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ice

New understanding of the solidification of high-pressure ice found in 'ocean world' planets

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 laser breakthroughs

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 unknown structure of antibiotics killer

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...
For article HPC4Materials announces first awards

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 returns to Tracy

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 modeling neutron lifespans

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 supercomputers...
For article Researchers take first 3D images of microscopic hydrogen-embrittled cracks in metal

Researchers take first 3D images of microscopic hydrogen-embrittled cracks in metal

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...
For article Spack, a Lab-developed 'app store for supercomputers,' becoming standard-bearer

Spack, a Lab-developed 'app store for supercomputers,' becoming standard-bearer

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...
For article LLNL explores machine learning to prevent defects in metal 3D-printed parts in real time

LLNL explores machine learning to prevent defects in metal 3D-printed parts in real time

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 flexible biological sensors

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...
For article DOE funds LLNL project aimed at improving energy efficiency in buildings

DOE funds LLNL project aimed at improving energy efficiency in buildings

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...
For article Lab wins three FLC awards for tech transfer

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...
blue bacteria

Journey to explore the inexhaustible resource of genetic information found in microorganisms

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...
awards

Laboratory researchers recognized for accomplishments in early and mid-career

Sept. 5, 2018 -  
Fifteen Lab scientists and engineers have been named to Lawrence Livermore's ( LLNL ) fourth annual Early and Mid-Career Recognition ( EMCR ) Program. The EMCR Program recognizes scientific and technical accomplishments, leadership and future promise demonstrated by LLNL scientists and engineers in...
science advances

Hierarchical 3D printing of nanoporous gold could ‘revolutionize’ electrochemical reactor design

Aug. 31, 2018 -  
Nanoporous metals are superior catalysts for chemical reactions due to their large surface area and high electrical conductivity, making them perfect candidates for applications such as electrochemical reactors, sensors and actuators. In a study published today in the journal Science Advances ,...
mclean

Energy Secretary honors Lab scientist’s contributions to stockpile stewardship

Aug. 30, 2018 -  
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recognized Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) chemist Bill McLean with a Secretary’s Achievment Award Wednesday in recognition of “pioneering technical contributions that have led to significant advancements in science-based stockpile stewardship .” The...
For article Scientists now know the fate of the majority of Higgs bosons particles produced in the LHC

Scientists now know the fate of the majority of Higgs bosons particles produced in the LHC

Aug. 29, 2018 -  
At CERN , the Large Hadron Collider experiments ATLAS and CMS have taken a big step forward in the quest to understand how the Higgs boson enables fundamental particles to acquire mass. The team announced the discovery of the Higgs boson particle transforming into bottom quarks as it decays. This...
hpc4mfg

Manufacturing program calls for proposals focused on challenges in steel, aluminum

Aug. 29, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) has issued a special High Performance Computing for Manufacturing ( HPC4Mfg ) call for proposals for projects aimed at addressing key challenges in U.S. steel and aluminum manufacturing. The solicitation officially opened on Aug. 23. Funding of up to...
Diablo

Five researchers named to '40 Under 40' list

Aug. 29, 2018 -  
Five Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers join an eclectic group of entrepreneurs, writers, executives, philanthropists and more on Diablo Magazine’s annual “40 Under 40” list, which recognizes young professionals in the East Bay who are leading the charge in their fields...