pyramidal order in every organization. Yet in my mental model I visualize the 7.4 billion people on Earth as individual bubbles engaged in pedesis or Brownian motion.
First observed, or at least documented, by botanist Robert Brown in 1827, he observed that the triangular shaped pollen of Clarkia Pulchella immersed in water would burst at the corners. The particles released would then randomly bounce around in the water.

In a bubble model of humanity assume every person is a

Los Alamos Historical Society Intern Studies Cold War

on September 13, 2018 - 9:23am

Los Alamos High School graduate Kallie Funk’s summer job as an intern for the Los Alamos Historical Society gave her the opportunity to research Cold War history in the society’s archives, a topic that is a good fit with her college major, political science. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Historical Society Intern

I was born and raised in Los Alamos. My mom was as well, so I have always thought I knew everything there was to know about Los Alamos and its history.

However, after I accepted a research internship at the Los Alamos Historical Society earlier this year, I quickly

International Space Station Captures Hurricane Florence

on September 13, 2018 - 7:50am

Hurricane Florence on the morning of Sept. 12, 2018, viewed from the International Space Station, (ISS/NASA photo, prep. by David Ponton,

Hurricane Florence on the morning of Sept. 12, 2018 viewed from the International Space Station (ISS/NASA photo, prep. by David Ponton,

Eye of hurricane Florence on the morning of Sept. 12, 2018, viewed from the International Space Station (ISS/NASA photo, prep. by David Ponton,

Benson: Every Day Is 9-11...

on September 12, 2018 - 9:50am
Los Alamos

Tuesday morning, a monumental American flag soared from the high-angle rescue ladder above the row of fire engines and emergency vehicles parked ceremonially at the West Jemez Road Fire Station. Tuesday was 9-11, something Americans alive in 2001 were tasked to Never Forget.

As I watched people heading into LANL, however, it seemed as if … well … a lot of us have, indeed, forgotten. Drivers were concentrating on mundane things like the phone at their ear, or the car ahead rather than the flag above.

Letter To The Editor: Consider USA Response To 9/11

on September 11, 2018 - 4:56pm
Los Alamos

Almost 3,000 souls perished in the 9/11 attacks; BTW in the rest of the world the date is 11 September, i.e. 11/9.

Let’s take a moment to consider the USA response to 9/11. The events of that day led to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars; in my opinion, they also led to the rise of the Islamic State (IS), the Syrian war, and the millions of refugees who fled the wars and their aftermaths.

The Afghan and Iraq wars caused over 10,000 USA and coalition deaths and between one and two million civilian deaths.

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001...

on September 11, 2018 - 6:27am

Courtesy photo


Today marks the 17th anniversary of the series of four coordinated attacks against the United States.

The attacks:

  • Date: Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001
  • Perpetrator: Al-Qaeda
  • Total number of deaths: 2,996 (2,977 victims + 19 hijackers):
  • Locations: New York City, Stonycreek Township, Arlington County
  • Attack types: Aircraft hijacking, Mass murder, Suicide attack, Terrorism

Source: wikipedia

On Sept.

AGU: Polluted Groundwater Likely Contaminated South Pacific Ocean Coral Reefs For Decades

on September 10, 2018 - 7:41am
Rarotonga. Photo by Dirk Erler
AGU News:
Groundwater containing excess nitrogen from agricultural fertilizers likely contaminated coral reefs on the Cook Islands during the second half of the 20th century, continuing for years after fertilizer use stopped, according to a new study.
The finding suggests human activities have long-lasting impacts on coral reef communities and could be contributing to their decline.
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth, supporting more species per unit area than any other marine environment, according to NOAA

Professional Basketball Player Alex Kirk Of Los Alamos Named MVP In Championship Game In Tokyo

on September 9, 2018 - 9:10pm

Professional basketball player Alex Kirk receives the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for the pre-season tournament (Early Cup). Alvark Tokyo won the championship game during which Kirk, a Los Alamos High School graduate, scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. Alvark Tokyo is a Japanese professional basketball team in Tokyo. Toyota sponsors the team, which plays in the Japanese B.League. Until 2000, the team was known as the Toyota Pacers.

Hargreaves And Fry Embark On Haiti Mission Trip

on September 4, 2018 - 6:12am
Photo by Elizabeth Hargreaves
Photo by Elizabeth Hargreaves
Los Alamos
Katherine Fry and friend Elizabeth Hargreaves make one divine duo, as they head to Haiti on a mission trip of hope and healing during September.
Fry has herself recently had some personal healing, having knee surgery.
“I am grateful for the ability to have a knee replacement, to be able to see a medical doctor when I want/need to, without waiting for weeks or months and not having to walk great distances on a dirt road to see a medical professional,” Fry said. “That includes;

Happy Labor Day 2018 Los Alamos!

on September 3, 2018 - 6:46am

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Daily Post news team wishes our readers a happy and relaxing Labor Day in Los Alamos, throughout the state, across the nation and in 129 countries around the world.

History of Labor Day

What it Means:

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Labor Day Legislation:

The first governmental recognition came

World Futures: Statistics (And Probability) – Part 10

on September 2, 2018 - 6:04am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous columns we explored different areas where statistics are used for scientific purposes, management purposes. operational decisions and intellectual purposes. For example, measuring the cross sections of a Uranium atom (a statistical measurement) allows for the design of a nuclear reactor.

But how do you measure what people want both individually and collectively? As a collection of individuals we want and need things, the driving desires that support consumption, purchasing and demand for business enterprises.

Environmental Management Assistant Secretary White Focuses On Collaboration In Japan Visit

on August 31, 2018 - 5:30am
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White speaks during the fifth meeting of the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation Aug. 8 in Tokyo. Courtesy photo
EM News:
Following is a first-person account by Environmental Management Assistant Secretary Anne White on her trip Aug. 7-10 to Japan as part of a delegation attending the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation, the U.S.-Japan Decommissioning Forum, and a tour of the Fukushima Daiichi Site.
I had the honor of traveling to Japan proudly representing EM, while accompanying Deputy Energy Secretary

Los Alamos Educators And Students Help Deliver School Libraries To Rural Kenya … And More!

on August 30, 2018 - 6:59am
Courtesy photo
Los Alamos
School was out for the summer but these local educators were not slowing down one bit! In mid-June Nicole McGrane and Audrey Juliani (Barranca teachers), Petra Pirc McDowell (former LAPS physical therapist), Sharon Allen (retired teacher), Nicole’s daughter Kaitlyn (LAHS sophomore), and Petra’s daughter Hailey (LAMS 8 th grader) headed to far western Kenya to some small, remote islands off the shores of Lake Victoria, near the Uganda border.
Undaunted by the challenges of traveling in over-packed vans on unpaved, washed out roads to an

LANL: High-Impact Los Alamos Innovations Honored As R&D 100 Award Finalists

on August 29, 2018 - 9:50am
Ten Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations are finalists for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards, including the Universal Bacterial Sensor developed by the team led by Harshini Mukundan. The sensor mimics biological recognition of bacterial pathogens to identify infections even before the patient's symptoms are evident. Courtesy/LANL
Cristian Pantea and Dipen Sinha with the Acoustic Collimated Beam (ACCObeam). Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
Ten Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations are finalists for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year

CIR: Tickets Available For Journalism Under Fire

on August 29, 2018 - 9:42am
Santa Fe Council on International Relations
Executive Director

The Santa Fe COuncil on INternational Relation (CIR) has annouced that tickets for Journalism under Fire are now on sale with early bird ticket available until Oct. 15. All tickets are available here; a conference website (which is being added to) is available here.

Essential to Journalism under Fire is the participation of New Mexico journalists and New Mexico students.

NIST: Many Arctic Pollutants Decrease After Market Removal And Regulation

on August 27, 2018 - 4:28pm
Persistent Organic Pollutants, also known as POPs, can having lasting impacts on both people and wild animals in the Arctic. Research shows some POPs are decreasing in the region after being pulled from market or regulated around the globe. Courtesy/Arturo de Frias Marques (
NIST News:
Levels of some persistent organic pollutants (POPs) regulated by the Stockholm Convention are decreasing in the Arctic, according to an international team of researchers who have been actively monitoring the northern regions of the globe.

NIST: Graphene Quantum Dot Structure Takes Cake

on August 24, 2018 - 7:26am
Illustration of the wedding cake structure formed by electrons magnetically confined within tiny regions in graphene. Photo by C. Gutiérrez/NIST
NIST News:
In a marriage of quantum science and solid-state physics, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used magnetic fields to confine groups of electrons to a series of concentric rings within graphene, a single layer of tightly packed carbon atoms.
This tiered “wedding cake,” which appears in images that show the energy level structure of the electrons, experimentally confirms how electrons

AGU: Acceleration Of Mountain Glacier Melt Could Impact Pacific Northwest Water Supplies

on August 23, 2018 - 2:12am
Mount Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. Courtesy/National Park Service

The Olympic Mountain Province rises to an elevation of 7,980 feet. The higher peaks are covered with glaciers and snowfields, feeding the many rivers that radiate outward from the center of the range. Courtesy/Washington State Department of Natural Resource
The Nisqually Reach region has been identified as an area important for fish, aquatic mammals, and benthic habitats and an area of unique geologic processes. Courtesy/Washington State Department of Natural Resources
AGU News:

LANL Director Terry Wallace Rocks Crowd With Cosmic Mystery Of Minerals Presentation At Fuller Lodge

on August 22, 2018 - 10:50am

LANL Director Terry Wallace listens as UNM-LA Advisory Board President Steve Boerigter delivers an introduction of Wallace laced with hilarity ahead of Wallace's presentation on ‘The Cosmic Mystery of Minerals’ during the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

LANL Director Terry Wallace cracks up as he is being introduced with some geeky humor by Lab physicist Steve Boerigter during the UNL-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos hosted “An Evening With Dr. Terry Wallace” Aug.

Strem And UbiQD Of Los Alamos Sign Distribution Agreement For Cadmium-Free Quantum Dots

on August 20, 2018 - 12:12pm

An example of UbiQD's innovative quantum dot (QD) technology. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.


NEWBURYPORT, Mass. – UbiQD, Inc., a nanotechnology company in Los Alamos, has signed an agreement with Strem Chemicals, Inc. to allow distribution of their innovative quantum dot (QD) technology.

Strem, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals for research and development, will now offer six new products in collaboration with UbiQD.

World Futures: Statistics (And Probability) – Part Eight

on August 20, 2018 - 5:52am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In this series we have looked at the application of statistics in a few areas with the central theme that statistics deals with the representation of large volumes of historical data points in order to make predictions about the future and decisions about what path or road to take.
We know where to go or are trying to figure it out. As individuals, the historical data gives us insight into probable outcomes if we choose product A or product B, invest in company A or company B, or change the car oil this week or next month.
For the