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U.S. Ranks Second in Installed Capacity in the World in Wind Energy

on August 18, 2014 - 9:00am

DOE News:

The U.S. continues to be a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world, according to two reports released by the Department of Energy.

Wind power is a key component of the nation’s all-of-the-above strategy to reduce carbon pollution, diversify our energy economy, and bring innovative technologies on line. With increasing wind energy generation and decreasing prices of wind energy technologies, the U.S. wind energy market remains strong and the U.S.

Toddler May Be Ebola Outbreak’s Patient Zero

on August 12, 2014 - 7:07am

The area of the initial locations of the Ebola virus outbreak is highlighted in red. The main road between the outbreak area and Conakry, the capital of Guinea, also is shown. The map was modified from a United Nations map. Courtesy/NEJM

HSNW News:

A recent report on the Ebola outbreak suggests that a two-year-old boy who died Dec. 6, 2013 in a village in Guéckédou, Guinea might be the virus’s Patient Zero.

Guéckédou borders Sierra Leone and Liberia, where Ebola has infected more than 1,700 people.

According to the study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and

Johnson: On The Central American Refugee Crisis

on August 6, 2014 - 9:57am
Los Alamos
(Currently doing an internship in Mongolia)

An increasing flow of migrants from Central America, seeking a reprieve from violence in their home countries, has become an increasingly divisive political issue in the US.

At least 57,000 children alone have been detained after crossing the border since last fall (source). Americans from across the political spectrum have called for various measures to address the crisis. Aug.

Anti-Nuke Group Gathers To Remember Hiroshima

on August 3, 2014 - 9:02am

Father John Dear of Santa Fe Pax Christi speaks to the group of about 40 people gathered at Ashley Pond Saturday to remember Hiroshima. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Father John Dear and members of Pax Christi spent 30 minutes sitting in silence Saturday on the grass at Ashley Pond Park in remembrance of the Aug. 6 atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 69 years ago.

“We gathered to remember Hiroshima and to repent for the sins of nuclear weapons and beg

Today Starts World Breastfeeding Week: Aug. 1-7

on August 1, 2014 - 10:27am


During World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7, the Los Alamos Chapter of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force will join the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and breastfeeding advocates in more than 175 countries worldwide in celebrating the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) theme 'BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal - for Life!’  

The Los Alamos Daily Post will run a series of stories highlighting not only breastfeeding, but the breastfeeding support available in our community.

Energy Department Conditionally Authorizes Oregon LNG to Export Liquefied Natural Gas

on August 1, 2014 - 9:25am

DOE News:

The Energy Department announced Thursday that it has conditionally authorized LNG Development Co., LLC (Oregon LNG) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, from the Oregon LNG Terminal in Warrenton, Ore.

The Oregon LNG application was next in the order of precedence and review of the application was initiated before the Department issued the recent proposed procedural change. Subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval, the facility is conditionally authorized

Chikungunya Virus Reaches United States

on July 27, 2014 - 12:37pm

Countries and territories where chikungunya cases have been reported. Courtesy/CDC

Chikungunya virus disease cases reported by state or territory – United States, 2014 (as of July 22, 2014). Courtesy/CDC

CDC News:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been closely following reports of the mosquito-borne chikungunya (chik-un-GUHN-ya) virus, which is transmitted to people by mosquitoes.

The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash.

In late 2013, the chikungunya

Three Los Alamos Scientists Named ‘Most Influential Scientific Minds’

on July 23, 2014 - 10:59am

LANL News:

  • Aiken, Korber and Perelson spotlighted in Thomson Reuters report

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Allison Aiken, Bette Korber and Alan Perelson have been named to Thomson Reuters list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.”

“To have three of our premier scientists recognized on this list is a great honor and attests to the intellectual vitality that feeds the breadth of disciplines essential to our national security mission,” LANL Director Charles McMillan said.

Nobel Laureate to Deliver Lecture in Los Alamos

on July 23, 2014 - 10:43am

Dr. Harold Varmus. Courtesy/


  • The upcoming lecture by Dr. Harold Varmus, co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, is sponsored by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee

Nobel laureate Dr. Harold Varmus will deliver the 44th Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.

The lecture, titled “The History and Future of Cancer Research,” is free and open to the public.



Udall On Report That U.S. Military’s Burn Pits May Have Broken Federal Law

on July 23, 2014 - 10:27am

Open-Air Burn Pit, Feb. 14, 2014, at Shindand Airbase, with unused Afghan-operated incinerators in background. Courtesy/SIGAR


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall responded to a new report that the U.S. military’s use of open-air burn pits at Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan may have violated federal law.

According to the report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), made public today, most of the solid waste at Shindand Air Base was disposed of for years in open burn pits rather than incinerators.

Voyager Spacecraft Might Not Have Reached Interstellar Space

on July 23, 2014 - 9:23am

The heliosphere, in which the Sun and planets reside, is a large bubble inflated from the inside by the high-speed solar wind blowing out from the Sun. Pressure from the solar wind, along with pressure from the surrounding interstellar medium, determines the size and shape of the heliosphere. The supersonic flow of solar wind abruptly slows at the termination shock, the innermost boundary of the solar system. The edge of the solar system is the heliopause. The bow shock pushes ahead through the interstellar medium as the heliosphere plows through the galaxy.

Photo Gallery: Faces Of Int'l Folk Art Market

on July 19, 2014 - 9:03am

Photo by Derrick Key/Los Alamos

Photo by Derrick Key/Los Alamos

IFAM News:

This summer’s 11th annual International Folk Art Market kicked off July 10 with a Community Celebration in Santa Fe’s Railyard Park. The annual Artists’ Procession included more than 100 of the 2014 Market artists from more than 60 countries, all in colorful national dress.

The Market ran through July 13 at Milner Plaza on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill and included international food vendors, artist demonstrations, hands-on art making activities for children, dance and the opportunity to meet artists from around the world.



Saturday's Supermoon Shines Over Los Alamos

on July 14, 2014 - 8:57am

Saturday's supermoon shines bright and large above Los Alamos. A supermoon is a new or full moon, which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 percent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. There are four to six supermoons a year on average and 2014 will have five. They are the two new moons of January, and the full moons of July, August and September. The full moon of Aug. 10, will present the closest supermoon of the year at 221,765 miles from Earth. Source: Photo by Leland Lehman/

Santa Fe Council on International Relations: Champagne Brunch & Film July 22

on July 7, 2014 - 9:16am

CIR News:

Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) is hosting a Champagne Brunch and viewing of the film "Welcome," 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 at the CIR's new location at 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D in Santa Fe.

Join the Council on International Relations for a delightful champagne brunch and film entitled: Welcome, directed by Phillippe Lioret on Tuesday, July 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at CIR’s new location: 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D in Santa Fe.

The multi award-winning new film from writer/director Philippe Lioret, WELCOME is a compassionate and inspiring

LANL: Ribosome Research in Atomic Detail Offers Potential Insights into Cancer, Anemia, Alzheimer’s

on July 3, 2014 - 9:30am

The newly discovered rolling movement shown in (A) three-dimensional cryo-electron microscopy image of ribosome, and (B) computer-generated atomic-resolution model of the human ribosome consistent with microscopy. A). Arrows indicate the direction of movement during transition between the two different states. B). Ribbons represent backbone of RNA and protein molecules within the ribosome. Color bar indicates the amount of motion during rolling. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New movement during decoding occurs in humans, not in bacteria

A groundbreaking study of the human ribosome is revealing

LANL: Scientists Ignite Aluminum Water Mix

on June 30, 2014 - 7:51am

LANL chemist Bryce Tappan ignites a small quantity of aluminum nanoparticle water mixture.  In open air, the compound burns like a Fourth of July sparkler.  Courtesy/LANL

When dry, aluminum nanoparticles look like simple dark gray dust. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Combustion mechanism of aluminum nanoparticles and water published in prestigious German chemistry journal

Don't worry, that beer can you’re holding is not going to spontaneously burst into flames, but under the right circumstances aluminum does catch fire, and the exact mechanism that governs how, has long been a mystery.


LANL: Probing Fukushima With Cosmic Rays Should Speed Cleanup

on June 18, 2014 - 12:27pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory postdoctoral researcher Elena Guardincerri, right, and undergraduate research assistant Shelby Fellows prepare a lead hemisphere inside a muon tomography machine, which can peer inside closed containers and provide detailed images of dense objects such as nuclear materials or other items of interest.

New Los Alamos Approach May Be Key to Quantum Dot Solar Cells With Real Gains in Efficiency

on June 18, 2014 - 7:56am

Core/shell PbSe/CdSe quantum dots (a) and a carrier multiplication (CM) pathway (b) in these nano structures. (a) Transmission electron microscopy image of thick-shell PbSe/CdSe quantum dots developed for this study. (b) A hot hole generated in the shell via absorption of a photon collides with a core-localized valence-band electron, promoting it across the energy-gap, which generates a second electron-hole pair. In thick-shell PbSe/CdSe quantum dots this process is enhanced due to slow relaxation of shell-localized holes into the core.Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Nanoengineering Boosts Carrier

The Internet’s Next Big Idea: Connecting People, Information and Things

on June 16, 2014 - 9:01am

Image Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

By Chris Greer, Senior Executive for Cyber-Physical Systems
National Institute of Standards and Technology

In the early 1990s, a Web page consisted of crude, rainbow-colored, text-filled boxes that “hyperlinked” to more text. Today, your Internet-enabled smartphone not only gives you access to libraries’ worth of information, but also helps you navigate the physical world.

Cyber-physical systems, also called the Internet of Things, are the next big advance for our use of the web.

United Church of Los Alamos Mexico Mission Volunteers Construct Homes For Families

on June 15, 2014 - 8:30pm

United Church of Los Alamos and Unitarian Church members at a home building trip in April in Puerto Peñasco. Courtesy photo

During their April trip to Puerto Peñasco, the group built a double size home for a family of six previously living in a one room home. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

A profound sense of fulfillment experienced by Los Alamos youth and adults who build homes for Mexican families living in dreadful circumstances draws many to volunteer year after year.

Laura and Randy Erickson have participated in 32 of these annual week-long trips and helped

LANL: Desert Scientists Turn to Rainforest for Climate Answers

on May 30, 2014 - 10:08am

Heath-Powers: Los Alamos scientist Heath Powers, foreground, and on-site technician Vagner Castro work on field equipment for measuring carbon dioxide and water vapor near areas of human habitation in Brazil.Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Work in Brazil’s Amazon Basin Should Improve Climate Prediction

Nearly a quarter of the way through their two-year project, a team of scientists deployed to Brazil’s Amazon Basin is unraveling the mysteries of how land and atmospheric processes affect tropical hydrology and climate.

UN Mulling Rules to Govern Autonomous Killer Robots

on May 19, 2014 - 8:21am
A mock 'killer robot' is pictured in central London April 23, 2013 during the launching of against lethal robot weapons. Courtesy. Carl Court/AFP
HSNW News:

On Tuesday, delegates from several international organizations and governments around the world began the first of many round of talks dealing with what some call “lethal autonomous weapons systems” (LAWS), and others call “killer robots.”

Supporters of LAWS say the technology offers life-saving potential in warfare, as these robots y are able to get closer than troops to assess threats without letting emotions interfere in their

Udall Opposes FCC's Proposed Internet 'Fast Lane'

on May 16, 2014 - 8:06am



WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement expressing concern about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote Thursday for net neutrality rules that include a "fast lane" or "toll lane" to charge companies for faster delivery of content: 


"Today's vote by the FCC is very disappointing. As the commissioners move forward to make a final rule, I'm calling on them to protect free expression, competition and innovation online.

LAHS Grads Win DECA International Championship

on April 27, 2014 - 7:54am

Josh Dolin and Sydney Sivils, 2010 Los Alamos High School graduates, won the International Championship of the collegiate division Advertising Campaign competition at the 2014 DECA International Career Development Conference April 24-26 in Washington, D.C. Dolin and Sivils are graduating seniors at UNM. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA Inc.

View Rare Glimpse of Antarctica Through National Geographic Lens 7 p.m. Thursday at PEEC

on April 13, 2014 - 9:58am

Stephen Becker of Los Alamos stands in front of the National Geographic Explorer. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

It was the trip of a lifetime. Last November, Los Alamos local Stephen Becker embarked on the National Geographic Explorer ship to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and Antarctica. 

During this voyage, National Geographic photographers produced a 50-minute video showing some of the trip highlights. Becker will show the video, and talk about the trip in a program at 7 a.m. at PEEC Thursday, April 17. Join Becker and PEEC for a rare glimpse of this remote region.

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