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3D printed electrodes free the gas

Nov. 23, 2020- 
Alkaline water electrolysis has been touted as a path to establish a hydrogen economy by converting intermittent renewable energies into clean hydrogen-based chemical energy. However, current technology has achieved only low current densities and voltage efficiencies. To make electrolysis more resourceful, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team partnered with the U...

Meteorites might have kick-started life on early Earth

Nov. 20, 2020- 
The incorporation of the biologically vital element phosphorus into material found in living species may have formed during impact from astrophysical bodies on early Earth. NASA’s Exobiology Program has awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) senior scientist Nir Goldman a three-year grant to research meteorite impacts on Earth. Goldman is seeking to understand the role...

LLNL, IBM win SC20 ‘Test of Time’ for Blue Gene/L

Nov. 20, 2020- 
A team of current and former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and IBM scientists won the annual “Test of Time” award at the 2020 Supercomputing Conference on Nov. 19 for a paper outlining LLNL’s Blue Gene/L supercomputer. Published by the Supercomputing Conference in 2002, the paper was the first peer-reviewed overview article to disclose details of Blue Gene/L, including its...

HPC4Energy Innovation kicks off fall 2020 solicitation

Nov. 19, 2020- 
The High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Program, managed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is seeking new industry proposals for short-term projects that could benefit from world-class DOE high performance computing (HPC) and expertise. Under the fall 2020 HPC4EI solicitation, DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency...

3D-printed glass enhances optical design flexibility

Nov. 18, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have used multi-material 3D printing to create tailored gradient refractive index glass optics that could make for better military specialized eyewear and virtual reality goggles. The new technique could achieve a variety of conventional and unconventional optical functions in a flat glass component (with no surface curvature)...

Model for COVID-19 drug discovery a Gordon Bell finalist

Nov. 17, 2020- 
A machine learning model developed by a team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists to aid in COVID-19 drug discovery efforts is a finalist for the Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research. Using Sierra, the world’s third fastest supercomputer, LLNL scientists created a more accurate and efficient generative model to enable...

Tiny tubes come in big packages

Nov. 17, 2020- 
Membrane-based systems have great potential as low energy alternatives in applications like desalination, pharmaceutical recovery, purification and waste treatment. Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have created the largest defect-free membranes reported to date that fully exploit the unique mass transport properties of carbon nanotubes as flow channels. This...

Lab stands tall on bi-annual list of Top500 supercomputers

Nov. 17, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) can lay claim to housing four of the world’s 100 most powerful supercomputers, more than any other institution according to the TOP500 List announced Monday during the virtual Supercomputing 2020 conference (SC20). The 125-petaFLOP peak Sierra, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s flagship supercomputer, remained third in the world...

LLNL wins two FLC awards for tech transfer

Nov. 16, 2020- 
Two teams of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and engineers, each supported by a Lab business development executive, have garnered regional awards for technology transfer. This year’s awards, one for outstanding technology development and the other for an outstanding partnership, will be presented next week during the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s (FLC) Far West...

DOE announces five new energy projects at LLNL

Nov. 13, 2020- 
The Department of Energy (DOE) today announced two rounds of awards for the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation Program (HPC4EI), including five projects at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). HPC4EI connects industry with the computational resources and expertise of the DOE national laboratories to solve challenges in manufacturing, accelerate discovery and...

Solar system formed in less than 200,000 years

Nov. 12, 2020- 
A long time ago — roughly 4.5 billion years — our sun and solar system formed over the short time span of 200,000 years. That is the conclusion of a group of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists after looking at isotopes of the element molybdenum found on meteorites. The material that makes up the sun and the rest of the solar system came from the collapse of a large...

Lab will play key role in upcoming battery summit

Nov. 12, 2020- 
Five Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) employees, including Director Bill Goldstein, will play key roles in the sixth annual Bay Area Battery Summit (BABS) slated to be held virtually next week. This year’s sixth annual BABS, co-sponsored by LLNL, New Energy Nexus and CalCharge, will draw together investors, policymakers, researchers and entrepreneurs with an interest in energy...

LLNL welcomes 'Ruby' supercomputer for national nuclear security mission and COVID-19 research

Nov. 12, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), along with partners Intel, Supermicro and Cornelis Networks, have deployed “Ruby,” a high performance computing (HPC) cluster that will perform functions for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and support the Laboratory’s COVID-19 research. Funded by NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program, the Laboratory’s...

Building a secure biosystem to protect microorganisms

Nov. 11, 2020- 
To reduce the risk of unintended ecological consequences from environmentally deployed, genetically engineered microorganisms (GEMS), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators are developing built-in “security mechanisms” that ensure they function where and when needed. The team hopes to stabilize GEMs to prevent the transfer of potentially “invasive traits...

New website aims high for veterans, service members

Nov. 11, 2020- 
The Veterans/Military Outreach and Recruiting Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has launched a new external website today, on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, to exemplify the Laboratory’s commitment to veterans and armed forces service members.  The goal of the new website and the mission of the Veterans/Military Outreach and Recruiting Program is to build and maintain a...

LLNL, partners open access to CO2 storage simulator

Nov. 10, 2020- 
After more than two years of joint research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Total and Stanford University are releasing an open-source, high-performance simulator for large-scale geological carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. The GEOSX simulator will enable researchers around the world to build on the work of the three partners, providing an open framework to accelerate the...

Lab’s ROTC day goes virtual

Nov. 10, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) welcomed future military leaders from Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) detachments across the U.S. on Nov. 5 for the Lab’s annual ROTC Day. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held virtually, giving the college students from 55 universities, representing ROTC programs in the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy, the...

Department of Energy to showcase scientific computational expertise at SC20

Nov. 9, 2020- 
The scientific computing and networking leadership of 17 Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories will be showcased at SC20, the International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, taking place Nov. 9-19 for the first time via a completely virtual format. Like most conferences and workshops being held this year across the U.S. and around the...

Women’s math association names Woodward fellow

Nov. 5, 2020- 
The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) announced it has named Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) computational scientist Carol Woodward as a 2021 fellow, recognizing her commitment to supporting and advancing women in the mathematical sciences. A computational mathematician in the Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC) since 1996, Woodward’s research at LLNL...

Lab explores new resins for light-based 3D printing

Nov. 5, 2020- 
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team has simulated the cross-linking of 3D-printed polymer networks, a key step toward developing new functional resins for light-based 3D-printing techniques including two-photon lithography (TPL) and volumetric additive manufacturing (VAM). The team used molecular dynamics simulations to study, at a microscopic level, the kinetics and...