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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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Sample ballots available at secretary of state's website" -- Las Cruces Sun News
Voters in New Mexico's general election can preview their ballots using the NM Secretary of State web site. Voting started Tuesday at county clerk's offices and election officials began mailing absentee ballots to voters who requested them. Early voting opens at more locations on Oct. 18. -- 10/9/2014
"President Obama Signs New Mexico Disaster Declaration" -- White House News Release
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of New Mexico and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 27 to August 5, 2014.
Federal funding is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the counties of Guadalupe, Rio Arriba, and San Miguel and the Pueblo of Acoma. -- 10/6/2014
See also: "Federal Aid Programs for the State of New Mexico Declaration", FEMA News Release HQ-14-084FS, 10/6/2014
The National Digital Stewardship Alliance is pleased to announce the release of the 2015 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship. The Agenda provides funders, decision‐makers and practitioners with insight into emerging technological trends, gaps in digital stewardship capacity and key areas for research and development to support the work needed to ensure that today’s valuable digital content remains accessible, useful, and comprehensible in the future, supporting a thriving economy, a robust democracy and a rich cultural heritage. -- 10/1/2014
Record of Decision Signed for Valles Caldera Landscape Restoration & Stewardship Plan -- Valles Caldera Stewardship Update
On September 23, 2014 Executive Director, Jorge Silva-Banuelos, signed a Record of Decision for the Landscape Restoration and Stewardship Plan. With this signature he authorized the implementation of a collaboratively developed plan for the restoration and stewardship of the natural resources and systems on the Valles Caldera National Preserve over the next 10 years.
This decision is final and not subject to administrative appeal.
"Museum E-Publishes Curation Paper Number 12" -- New Mexico Museum of Space History News Release
The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce publication of Curation Paper Number 12, edited by Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry. It is an oral history of Colonel William “Pete” Knight (USAF, Ret.).
In the 1960’s Colonel Knight played a key role in the testing of the X-15 rocket plane. On October 3, 1967, he set a world-record when he piloted an X-15 to a speed of 4,520 miles per hour. Equivalent to Mach 6.7, this is still the fastest any winged craft has ever flown. -- 10/3/2014