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CIR Celebrates Europe Day in Santa Fe May 4-5

on April 12, 2014 - 8:41am

Ambassador Nuno Brito of Portugal to the United States

CIF News:

Santa Fe Council on International Relations announces a Europe Day in Santa Fe.

Featured Speaker:  H.E. Nuno Brito, Ambassador of Portugal to the United States

Panel Speakers:

  • Mr. Georgios Papanikolaou, Consul General of Greece in Houston
  • Mr. Stephan Helgesen, Honorary Consul of Germany in New Mexico
  • Mr. Edward Herrera, Director of the NM Economic Development Dept, Office of International Trade
  • Moderated by: Dr. James Joy, Retired US Senior Foreign Service Officer

· Sunday, May 4, 5-9 p.m.  $35 Dinner and a Movie: Welcome  

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World’s Largest Single Crystal of Gold Verified at Los Alamos

on April 7, 2014 - 9:54am

 

Neutron diffraction data collected on the single-crystal diffraction (SCD) instrument at the Lujan Center, from the Venezuelan gold sample, indicate that the sample is a single crystal. Courtesy/LANL

Science staff prepares measurements on the Single Crystal Diffraction Device at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Lujan Neutron Scattering Center. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lujan Center neutron diffraction team confirms structure

When geologist John Rakovan needed better tools to investigate whether a dazzling 217.78-gram piece of gold was in fact the world’s largest single-crystal

Sarov, Russia Sends Gift To Los Alamos County Council

on April 4, 2014 - 2:35pm

Los Alamos County Communications & Public Relations Administrator/Public Information Officer Julie Habiger holds a gift from the Sister City of Sarov to the Los Alamos County Council, which was presented today by Desta Parkinson on behalf of her sister Summer Shelley who brought it back from Russia. The gift will be placed in a display case at the Los Alamos Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Alert: FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information About Suspected Child Sexual Predator

on April 2, 2014 - 11:31am

FBI News:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. 

Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are attached to this email with the request that media publish and broadcast this information as widely as possible.

The materials also can be found online at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

Initial images and video of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 28, engaging in sexually explicit

IRS Releases Virtual Currency Guidance

on March 28, 2014 - 1:05pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX -– The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued a notice providing answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on virtual currency, such as Bitcoin. These FAQs provide basic information on the U.S. federal tax implications of transactions in, or transactions that use, virtual currency.

 

In some environments, virtual currency operates like “real” currency -- i.e., the coin and paper money of the United States or of any other country that is designated as legal tender, circulates, and is customarily used and accepted as a medium of exchange in the country of

ATHENA Desktop Human 'Body' Could Reduce Need for Animal Drug Tests

on March 28, 2014 - 10:58am

The ATHENA organ project combines heart, liver, kidney and lung features in a desktop toxicity testing platform. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Surrogate Organ System Developed for Toxicity Testing

Creating surrogate human organs, coupled with insights from highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, a new project is on the brink of revolutionizing the way we screen new drugs and toxic agents.

ATHENA, the Advanced Tissue-engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer project team, is developing four human organ constructs – liver, heart, lung and kidney – that are based on a significantly

Can You Spare An Hour For The Planet?

on March 27, 2014 - 9:51am

WORLD WILDLIFE News:

Saturday, March 29 at 8:30 p.m., hundreds of millions of people around the globe will turn off their non-essential lights for one hour during Earth Hour to display a commitment to protect the one thing that unites us all – our planet.

From the beginning, cities and towns across America have enthusiastically embraced Earth Hour – turning off lights in government buildings and urging their citizens to participate. This single act is provoking discussion and is helping to create the change we need to reduce our environmental impact.

Earth Hour is a great opportunity for

Los Alamos County Officials Gather with Japanese Dignitaries For Meeting and Reception in Santa Fe

on March 22, 2014 - 11:36am

Los Alamos County Councilor Geoff Rodgers, left, with Consul General of Japan Ikuhiko Ono, center, and Consul General of Mexico Mauricio Ibara Ponce de Leon at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe Friday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Senior officials from JETRO (the Japan External Trade Organization) met in Santa Fe Friday with various business and community leaders to promote economic dialogue between Japan and New Mexico. The JETRO delegation featured Director Sachiko Yoshimura of JETRO offices in Los Angeles.

Topics of discussion

Think New Mexico Among World's Top Think Tanks

on March 18, 2014 - 7:26am

TTCSP News:

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania’s International Relations Program recently recognized Think New Mexico as one of the top think tanks in the world in its seventh annual “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.” According to TTCSP, “the index has become the gold standard for think tanks around the world and is widely cited by governments, donors, journals and policymakers.”

Think New Mexico is a nonpartisan, results-oriented think tank dedicated to improving the quality of life for all New Mexicans, especially those who lack a

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New Airborne GPS Technology For Weather Conditions Takes Flight

on March 17, 2014 - 10:44am

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego geophysicist Jennifer Haase is seated at the controls of GISMOS, a 205-pound GPS atmospheric measurement system, testing the equipment prior to flights during a 2010 campaign. The equipment is installed in the cabin of a reconfigured Gulfstream V business jet. Courtesy/Scripps Institution of Oceanography

AGU News:

LA JOLLA – GPS technology has broadly advanced science and society’s ability to pinpoint locations and motion, from driving directions to tracking ground motions during earthquakes.

LAHS Students to Compete at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles

on March 11, 2014 - 8:09am

From left, Coleman Kendrick, team members Esteban Abeyta and Ashvini Vaidya and second alternate Devon Conradson are heading for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 11-16 in Los Angeles. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School students qualified last weekend at the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Fair for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 11-16 in Los Angeles.

Coleman Kendrick and the team of Esteban Abeyta and Ashvini Vaidya won Grand Awards and both projects qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

American Legion Post 90 Honors WWII/Korea Veteran Wendell Armour of Los Alamos

on March 8, 2014 - 9:10am

From left, Wendell Armour is honored with an American flag by American Legion Post 90 members Mark Hamilton, Ken Nadeau and Ed Miller. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Wendell Armour rides his scooter. Photo by Christine Bullock

Staff Report:

Members of the Los Alamos American Legion Post 90 presented an American flag to Wendell Armour Thursday in appreciation of his service in WWII and Korea.

Armour is one of the most decorated veterans in Los Alamos. He received Purple Hearts, Bronze and Silver Stars and several other awards including the Combat Infantry Badge.

Wendell is 92 and

AAUW Forum: ‘Furor in the Muslim World’

on March 8, 2014 - 7:38am

Lt. Col. Ed Rau (retired). Courtesy/AAUW

AAUW News:

Lt. Col. Ed Rau (retired) will discuss the political situation in the Middle East at a public forum sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at Mesa Public Library (upstairs meeting rooms).  

Rau will focus especially on the countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Turkey, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine.

He will discuss the historical background, current players, costs of conflicts and possible hopeful outcomes in the context of the

LANL's Director Emeritus Sig Hecker Presents Comparative Look at Four Nuclear Hot Spots

on March 3, 2014 - 5:11pm

Siegfried S. Hecker

CIR News:

Santa Fe Council on International Relations World Affairs Discussion Event - A Comparative Look at Four Nuclear Hot Spots: India, Pakistan, North Korea and Iran.

Speaker: Siegfried S. Hecker, Director Emeritus, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Stanford University research professor

Thursday, March 20, 5 p.m.

Location: Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail

$20 Non-members; $15 CIR Members - Qualified Students may attend for Free

Whereas North Korea and Iran are in the global spotlight today, South Asia remains the most dangerous nuclear place on

Jewish Film Festival Premieres in Los Alamos

on March 3, 2014 - 8:11am

Film still from 'Precious Life' Courtesy/SFJFF

SFJFF News:

The award-winning Israeli documentary film, Precious Life, is coming to the  Reel Deal Theater for a one-time screening at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9.

Precious Life follows the real-life story of a Palestinian baby with a rare immune deficiency disorder, and the Israeli doctor who hopes to save the baby’s life. It is an up-close and personal story set against the larger backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The film was featured at the Telluride, Toronto and Mill Valley Film Festivals, and won the Ophir Award (the Israeli

German Dinner Celebrates White Rock Presbyterian Church Relationship With Aufverstehungskirche

on March 2, 2014 - 12:14pm

The evangelical Church Auferstehungskirche was built 1913-1914 and has had a sister church relationship with the White Rock Presbyterian Church for some 20 years. Courtesy photo

The Europa-Orgel ‘Felix Mendelssohn’ inside Church Auferstehungskirche was constructed in 2004 by the organ builder William Sauer. Courtesy photo

WRPC News:

Friends and neighbors of White Rock Presbyterian Church are invited to a German dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at the church, 310 Rover Blvd.

Bratwurst, red sour cabbage, hot German potato salad, green beans, bread, drink and German chocolate cake are

Uncovering the Secret World of the Plastisphere

on February 25, 2014 - 9:12am
SEA Education Association scientist Greg Boyd holds recovered foam floats containing invertebrates and microbial biofilm.
Courtesy/Erik Zettler, SEA
 
AGU News:
 
HONOLULU – Scientists are revealing how microbes living on floating pieces of plastic marine debris affect the ocean ecosystem, and the potential harm they pose to invertebrates, humans and other animals. New research being presented here today delves deeper into the largely unexplored world of the “Plastisphere” – an ecological community of microbial organisms living on ocean plastic that was first discovered last year.
 

DEA on Arrest of 'El Chapo'

on February 25, 2014 - 7:09am

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera. Courtesy/DEA

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. Remarks made by retired Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Phil Jordan and those of other retired DEA agents do not reflect the views of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Jordan, who spent three decades with the DEA and headed the agency's El Paso Intelligence Center, said the arrest represents a huge blow to the Sinaloa cartel.

"It is a significant arrest, provided he gets extradited immediately to the United States," Jordan told CNN.

Kiwanians Learn About Vastra Vang Dig

on February 21, 2014 - 8:59am
Archaeologist Maria Cunningham, right, at work at the Vasta Vang excavation. Courtesy photo
 
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Gold-foil figure of a woman dating to the Iron Age found at the Vastra Vang site. Courtesy photo

Maria “Mia” Cunningham, a Los Alamos archaeologist, has worked in New Mexico for many years at sites ranging from downtown Santa Fe to the Valles Caldera and the desert near Las Cruces – but she is of Swedish descent, and she has always been fascinated by Swedish archaeology.

Several years ago, Mia (wife of Robert Cunningham and daughter-in-law of Paul

Local Occupational Therapists Share Skills With Nicaraguan Children

on February 10, 2014 - 10:57am
A Nicaraguan child practices sorting skills. Photo by Hannah Bloom
 
Play is therapy for students with diabilities in Nicaragua. Photo by Hannah Bloom
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

In mid-March, three occupational therapists, six OT students, and a physical therapist will spend two weeks in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, where they will collaborate with Nicaraguan teachers and therapists in a cultural exchange. Students will live with host families in a full-immersion environment, where they will speak Spanish and learn about Nicaraguan culture.

Two Los Alamos OT students in their

Area Youth Invited To Visit Sarov, Russia – Summer 2014

on January 17, 2014 - 8:01am

St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square. Courtesy/LASSCI

LASSCI News:

Red Square, the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the (formerly) Secret City of Sarov, the iconic Sarov Bell Tower, warm welcomes from Sarov youth, memories to last a lifetime!

The Los Alamos - Sarov Sister Cities Initiative (LASSCI) is seeking applications from high school students interested in a life-changing, summer 2014 visit to Sarov. An information session for interested students and parents will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at Mesa Public Library, 3rd floor, rooms 2 & 3. Attendees will learn everything they need to

India Celebrates Three Polio-Free Years

on January 14, 2014 - 7:59am

ROTARY News:

India, once considered the hardest place to eradicate polio celebrated three years without a case Jan 13, with official WHO certification occurring in late March and a high-level celebration planned for Feb. 11.

The third anniversary provides an opportunity to recognize the importance of India ’s achievement, highlight the power of vaccines and encourage continued political and financial support for polio eradication.

Rotary International and its partners have reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since its first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in

Iceland Trek Featured at Mountaineers' January Meeting

on January 6, 2014 - 8:18am
Steam vents and thermal springs encountered in the highlands along the trek from Skogar to Landmannalaugar. Courtesy/LA Mountaineers

 
Icebergs floating to the sea at Jokulsarlon. Courtesy/LA Mountaineers
Skogafoss, the spectacular waterfall near Skogar at the start of the trek.
Courtesy/LA Mountaineers
 
LA MOUNTAINEERS News:
 
The January meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature a first-hand account of a six-day, 50-mile trek in Iceland by Mario Schillaci.
 
The public is invited to hear this presentation Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Fuller Lodge. The presentation will follow the

NNSA, IAEA Conduct Emergency Response Training for First Responders for Ports and Customs

on December 27, 2013 - 10:26am

Joseph Krol, NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently conducted an International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response (I-RAPTER) course for 16 representatives from 10 countries including Armenia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The course, held in Las Vegas, Nev., focused specifically on response procedures for port and customs offices involved in detecting nuclear and

Sydney's Corner: Roman Ruins, Bulgaria

on December 24, 2013 - 1:23pm
The Roman  Amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photo by Jason Frasier
 
Sydney's Corner: Roman Ruins, Bulgaria
By SYDNEY FRAZIER

Sydney Frazier is the granddaughter of Los Alamos resident Teralene Foxx and is traveling the world with her parents for the next two years. As part of her home schooling during the trip, Sydney is blogging about her adventures. She is sharing some of her posts with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

We went to Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Did you know there are Roman ruins in Plovdiv? There are lots of Roman ruins in Plovdiv. I thought I would tell a little about them.

There is

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