Learn about national science work in Tri-Cities at hands-on displays

Tri-City area residents can learn about the research being done at the national laboratory in Richland at an event Thursday in Kennewick.

Scientists and engineers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will be sharing their work in simple and understandable ways, with interactive, hands-on displays.

Researchers will help people understand how “deep learning” contributes to facial recognition and driverless vehicles.

They will be discussing their work to make sure that the nation’s electric grid is safe from cybersecurity attacks and natural disasters to provide electricity without interruption.

Other researchers will discuss how physics and chemistry is used to promote peaceful uses of nuclear technology and to catch smugglers with radioactive materials that could be used for terrorist activities.

The event is 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mid-Columbia Libraries branch at 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick.