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Pearce Leads Subcommittee Hearing On Transnational Criminal Organization

on March 19, 2018 - 4:31pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce will lead the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee hearing entitled “Exploring the Financial Nexus of Terrorism, Drug Trafficking, and Organized Crime” at 2 p.m. EST March 20, in 2128 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 
This hearing will explore how transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) are financed, as well as the intersection between criminal groups and other illicit activity like terrorism and political corruption.
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SFI: Public Lecture By Chris Kempes March 20

on March 19, 2018 - 4:59am
'Stellar Radiance' (1970) courtesy of David A. Hardy -
SFI News:
A Santa Fe Institute (SFI) community event "Life on Earth and Beyond" with Chris Kempes is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.
Though scientists have yet to find life beyond our own planet, the universe is rife with possibilities. Where to look, and how to recognize it when we find it, are questions physical biologist Chris Kempes explores during this Santa Fe Institute Community Lecture.

Mystery Of Purple Lights In Sky Solved With Help From Citizen Scientists

on March 16, 2018 - 2:21pm
The aurora known as Steve seen over Lake Minnewanka in Alberta. Photo by Paulo Fedozzi
NMC News:
Notanee Bourassa knew that what he was seeing in the night sky was not normal.
Bourassa, an IT technician in Regina, Canada, trekked outside of his home on July 25, 2016, around midnight with his two younger children to show them a beautiful moving light display in the sky -- an aurora borealis. He often sky gazes until the early hours of the morning to photograph the aurora with his Nikon camera, but this was his first expedition with his children.

British PM: ‘Highly Likely’ Russia Behind Poisoning

on March 14, 2018 - 9:19am

British Prime Minister Theresa May says it’s ‘highly likely’ Russia is behind nerve-agent attack on former Russian spy and his daughter. Image/video screenshot

Homeland Security News Wire News:

British Prime Minister Theresa May says evidence shows that it is “highly likely” that Russia is behind the nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in the city of Salisbury despite Kremlin denials that Moscow was involved in the incident.

May said in a speech to parliament March 12 that either the Russian state was responsible for poisoning 66-year-old Sergei Skripal and his

AGU: Scientists Capture Sounds Of Volcanic Thunder

on March 14, 2018 - 8:20am
This satellite image shows Bogoslof volcano erupting on May 28, 2017. The eruption began about 18 minutes prior to this image and the cloud rose to an altitude greater than 12 kilometers (40,000 feet) above sea level. Courtesy/Dave Schneider / Alaska Volcano Observatory & U.S. Geological Survey
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Researchers report in a new study that they’ve documented rumblings of volcanic thunder for the first time, a feat considered nearly impossible by many volcanologists. 
Microphones set out to detect volcanic eruptions in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands recorded sounds

World Futures: Education, Training, Learning And Knowledge Part One

on March 12, 2018 - 8:20am

World Futures Institute

This column began in 2017 by exploring the List of 18 defining areas that need inquisition and exploration as we move forward in sustaining Earth and humanity.

April 21, 2017, the column “What and How Do We Teach People?” was published and ended with: “In the future, people will need physical, intellectual, and perceptual skills as well as interpersonal, decision making, and human skills. And there will be a continuing roll for history, the arts, pride and survival. Survival of the individual, humanity or all of the above?”

Recently, The Case Against

Udall On Resignation Of US Ambassador To Mexico

on March 12, 2018 - 6:02am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, announced her resignation:
“With the resignation of Ambassador Jacobson, the State Department is losing an exceptional public servant whose expertise and determination have been critical to sustaining a strong relationship with Mexico, one of our most vital allies.

LAPD Officer Deploys To Middle East

on March 11, 2018 - 1:22am

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Natalee Trujillo is deploying to the Middle East next month with the U.S. Army Reserves. A 2006 graduate of Los Alamos High School, she was last deployed in 2014 to Afghanistan. She has been a police officer for four years and plans to return to LAPD following a year of military leave. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Heinrich Presses National Intelligence Director On Russia Sanctions, Cyber Deterrence Strategy

on March 11, 2018 - 1:04am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday on Worldwide Threats.
During the hearing, Heinrich pressed DNI Coats on whether the Intelligence Community had been instructed to provide analysis to support the Treasury Department’s decision not to impose sanctions on Russia despite Congress voting nearly unanimously to pass

FBI: Former Defense Contractor Convicted Of Unlawfully Retaining Classified Information

on March 9, 2018 - 12:22pm
FBI News:
HOUSTON, Texas  A 43-year-old man residing in the Sherman area has entered a plea of guilty to one count of unlawfully retaining national defense information, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.
From the early 2000s, Weldon Marshall unlawfully retained classified items while he served in the U.S. Navy and while working for a military contractor.
Marshall served in the U.S.

Livy Snyder Of Los Alamos Awarded Peggy Guggenheim Museum Internship In Venice, Italy

on March 9, 2018 - 9:13am
Livy Snyder of Los Alamos has received a Peggy Guggenheim Museum Internship. Courtesy photo


Livy Snyder of Los Alamos has been awarded the highly competitive Peggy Guggenheim Museum Internship in Venice, Italy for Fall 2018.

The Peggy Guggenheim Internship Program engages students in the daily operations of a museum by engaging with staff members, educating public visitors and participating in museum projects. The internship culminates in the participant delivering a seminar based on their research during their time at the museum.

Snyder grew up in Los Alamos and is

AGU: 2017 North American Wildfire Pollution Comparable To Moderate Volcanic Eruption

on March 8, 2018 - 6:54am
Dense smoke clouds linger above Canada’s Lake Athabasca Aug. 14, 2017, around which several major fires raged. These fires burned so intensely that smoke drafted several miles high, straight into the stratosphere; an effect usually seen in moderate volcanic eruptions, rarely fires. Credit/NASA
AGU News:
Compare volcanoes to wildfires, and it’s no competition. In many cases, volcanoes are vastly more powerful, and their eruptions’ effects on climate are much more pronounced. But in August 2017, the tables turned.
The 2017 North American fire season was one of the most destructive

NIST Sharpens 'Charpy' Test To Make A More Precise Impact On Industrial Materials

on March 7, 2018 - 7:33am
Courtesy photo
NIST News:
A decade before an iceberg shattered the hull plates of the Titanic and half a century before a plague of brittle fractures started sinking Liberty ships during World War II, scientists in the United States and France had devised a novel, and strikingly simple, method for measuring the way metal reacts to impact.
Today, that method, with some upgrades and refinements, remains the standard test used worldwide to judge the impact resistance of metals used in bridge construction, high-pressure boilers, ocean ships, armor plate, nuclear pressure vessels and

SFCC Celebrates International Women's Day March 8

on March 5, 2018 - 7:51am
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College Celebrates International Women’s Day with a presentation by Tewa Women United.
Speaker Kathy Sanchez will discuss Indigenous Women’s Rights, history and culture in northern New Mexico 10-11 a.m., Thursday in the Boardroom, Room 223, at 6401 Richards Ave.
The event sponsored by SFCC’s Presidential Diversity Action Committee and Center for Diversity and Integrated Learning (CDIL) and the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission,
The celebration continues in Campus Center with speakers and music 11 a.m.

La Vista Church Members Travel To Africa

on March 4, 2018 - 7:25am
Pictured here is the final Sunday of Pastor Raul Granillo’s trip at the Area 25 Church of the Nazarene in Lilongwe, Malawi. Granillo was invited to share the message for the worship service. Almost all services in Malawi are done in both English and in Chichewan. English is the official language but many of the people only speak Chichewan. The man to his right is Pastor Chrispine Mwantey. He is the associate pastor at the church and served as the Chichewan interpreter. Courtesy photo
Three members of the La Vista Church of the Nazarene traveled Feb.

Happy World Wildlife Day Los Alamos!

on March 3, 2018 - 7:09am

Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation Chairman James Robinson with photos of Blue Beary, discovered weighing just 6 lbs., and with a severely broken arm. She was operated on and healed by wildlife rehabilitator Dr. Kathleen Ramsey and released back into the wild in late 2017. Courtesy photo
Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation

We here in Los Alamos are so lucky to live in a town that has such a close connection to the amazing abundance of wildlife New Mexico has to offer

One of the greatest opportunities I have had is to be a champion and advocate for the

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Cosponsors Legislation To Preserve A Free And Open Internet

on March 2, 2018 - 9:44am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced that he cosponsored legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) to preserve a free and open Internet and overturn the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) recent action to repeal existing net neutrality protections.
“A free and open Internet is essential to a free and open society, which is why we must protect net neutrality,” Luján said.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Floor Speech On Bipartisan Proposal To Keep Guns From Terrorists

on March 2, 2018 - 8:51am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) spoke Tuesday on the Senate floor to urge support for the bipartisan Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act, legislation to prevent individuals who are on the No Fly List from purchasing firearms.
The legislation, led by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), was introduced today and also is cosponsored by Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Angus King (I-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

World Futures: Lying, Cheating And Stealing Part Five

on March 2, 2018 - 8:15am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In part one of this series, I referenced the Cadet Honor Code of the United States Military Academy. While I graduated in 1964, I returned 12 years later (1976) to become a member of the faculty. Shortly before I arrived, a major cheating scandal occurred in the spring of 1976 resulting in 151 cadets being separated.

The scandal was about cadets cheating on a “take home” exam in electrical engineering. When I arrived I had a job to do and did not have time (in my judgment) to devote to observing the events that were wrapping up.

AGU: New Model Suggests Moon Formed Inside Vaporized Earth

on March 1, 2018 - 11:40am
This sequence shows the early Moon emerging as Earth’s synestia shrinks. They are based on a NASA artistic rendering of a protoplanetary disk, which is being used to represent a synestia. Courtesy Sarah Stewart
Communications Manager at UC Davis
A new explanation for the Moon’s origin has it forming inside the Earth when our planet was a seething, spinning cloud of vaporized rock, called a synestia.

Venice Baroque Orchestra In Los Alamos March 9

on February 24, 2018 - 1:49pm

The Venice Baroque Orchestra. Courtesy/LACA

LACA News:

The Venice Baroque Orchestra, one of the world’s great period instrument ensembles, will appear in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9 in the Crossroads Bible Church at 97 East Road.

Presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association, the ensemble will bring with them recorder virtuoso Anna Fusek.

LACA’s usual venue, the Duane Smith Auditorium is undergoing renovation and will not be available for this performance.

World Futures: Lying, Cheating And Stealing: Part 4

on February 23, 2018 - 6:58am

World Futures Institute

Stealing is a word with many meanings yet we will all attest that we know what it means. Or do we?

In the opening article of this series I made reference to receiving a dozen ball point pens from the bank and asked if taking one from the bank’s customer work station was stealing. What if you read an article on the Internet on how to cook a special dessert and then post “your” recipe on Facebook without crediting the source?

What if while shopping at the grocery store you eat a grape in the produce department to “taste” it and never pay for it?

United Church Of Los Alamos Mexico Mission Auction In March

on February 21, 2018 - 6:30am
Members of the United Church of Los Alamos and Unitarian Church will travel to Mexico during spring break to build homes for the poor. Courtesy/UCLA
UCLA News:
The United Church of Los Alamos is seeking donations for its Mexico Mission community auction in March.
Adults from the United Church and the Unitarian Church will build homes during spring break for the poor.
Items can be brought to 2525 Canyon Road.
Requests may be made for pick up of large items. For information, call 505.662.2971.

LANL Researchers Discover Novel Exciton Interactions In Carbon Nanotubes

on February 20, 2018 - 10:28am

Stephen Doorn, of Los Alamos National Laboratory, working on an instrument used for spectroscopic characterization of carbon nanotubes. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • In the study, a collaborative research team showed that Raman spectroscopy (a form of light scattering) can provide more extensive characterization of intertube excitons.

Nanotechnology researchers studying small bundles of carbon nanotubes have discovered an optical signature showing excitons bound to a single nanotube are accompanied by excitons tunneling across closely interacting nanotubes.

Udall, Heinrich Say White House Reliance On Interim Security Clearances Troubling

on February 20, 2018 - 5:44am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that revealed significant discrepancies in the White House’s account of how long former Staff Secretary Rob Porter was permitted access to classified information without a full security clearance, U.S.