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Top News Media News Coverage (2019)

The most talked about Los Alamos science stories in 2019, with topics ranging from designing an HIV vaccine to developing a powerplant for a Mars colony.

Top News Media Coverage

Below are 25 of the most talked about news articles about Los Alamos science in 2019.



Why did NASA, Lockheed Martin, and others spend millions on this quantum computer?
IBM recently announced a quantum computer catered to a commercial audience, and other companies will soon offer access to cloud-based quantum processors. Meanwhile, NASA, Lockheed Martin, and Los Alamos National Lab have already purchased thousand-qubit quantum simulators.



NASA's new nuclear reactor could change space exploration
Experts at Los Alamos National created a high-power, next-generation nuclear reactor for space exploration. The reactor, called Kilopower, is the size of a paper towel roll and is in a protective case the size of a tall trash can. 



Split-sex animals are unusual, yes, but not as rare as you’d like to think
From butterflies to chickens to lobsters, mixed male-female bodies offer clues as to why certain diseases strike one sex more often than the other. Karissa Sanbonmatsu, a structural biologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, studies the mechanisms that determine these factors.


Quantum physics could protect the grid from hackers—maybe
Cybersecurity experts have sounded the alarm for years: Hackers could attack the US power grid. At Los Alamos, researchers are working on quantum-encryption


What's actually going on in that cryptic black hole photo?
In 2019, scientists captured the first image of a black hole. Los Alamos Astrophysicist Chris Fryer helped explain what was going on in the historic photo.


Predicting space weather could save satellites
A new space weather model under development at Los Alamos National Laboratory could help give a 24-hour warning before a storm of charged particles from the sun bombards crucial satellites, potentially knocking them out of service.


Could machine learning be the key to earthquake prediction?
Geophysicist Paul Johnson leads a team at Los Alamos National Laboratory pioneering the use of machine learning to analyze seismic signals revealing the deep physics of earthquakes with the ultimate goal of forecasting them.


This is the first-ever simulation of an entire gene
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model and will help researchers to better understand and develop cures for diseases like cancer.


Scientists are mapping the industrial hums that travel through the Earth
Across the U.S., industrial machinery creates a constant underground hum that sends vibrations through the surface of the Earth. Los Alamos scientists are now mapping that subterranean humming.


The plan to dodge a killer asteroid—Maybe even good ol’ Bennu
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory use supercomputers to simulate how we could deflect an asteroid that was on a potential collision course with Earth.



Mars doesn't need our microbes
Future astronauts landing on Mars face a conundrum: how do you explore the red planet without affecting alien life with foreign microbes?


This is the world's rarest form of gold. New clues are revealing why
Using neutron characterization techniques, a team of scientists have peered inside one of the most unique examples of wire gold, understanding for the first time the specimen's structure and possible formation process.


Startups strive to recycle emissions for 'new carbon economy'
For the industrial sector, removing CO2 will be key to tackling climate change. Los Alamos researchers are working on technologies that could help companies be greener in the future.


100 years ago, Einstein and an eclipse changed physics forever
Over the past 100 years, Einstein’s theory, the general theory of relativity, has been confirmed by events such as the detection of gravitational waves and the first picture of a black hole.


The problem with quantum computers
The problem with quantum computers is decoherence—but while a breakthrough solution seems years away, Los Alamos researchers are investigating ways of getting around it.



Inside the government’s ‘Quantum Computing Summer School’
Los Alamos National Laboratory established the Quantum Computing Summer School. A 10-week immersive program, the school accepts students from all over the world to receive tutorials from quantum computation experts, and gain hands-on experience.


What happens when a deadly disease is eradicated? Scientists sequence and destroy
Scientists who work with the deadly livestock virus rinderpest — only the second disease ever wiped out, after smallpox — achieved a milestone when they destroyed a huge proportion of the world’s last remaining virus samples.


Record-breaking lightning as long as Kansas spotted
A Los Alamos Scientist’s analysis revealed two record-breaking lightning flashes, the longest by length and by duration. One stretched over Brazil some 418 miles from tip to tail—slightly longer than Kansas is across.


Scientists finally know how big earthquakes start: With many smaller ones
The vast majority of earthquakes we feel come soon after smaller ones, according to new research that provides unprecedented insights into how seismology works. “One of the biggest questions in earthquake seismology is how earthquakes get started,” said Daniel Trugman, a seismologist at Los Alamos.



Twist on ‘survival of the fittest’ could explain how reality emerges from the quantum haze
Quantum Darwinism claims the truth is more subtle. In the 1980s, Wojciech Zurek, a theorist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, argued that the wave function of a here-and-there cup would inevitably meld with those of surrounding objects.


AI helps seismologists predict earthquakes
Machine learning is bringing seismologists closer to an elusive goal: forecasting quakes well before they strike.


American scientists are about to start shooting plasma guns in a bid to achieve controlled nuclear fusion
Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory are about to start experiments with "plasma guns" in the hope of achieving controlled nuclear fusion—a source of clean and near limitless energy.


A new strain of HIV is recorded under group that caused pandemic
“There’s a lot of mystery around why certain things happened. New strains can unravel some of that unknown history,” said Brian Foley, an HIV geneticist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which holds the largest HIV gene bank and sets the guidelines on classifying new strains.


We’re finally figuring out how to forecast the flu — and this season isn’t looking good
Every year, the CDC holds a competition called FluSight, in which researchers put their probabilistic models up against one another to see which can best predict the course of the flu season. Last year’s winning model, Dante, was helmed by Dave Osthus at LANL.


Tiny earthquakes happen every few minutes in Southern California
Detecting very small earthquakes is notoriously difficult. Now, a team of scientists says it has found a way to accurately detect tiny earthquakes, and it has published a new, more comprehensive list of quakes that occurred over a recent 10-year period in Southern California. .