Science On Tap: ‘Why Disarming A Terrorist Nuke Is like Defending Against Aliens In Space’


Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. At 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Barry Charles will discuss “Creativity under Pressure, or Why Disarming a Terrorist Nuke Is like Defending against Aliens in Space”. Science On Tap is at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.

For this talk, Charles, with the Lab’s Global Security organization, will recreate the TEDxLANL talk he gave earlier this year. Disarming an improvised nuclear weapon is a challenge the world has never faced. Yet nuclear emergency responders are required to train for, be prepared for, and be 100 percent successful in such a situation. Will we need a new way of solving problems to help us prepare for when the scientific method no longer applies?

Science On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All ages are welcome! On Tap is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests. The “On Tap” series happens twice a month. The discussions are supported by Bradbury Science Museum, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos Historical Society and PEEC at The Nature Center.

The Los Alamos Creative District is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, the Los Alamos Meeting & Visitors Bureau, Los Alamos Small Business Center and the Los Alamos Research Park.

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