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Lab scientist takes a leap in the dark

Aug. 17, 2017 - He could have been a professional trombone player in a jazz ensemble or a chef specializing in New Mexican cuisine. However, Michael Schneider took a very different path. He became an explorer looking for the meaning of the universe in the form of dark energy. With the help of the Large...

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Applications due for Community Gift Program

Aug. 15, 2017 - LIVERMORE, California -- Applications are due Friday, Aug. 18, for the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) 2017 Community Gift Program. Established in 2008, the Community Gift Program provides a total of $100,000 in awards to support nonprofit organizations addressing STEM (science,...

TECHNOLOchicas inspire Latina youth

Aug. 14, 2017 - "If you work hard, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to." These are the inspirational words that Marisol Gamboa, a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, plans to share with young Latinas who may be pondering a career in a STEM field. Gamboa was one of six...

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Shock front probed by protons

Aug. 10, 2017 - A shock front is usually considered as a simple discontinuity in density or pressure. Yet in strongly shocked gases, the atoms are ionized into electrons and ions. The large difference in the electron pressure across the shock front can generate a strong electric field. In experimental campaigns...

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Exposure to antibacterials from mother to child may cause...

Aug. 9, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have discovered that exposure to environmental levels of triclocarban (TCC), an antibacterial chemical common in personal care products like soaps and lotions as well as in the medical field, can transfer from mother to offspring and...

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Victor H. Reis to be awarded John S. Foster Jr. Medal for...

Aug. 8, 2017 - For more than 50 years, Victor Reis has dedicated his career to advancing science and technology in support of U.S. national security. In recognition of his outstanding leadership and service to the nation, he has been named the third recipient of the John S. Foster Jr. Medal. Established by...

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Albala named STEM advocate of the year

Aug. 8, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Joanna Albala was recently named the STEM Advocate of the Year by the Executive Council of the North Central Valley STEM Center (NCVSC), for going above and beyond in creating opportunities for students. The Executive Council of the NCVSC, which meets out...

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Scientists probe the conditions of stellar interiors to measure...

Aug. 7, 2017 - Most of the nuclear reactions that drive the nucleosynthesis of the elements in our universe occur in very extreme stellar plasma conditions. This intense environment found in the deep interiors of stars has made it nearly impossible for scientists to perform nuclear measurements in these...

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Santer named American Meteorological fellow

Aug. 3, 2017 - Renowned Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory atmospheric scientist Ben Santer has been selected as a fellow by the American Meteorological Society. AMS membership is divided roughly evenly among the public, private and academic sectors. The opportunities for achievements that match the...

Prestigious honor for Lab computer scientist

Aug. 2, 2017 - One of the premier computer science conferences in the world recently recognized Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researcher Edgar A. Leon and his collaborators Bo Li and Kirk Cameron from Virginia Tech University with the Best Paper award for their modeling work on parallel...

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LLNL finds reason behind defects in 3D printing

Aug. 1, 2017 - High-speed images of a common laser-based metal 3D printing process, coupled with newly updated computer models, have revealed the mechanisms behind material redistribution, a phenomenon that leads to defects in printed metal parts, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers reported...

It’s something in the water: LLNL scientists extract hydrogen...

July 31, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have developed a technique that helps extract hydrogen from water efficiently and cheaply. Hydrogen can be used as a clean fuel in fuel cells, which produce power, with water and heat as the only byproducts. As a zero-emission fuel, the...

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A friendly game of ‘capture the flag,’ cyber style

July 28, 2017 - Sporting names like the Indigo Tube Worms, Ultra Violet Sloths and Orange Chicken, teams of student summer interns matched wits against each other and competitors at Los Alamos National Laboratory and San Jose City College in a series of "capture the flag" challenges that tested their knowledge of...

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Registration opens Aug. 1 for annual San Joaquin ‘Expanding...

July 27, 2017 - Registration opens Aug. 1 for the 25th annual San Joaquin Expanding Your Horizons (SJEYH) Conference, scheduled for Sat., Sept. 23, at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. SJEYH is a popular daylong event, serving young women in grades 6-12, designed to increase interest in and foster...

Summer scholar purifies water with fibers

July 26, 2017 - It all started for Mariana Lanzarini-Lopes as an undergraduate, cracking coconuts in the West Indies, seeing the effects of dysentery while working in a hospital in Africa and engineering a solar-powered refrigerator to keep medicine safe in Indian villages. This was the path that led the doctoral...

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Conductivity key to mapping water inside Earth

July 25, 2017 - Hydrogen at elevated temperature creates high electrical conductivity in the Earth's mantle. New work by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists shows the dispersal of water (incorporated as hydrogen in olivine, the most abundant mineral in the upper mantle), could account for...

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Carbon nanotubes stand at attention

July 24, 2017 - Just as members of a marching band align themselves for a performance, carbon nanotubes create a similar configuration. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists recently used synchrotron X-ray scattering to fully capture the hierarchical structure in self-organized carbon nanotube...

Lab scientists dig in to geothermal systems

July 21, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists play a significant role in a new project aimed at removing technical barriers to commercialize enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), a clean energy technology with the potential to power 100 million American homes. In the $9 million Department...

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Lab, Osaka University expand collaboration

July 21, 2017 - Earlier this year, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Japan's Osaka University signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to conduct academic exchange in mutually agreed areas of basic science and technology. This MOU replaces a previous five-year agreement continuing the successful...

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Laboratory researchers recognized for accomplishments in early...

July 20, 2017 - Fifteen Lab scientists and engineers have been named to Lawrence Livermore's (LLNL) third annual Early and Mid-Career Recognition (EMCR) Program. "Rewarding exceptional early and mid-career employees is key to retaining and developing a world-class workforce," Laboratory Director Bill Goldstein...