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Today's News

  • Armstrong banned for life; titles vacated -- VIDEO extra

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency erased 14 years of Lance Armstrong's career Friday — including his record seven Tour de France titles — and banned him for life from the sport that made him a hero to millions of cancer survivors after concluding he used banned substances.

    USADA said it expected cycling's governing body to take similar action, but the International Cycling Union was measured in its response, saying it first wanted a full explanation on why Armstrong should relinquish Tour titles he won from 1999 through 2005.

    The Amaury Sport Organization that runs the world's most prestigious cycling race said it would not comment until hearing from the UCI and USADA, which contends the cycling body is bound by the World Anti-Doping Code to strip Armstrong of one of the most incredible achievements in sports.

    Armstrong, who retired a year ago, said Thursday that he would no longer challenge USADA and declined to exercise his last option by entering arbitration. He denied again that he ever took banned substances in his career, calling USADA's investigation a "witch hunt" without a shred of physical evidence.

    He is now officially a drug cheat in the eyes of his nation's doping agency.

  • Raw Video: Explosion on La. Interstate

    Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge has reopened after being closed due to a multi-vehicle crash involving a tanker truck leaking a flammable liquid. Crews performed a "vent and burn" technique late Wednesday night in order to stop the leak.

  • ChemCam laser analyses yield clean, clear results

     

     Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team, including Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists, squeezed in a little extra target practice after zapping the first fist-sized rock that was placed in the laser’s crosshairs last weekend.

    Much to the delight of the scientific team, the laser instrument has fired nearly 500 shots so far that have produced strong, clear data about the composition of the Martian surface.

    “The spectrum we have received back from Curiosity is as good as anything we looked at on Earth,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory planetary scientist Roger Wiens, Principal Investigator of the ChemCam Team. “The entire MSL team was very excited about this and we popped a little champagne.”

  • Raw Video: Mars Rover, Jettison to Touchdown

    NASA has recently release video of the NASA Curiosity rover landing from the jettison of the head shield to the touchdown.

  • Yellow Dubmarine pays tribute to the Beatles

     Some might say the Beatles were the most popular and influential rock band of the 20th Century and most wouldn’t argue too much about that.  From 1962-1970, the Beatles had 54 songs that made it to #1 on the Billboard Music Charts in the U.S. and UK.
    On Friday, a reggae, ska, dub, rock, punk and rock steady Beatles tribute band, Yellow Dubmarine, will play at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Yellow Dubmarine play and have recorded those 54 #1 songs, plus they’ve recorded the entire “Abbey Road” album.
     Dub is a genre of music, which grew out of reggae and reggae grew out of ska. Ska music is a type of fast dance music that came from Jamaica, using a lot of brass. Rock steady slowed the tempo and often resulted in love, R&B or blues songs. Then came reggae in the 60s, with emerging superstars like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and other greats. Most reggae focuses on politics, protest, black consciousness and the Rastafarian spiritual movement.
    Dub features electronic instrumental remixes emphasizing drums and bass with lots of reverb and echo. This combination of Jamaican music is how Yellow Dubmarine play the Beatles’ greatest hits.

  • Laser research holds more promise for cancer treatment

    Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have observed for the first time how a laser penetrates dense, electron-rich plasma to generate ions. The process has applications for developing next generation particle accelerators and new cancer treatments.
    The results, published online Aug. 19 in Nature Physics, also confirm predictions made more than 60 years ago about the fundamental physics of laser-plasma interaction. Plasmas dense with electrons normally reflect laser light like a mirror. But a strong laser can drive those electrons to near the speed of light, making the plasma transparent and accelerating the plasma ions.
    “That idea has been met with some skepticism in the field,” said Rahul Shah of LANL’s plasma physics group. “We think that we’ve settled that controversy.”
    The team, which also included researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany and Queens University in Belfast, UK used the 200 trillion-watt short-pulse TRIDENT laser at Los Alamos National Laboratory to observe the transparency phenomenon at 50 femtosecond resolution. Until now, those dynamics have been witnessed only in computer simulations.

  • Update 08-23-12

    Gun Show

    The 14th annual Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club Gun Show will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Pueblo Gym.

    Authors Speak

    Author Vaunda Nelson will discuss her award-winning book “Bad News for Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal” at 7 p.m. today at Mesa Library.

    Groundbreaking

    The public is invited to join the county council for the groundbreaking event for the new Golf Course Community Building at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the building site. Refreshments will be served.

    Hike event

    Terry Foxx and Chris Judson will lead an exploratory hike from Bandelier National Monument Ponderosa Campground area on Saturday. People should meet at Ponderosa campground at 8:30 a.m.

    CIP committee

    Harry Burgess meets with the Capital Improvements Projects committee at 5:15 today in council chambers.

  • United Church of LA undergoing renovations

    The United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road, is undergoing renovations that will cost $2.4 million. 

    Work is being done to most of the campus, including the Christian Education Building, sanctuary, thrift shop and parking lots. Currently, the education building is having an elevator and atrium installed.

    “We had a successful campaign earlier this year that has allowed us to proceed with this renovation project ($2.4 million project),” said David Elton of the United Church of Los Alamos. “This began with a visioning group that met in 2009. It was determined that The United Church needed to improve accessibility to our buildings. However, it grew into a larger project to also enhance facilities and unify the entire campus. The theme for the project is “Building A Way for Everyone.” Along with providing improved accessibility for members and friends, we wanted to also improve our facilities for the many groups and organizations who meet here each week, including Canyoncito Montessori.”

    Elton said schedules are being juggled but there should be no disruption to weekly services, children and youth programs, classes and other meetings.

  • Officials Dedicate Sculpture

    From left to right: First District Court Chief Justice Barbara Vigil; Arts in Public Places Advisory Board member Ken Nebel; APPAB chair Carolyn Bossert; First District Court Judge Glenn Ellington; First District Court Judge Stephen Pfeffer; Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover; Artist Troy Williams; Councilor Frances Berting; APPAB Member Peggy Pendergast; First District Court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer; APPAB Vice Chair Becky Cordova; First District Court Judge Michael Vigil; Municipal Judge Alan Kirk and Magistrate Judge Pat Casados.

  • ECA peer exchange tackles environmental issues

    The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) had a peer exchange in Los Alamos last week. It was the first time ECA has met here in more than five years.

    The main topic of discussion was environmental management (EM), although other issues of concern to the participants were also discussed in length.

    Seth Kirshenberg, executive director of the ECA, began a series of panel discussions Thursday with a summary of current issues.

    Kirshenberg reported that Congress is expected to pass a six-month continuing resolution until a new budget is passed, with provisions that could impact DOE communities.

    The main concern was a new limitation that prevents agencies from moving money around. In the past, Department of Energy Environmental Management (DOE-EM) had considerable flexibility in directing money to the most urgent environmental cleanup needs at each site.

    “The bottom line is, we don’t have that flexibility to move money between the major control elements if the CR passes as it is today,” Kirshenberg said.