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AGU: Searching For Oldest Ice In Antarctica

on January 10, 2020 - 6:10am
Robert Mulvaney (dressed in black) and the Beyond EPICA surveying team. Courtesy/British Antarctic Survey
AGU News:
Drilling engineer and ice core scientist Robert Mulvaney has driven thousands of kilometers over Antarctica in the past few years in a snow tractor, creeping slowly over one of the highest points of the ice sheet, near a location known as Dome C.
He’s looking for the perfect place to drill one and a half million years into the past.

Spy Museum Responds To Senator Appeal To Modify Exhibit Misrepresenting CIA Torture Program

on January 9, 2020 - 2:10pm

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. has responded to a request made by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), all members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that the museum make changes to its exhibit on the CIA torture program.

In December 2019, the senators sent a letter to Tamara Christian, president and chief operating officer of the International Spy Museum, expressing disappointment over the exhibit’s misrepresentation of the CIA’s torture

LANL Scientists And International Partners Create 3-D Image Of Heart RNA Structure For First Time

on January 9, 2020 - 1:43pm

The first 3-D images have been created of an RNA molecule known as ‘Braveheart’ for its role in transforming stem cells into heart cells. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Work could lead to new strategies in regenerative medicine for heart conditions

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and international partners have created the first 3-D images of a special type of RNA molecule that is critical for stem cell programming and known as the “dark matter” of the genome. 

“As far as we know,” said corresponding author Karissa Sanbonmatsu, “this is the first full 3-D structural study of any

Former LANL Director Siegfried Hecker To Speak At Alice And Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11

on January 9, 2020 - 8:46am
Dr. Siegfried Hecker during the official CTBTO photostream. Courtesy photo
LAHS News:
Dr. Siegfried Hecker will give his annual talk on the state of nuclear arms control and world politics, 7 p.m., Jan. 11 at the Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture.
Hecker served as the fifth director of Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986 to 1997, and is now a senior fellow emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

He has spoken to a full house each year he has returned to Los Alamos for this event. Come early for the best seating!

Study: Deforestation Changing Animal Communication

on January 9, 2020 - 6:57am

Howler monkey. Courtesy/UofW

University of Waterloo News:

Deforestation is changing the way monkeys communicate in their natural habitat, according to a new study.

This study, led by an anthropologist at the University of Waterloo, offers the first evidence in animal communication scholarship of differences in vocal behaviors in response to different types of forest edge areas.

Working in a tropical lowland rainforest in Costa Rica, the researchers examined how human-caused forest habitat changes have affected vegetation and, in turn, the rate and length of howling by the group-living

CIR: War With Iran? Risks And Implications Jan. 16

on January 8, 2020 - 7:37am
CIR News:
The community is invited to join Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 4:30 p.m., Jan. 16 at the Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo De Peralta to hear a panel discussion on the risks and implications of war with Iran.
The panel includes Middle East experts from UNM’s Global & National Security Policy Institute, Dr. Emile Nakhleh and Dr. Todd Greentree and Ambassador Vicki Huddleston.
This discussion on today’s most urgent challenge to the global order and U.S. foreign policy:
  • Will there be war with Iran?
  • What are the implications and risks of assassinating foreign

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Joins War Powers Resolution To Prevent Unauthorized War With Iran

on January 7, 2020 - 2:28pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

Also calls for a vote on his bipartisan Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, co-sponsored by 27 senators.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) officially signed on as a cosponsor to a war powers resolution (S. Res. 63) today to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran, introduced Friday by U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).

Udall is the author of the bipartisan Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, first introduced in 2018 and then again in 2019, a bill to prohibit the United States from

Scientists In The Spotlight: Nathan Debardeleben And Linda Anderman At Bradbury Science Museum Jan. 11

on January 7, 2020 - 7:37am
Nathan Debardeleben and Linda Anderman. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
Scientists in the Spotlight: Nathan Debardeleben and Linda Anderman will meet community members 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Bradbury Science Museum.
Supercomputing Reliability
Nathan Debardeleben, with the Lab’s High Performance Computing Design Group, started designing, programming and tinkering at an early age. At the Lab, Debardeleben uses his knowledge to help build the latest supercomputers and keep them running in tip-top shape—no matter what the environment throws at them.

The Manhattan Project Electronic Field Trip Feb. 4

on January 7, 2020 - 6:21am
Film crew at the replica guard gate in Los Alamos. Courtesy/BSM
BSM News:
The National WWll Museum in New Orleans is presenting the Manhattan Project Electronic Field Trip Feb. 4. This interactive streaming exploration will feature live polling and Q&A, so students can participate without ever leaving their classroom.
Answering student questions on-location at the WWll Museum will be Sharon Squassoni, research professor at George Washington University and member of the Science and Security Board at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The experience is geared for grades 7-12.

Trinity, Hiroshima & Nagasaki Commemoration Events

on January 6, 2020 - 6:32am
CCNS News:
Planning is ongoing to commemorate the 75 years since the U.S. atomic bombings at the Trinity Site in July 1945, and over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.
The opening event is the 11th Annual “Witness for the People” at noon Friday, Jan. 31 in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Santa Fe.
Confirmed speakers include:
  • Archbishop John C. Wester;
  • Lt. Gov. Howie Morales;
  • Rep. Angelica Rubio;
  • Marian Naranjo, of Honor Our Pueblo Existence;
  • Tina Cordova, of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, also known as the Trinity Downwinders; and
  • Ken Mayers of Veterans for Peace.

Former LANL Director Siegfried Hecker To Speak At Annual Alice And Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11

on January 1, 2020 - 6:39am

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Siegfried Hecker


Dr. Siegfried Hecker will return to Los Alamos to present this year’s annual Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11.

The talk is open to the public and will start at 7 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St.

Titled, “North Korea and Iran: Looking back and looking ahead,” the talk will assess the current issues in two of the world’s major hotspots.

Hecker said that “the signs are ominous for what will happen in North Korea and in Iran in 2020 and beyond.” He

Daily Postcard: Happy 2020 To Our Readers!

on January 1, 2020 - 5:33am

Daily Postcard: As the sun rises today the Los Alamos Daily Post news team wishes our readers in Los Alamos, across the state and nation and around the world a very Happy New Year! Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Nature On Tap: Updates In Astronomy; Celestial Objects And Expansive Skies Monday, Jan. 6

on December 31, 2019 - 5:20pm

A black hole. Courtesy/extremetech


The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Creative District for Nature On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at projectY cowork.

This On Tap will feature a combination of science and cheer with Peter Polko and Felicia Krauss, who will take a light-hearted look at cosmology, the supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies, and the connection between the two in two 20-minute talks. 

Nature On Tap is sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in

AGU100 Blogosphere: Llamas Could Help Replenish Plant Life After Glaciers Retreat

on December 31, 2019 - 9:14am

Plot used to sample landscapes in the Andes and the Alps. Photo by Anaïs Zimmer/UT-Austin

A llama near the village of Patacancha in the Peruvian Andes. Photo by Lauren Lipuma
AGU100 Blogosphere
  • Unexpected gardeners might help plant communities colonize newly exposed land

The rapid retreat of glaciers from alpine regions around the world could result in widespread ecosystem losses, according to new research. Now, scientists are exploring a hairy solution to this hairy problem in the form of llamas.

As glaciers retreat with increasing speeds, they leave behind bare

Spaceport America Announces Test Operations Of ABL Space Systems

on December 29, 2019 - 6:55am
ABL Space Systems, a company founded by former SpaceX engineers, recently completed a successful test campaign of its E2 rocket engine at Spaceport America.
“Spaceport America provided the perfect location and support staff for us to test the E2 rocket engine,” ABL CFO Dan Piemont explained. “Our team did a great job rapidly activating our deployable test site, and we are happy with how E2 performed. This campaign was an important step toward bringing the RS1 launch vehicle to market.”
When operational, RS1 will fill an important role in the global launch

NMMSH: Free Launch Pad Lecture On Comets Jan. 3

on December 29, 2019 - 6:55am

Comet Bennet was discovered Dec. 28, 1969 by John Caister Bennett in Pretoria, South Africa. It was widely visible by April 1970 and was slated to be photographed April 14 from Apollo 13, but a critical malfunction in the spacecraft prevented the crew from taking the photos. Courtesy/


ALAMOGORDO – From early effects on world history to intergalactic interlopers, take a fascinating look at the sometimes terrifying but always beautiful and fascinating world of comets.

Harbingers of doom in the past, comets today provide a fascinating look into the early days of the

Martin: What Happens When Freedom Of The Press Is Silenced Or Imprisoned?

on December 28, 2019 - 8:22am
What happens when freedom of the press is silenced or imprisoned? Jailed journalists around the globe. How can it be? First Amendment aggressions in the United States. How can it be?
Devious despots misusing power and preying upon humanity—withholding information because knowledge is power. Silencing the other side of the story. Fear of losing control feeds their depravity. Dictators hiding behind castle walls and armies of destruction for those who dare criticize.
Freedom of the press is held hostage as journalists observe through prison bars.

An Open Book: Ex Libris, The Gate To The Garden

on December 26, 2019 - 7:28am
Los Alamos

Note to Reader: This Open Book column is part of my occasional “Ex Libris” series about books that have made a difference in my life. Hope you enjoy it.

A garden gate is normally in one of three positions. A gate that is locked and secure guards what is behind it, and one may assume that we should not enter. A gate that is wide open is inviting, but because there is no transition and no effort is needed to enter, we may not notice our passage.

Luján Statement On USMCA Trade Agreement

on December 25, 2019 - 2:54pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the USMCA trade agreement:
“The renegotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement represents a marked improvement over NAFTA and the flawed agreement initially put forward by the Trump administration. Democrats worked diligently to strengthen the agreement’s labor and environmental protections, pushed to ensure meaningful enforcement, and fought to remove provisions that would have locked in higher prescription drug prices.

American Geophysical Union: Scientists Use Satellites And Social Media To Detect Potential Famines

on December 25, 2019 - 1:01pm
Oxfam delivers food aid to Turkana, Kenya during an ongoing food crisis fueled by drought. This year, below-average rains caused crop production to fall nearly 50 percent. Courtesy/Irina Fuhrmann/Oxfam under Creative Commons 2
AGU News:
Deaths due to famine have fallen precipitously in recent decades, but undernutrition, which affects one in five children worldwide, remains rampant. Now, researchers are using satellite imagery and social media to detect food-scarce regions before they become full-blown crises.
Molly Brown of the University of Maryland conducts research for

Merry Christmas Los Alamos!

on December 25, 2019 - 8:54am

Merry Christmas from the news team at the Los Alamos Daily Post! Photo of Ashley Pond in downtown Los Alamos taken by John McHale/

Los Alamos History Museum Teams With UNM-LA ESL Program To Expand Language Accessibility To Exhibits

on December 24, 2019 - 6:58am

UNM-LA ESL students with their instructor Natalia Sherman, UNM-LA Program Manager Jane Clements and Historical Society Executive Director Liz Martineau. Courtesy/Historical Society

Los Alamos Historical Society

Por centenas de anos, os Puebloans ancestrais habitaram o planalto de alta altitude, agora conhecido como Pajarito. Antes dos Espanhóis chegarem ao Novo México, em 1500, opovo ancestral Pueblo havia se mudado para o fértil vale do Rio Grande, provavelmente impulsionado pela seca.

Imagine standing in a museum in a foreign country, looking at interesting artifacts and

Michael Phillips Of Los Alamos Top 50 Kids Coach

on December 22, 2019 - 7:23am

Los Alamos Golf Professional Michael Phillips

GOLF News:

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. – Michael Phillips of the Los Alamos has been honored for the second time as a Top 50 Kids Coach by U.S. Kids Golf, the world’s leading organization in developing young golfers.

Phillips, a golf professional at the Los Alamos County Golf Course also was honored in 2018 as a Top 50 Kids Coach.

The Award recognizes coaches who have excelled in developing players, fostering a positive environment, and using the best available resources to help advance their students.

The Top 50 Kids Coaches of 2019 includes

LANL Director Thom Mason Speaks To LACACIS On Leveraging Science Against National Security Threats

on December 21, 2019 - 1:14pm
LANL Director Thom Mason addresses members of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security Thursday at the United Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason presented a talk Thursday evening about leveraging the nation’s scientific base against national security threats.

Mason was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security meeting at the United Church of Los Alamos.

Counting Photons Routine Enough To Need Standards

on December 20, 2019 - 9:42am

As part of a research project to help establish standards for photon-counting detectors, NIST physicist Thomas Gerrits adjusts the laser beam hitting a detector. The squiggly overhead light helps researchers see the lab setup without disturbing the detectors, which are insensitive to blue light. Photo by J. Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

Since the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) built its first superconducting devices for counting photons (the smallest units of light) in the 1990s, these once-rare detectors have become popular research tools all over the world.