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cancer research

LLNL researchers identify how many cancer cells it takes to...

Oct. 18, 2018 - For the first time, researchers have developed a way to determine how many cancer cells it takes to initiate a tumor in another part of the body. The findings, made by a team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists, are published in the journal, Scientific Reports. “We think...

HEAF

Uncovering secret structure to safer explosives

Oct. 17, 2018 - A team of scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has shown that the structure of microscopic pores in high explosive materials can significantly impact performance and safety. These findings --  published recently as the cover article in the journal Propellants, Explosives,...

Science on Saturday

Lawrence Livermore’s popular lecture series returns to Chabot...

Oct. 17, 2018 - LIVERMORE, California -- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) popular lecture series, "Science on Saturday," returns to the Chabot Space and Science Center Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m., located at 10,000 Skyline Blvd. in Oakland. The series will offer two different lectures, Oct. 20 and...

Big results come from small instrument

Oct. 16, 2018 - A new kid is coming to town in the form of an ultra-sensitive, laser-based, carbon-14 spectrometer that will be able to measure samples as small as one microgram of carbon. LLNL engineer Daniel McCartt has built laser-based detection methods for rare isotopes to supplement the Lab’s accelerator...

OSA

Lab researchers named optical society fellows

Oct. 12, 2018 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers Jay Dawson and Tayyab Suratwala have been named Fellows by The Optical Society of America (OSA), a distinction awarded to OSA members for their significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics. Dawson was cited for “...

aps

Four Lawrence Livermore researchers named 2018 fellows of the...

Oct. 11, 2018 - Four Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have been selected as 2018 fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). The new fellows represent a selection of physics expertise, ranging from computational physics to shock compression of condensed matter and instrument and...

ice

New understanding of the solidification of high-pressure ice...

Oct. 10, 2018 - A team of theorists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has solved a long-standing puzzle in the nucleation of a high-pressure phase of ice known as ice VII, which is believed to exist near the core of “ocean world” planets recently detected outside of the solar system, and has...

Donna Strickland

Nobelist Strickland’s invention helped spark LLNL’s short-pulse...

Oct. 4, 2018 - The Nobel Prize-winning research by Donna Strickland, a former staff scientist in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL’s) Laser Programs Directorate, was instrumental in the Laboratory’s development of a series of groundbreaking short-pulse, high-energy laser systems over the past two...

enzyme

First experiments at Europe's new X-ray laser reveal...

Oct. 2, 2018 - DESY-led international collaboration obtains the first scientific results from European XFEL An international collaboration led by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and consisting of more than 100 researchers, including three Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists, has...

HPC4Materials announces first awards

Sept. 26, 2018 - The Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the first round of awardees for the new HPC4Materials (HPC4Mtls) Program, a public-private effort aimed at using high-performance computing to advance U.S. industry’s discovery, design and development of materials for severe environments. The nine...

Science on Saturday

Lawrence Livermore’s ‘Science On Saturday’ lecture series...

Sept. 20, 2018 - LIVERMORE, California — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) popular "Science on Saturday” lecture series returns to Tracy this weekend, reprising two presentations that were featured earlier this year in Livermore that highlight “Marvelous Machines.” The free one-hour presentations...

neutron

LLNL/LBNL team named as Gordon Bell Award finalists for work on...

Sept. 20, 2018 - A team of scientists and physicists headed by the Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories has been named as one of six finalists for the prestigious 2018 Gordon Bell Award, one of the world’s top honors in supercomputing. Using the Department of Energy’s newest...

Researchers take first 3D images of microscopic hydrogen-...

Sept. 19, 2018 - Microfractures in metal alloys, though impossible to see with the naked eye, can easily spread when exposed to water or hydrogen and lead to major problems in structures such as bridges, electrochemical and nuclear plants and hydrogen storage containers, leading to failures and expensive repairs....

Spack, a Lab-developed 'app store for supercomputers,...

Sept. 18, 2018 - Spack, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory-developed open source package manager optimized for high performance computing (HPC), is making waves throughout the HPC community, including internationally, as evidenced by a recent tour of European HPC facilities by the tool’s developers. Despite...

LLNL explores machine learning to prevent defects in metal 3D-...

Sept. 13, 2018 - For years, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory engineers and scientists have used an array of sensors and imaging techniques to analyze the physics and processes behind metal 3D printing in an ongoing effort to build higher quality metal parts the first time, every time. Now, researchers are...

peat

Research to focus on microbes in peat moss

Sept. 12, 2018 - Mention “peat moss” and many people will conjure up the curly brown plant material that gardeners use. “Oh, the thing you get at Home Depot” is a common reaction Joel Kostka receives when he mentions that he studies peat moss. His response: “Peat moss is a really cool plant that’s important to the...

belle8

Electrochemical 'roughening' improves LLNL-developed...

Sept. 11, 2018 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) engineers and scientists have developed a new technique that enhances the performance of Lab-developed flexible thin-film biological sensors, increasing the sensitivity of the implantable arrays to chemicals for biosensing applications, among other...

DOE funds LLNL project aimed at improving energy efficiency in...

Sept. 10, 2018 - The Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) recently awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers with $3 million for a three-year project aimed at using building energy more efficiently to...

Lab wins three FLC awards for tech transfer

Sept. 7, 2018 - Three teams of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists, each supported by a Lab business development executive, have captured regional awards for technology transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC). This year’s awards, two for outstanding commercialization success and...

blue bacteria

Journey to explore the inexhaustible resource of genetic...

Sept. 6, 2018 - The microbial production of enzymes, chemicals and fuels could become more efficient and economical with a newly engineered system for controlling genes called “Jungle Express.” Scientists and collaborators from the Department of Energy's (DOE) Joint BioEnergy Institute, Lawrence Livermore...