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Los Alamos Scientists Named 2017 Laboratory Fellows

on September 28, 2017 - 10:44am

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 2017 Fellows, clockwise from top left, Donald Burton, Turab Lookman, Stephen Doorn and Manvendra Dubey. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News: 

  • Researchers recognized for outstanding science research and leadership

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been named 2017 Fellows: Donald Burton, Stephen Doorn, Manvendra Dubey, and Turab Lookman.

“Becoming a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow is one of the highest accomplishments in the Lab,” Laboratory Director Charles McMillan said.

NNSA Collaborates With South African Firm On Groundbreaking Conversion To Low-Enriched Uranium-Based Molybdenum-99 Production

on September 27, 2017 - 7:23am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd (NTP) completed conversion of their critical medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production process from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) in August.
“South Africa and NTP Radioisotopes have demonstrated outstanding global leadership in completing this lengthy and technically challenging Mo-99 conversion project,” said David Huizenga, the NNSA’s acting deputy administrator

Researchers Find New Way To Manipulate Magnetism

on September 26, 2017 - 9:46am
Schematic shows how different energies of argon (Ar) ions bombarding a thin film of cobalt (Co) sandwiched between platinum (Pt) layers can twist or rotate the spin of electrons in a particular direction, by controlling an effect known as the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI). Credit: NIST
NIST News:
In a pioneering effort to control, measure and understand magnetism at the atomic level, researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have discovered a new method for manipulating the nanoscale properties of magnetic materials.
The ability to

Letter To The Editor: Note On Trump’s UNGA Address

on September 26, 2017 - 8:00am
Los Alamos
Tuesday I read a transcript of and Guardian article on President Trump’s address to the UN General Assembly with sadness and disbelief. The book title, Cry the Beloved Country, comes to mind; also the quote of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, “there never was a good war, or a bad peace...”
When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn?
the dead have seen the end of war” (Plato)
I wish to add President John Quincy Adams definition of a leader:
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more,

World Futures: Accuracy and Precision (Part Two)

on September 25, 2017 - 7:12am
World Futures: What Do We Need?
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the last column we looked at some definitions of accuracy, precision, and randomness, ending by considering how accurately we need to know the value of Pi. 

Now, let’s consider how we measure things in the world, both scientifically and in human activity. Human activity includes the things we do in everyday life (like buying a gallon of gasoline, or is it a liter) and how we function interactively in society (like buying a gallon of gasoline).

The International System of Units (abbreviated SI) is

Pearce: Chinese Action Against North Korea Is Sign U.S. Is A Global Leader

on September 23, 2017 - 5:59am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Sept. 21 released the following statement after President Trump announced increased United States (U.S.) sanctions on North Korea following China’s central bank decision to limit North Korea’s access to Chinese financial institutions:
“North Korea’s continuing work on a nuclear weapons program poses a significant threat to global stability.

Heinrich, Sarbanes Lead Democratic Coalition Calling On FEC To Help Prevent Foreign Governments From Using Social Media Ads To Influence U.S. Elections

on September 22, 2017 - 1:51pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) have led a coalition of Democratic House and Senate members in sending a letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging the agency to consider new rules that would prevent foreign nationals from using online advertising platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, to influence U.S. elections.
Following the revelation that Russia purchased Facebook

LANL Director Shares Insights At Radioactive And Hazardous Materials Committee Meeting At UNM-LA

on September 22, 2017 - 11:31am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan speaks to legislators at the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee meeting Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
From left, Sen. Carlos Cisneros, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Rep. Steven Smith and Sen. Richard Martinez listen to the Lab Director's presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LANL Director Charlie McMillan, left, responds to a question about Lab safety from Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily

NORAD: U.S. Sends Search And Rescue Teams In Response To Mexico Earthquake

on September 22, 2017 - 10:42am
U.S. Urban Search and Rescue team arrives in Mexico. Courtesy/NORAD
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  At the request of the Mexican government, a U.S. Urban Search and Rescue team arrived in Mexico to support search and rescue efforts after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the country. 
USAID has deployed USAR internationally approximately 16 times since 1988, most recently for the 2015 Nepal earthquake and the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.
Below are links to relevant imagery from the U.S.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Gains Role In High-Performance Computing For Materials Program

on September 21, 2017 - 11:42am

 The Trinity Supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Companies to compete for inclusion, workshop in October

A new high-performance computing (HPC) initiative announced this week by the U.S. Department of Energy will help U.S. industry accelerate the development of new or improved materials for use in severe environments.

Los Alamos National Laboratory, with a strong history in the materials science field, will be taking an active role in the initiative.

“Understanding and predicting material performance under extreme environments is a foundational

LANL: Pew! Pew! Curiosity’s ChemCam Zaps Half Million Martian Rocks!

on September 21, 2017 - 10:41am


A graph illustrating the number of laser shots by ChemCam per Martian day (or ‘sol’). Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • ChemCam instrument aboard Mars Curiosity rover passes milestone

Late Tuesday, the ChemCam instrument that sits atop NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover fired its 500,000th shot at a Martian rock. That’s big news for the ChemCam team at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which developed the instrument in conjunction with CNES (Centre National d’Études Spatiales) in France and continues to help direct operations.

Data collected from ChemCam has helped quantify elements like hydrogen, boron,

Science On Tap: How Lab Scientists Use Biochemistry To Better Understand And Mend The Planet

on September 20, 2017 - 4:45pm

Los Alamos Creative District News:

The Earth is a complex place. The field of biogeochemistry seeks to better understand the links between geologic, chemical and biological processes. The community is invited to learn more at Science On Tap 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at UnQuarked Wine Bar, 145 Central Park Square. The American Chemical Society, Central New Mexico Local Section, will provide light refreshments.

During this Science on Tap event, join Sharon Bone, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Inorganic Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group, who will talk about how molecular- and

Smart House Art Dedication At Muni Building Oct. 3

on September 20, 2017 - 12:11pm

NHCC Brings 4,000-Sq.-Foot Fresco And Other Masterpieces Online On Google Arts And Culture

on September 20, 2017 - 8:16am
Frederico Vigil’s sketch of the 3-foot-high Romanesque statue of Virgen de Guadalupe, Extremadura. Courtesy/NHCC
NHCC News:
ALBUQUERQUE  People around the world can now view artifacts from the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) online through a partnership with Google Arts and Culture.
Thanks to this new virtual exhibition, users will be able to see Mundos de Mestizaje, a 4,000-square-foot painting that is the largest concave fresco in North America, in addition to select pieces from the NHCC Art Museum's permanent collection.
Get up close with ultra-high resolution

NNSA Partners With Kazakhstan Research Institute To Remove All Of Its Highly Enriched Uranium

on September 20, 2017 - 6:50am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), in partnership with the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, has repatriated the last remaining highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the institute’s VVR-K reactor.
“This final removal will make INP HEU-free, ensuring that a bad actor can never acquire material from the site for a nuclear weapon,” said Dave Huizenga, NNSA’s acting deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.

Book Collection For African Schools Underway

on September 18, 2017 - 1:43pm
Retired Los Alamos teacher Sharon Allen with Kenyan students. Allen helped with the delivery  of book donations from Los Alamos schools to school libraries in Kenya last year. Courtesy photo
Students unload books from a boat to the one school on Takaweri Island in Kenya. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Last year it is possible you heard via the Los Alamos Daily Post about book collections around town to make libraries for African schools. This year, you’re going to hear about it again but on a much bigger scale!

World Futures: Accuracy And Precision (Part One)

on September 18, 2017 - 5:51am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

This series of columns will have four parts. Part one will deal with definitions (needed for accuracy and precision) and an examination of Pi. Part two will look at our spherical universe and the fundamental units we have for measurements. Part three will consider how much is enough. And part four will look at how we measure ourselves as a community, both individually and collectively.

Accuracy and precision are tough terms to visualize or internalize.

Fr. Glenn: Acknowledging The Inconceivable

on September 17, 2017 - 6:59am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Many no doubt saw the recent press release in which the Catholic Archbishop of Santa Fe published the names of the members of Catholic clergy who have been accused of past sexual abuse of children. It’s no new news that those things happened, but if you’re like me, your reaction may have been: “Wow … so many.” At least know that they have all been permanently removed from ministry, if not now deceased.

IRS Urges Foreign Financial Institutions Participating In FATCA To Check Registrations

on September 16, 2017 - 8:41am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  IRS officials reminds foreign financial institutions to renew their Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) agreement if required.
These FFIs have until Oct. 24, 2017 to complete their renewal. Those that don’t renew their agreements could be removed from the November FFI list and be subject to a 30 percent tax on certain U.S. source payments.
“We’ve worked with foreign financial institutions to implement FATCA registration and information reporting,” said Large Business & International Commissioner Doug O’Donnell.

Farewell To Cassini Mission That Explored Saturn

on September 15, 2017 - 6:32am

This illustration shows NASA’s Cassini spacecraft about to make one of its dives between Saturn and its innermost rings as part of the mission’s grand finale. Cassini will make 22 orbits that swoop between the rings and the planet before ending its mission today, Sept. 15, 2017, with a final plunge into Saturn. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech

 LANL News:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory played part in two major discoveries and powered the spacecraft during its 20-year flight

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists led the development of two scientific sensors on NASA’s spacecraft Cassini that

Study: 2017’s Best Places For Oktoberfest Celebrations & Fun Facts

on September 13, 2017 - 7:07am
With Oktoberfest soon to kick off and the cost of attending the celebration in Munich, Germany, totaling an estimated $5,000 for Americans, the personal-finance website WalletHub took a close look at 2017's Best Places for Oktoberfest Celebrations, along with fun and interesting facts about the event in its Oktoberfest Facts – History, Beer, Food & More infographic.

To determine the best cities for partaking in the epic German festival, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 100 largest cities across 23 key metrics, ranging from share of German population to number of

Letter To The Editor: Death Toll Of 9/11

on September 12, 2017 - 12:48pm
Los Alamos
On Monday the USA remembered the 16th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the failed attempt to attack another DC building that resulted in the plane crash near Shanksville, Penn.
The combined death toll from these four events was 2995. Please consider the further death toll from these attacks:
The Afghanistan and Iraq Wars were, and still are being, fought as a response to the events of 9/11. The combined toll at present of military people from the USA, Iraq and Afghanistan, and coalition forces

Champion Of Internet Freedom Held In China

on September 12, 2017 - 12:45pm
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Zhen Jianghua, the director of Across The Great FireWall (, an anti-censorship website, and condemns the Chinese government’s continuing persecution of citizen-journalists and bloggers.
The police arrested Zhen Jianghua in Zhuhai, in the southern province of Guangdong, Sept. 1 without giving any explanation, and are holding him in an unknown location. They arrested his partner at the same time, but released her six hours later.

CIR: Enforcing The Broken Border Sept. 18

on September 12, 2017 - 6:53am
Former NM Attorney General Gary King
CIR News:
Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 at La Posada, 330 E. Palace Ave., in Santa Fe for an intimate conversation between two former Attorneys General, describing their work in enforcing the border against the Mexican drug cartels. 
Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard
Terry Goddard (AZ) will talk about his work in, among other things, stopping the flow of laundered drug money into the U.S.; Gary King (NM) will discuss his work in training Mexican prosecutors to litigate the

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Leads Hearing On Lone-Wolf And Small-Scale Terrorist Attacks

on September 7, 2017 - 7:55am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce led a Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance hearing Thursday entitled “Low Cost, High Impact: Combatting the Financing of Lone-Wolf and Small-Scale Terrorist Attacks” to examine funding mechanisms used to coordinate low-scale attacks.

“Efforts to combat terrorist financing have traditionally focused on large scale funding sources; however, small-scale and lone-wolf style attacks have become more common and require significantly less funding,” Pearce said.