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Observations show marine clouds amplify warming

May 13, 2021- 
A new analysis of satellite cloud observations finds that global warming causes low-level clouds over the oceans to decrease, leading to further warming. The work, led by researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in collaboration with colleagues from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the NASA Langley Research Center, appears online in Nature Climate Change. Th...

LLNL-developed thin-film electrodes reveal key insight into human brain activity

May 12, 2021- 
Thin-film electrodes developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have been used in human patients at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), generating never-before-seen recordings of brain activity in the hippocampus, a region responsible for memory and other cognitive functions. In a study published today in the journal Nature Communications, surgeons at UCSF...

Conference papers highlight importance of data security to machine learning

May 11, 2021- 
The 2021 Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, the premier conference of its kind, will feature two papers co-authored by a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researcher targeted at improving the understanding of robust machine learning models. Both papers include contributions from LLNL computer scientist Bhavya Kailkhura and examine the importance of data in...

Students build knowledge of machinist trade during Lab's first-ever virtual Manufacturing Workshop

May 10, 2021- 
The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t prevent local high school students from learning what it’s like to be one of the more than 150 machinists who work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) during the Materials Engineering Division’s (MED) Manufacturing Workshop, held April 20-22.  Students attended the three-day workshop virtually after their school days ended, where they were...

Lab’s Bill Pitz selected as SAE fellow

May 7, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) materials scientist Bill Pitz has been selected as a 2021 SAE fellow. Established in 1977, SAE fellow status is the highest grade of membership bestowed by the organization to members from industry and academia. More than 750 individuals have earned the distinction since its implementation. I greatly appreciate being recognized as an SAE...

Advanced Data Analytics for Proliferation Detection shares technical advances during two-day meeting

May 7, 2021- 
The Advanced Data Analytics for Proliferation Detection (ADAPD) program held a two-day virtual technical exchange meeting recently. The goal of the meeting was to highlight the science-based and data-driven analysis work conducted by ADAPD to advance the state-of-the-art to accelerate artificial intelligence (AI) innovation and develop AI-enabled systems to enhance the United...

Lawrence Livermore takes part in international planetary defense conference

May 6, 2021- 
Ten scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) last week took part in the 7th IAA Planetary Defense Conference (PDC), hosted by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in cooperation with the European Space Agency. Megan Bruck Syal, who helped lead the Lab’s participation in the event and who also was a conference session chair, said this year’s conference...

It’s only natural: Using environmental microbes to remove uranium from groundwater

May 5, 2021- 
Uranium contamination of soils and groundwater in the United States represents a significant health risk and will require multiple remediation approaches. Remediation strategies for uranium-contaminated sites have been the focus of research for decades due to the former production of nuclear materials across the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set the...

Penn State student to serve at Lab as part of DOE Graduate Student Research Program

May 5, 2021- 
Penn State graduate student Joseph Mattocks has been selected to serve at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as part of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program. Mattocks will serve in the nuclear chemistry and radiochemical separations group. I feel both honored and grateful to have been given this opportunity to pursue a portion...

HPC4Energy Innovation kicks off spring solicitation

May 4, 2021- 
The Department of Energy’s High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative is accepting industry proposals for projects leveraging the world-class supercomputing and expertise of DOE national laboratories to address key energy-related challenges in domestic manufacturing. The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office announce...

Predatory bacteria bite their own

May 4, 2021- 
Predatory bacteria – bacteria that eat other bacteria – grow faster and consume more resources than non-predators in the same soil, according to a new study by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Northern Arizona University. These active predators, which use wolf pack-like behavior, enzymes and cytoskeletal "fangs" to hunt and feed on other bacteria, wield important power in...

Direct drug delivery with carbon nanotube porins

May 3, 2021- 
Modern medicine relies on an extensive arsenal of drugs to combat deadly diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, HIV-AIDS and malaria. Chemotherapy agents have prolonged lives for millions of cancer patients, and in some cases, cured the disease or turned it into a chronic condition. But getting those drugs into disease-ridden cells has remained a major challenge for modern pharmacology...

1D model helps clarify implosion performance at NIF

April 30, 2021- 
In inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), a spherical shell of deuterium-tritium fuel is imploded in an attempt to reach the conditions needed for fusion, self-heating and eventual ignition. Since theory and simulations indicate that ignition efficacy in one-dimension (1D) improves with increasing imploded fuel convergence ratio, it is useful to...

Krell Institute honors Hittinger with Corones Award

April 29, 2021- 
The Krell Institute, a nonprofit organization serving the scientific and educational communities, has awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) computational scientist Jeff Hittinger with its 2021 James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building and Communication. The award, named for the institute’s founder, recognizes mid-career scientists and engineers who are making...

LLNL, IBM and Red Hat joining forces to explore standardized HPC resource management interface

April 28, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), IBM and Red Hat are combining forces to develop best practices for interfacing high performance computing (HPC) schedulers and cloud orchestrators, an effort designed to prepare for emerging supercomputers that take advantage of cloud technologies. Under a recently signed memorandum of understanding (MOU), researchers aim to enable next...

LLNL’s Cross receives Meritorious Civilian Service Award

April 28, 2021- 
Chris Cross, deputy associate program leader for Weapons and Complex Integration’s (WCI) Strategic Partnership Programs, has received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the Department of the Army for his time on the Army Science Board (ASB). He received the award for his service as a member of a 5th Generation Combat Vehicle and related 2040 Battlefield study from August 2018 to...

Sterile neutrinos may be portal to the dark side

April 27, 2021- 
“Sterile neutrinos” are theoretically predicted new particles that offer an intriguing possibility in the quest for understanding the dark matter in our universe. Unlike the known “active” neutrinos in the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics, these sterile neutrinos do not interact with normal matter as they move through space, making them very difficult to detect. A team of...

Lab postdocs selected to participate in Nobel meeting

April 23, 2021- 
Three Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) postdoctoral appointees have been selected to attend the 70th annual Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany this June thanks to the University of California President’s 2021 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellows Program. The three selected to attend the meeting are Oluwatomi (Tomi) Akindele, Matthew Edwards and Wei Jia Ong. The...

Lab offers forum on machine learning for industry

April 22, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is looking for participants and attendees from industry, research institutions and academia for the first-ever Machine Learning for Industry Forum (ML4I), a three-day virtual event starting Aug. 10. Pre-registrations are open for the forum, which aims to foster and illustrate the adoption of machine learning methods for practical industrial...

Bay Area labs to host business partnership event

April 21, 2021- 
Three-day virtual event will showcase how businesses can tap into national labs' resources Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, as part of the Bay Area Lab Innovation Networking Center (LINC), will showcase partnership mechanisms at a three-day event specifically designed...