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Pearce, Himes Take Part In Bipartisan Conversation On Countering Criminal And Terrorist Networks

on April 24, 2018 - 12:34pm
From left, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, U.S. Institute of Peace President Nancy Lindborg and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes participating in the USIP Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), chairman of the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee, participated April 17 in the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue entitled “Countering Illicit Funding of Terrorism: A Congressional Approach” with his colleague and Subcommittee Member, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT). 
 
“Innovation in

LANL: New High-resolution Exascale Earth-modeling System Announced For Energy

on April 23, 2018 - 10:16am

The high-resolution E3SM earth system model simulates the strongest storms with surface winds exceeding 150 mph—hurricanes that leave cold wakes that are 2 to 4 degrees Celsius cooler than their surroundings. This simulation from E3SM represents how sea surface temperature changes evolve as a hurricane (seen here approaching the U.S. East Coast) moves across the Atlantic and how the resultant cold wake affects subsequent intensification of the next hurricane. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Supercomputing advances will improve analysis of Earth system variability and energy sector needs

A new

Today Is Earth Day ... What Is It Meant To Accomplish?

on April 22, 2018 - 9:03am

Today marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day celebrated across the globe. Courtesy photo

 

By KATHLEEN ROGERS
Earth Day Network President

Forty Eight years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.

In the US and around the world, smog was becoming deadly and evidence was growing that pollution led to developmental delays in children. Biodiversity was in decline as a result of the heavy use of pesticides and other pollutants.

The global ecological awareness was growing, and the US Congress and President

Mountaineers Talk: Exploring Iceland On Skis April 24

on April 21, 2018 - 7:10am
During the April Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting, Andy Thien will give a presentation about his two-week skiing trip on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula. Courtesy/Andy Thien
 
PEEC News:
 
Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers for a presentation by adventurer Andy Thien. His presentation is Tuesday, April 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
The Los Alamos Mountaineers’ meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. Thien’s talk will start by 7:15 p.m.
 
After reading about the backcountry skiing on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, Andy Thien and five friends planned a

LANL: One Step Closer To Understanding Explosive Sensitivity With Molecule Design

on April 18, 2018 - 9:27am

LANL scientists from left, Daniel Preston, Virginia Manner and Geoff Brown prepare a drop-weight impact test on an explosive PETN derivative. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Explosives have an inherent problem – they should be perfectly safe for handling and storage but detonate reliably on demand. Using computer modeling and a novel molecule design technique, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have replaced one “arm” of an explosive molecule to help unravel the first steps in the detonation process and better understand its sensitivity – how easily it begins a violent reaction.

“It

33rd Annual Home Building Trip To Mexico

on April 18, 2018 - 8:34am
Members and friends of the United Church of Los Alamos and the Unitarian Universalist Church built three houses during spring break for needy families in Mexico. Photo by Keith Lewis
 
UCLA News:
 
Randy and Laura Erickson have been on trips to build homes in Mexico during spring break for decades. The 33rd annual trip took place at the end of March with 75 campers headed to build three homes for those less fortunate.
 
Since 1986, volunteers have built the equivalent of 149 homes.
 
“The Mexico 2018 trip went very well,” Laura said.

LANL’s Highest Honor Bestowed On Four Scientists

on April 17, 2018 - 9:40am

Winners of the Los Alamos Medal, the Laboratory’s highest honor, from left, Larry Deaven, Robert Moyzis, Scott Cram and Howard Menlove. Courtesy/LANL

Laboratory Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., presents Howard Menlove with the Los Alamos Medal. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos Medal Awardees Honored For Exceptional Work

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists were honored at the Los Alamos Medal ceremony Thursday, April 12, for their distinguished achievements that have impacted the success of the Laboratory, and consequently the nation, either through mission accomplishments or

HSNW: Webhose Takes Aim At Dark Web

on April 17, 2018 - 9:08am
Courtesy image
 
By BRIAN BLUM
Homeland Security News Wire
 
Fans of the popular TV show “Mr. Robot,” which dives deep into the world of shady hackers and the Dark Web that lurks beyond its better-known counterpart, take note: An Israeli startup is serving notice that the hidden is now visible and even your bitcoins won’t shield you from the long arm of the law.

Just as Google crawls the World Wide Web to index the sites we want to find, Bnei Brak-based Webhose has developed a technology that can scour the anonymous part of the Internet accessed through a special browser called Tor.

Scientists Discover New Ocean Current Off Madagascar

on April 16, 2018 - 3:42pm
A vessel returns to the traditional fishing village Lavanono, inshore of the upwelling zone at the southern end of Madagascar, in a region where the newly discovered coastal current could play a key role for the local fisheries. Courtesy/Mathieu Rouault
 
AGU News:
 
While investigating coastal upwelling that nourishes marine wildlife and fisheries off the coast of Madagascar, Ramanantsoa et al. identified a previously unrecognized current.
 
The Southwest Madagascar Coastal Current (SMACC) is a rare example of a subtropical surface current flowing in a poleward direction off the

DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson Delivers Remarks At International Drug Enforcement Conference

on April 16, 2018 - 7:53am
DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson
 
DEA News:
 
ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Police of the Netherlands Wednesday kicked off the 35th International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC XXXV) in Rotterdam, Netherlands. IDEC was established in 1983 to bring together top-level global strategic and tactical drug law enforcement officials and judicial authorities.
 
Since its inception, IDEC has grown into a worldwide forum with participants from more than 130 countries and has proven a successful formula due to the exchange of

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace Speaks To Community Leaders At Quarterly Breakfast

on April 15, 2018 - 10:19am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace, center, chats with Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and Santa Fe Community College President Dr. Cecilia Cervantes at the quarterly LANL Community Leaders Breakfast Thursday at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

“I’m extremely both proud and humbled to be the director of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

LANL: Understanding A Cell’s ‘Doorbell’

on April 15, 2018 - 7:57am

Advancing the design of drugs for better medical effects takes a combination of experimental and computer simulation research. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory,  University of Toronto, Canada,  University of  California, San Diego and Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan are exploring how cellular components communicate with various nearby molecules. In this image, calcium bridges two parts of a cell receptor, possibly regulating its activity. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Drug design advances are the research goal

A multi-institutional project to understand one of the major targets of

FBI Takes Active Role In NM Child Exploitation Cases

on April 14, 2018 - 5:34am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

In Los Alamos County very few crimes related to the online exploitation of children appear in the local police blotter and people tend to think crimes of this nature occur mostly in big cities in other parts of the country.

Participants in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Albuquerque Division Annual Citizens Academy were reminded March 29 of the extent of the online threat to children in New Mexico by Special Agent Ross Zuercher who described some recent cases in which the FBI was involved.

One of the cases Zuercher

AGU: Melting Of Arctic Mountain Glaciers Unprecedented In Past 400 Years

on April 13, 2018 - 8:47am
Scientists spent a month in Denali National Park in 2013 drilling ice cores from the summit plateau of Mt. Hunter. The ice cores showed the glaciers on Mt. Hunter are melting more now than at any time in the past 400 years. Courtesy/Dominic Winski
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Glaciers in Alaska’s Denali National Park are melting faster than at any time in the past four centuries because of rising summer temperatures, a new study finds.
 
New ice cores taken from the summit of Mt.

World Futures: What Do We Need?

on April 13, 2018 - 7:07am
By ANDY ANDREWS
World Futures Institute
 
Last week we looked at culture and a bubble model. An individual bubble becomes part of a larger bubble and must function within its culture – its social behavior and norms. We ended by observing that each bubble must be productive and contribute to the culture. But how does this align with the education system?
 
In the US education system, and similarly in most other countries, there are three basic levels of education – primary, secondary (ending with high school), and tertiary (post high school). Remember that while some training may be

LAHS Student Awarded Study Trip Abroad

on April 12, 2018 - 9:55pm

Los Alamos High School Junior Peter Watson and German teacher Anita Boshier. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School Junior Peter Watson has been awarded an all‐expense‐paid summer study trip to Germany.

Watson was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 98th percentile on the Level 4 2018 National German Exam sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). After qualifying with a high score on the exam, he was then interviewed by a committee comprised of high school teachers and college professors of German.

Watson is one of 44 outstanding German

Los Alamos Historical Society Officials Curb Controversy Over Japan Exhibit

on April 12, 2018 - 1:40pm

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan Tuesday afternoon outside the Los Alamos History Museum on Bathtub Row. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

This 300 square-foot traveling exhibit space inside the Los Alamos History Museum is not sufficient to host the 3,300 square-foot Japan exhibit. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • ‘We never canceled the exhibit because we never agreed to host it…’ –Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan

A firestorm exploded

AGU: Study Proposes Link Between Formation Of Supercontinents, Strength Of Ocean Tides

on April 12, 2018 - 10:39am
The Earth’s tides weren’t always as energetic as they are today. A new study suggests that when tectonic movement molds ocean basins into certain shapes, the tides grow much stronger. And when tectonic movement opens those same basins millions of years later, the tides weaken. Courtesy/Creative Commons CC0
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The cyclic strengthening and weakening of ocean tides over tens of millions of years is likely linked to another, longer cycle: the formation of Earth’s supercontinents every 400 to 600 million years, according a new study.
 
The new findings have

Udall Questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg On Protecting American Elections & Consumer Privacy

on April 10, 2018 - 7:50pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall presses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today during a Joint Senate Commerce Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Screenshot/LADP 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answers questions today in Washington, D.C. Screenshot/LADP

Video of Udall’s questioning is available here.

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen.

Los Alamos Cardiologist Anthony Sandoval Elected To New Mexico Sports Hall Of Fame

on April 9, 2018 - 8:07am

Dr. Anthony Sandoval of  Los Alamos has been inducted into the 2017 New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame. Courtesy Photo

Dr. Anthony Sandoval of Los Alamos finishing a marathon in 1982 in Athens, Greece. Courtesy Photo

By RJ MONTAÑO
Los Alamos Daily Post
rjmontano@ladailypost.com

ALBUQUERQUE – In May of 1980, a 26-year-old medical student named Anthony Sandoval from Los Alamos set a U.S. Olympic Trials record with a 2:10:19 time in the marathon trial, earning his way on to the USA Olympic Team.

 “The ability to accomplish something this great in any individual athletic sport is statistically

Historical Society: Secret Letters

on April 5, 2018 - 9:12am
Courtesy photo
 
By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society
 
Do you remember the last time you received an important letter—a real letter written in ink on real paper?
 
In today’s world of texts, instant messages, and e-mails, it’s rare to get a genuine letter anymore. Yet historians are privileged to make discoveries with historic letters and
documents on a regular basis, and sometimes, something really special comes along.
 
A few months ago, one of the volunteers at the Los Alamos Historical Society Archives and Collections was going through a box donated over a decade

Light In The Desert: Photographs From The Monastery Of Christ In The Desert Opening At Governor’s Gallery

on April 5, 2018 - 9:06am
Light in the Desert. Photo from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert by Tony O’Brien
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE  It was 1968 when Trappist monk Thomas Merton visited the Benedictine monastery Christ in the Desert, near Abiquiu shortly after it was founded.
 
Merton’s writings and photographs of the experience brought the secluded monastery to the attention of a wider community of people seeking sanctuary and spiritual inspiration.
 
An exhibition titled, Light in the Desert: Photographs from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert by photojournalist Tony O’Brien opens Friday, April 27 at

World Futures: Education, Training, Learning And Knowledge: Part 5

on April 5, 2018 - 8:32am

By ANDY ANDEWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the previous columns of this series a bubble model was introduced with individual models bouncing around in a fluid of information and knowledge.

Bubbles can unite with other bubbles to form bigger bubbles such as families, companies, government entities, and other groups of bubbles and even countries. In so doing, the individual bubbles and amalgams must communicate with other bubbles, adapt and contribute.

The rules for interaction, which defines how the bubbles  all get along or not, defines the culture of a bubble, whatever its size.

LANL: Finding Order In Disorder Demonstrates A New State Of Matter

on April 2, 2018 - 12:43pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist Cristiano Nisoli. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • ‘Spindoctors’ note that topological order, associated with quantum mechanics, also applies to classical material called artificial spin ice

Physicists have identified a new state of matter whose structural order operates by rules more aligned with quantum mechanics than standard thermodynamic theory. In a classical material called artificial spin ice, which in certain phases appears disordered, the material is actually ordered, but in a “topological” form.

“Our research shows for the first time that

Rotarians Hear Talk On Global Grant Empowering Women, Families In Bolivia Mining Communities

on April 2, 2018 - 8:23am
Bob Reid of the Rotary Club of Hobbs presenting a resent talk to local Rotarians describing the Rotary global grant that is supported by Rotary International and Rotary Clubs in New Mexico and Bolivia. The grant, in connection with United 4 Change Center (www.united4changecenter.org), empowers women and families in mining communities in Bolivia through emphasis on literacy, healthcare and economic enterprise. Photo by Linda Hull
 
President-elect Vincent Chiravelle of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos presents a club banner to Hobbs Rotarian Bob Reid.

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