Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Using computer models, Los Alamos researchers simulate terrorist scenarios in a frantic effort to deter another 9/11 in America
By Ariana Eunjung Cha
The Washington Post
Published July 5, 2005
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- Deep inside the cavelike laboratories of the legendary research center that created the atomic bomb, scientists have begun work on a Manhattan Project of a different sort.
In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, they have been constructing the most elaborate computer models of the United States ever attempted. There are virtual cities inhabited by millions of virtual individuals who go to work. There are virtual power grids, oil and gas lines, water pipelines, airplane and train systems--even a virtual Internet.
The scientists build them. And then they destroy them.
[Interesting top story of the day take by the Santa Fe Reporter, "LANL scientists simulate terrorist attacks. Next they plan to simulate beleaguered employees working for unstable government laboratory." -anonymous post]
Why is it news? Because LANL PR made it news. And some stupid reporter went for it. And our local media picked it up. Ugh..
still much good to be done with the blog, but it is no longer a very informative place.