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October 28, 2014
Satellites Map Climate Change
According to climatologists, the increasing impact of climate change means some regions will be wetter than ever, and some will experience unprecedented droughts. Yet while it’s already too late to entirely avoid the consequences of such changes, farmers and water supply managers will soon have a satellite-based tool to help address these mounting challenges. NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive SMAP satellite mission, which is scheduled to launch November 5, will measure the water content of the planet’s soil every two to three days.
While SMAP’s microwave devices measure only the moisture content in the top two inches of soil, scientists can infer more about water conditions deeper in the ground. The data will be of sufficient accuracy for the biggest data users of soil moisture data – agriculture and those who do flood modeling and drought monitoring. -- GCN October 2014, page 42
"$12M grant helps UNM unlock cells’ secrets" – Albuquerque Journal
Cells talk to each other, and new tools are helping University of New Mexico scientists learn the language.
The work uses innovative microscopes and mathematics to unlock the innermost secrets of cells, said Bridget Wilson, a UNM pathologist.
Wilson directs a UNM center that has received a $12 million five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will allow the New Mexico Center for the Spatiotemporal Modeling of Cell Signaling to continue through 2015. – 10/28/2014
October 24, 2014
"Delayed launch from Spaceport America set for Thursday" – Las Cruces Sun News
Funded by NASA's Flight Opportunities Program, a rocket launch to suborbital space from Spaceport America on Thursday morning was deemed a success. The flight of the 20-foot-long rocket reached a new altitude record for the launch company. That may have been because the payloads were lighter than in past launches. - 10/23/2014
"Proposed legislation would protect NM health organizations" – Las Cruces Sun News
A top state senator wants a law requiring the state to prove wrongdoing before cutting off government dollars to health-care organizations suspected of committing fraud or overbilling Medicaid. Sen. President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen, D-Las Cruces, on Wednesday introduced the legislation to fellow lawmakers sitting on the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee during a hearing in Santa Fe. - 10/24/2014
"19 left unclaimed buried in Doña Ana County service" – Las Cruces Sun News
Doña Ana County officials buried the remains of 19 people Thursday whose bodies weren't claimed by anyone after they died in recent years. 10-24-14
October 20, 2014
"Governor Susana Martinez Directs Department of Health to Coordinate New Mexico’s Ebola Preparedness Plan" -- State of New Mexico Press Release
Governor Susana Martinez has directed the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) to coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan to be ready in the unlikely event there is an Ebola case diagnosed in New Mexico. DOH will coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan between state agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), as well as local governments, hospitals, and healthcare providers throughout the state to ensure New Mexico is ready to handle any potential cases of Ebola. -- 10/18/2014
October 21, 2014
"State sees slight bump in job growth" -- The Santa Fe New Mexican
Powered by the health care sector and financial services, New Mexico added 6,400 jobs in the 12 months ending in September for the biggest employment jump in more than a year.
The numbers released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics point to a bit better picture for job hunters in the state but suggest the rest of the United States is still bouncing back from the recession faster. -- 10/21/2014
October 10, 2014
"Cloud of secrecy lifted from Oppenheimer case" -- Los Alamos Monitor
After more than half a century of intrigue and mystery, the U.S. Department of Energy has declassified documents related to a Cold War hearing for the man who directed the Manhattan Project and was later accused of having communist sympathies.
The department last week released transcripts of the 1950s hearings on the security clearance of J. Robert Oppenheimer, providing more insight into the previously secret world that surrounded development of the atomic bomb and the anti-communist hysteria that gripped the nation amid the growing power of the Soviet Union. -- 10/9/2014