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Drones And Food

on June 25, 2015 - 8:53am

Pteryx UAV, a civilian UAV for aerial photography and photomapping with roll-stabilised camera head. Image/wikipedia

HSNW News:

The precision agriculture sector is expected to grow at a high rate over the coming years.

This new way of farming is already a reality in northwest Italy, where technologies are being used to keep plants in a good state of health but also to avert the loss of quality yield.

Sensors and drones can be among the farmers’ best friends, helping them to use less fertilizers and water, and to control the general condition of their crops.

CORDIS reports that nowadays

Analyzing Ocean Mixing Reveals Insight On Climate

on June 24, 2015 - 8:52am
A Three-dimensional spatial structure of mixing in an idealized ocean simulation, computed using Lagrangian particle statistics. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
  • Eddies pull carbon emissions into deep ocean, new model simulates complex process

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a computer model that clarifies the complex processes driving ocean mixing in the vast eddies that swirl across hundreds of miles of open ocean.

“The model enables us to study the important processes of ocean storms, which move heat and carbon from the atmosphere into the deep ocean,” said Todd

Amateur Radio Operators 'Field Day' June 27-28

on June 23, 2015 - 5:30pm

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT News:

This weekend beginning at noon Saturday and running to noon Sunday, Amateur Radio Operators worldwide will be performing “Field Day”. This is equivalent to a public safety exercise.

The purpose of this field day is to test equipment and operational status of the Amateur Radio operators. This is normally conducted on HF frequencies without the use of repeaters. An operator may choose: Voice operations, Digital Data operations or morse code operations.

International Scientific Society Responds To Pope Francis’ Encyclical On Climate Change

on June 23, 2015 - 10:43am
AGU Executive Director/CEO Christine McEntee
 
AGU News:
 
Washington, D.C. — The American Geophysical Union (AGU) represents more than 60,000 Earth and space scientists worldwide and AGU Executive Director/CEO Christine McEntee issued the following statement on behalf of the organization in response to Pope Francis’ recent encyclical.

“The scientific community has long agreed that climate change is one of the most profound challenges facing our global society, and as AGU outlined in our position statement on climate change, there is no question human activity is playing a predominant role in that

General Leslie R. Groves’ Grandson Visits Los Alamos

on June 21, 2015 - 12:30pm

At Thursday's gathering from left, Mark Rayburn, Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board Chair; Nancy Bartlit, WWII author and former President of the Los Alamos Historical Society; John Bartlit, advocate for Los Alamos Historical Society and environmental columnist; Nina Johnson, Executive Director of Cornerstones Community Partners; Dick Groves, Grandson of General Leslie R. Groves; Paul Millar, friend and business partner of Dick Groves Photo by Tom Sandford, Los Alamos Historical Society board member and historical district tour guide.

Alaska Glaciers Contribute To Global Sea Level Rise

on June 20, 2015 - 8:30am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Alaska’s melting glaciers are adding enough water to the Earth’s oceans to cover the state of Alaska with a 1-foot thick layer of water every seven years, a new study shows.
 
The study found that climate-related melting is the primary control on mountain glacier loss. Glacier loss from Alaska is unlikely to slow down, and this will be a major driver of global sea level change in the coming decades, according to the study’s authors.
 
“The Alaska region has long been considered a primary player in the global sea level budget, but the exact details on the

U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz Remarks On Papal Encyclical On Climate Change

on June 19, 2015 - 7:40am
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
 
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released the following statement regarding the release of a papal encyclical on climate change by Pope Francis.
 
"Pope Francis' call to action on climate change is an important milestone in the global effort on this issue. His is not just a powerful moral voice, he also graduated as a chemical engineer and understands the consensus of climate scientists that accumulating man-made pollution endangers our planet and people around the world.
 
As Pope Francis reminds us, we must push for ambitious

Aquatic Center Joins World's Largest Swim Lesson

on June 18, 2015 - 11:46am
Today at 10 a.m., pools, waterparks and other aquatic facilities around the world hosted the Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Children of all ages attended the event at the Los Alamos Aquatic Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

NASA Agreements Advance Mars Exploration, Los Alamos Rover Instrument A Key Component

on June 17, 2015 - 6:27pm

SuperCam builds upon the successful capabilities demonstrated by ChemCam aboard the Curiosity Rover during NASA’s current Mars Mission. SuperCam will allow researchers to sample rocks and other targets from a distance using a laser. In addition to harnessing Los-Alamos developed Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) technology—which can determine the elemental composition of the target from more than 20 feet away—SuperCam adds another spectrum to its laser for Raman and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • SuperCam’s body to be built at Los Alamos and the

Detecting Nukes Through Underground Explosives Tests

on June 16, 2015 - 12:21pm

Two workers oversee the emplacement of the canister that contained the chemical explosive charge for Source Physics Experiment-4 Prime at the Nevada National Security Site. Courtesy/LLNL

HSNW News:

Three weeks ago, a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) led-team successfully conducted the fourth in a series of experiments designed to improve the U.S. ability to detect underground nuclear explosions.

The Source Physics Experiment (SPE-4 Prime) is a fundamental step forward in the U.S. effort to improve arms control verification, and will eventually be used to assure compliance

LANL: Project ATHENA Creates Surrogate Human Organ Systems

on June 15, 2015 - 12:07pm

Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Surrogate human organs could revolutionize the way biologists and medical personnel screen new drugs or toxic agents

The development of miniature surrogate human organs, coupled with highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, could one day revolutionize the way new drugs and toxic agents are studied.

“By developing this ‘homo minutus,’ we are stepping beyond the need for animal or Petri dish testing: There are huge benefits in developing drug and toxicity analysis systems that can mimic the response of actual human organs,” said Rashi Iyer, a senior

Global Samples From Nuclear Contamination Sites Reveal Unpredicted Uranium And Plutonium Behavior

on June 15, 2015 - 11:22am

Workers on a cleanup site at DOE's Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State, one of several sites sampled for uranium and plutonium variations. Courtesy/DOE

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos Analysis Shows Elements Not Acting In Nature As Previously Modeled

Knowing how a chemical in soil reacts and transforms over time in response to neighboring elements, weather and heat is essential in determining whether that chemical is hazardous.

This is especially important when that chemical is radioactive.

In a collaborative, international effort led by Los Alamos National Laboratory, researchers

Aquatic Center Hosts World's Largest Swimming Lesson

on June 11, 2015 - 11:05am

COUNTY News:
  • Walkup Aquatic Center is serving as an Official Host Location

Largest Swim Lesson in 24 Hours Sends the Message: Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ to millions around the globe.

Thursday, June 18, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the sixth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record™.

The global record attempt for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), is 10 a.m. wherever you are. Team WLSL holds the current Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, which stands at 36,564 participants

Martian Glass: Window Into Possible Past Life?

on June 10, 2015 - 7:18am

Spectral signals: Researchers have found deposits of impact glass preserved in Martian craters like Alga (above) using data from NASA's Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM). Green indicates the presence of glass. (Blues are pyroxene; reds are olivine.) Such deposits could be a good place to look for signs of past life. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech/JHUAPL/University of Arizona

The search for impact glass: A possible Martian site (white circle) is the Nili Fossae trough.

NM Businesses Wanted For Trade Mission To Israel

on June 10, 2015 - 6:43am
ACI News:
 
  • Israel is New Mexico’s second largest international trading partner
 
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) and the New Mexico-Israel Business Exchange (NMIBE) announced that registration is now open for local companies to join other business leaders, government officials, and entrepreneurs to explore Israel on a joint trade mission Oct. 10-20, 2015.
 
In addition to touring Israel’s cultural, historic, and religious sites, delegates will have the opportunity to engage with their international counterparts, open trade opportunities, and promote New Mexico

Los Alamos High School Graduate Studying At WTAMU Receives Gilman Scholarship For Study In Brazil

on June 8, 2015 - 11:19am

Shalee Britton of Los Alamos

EDUCATION News:

CANYON, Texas—It’s been Shalee Britton’s lifelong dream to study the fauna and flora of tropical regions, and that dream will come true for the West Texas A&M University student when she travels to Brazil in the fall as the recipient of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Britton, a junior wildlife biology major and Attebury Honors student from Los Alamos is one of 860 American undergraduate students from 332 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the award, sponsored by the U.S.

Snodgrass: Fixing A Hole Where The Blame Gets In ... The Dangerous Gap Between An Act Of Nuclear Terrorism And An Informed Response

on June 7, 2015 - 3:45pm

Radiological Dispersion Device. Courtesy/ready.gov

Fixing A Hole Where The Blame Gets In

  • The dangerous gap between an act of nuclear terrorism and an informed response

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

The specter of a nuclear 9/11 may have diminished in the last five years with the partial dismantlement and dispersal of the Islamic militant organization al-Qaida.

LANL Workers Alerted To Cybersecurity Threat

on June 5, 2015 - 2:07pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employees were notified Thursday in a memo by LANL Director Charlie McMillan of a cybersecurity incident that could put employee and subcontractor personal information at risk.

Director McMillan Memo:

SUBJECT: Office of Personnel Management Cybersecurity Incident

This afternoon we were notified by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) of a cybersecurity incident involving U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) systems and data containing personal information.

Hubble Space Telescope Peers Into Milky Way Galaxy

on June 5, 2015 - 9:41am

Hubble peers into the most crowded place in the Milky Way. Courtesy photo

SCIENCE News:

Dr. John P. Holdren is director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House. He also is the President's Chief Science Advisor.

Dr. John P. Holdren

"From time to time, I like to send quick, ad-hoc notes to White House staff on a variety of topics―upcoming lunar eclipses, groundbreaking climate news, incredible photos from space. Things I've come across and found fascinating," Holdren stated in an email to media. "Apparently, people really like them.

Thank You For Supporting Medical Mission To Haiti

on June 3, 2015 - 7:34am
Catherine Fry with a young patient. Courtesy photo
 
Friends of the Children medical team in Haiti in May. Courtesy photo
 
By CATHERINE FRY, RPh
Los Alamos

Thank you Los Alamos community for your financial and prayer support during the time I travelled to Haiti May 11-22, with Friends of the Children of Haiti for a medical mission. 

I dispensed medications to the more than 2,300 patients who visited the clinic during that time period. We saw patients ranging in age from just a few days old to some nearing 100 years of age.

Los Alamos Teens Headed To Haiti

on June 2, 2015 - 9:12am

Members of the First Baptist Church of Los Alamos Haiti Mission Team. Courtesy photo

FBCLA News:

This week a group of 13 teenagers and adults from First Baptist Church of Los Alamos Youth Group will leave on a mission trip to Haiti.

Partnering with a local Haitian church in Les Cayes, the team will primarily work with children. Part of the time will be spent helping with special needs children, visiting orphanages and running a Vacation Bible School.

Map of Haiti. Courtesy/FBCLA

“Many teens in our youth ministry have been called by God to be missionaries in recent years and this trip

LANL Closes A Gate On Infectious Diseases

on May 31, 2015 - 1:39pm
Los Alamos National Laboratory biomedical researcher Alina Deshpande is working on speeding awareness and strengthening global resilience against infectious diseases. Courtesy LANL
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

What’s the latest on chikungunya?

Don’t know? Never heard of it?

Don’t feel bad. Not many people outside the health profession have encountered this disturbing, infectious disease that has hit parts of southwestern Mexico very hard this month.

So try this: Go to swap.lanl.gov where there is an option box labelled “Select a Disease.” Click on the down arrow to open the box

NNSA Conducts Experiment To Improve U.S. Ability To Detect Foreign Nuclear Explosions

on May 28, 2015 - 2:28pm

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, a National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) led-team successfully conducted the fourth in a series of experiments designed to improve our ability to detect underground nuclear explosions.

The Source Physics Experiment (SPE-4 Prime) is a fundamental step forward in the U.S. effort to improve arms control verification, and will eventually be used to assure compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, Anne Harrington, noted that “The seismic Source Physics

New Research Reveals Europa's Mystery Dark Material Could Be Sea Salt

on May 27, 2015 - 3:30pm
AGU/NASA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  New laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter's moon Europa is likely sea salt from a subsurface ocean, discolored by exposure to radiation.
The presence of sea salt on Europa's surface suggests the ocean is interacting with its rocky seaflooran important consideration in determining whether the icy moon could support life.
 
The new study has been accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, and is available online.
 
“We have many

Threading Forever Exhibit At Mesa Public Library Features Internationally Renowned Artists June 5-27

on May 27, 2015 - 10:44am

‘Metamorphosis Series’ by Theresa DiMenno. Courtesy/MPL

MPL News:

Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Art Gallery will be the site for some exceptional art work with international ties June 5 through June 27.

Three artists of the collaborative Threading Forever, and one additional special guest, will show works ranging from sculpture to digital art and photography.

Threading Forever has been brought together through the efforts of Jemez resident and sculptor Harriette Lawler.

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