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It’s more than just solid

Jan. 22, 2021- 
By placing a shock-compressed sample of zirconium under ultrafast time-resolved X-rays, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators were able to see an intermediate phase along the transition between two solid phases. Theory has predicted the existence of an intermediate step in this phase transition, but it had not been observed until now. “Knowledge of...

Lab team earns DOE Secretary Achievement Award

Jan. 21, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory‘s (LLNL) "Getting to Neutral" Carbon Emissions Team has earned a Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Achievement Award for its groundbreaking work on how California could reach the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2045. Representing some of the highest internal, non-monetary recognition that DOE employees and contractors can receive, these awards...

LLNL experimentalist climbing ranks of physics society

Jan. 21, 2021- 
As an experimentalist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) developing diagnostics and experimental techniques in the field of dynamic high-pressure physics, Peter Celliers is on the path of leading a national topical group of the American Physical Society (APS). Celliers was recently elected to the executive committee as vice-chair of the American Physical Society Topical Group...

Air pollution levels depend on drizzle rates

Jan. 20, 2021- 
Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Scripps Institution of Oceanography and international collaborators have shown that an improved representation of drizzle rates leads to more pollution in the atmosphere. The research appears in Nature Geoscience. Atmospheric aerosols are of great climatic and environmental importance due to their effects on the Earth’s...

LLNL and United Kingdom company to collaborate on development of universal coronavirus vaccine

Jan. 19, 2021- 
ConserV Bioscience Limited (CBL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have agreed to collaborate on the development of a broad-spectrum or “universal” coronavirus vaccine. This collaboration brings together CBL’s expertise in identifying antigens and LLNL’s nanolipoprotein delivery system. The vaccine has been designed to provide broad-spectrum protection against...

Lawrence Livermore's '2020 Year in Review'

Jan. 14, 2021- 
Though 2020 was dominated by events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic — whether it was adapting to social distancing and the need to telecommute, safeguarding employees as they returned to conduct mission-essential work or engaging in COVID-related research — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) managed an exceptional year in all facets of science and technology and operations. LL...

Lab makes Glassdoor’s 2021 list of ‘Best Places to Work’

Jan. 13, 2021- 
For the third consecutive year, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2021. The Employees’ Choice Award, now in its 13th year, is based solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide anonymous feedback by completing a company review about their job, work environment and...

Lab's ACT-UP awards focus on collaborative research

Jan. 12, 2021- 
With a focus on increasing joint research efforts between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and universities, the Lab’s Weapon Physics and Design (WPD) Academic Collaboration Team (ACT) University Program has awarded this year’s ACT-UP awards. Now in its second year, the ACT-UP awards were created to encourage and advance strategic partnerships among universities with a...

Putting the pieces back together – reconstructing the solar system’s original architecture

Jan. 11, 2021- 
As the solar system was developing, the giant planets (Jupiter and Saturn) formed very early, and as they grew, they migrated both closer to and further away from the sun to stay in gravitationally stable orbits. The gravitational effect of these massive objects caused immense reshuffling of other planetary bodies that were forming at the time, meaning that the current locations of...

Lawrence Livermore computer scientist heads award-winning computer vision research

Jan. 8, 2021- 
The 2021 IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV 2021) on Wednesday announced that a paper co-authored by a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) computer scientist received the conference’s Best Paper Honorable Mention award based on its potential impact to the field. The paper, titled "Generative Patch Priors for Practical Compressive Image Recovery,”...

Fast transport in carbon nanotube membranes could advance human health

Jan. 7, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have discovered that carbon nanotube membrane pores could enable ultra-rapid dialysis processes that would greatly reduce treatment time for hemodialysis patients. The ability to separate molecular constituents in complex solutions is crucial to many biological and man-made processes. One way is via the application of a...

Researchers develop broadband X-ray source needed to perform new measurements at NIF

Jan. 6, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have developed an X-ray source that can diagnose temperature in experiments that probe conditions like those at the very center of planets. The new source will be used to perform extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) experiments at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). The work was published in Applied Physics Letters an...

Falcone paves the way for STEM in livestream

Jan. 6, 2021- 
Pat Falcone, deputy director for Science and Technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was a featured panelist in “Paving the Way: A Virtual Conversation,” a special livestream event sponsored by the Quest Science Center. Watch the recording of the live event here. Falcone is the principal advocate for the Lab’s science and technology base as well as its collaborative...

LLNL develops optical capability for thin-film neural implants to look into brain activity

Jan. 5, 2021- 
Combining hybrid polymer materials with microfabrication and 3D printing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has developed an ultra-compact, lightweight and minimally invasive optoelectronic neural implant that could be used for long-term studies of brain activity.  The new implantable devices are built upon a new platform LLNL researchers are calling POEMS (Polymeric Opto...

Paying for emissions we’ve already released

Jan. 4, 2021- 
The planet is committed to global warming in excess of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) just from greenhouse gases that have already been added to the atmosphere. This is the conclusion of new research by scientists from Nanjing University, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Texas A&M University, which appears in the latest edition of Nature Climate Change.  The...

Molecular crystal structures pack it in

Dec. 23, 2020- 
Whether organic chemists are working on developing new molecular energetics or creating new blockbuster drugs in the pharmaceutical industry, each is searching how to optimize the chemical structure of a molecule to attain desired target properties. Part of that optimization includes a molecular crystal’s packing motif, a perceived pattern in how molecules orient relative to one...

Lab garners five commercialization grants

Dec. 22, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and engineers have put together another first-rate year securing major grants through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). “We did quite well, although the diversity of the research projects funded wasn’t as broad as last year,” said Rich Rankin, the director of the Lab’s Innovation and...

Diamonds are not just for jewelry anymore

Dec. 21, 2020- 
When it comes to the semiconductor industry, silicon has reigned as king in the electronics field, but it is coming to the end of its physical limits. To more effectively power the electrical grid, locomotives and even electric cars, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists are turning to diamond as an ultra-wide bandgap semiconductor. Diamond has been shown to...

Lab hosts two rising seniors through fellowships

Dec. 18, 2020- 
Early this spring, the Livermore Lab Foundation (LLF), in partnership with University of California, Merced, awarded two rising seniors, Jose Garcia-Esparza and Teagan Zuniga, one-year $15,000 fellowships to participate in the Lab’s Data Science Summer Institute (DSSI) and continue a part-time fellowship at the Lab for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.    The fellowships allow...

Entrepreneurship meets the national labs

Dec. 18, 2020- 
Earlier this month, researchers from 10 national labs came together for a virtual showcase of Department of Energy (DOE) innovation when scientists pitched their business model ideas to seasoned investors and competed for a $25,000 prize for work to advance commercialization. The National Lab Accelerator Pitch Event, something like the “Shark Tank” television program, is a competition...