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Researchers work to advance understanding of hydrodynamic...

July 16, 2018 - In a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) “Special Feature” paper published online June 26, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and University of Michigan researchers reported on recent experiments and techniques designed to improve understanding and control of...

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Understanding the universe through neutrinos

July 13, 2018 - Determining features of the elusive particle known as a neutrino – through the observation of an extremely rare nuclear process called neutrinoless double-beta decay (NDBD) -- could provide a glimpse into the nature of the universe during the earliest moments of the Big Bang. As part of an...

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New HPC4Mfg solicitation to focus on steelmaking and aluminum...

July 11, 2018 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) today announced its intention to issue a special High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program (HPC4Mfg) solicitation focused on steelmaking and aluminum production. Up to $1.2 million in federal funds will be available to support as many as...

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LLNL physicist wins APS excellence award

July 11, 2018 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) magnetic fusion physicist Max Fenstermacher has been awarded the 2018 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research from the American Physical Society. He is cited jointly with Todd Evans of General Atomics and Richard Moyer of the...

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NIF sets new laser energy record

July 10, 2018 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) laser system has set a new record, firing 2.15 megajoules (MJ) of energy to its target chamber -- a 15 percent improvement over NIF’s design specification of 1.8 MJ, and more than 10 percent higher than the previous 1....

Kids learn about cybersecurity through gaming

July 3, 2018 - The third annual Livermore Library "Cyber Defense Challenge" took place at the Livermore Civic Center Library last week. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Computation employees and Cyber Defender summer interns volunteered their time to lead the exercise for community children in...

LLNL applies high-performance computing to improve understanding...

July 2, 2018 - Since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began in 2001, more than 350,000 cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in servicemen and women have been reported to the Department of Defense (DOD). Despite several decades of failed clinical trials, there remains no acute treatment for TBI and few tools to...

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Warhead life extension passes key milestone

June 28, 2018 - The program to extend the life of the W80 nuclear warhead recently achieved a significant milestone when the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) gave passing grades to the plans to refurbish certain components and the proposed approach to developing component cost estimates. Passing...

Lightstone part of gender disparity panel

June 27, 2018 - Most scientists aren’t involved with Hollywood, even for a day. But earlier this month, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) computational biologist Felice Lightstone served as a panelist at a major Hollywood forum, the inaugural Variety Summit about gender disparities in the media and...

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LLNL-developed petawatt laser system fully integrated,...

June 27, 2018 - After evaluation by an international peer review group, the L3-HAPLS advanced petawatt laser system has been declared fully integrated and operational at the ELI Beamlines Research Center in Dolní Břežany, Czech Republic. The group assessed the laser performance, determined that all performance...

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Cyber Defense Challenge for teens slated

June 25, 2018 - Middle and high school students who want to burnish their cybersecurity skills -- or learn more about careers in computer science and cybersecurity -- can attend a workshop Wednesday, June 27. The event, a “Cyber Defense Challenge for Teens,” will be offered in two identical sessions, from 10:30 a...

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LLNL’s Sierra is third fastest supercomputer

June 25, 2018 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) next-generation supercomputer, Sierra, is the third-fastest computing system in the world, according to the TOP500 list announced today at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. Expected to be fully operational this fall,...

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Ma selected for DOE early career award

June 21, 2018 - Tammy Ma, a plasma physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has been named a recipient of the prestigious Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Early Career Research Program (ECRP). The program, now in its ninth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific...

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Peering into Tb bacteria that attacks antibiotics

June 20, 2018 - An international team of researchers including those from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has found a new way to investigate how tuberculosis bacteria inactivates an important family of antibiotics: They watched the process in action for the first time using an X-ray free-electron...

Millot’s dynamic journey in HED science

June 18, 2018 - Marius Millot was just a child when scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and Los Alamos National Laboratory predicted the existence of superionic water ice using molecular dynamics simulations. This new phase of water is characterized by the liquid-like diffusion of hydrogen ions within the...

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Former LLNL engineer turned NASA astronaut inspires employees to...

June 14, 2018 - Growing up in the Central Valley, the son of Mexican migrant farmworkers, José Hernández learned early on that education would be his ticket out of a life toiling in the fields. His journey would lead him to a 15-year career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), to the zero-gravity of...

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NIF achieves record double fusion yield

June 13, 2018 - An experimental campaign conducted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) has achieved a total fusion neutron yield of 1.9e16 (1.9x1016) and 54 KJ of fusion energy output -- double the previous record. Researchers in LLNL’s Inertial Confinement Fusion...

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Simulation for grid transmission, distribution

June 11, 2018 - Renewable energy is on the rise, especially in California, where utility companies are mandated to get at least half of their power from renewable resources, such as solar and wind, by 2030. It may be a positive development for the environment, but questions linger about how electricity generated...

Renee Breyer to lead Lab's human resources

June 5, 2018 - Renée L. Breyer has been selected as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s associate director for Strategic Human Resources Management (SHRM), effective immediately. The announcement was made June 4 by Lab Director Bill Goldstein, and Reva Nickelson, the principal associate director for...

Machine learning model predicts phenomenon key to understanding...

June 5, 2018 - Using machine learning, evolutionary algorithms and other advanced computational techniques, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have successfully modeled how atoms are arranged between the crystals that make up most materials, a development that could impact how future...