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Transforming the future: LLNL team explores electric grid modernization via HPC

Jan. 24, 2019 -  
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) team has successfully deployed a widely used power distribution grid simulation software on a high-performance computing (HPC) system, demonstrating substantial speedups and taking a key step toward creating a commercial tool that utilities could...
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Lawrence Livermore’s 'Science on Saturday' lecture series returns with a look at the brain

Jan. 23, 2019 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's ( LLNL ) popular lecture series, " Science on Saturday ," returns Feb. 2 and runs through Feb. 23 at the Bankhead Theater, located at 2400 First St. in Livermore. The series will offer four different lectures with a theme relating to the brain. Each lecture...
snowpack

Sierra snowpack melt is steady, but not for long

Jan. 23, 2019 -  
Snowpack loss in the northern Sierra Nevada will likely accelerate in the coming decades. Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ), Oregon State University and the University of Washington found that natural swings in the sea surface temperature over the Pacific Ocean have...
budil

Lab director names UC Vice President Kim Budil to lead Weapons and Complex Integration

Jan. 22, 2019 -  
Kim Budil has been named Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ’s new principal associate director for Weapons & Complex Integration (WCI), Director Bill Goldstein announced on Tuesday. The appointment is effective Feb. 4. Budil will lead the Laboratory’s nuclear weapons program in its...
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Are you nerd enough? Nerd Bowl returns Jan. 26

Jan. 22, 2019 -  
On Saturday, Jan. 26, watch teams from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ), Facebook , Sandia National Laboratories/CA and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory battle it out in the Bay Area’s smartest flag football tournament. The first game of Nerd Bowl II will kick off at 2 p.m. at...
For article Scientists predict reaction data for fusion research, insight into universe’s origins

Scientists predict reaction data for fusion research, insight into universe’s origins

Jan. 22, 2019 -  
Using simulations and calculations, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) nuclear scientists for the first time have accurately predicted the properties of polarized thermonuclear fusion. Analogous calculations could be used to answer some of the most fundamental questions about the...
For article Harold Brown: Nuclear deterrence pioneer and former Lab director leaves indelible legacy

Harold Brown: Nuclear deterrence pioneer and former Lab director leaves indelible legacy

Jan. 14, 2019 -  
An intellectual giant who led development of technologies that modernized nuclear deterrence and played integral roles during the most dramatic moments of the Cold War while serving under four U.S. presidents, Harold Brown’s life was indelibly intertwined with national security. The physicist,...
Newsline Year In Review

Lawrence Livermore’s 2018: the year in review

Jan. 11, 2019 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) month-by-month highlights from 2018 are available online in the " 2018 Year in Review " edition of Newsline. As in the past, listings are in four categories: Science and Technology, People, Operations and Awards and Recognition. The "2018 Year in...
zirconium

Zirconium isotope a master at neutron capture

Jan. 10, 2019 -  
The probability that a nucleus will absorb a neutron is important to many areas of nuclear science, including the production of elements in the cosmos, reactor performance, nuclear medicine and defense applications. New research from a team led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL )...
For article LLNL climate scientist awarded World Climate Research Program 2018 Data Prize

LLNL climate scientist awarded World Climate Research Program 2018 Data Prize

Jan. 7, 2019 -  
Research scientist Paul Durack from the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison ( PCMDI ) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) has been awarded the World Climate Research Programme 2018 Data Prize for his leadership of the input4MIPs project, which began in 2016. The...
nucleargaming

Potential benefits of next-generation wargames

Dec. 21, 2018 -  
Technological advances for game engines and cloud architectures are fueling the development of next-generation wargames that can increase insights for policymakers, according to the authors of a paper published today. In an article appearing in the Dec. 21 edition of Science Magazine, researchers...
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Playing video games may help researchers find personalized medical treatment for sepsis

Dec. 18, 2018 -  
A deep learning approach originally designed to teach computers how to play video games better than humans could aid in developing personalized medical treatment for sepsis, a disease that causes about 300,000 deaths per year and for which there is no known cure. Lawrence Livermore National...
For article Carbon nanotubes mime biology

Carbon nanotubes mime biology

Dec. 17, 2018 -  
Cellular membranes serve as an ideal example of a system that is multifunctional, tunable, precise and efficient. Efforts to mimic these biological wonders haven’t always been successful. However, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have created polymer-based membranes with 1.5...
Kroll

Unlocking the secrets of hidden earthquakes

Dec. 13, 2018 -  
Growing up in Sonora, a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate researcher Kayla Kroll was fascinated with stars and the solar system. “In high school, I put up glow-in-the-dark constellations in my...
2-micron

Two-micron fill tubes fill two needs

Dec. 12, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility ( NIF ) and General Atomics engineers have created an inertial confinement fusion (ICF) fuel capsule with a 2-micron-diameter fill tube — and along the way, found a solution to a “Bay Bridge”-like dilemma that could have...
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Researchers discover unusual new type of phase transformation in a transition metal

Dec. 11, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers have discovered an unusual new type of phase transformation in the transition metal zirconium. The mechanism underlying this new type of phase transition is the first of its kind that has ever been observed, and only could be seen with the...
HOME

Lawrence Livermore's HOME Campaign raises more than $3.7 million for charitable groups

Dec. 10, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) employees, along with Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), LLC, donated more than $3.7 million to charitable organizations via the annual employee giving program, the Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign. Through the HOME Campaign,...
metamaterials

Lab develops metamaterials that change mechanical properties under magnetic fields

Dec. 7, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers have introduced a new class of metamaterials that can nearly instantly respond and stiffen 3D-printed structures when exposed to a magnetic field, a development that could be applied to next-generation helmets, wearable armor and a host of...
NIF

NIF experiments support warhead life extension

Dec. 6, 2018 -  
It was a normal morning for design physicist Madison Martin at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ). At 7:45 a.m., she settled into her classified workstation with a cup of tea to check the results of a numerical calculation she ran overnight. If the calculations proved correct, the...
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Lawrence Livermore among Glassdoor’s ‘best places to work,’ ranked top lab employer

Dec. 5, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2019. The Employees’ Choice Awards program, now in its 11 th year, is based solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide feedback on their jobs...