Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Yet another Manhattan Project (post 9/11)?

`What ifs' rule virtual world of terrorism
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.

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[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]


Comments:
"Cavelike laboratories"? OK, you Conehead Cavemen! Into the light of day, I say! (Buncha squinty-eyed, beetle-browed, butthead scientists...)
 
Well, yeah, but we're VIRTUAL scientists.
 
Great comments, you first two responders! I continue to have some great belly laughs from the BLOG in spite of some of the more serious posts. Excuse me, I need to go back into my cave before getting caught in the daylight (all virtual of course). ;>))
 
Another coup for LANL PR. This actually made the front page of the New Mexican. This is "news" although it is an ongoing program of some years duration.
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..
 
In previous threads, commenters have blasted LANL PA for not doing an adequate job of telling the world about the important work that is done at LANL in support of national security. Now the media pick up on a story about important work being done at LANL in infrastructure and response modeling (admittedly with a few dramatic twists, but it's hard to control the exact words used by a reporter), and 08:46:20 turns it into a criticism of LANL PA. We can't have it both ways, folks.
 
I agree with poster 2:16 -- the lab gets a feel good story highlighting worthwhile work, and we should celebrate. Instead, more criticism. The blog is creaking towards a dust bin of history because some posters only want to spew. There is
still much good to be done with the blog, but it is no longer a very informative place.
 
7/06/2005 02:16:59 PM "hard to control the exact words used by a reporter" hell those were LANL PA's words.
 
I understand "Meteor Mike's" cave is available - minus the pot plants.
 
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."
 
They didn't find bin Laden in those caves, did they?
 
Nah...bin Laden is WAY too smart.
 
Bin Laden is in the caves of Oakland plotting with Foley and Nanos the complete desruction of Los Alamos, a process the latter two began and which Lockheed/Martin and C. Paul Robinson will soon stop and reverse.
 
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