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Public Forum on Local Response to Climate Change Oct. 8 at SFCC

on October 3, 2013 - 8:13am

RDC News:

What: SFCC, LANL, Sen. Tom Udall, the RDC, the City of Santa Fe and others have come together to present a community forum: "Local Response to Climate Change." The forum will focus on strategies that communities can use to deal with this all-important issue.

The event will include an introduction from SFCC President, Dr. Ana M. Guzman, leading climate researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as a recorded speech from Sen. Tom Udall.

Governor Joins New Mexico Kindergarteners in World Record Reading Attempt

on October 3, 2013 - 7:09am

STATE news:

Santa Fe – Gov. Susana Martinez will join students in Santa Fe today to participate in the national "Read for the Record" Event.

Martinez and the students will join millions of others in reading the same book, on the same day to promote literacy and attempt to break the current world record.

For the last two years, Martinez and students in New Mexico have participated in breaking the world record for adults reading to children in a single day.

PEEC's Jemez Mountain Herbarium Goes Global

on September 29, 2013 - 8:25am

Dorothy Hoard assists a child with the microscope in the Jemez Mountain Herbarium at PEEC. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

An organization in Arizona, the Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet), has been gathering the most important southwest databases into a single website.

SEINet recently accepted the Jemez Mountain Herbarium, which is housed by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), and has about 3,000 species from Los Alamos County and the Jemez Mountains. Anyone in the world can query SEINet.

For years botanists have been collecting native plants in New Mexico

Sydney's Corner: Foods of Poland

on September 24, 2013 - 11:55am


Introduction: Teralene Foxx

Photos by Jason and Kerri Frazier

Eight-year-old Sydney Frazier and her family are traveling the world. Recently, they spent a month in Poland. Sydney has tried all sorts of food in the 11 countries they have visited. Food is a great way to get acquainted with other cultures. In an earlier blog, she told you about the food of the Netherlands. Today she will tell you about the food of Poland.

Food of Poland
By Sydney Frazier

Today you will learn about the foods of Poland.

Udall: U.S. Must Keep up Pressure on Russia to Follow Through with Commitment to Secure Syria’s Chemical Weapons

on September 11, 2013 - 11:27am


WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, repeated his call Tuesday for the United States to use diplomatic, economic and political pressure to ensure Russia and Syria keep their commitment to surrender Syria’s chemical weapons to the international community for destruction.

He issued the following statement after President Obama’s speech:

“The single greatest reason Bashar al-Assad has been able to remain in power is that he is receiving support from outside governments, including Russia.

Udall Explains his Opposition to Limited Military Strike on Syria to NM Press

on September 10, 2013 - 11:07am

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

Staff Report

In a telephone press conference with New Mexico media this morning, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., explained his position opposing a limited military strike on Syria.

“The United States has not yet exhausted all political, economic and diplomatic options,” Udall said. “The administration hasn’t made a case that a limited military strike will deter the use of chemical weapons. If our goal is to save lives, a military strike is not the best response.”

The American people and the international community are not behind the President’s proposed military action, he

Syria's Bashar al-Assad Interview Airs 7 p.m. Today

on September 9, 2013 - 11:06am

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Courtesy photo

PBS News:

Charlie Rose has recorded an interview in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which will run in its entirety in a special presentation on KNME-New Mexico PBS at 7 p.m. today on Ch. 5.1.

In the interview, Charlie Rose asks Assad about the use of chemical weapons in Syria. (KNME will pre-empt the 7 p.m. episode of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, then resume regular programming.)

The Charlie Rose interview with Assad will broadcast one night before President Obama is scheduled to address the nation on his plans to respond to the situation

Expert on Modern Russia to Present Talk

on September 9, 2013 - 7:47am

Dr. Erica Monahan


Los Alamos is familiar with frontiers. It is well known for crossing frontiers in science. On the opposite side of the world, Russia is also noted for crossing frontiers and the challenges that entails.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mesa Public Library, Russian frontiers will be brought a little closer to Los Alamos. Dr. Erika Monahan, an associate professor at the University of New Mexico will present the talk, “People, Politics and Prospects in the Post-Soviet Peripheries,” which is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series.

During her

B61-12 Life Extension Program Radar Drop Tests Completed Successfully

on August 29, 2013 - 12:40pm

Pantex production technicians prepare a B61 for a surveillance test. The B61 is a tactical thermonuclear gravity bomb. Courtesy/NNSA
NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the ongoing effort to refurbish the aging B61 nuclear bomb without resorting to underground nuclear testing, two successful B61-12 radar drop tests were successfully completed at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada on Aug. 14 and 15, 2013, by engineers from Sandia National Laboratories.

Current B61s use decades-old vacuum tubes as part of their radar system.

Los Alamos Rotary Sponsors Student From Belgium

on August 28, 2013 - 8:05am

Thomas Routiaux is a Los Alamos Rotary Club exchange student from Belgium attending Los Alamos High School this year. Routiaux gave a presentation to the Rotary Club Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant about his life in Neupré, Liege, Belgium. Since its founding 47 years ago, the Los Alamos Rotary Club has sponsored 44 foreign exchange students and 50 outbound students from Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Belgium exchange student Thomas Routiaux describes his life back home and told Rotary Club members Tuesday that he likes to eat just about all foods but does not care

NIST Ytterbium Atomic Clocks Set Record for Stability

on August 27, 2013 - 8:53am

NIST's ultra-stable ytterbium lattice atomic clock. Ytterbium atoms are generated in an oven (large metal cylinder on the left) and sent to a vacuum chamber in the center of the photo to be manipulated and probed by lasers. Laser light is transported to the clock by five fibers (such as the yellow fiber in the lower center of the photo). Photo by Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

A pair of experimental atomic clocks based on ytterbium atoms at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has set a new record for stability.

The clocks act like 21st-century pendulums or metronomes that

Student From France Finds Similarities With Los Alamos Family

on August 23, 2013 - 8:08am

From left, Marvel Harrison Csanadi and Dr. Tom Csanadi, Alex Csanadi, Sopahn Kellogg, and Elsa Guinoiseau gather together Friday with Penny, 6, in foreground, and Tigger, 8, at the family's Los Alamos home. Guinoiseau is living with the Csanadi's this year and attending Los Alamos High School. 'There are so many similarities between us ... Sopahn and I are juniors at the high school and we both play the piano and sing, and Marvel and I love to play tennis,' Guinoiseau said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Sopahn Kellogg, 16, and Elsa Guinoiseau, 18, prepare to play a

Sydney's Corner: Birds of Florence, Italy

on August 23, 2013 - 7:59am

Sydney Frazier in Florence, Italy. Photo by Jason Frazier
SYDNEY’S CORNER: Birds of Florence, Italy
Introduction by Teralene Foxx
Los Alamos

I am an ecologist by training and interests; I love the out-of-doors. But with all the gadgets we have now (ipads, cellphones, computers), how do our children and grandchildren learn and become passionate about the natural and cultural world around them? How do we teach them earth-care and tolerance?

I passionately believe that the only way we come to appreciate the world around us is to be out exploring and experiencing the world.

NNSA, China Sign Agreement to Prevent Nuclear Smuggling

on August 22, 2013 - 10:00am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently signed an agreement with the People’s Republic of China’s General Administration of China Customs (GACC) to renew cooperative efforts to deter, detect and interdict the illicit smuggling of special nuclear and other radiological materials.

The agreement was signed by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and China’s Minister of the GACC, YU Guangzhou, during the annual U.S.–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington.

“China plays a key role securing both regional and international maritime

New Gamma-Ray Observatory Begins Operations at Sierra Negra Volcano in Mexico

on August 21, 2013 - 12:43pm

The HAWC Observatory taken in August 2013 from the summit of Sierra Negra. The image has been digitally altered to show HAWC as it will appear when construction is complete in 2014. The 111 Cherenkov detectors currently installed (100 Cherenkov detectors in operation) are colored white and located in the upper right quadrant of the array. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New site to observe supernovas and supermassive black holes

The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma Ray Observatory has begun formal operations at its site in Mexico.

Woman Takes 100 Mile Hike Around Mont Blanc with Father and Others from Los Alamos

on August 21, 2013 - 11:29am

Fathers and daughters who participated in a 100 mile hike around Mont Blanc, from left, Harry and Angela Martz, Paul White (who had sons so he joined the trip by 'adopting' Kerri Frazier’s roommate), Stephanie Larsen, Brian and Megan Metz; Joy and Roger Ferenbaugh, Kerri Frazier and Charles Frazier aka Jim. Courtey photo


Tour du Mont Blanc
Introduction by Teralene Foxx

You have all heard about Daddy/Daughter dances but how about Daddy/Daughter hikes. Well not just any hike, but a 100 mile hike in France, Italy, and Switzerland.

DoD Shuts Down Burn Pits at Camp Leatherneck

on August 14, 2013 - 11:38am

Burn pit in Afghanistan. Courtesy photo


  • Senators applaud measure, say more work still needs to be done

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced today that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has ceased burn pit operations at one of two camp sites supporting Operating Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Its closure follows Udall and Corker’s recent call for immediate action to halt the use of open-air burn pits after findings by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) that found the burn pits were utilized without

LANL Scientists Show Muon Imaging May Offer Hope of Assessing Damaged Reactor Cores

on August 12, 2013 - 8:45am

LANL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. ─ Critical to the recovery efforts following the devastating effects of the 2011 tsunami on Japan’s Fukushima reactor is the ability to assess damage within the reactor’s core.

A study in the journal AIP Advances by a team of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) shows that muon imaging may offer the best hope of assessing damage to the reactor cores and locating the melted fuel.

Muon imaging, which utilizes naturally occurring muons created in the atmosphere by cosmic rays to image dense objects, should solve the problem of determining the

Reconciliation Ceremony Marks Anniversary of Hiroshima

on August 6, 2013 - 6:35pm

Los Alamos students participate in today's Peace Ceremony at Fuller Lodge Art Center marking the anniversary of Hiroshima. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Students were asked to turn out and look at the adults as part of today's ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Students joined adults at a reconciliation ceremony and reception at Fuller Lodge Art Center commemorating today's anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima Japan.

The Peace’s New Century Project is a collaboration between Betsie Miller-Kusz of the Jemez Valley and Masaru

Letter to the Editor: Brief Response to 'Weak Correlation Between CO2 and Temperature ...'

on August 3, 2013 - 8:28am
By Stephen Price and Charles Keller
Los Alamos
We have responded briefly to the writer’s comments, which are in quotes, and written additional comments of our own. We are happy to provide scientific journal citations to support any of our statements made below.

“A weak short-term correlation between CO2 and temperature proves nothing about causation. Proponents of the notion that increases in the air's CO2 content lead to global warming point to the past century's weak correlation between atmospheric CO2 concentration and global air temperature as proof of their contention.”

Actually they

Is Bandelier the 8th Wonder of the World?

on August 1, 2013 - 7:25am

VirtualTourist News:

Voting is now open at VirtualTourist for the favorite 8th wonder of the World and Bandelier National Monument is on the list of possiblities.

Voting is open June 3 through Sept. 30. Vote here.

VA Seeks Feedback For Open Burn Pit Registry

on July 25, 2013 - 8:20am

Marine Lance Corporal Richard Carmichael disposes of trash at the burn pit on Forward Operating Base Zeebrudge in Afghanistan's Helmand province. DOD photo

VA News:

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is asking veterans to help create its Open Burn Pit Registry for military service members, civilian personnel and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Udall coauthored the legislation to create the burn pit registry, which the president signed into law

U.S., New Zealand Collaborate to Combat Trafficking of Nuclear Materials

on July 24, 2013 - 8:28am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced a collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to provide mobile radiation detection equipment to countries in Latin America, South East Asia and Africa.

This is the fifth joint NNSA-New Zealand project under a bilateral memorandum of understanding, as a result of the 26-member G8 Global Partnership (GP) Against the Spread of Weapons and Material of Mass Destruction.

Udall, Corker: End Use of Burn Pits in Afghanistan

on July 24, 2013 - 8:22am
A bulldozer dumps a load of trash into a burn pit just 300 yards from the runway at Bagram Airfield, January 2012. An Army memo from 2011 found the burn pit is associated with 'long-term' health effects on soldiers at Bagram. Courtesy/U.S. Army

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced they have sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asking for immediate action to halt the use of open-air burn pits at two camp sites supporting Operating Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Their letter follows reports by the Special

Britain's Royal Baby is a Boy

on July 22, 2013 - 3:30pm

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Courtesy/

Staff Report

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a boy, according to a statement by Clarence House.

Prince William was present at the birth of the infant who weighed in at 8 pounds 6 ounces.

The newborn's name has not been announced but his title will be Prince of Cambridge, according to reports. He is third in line to the throne.