Lawrence Livermore researcher Laurance J. Suter snared the Edward Teller Medal this year for his work on the design of hohlraums, the containers that hold the laser target during inertial fusion experiments. Suter's work has shown how scientists can improve the yield of ignition experiments and also led to the development of high-efficiency X-ray sources. He joins 20 scientists who have received the prestigious medal from the American Nuclear Society.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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