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Top News Media News Coverage 2018

The most talked about Los Alamos science stories in 2018, with topics ranging from designing an HIV vaccine to developing a powerplant for a Mars colony.

Top News Media Coverage 2018

Below are 25 of the most talked about news articles about Los Alamos science in 2018.



NASA pushes for nuclear-powered space missions
Many of our most ambitious space missions to space have been made possible using nuclear power. The Kilopower project promises to be the next generation of nuclear power plants for future space missions.



Forecasting diseases one image at a time
Better tracking of infectious diseases can help us improve disease prediction and more quickly stop their spread. We’ve been using mathematics and computer modeling since the early 2000s to do exactly that.


Computers imagine future

Computers learn to imagine the future
In Los Alamos, researchers are simulating biological neural networks on supercomputers, enabling machines to learn about their surroundings, interpret data and make predictions much the way humans do.


Supercomputers tackle antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’
Dangerous bacteria often use efflux pumps to flush out antibiotics before the drugs can work. One type of efflux pump was modeled in its entirety and simulated using supercomputers at Los Alamos.


‘Explosive’ eruption in Hawaii shoots ash 5 miles high
"As molten rock dropped below the level of the water table, it's likely that water in the surrounding rock began pouring in—much the way water rushes to fill a recently dug well," said Charlotte Rowe, geophysicist.


How satellite imagery could combat infectious diseases  worldwide
For Los Alamos, forecasting infectious diseases like influenza, HIV, dengue, and others is a matter of national security. Remote sensing provided a better forecasting system.


Seafloor cables carrying world’s Internet traffic can detect earthquakes
A technique promises to take advantage of more than 1 million kilometers of fiber optic cables that criss-cross the ocean floors.


Cosmic ray showers crash supercomputers
Some modern supercomputers were crashing more than expected—those first failures caused scientists to worry about cosmic rays.


Inside nuclear inspector school: on hunt for uranium
There’s at least enough nuclear material in the world to make 200,000 bombs, and the IAEA speculates that 30 countries have the capability to do so.


To find life on Mars, we'll need orbiters, advanced rovers, humans
The Mars 2020 rover will get an all-new, souped-up version of the ChemCam, SuperCam, which can pick up elements and the key traces of molecules.



So long TNT, there's a new explosive in town
A new chemical, bis-oxadiazole, has been discovered and has many of the advantages of TNT, is thought to be less toxic to produce.


Making outer space smell like fresh cut grass
One thing future Mars explorers might be missing out on: the smells of everyday life. Smell is a forgotten link to home.


Bomb-simulating US supercomputer broke record
Trinity created a trillion files in two minutes—a world record. That speed could help follow the trajectory of a particle in a trillion-particle warhead simulation.


Software can model how a wildfire will spread
Rod Linn of LANL, who helped design yet another piece of modelling software, FIRETEC, describes this as “engineering” the behaviour of wildfires.


A.I. nails predictions of earthquake aftershocks
A machine-learning study analysed thousands of earthquakes and beat the standard method at predicting the location of aftershocks.



How nuclear weapons are sparking a digital revolution
Researchers say we’ve reached a technological turning point. It can’t come soon enough for nuclear weapons scientists.


Stemming the spread of HIV by accurately predicting its spread
Computer simulations can accurately predict the transmission of HIV across populations, which could aid in preventing the disease.


NASA 60th Anniversary: why haven't we found aliens yet?
We can start the search ourselves. But where? Close to home, for now, says Wiens. It could have also developed on Mars within the habitable zone of our solar system, he said.


The impending war over deepfakes
Researchers are battling the artificial intelligence algorithms that create convincing fake images, audio and video, but it could take years before they invent a system that can sniff them out.



Bird population plummets in piñon forests
Last year's break from drought has given a smattering of cached nuts a chance to sprout—but young trees need to withstand ever-warmer temperatures, more drought, more beetle outbreaks, and possibly wildfire.


Nuclear technology may help bring early mammal evolution into focus
A team of scientists from the U.S., Scotland, China and Brazil are working together to create the most detailed early mammal family tree to date.


A.I. helps predict when/where next big earthquake will be
A growing number of scientists say changes in the way they can analyze massive amounts of seismic data can help them better understand earthquakes.


R&D Magazine announces 2018 Scientist of the Year R&D
R&D Magazine is proud to announce Los Alamos National Laboratory theoretical biologist Bette Korber, PhD, as the 2018 Scientist of the Year.


America's security depends on nurturing cutting-edge science
In recent decades we have learned that not every major strategic threat to our country would likely come on the tip of a nuclear warhead. How can we prepare for an unanticipated threat?


Scientists want to launch a satellite to make an artificial aurora
CONNEX consists mainly of a satellite that will fire electron particles at the planet. Those particles will be captured by the magnetosphere and make it to the ionosphere as artificial aurora.