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First forms of life on Earth unveiled in hot spring

Nov. 28, 2017 -  
Terrestrial geothermal systems are like buried treasure when it comes to finding out the origins of life on Earth. In these underground hot springs, some of the most ancient single-celled bacteria and archaea live the life of extremophiles (organisms that live under extreme environmental conditions...
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Fighting diabetes through the 'Tour de Cure'

Nov. 27, 2017 -  
Editor's Note: This is one in a series of articles about Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees who volunteer for various nonprofit agencies. Many of these agencies are available for employees to donate through the Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign. ___________ Melanee...
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Lab-led HPC for Manufacturing project wins 'Innovation Excellence' award at SC17

Nov. 22, 2017 -  
An HPC for Manufacturing project aimed at saving time and money for paper product manufacturers earned an HPC Innovation Excellence Award at the 2017 SuperComputing Conference ( SC17 ) in Denver on Nov. 14. The project, led by LLNL researcher Will Elmer, was a collaboration with consumer goods...
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SC17 recap: LLNL’s Computation contingent scales new heights in the Mile High City

Nov. 22, 2017 -  
The 2017 SuperComputing Conference ( SC17 ), the world’s largest gathering of scientists, researchers and vendors in high-performance computing (HPC), descended on Denver last week, as nearly 13,000 people crammed the Colorado Convention Center over six days to learn about and discuss the latest...
For article LLNL researchers garner seven top awards for industrial inventions from R&D Magazine

LLNL researchers garner seven top awards for industrial inventions from R&D Magazine

Nov. 21, 2017 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers have captured seven awards among the top 100 industrial inventions worldwide. The trade journal R&D Magazine announced the winners of the annual awards, sometimes called the “Oscars of invention,” Friday at the Walt Disney World Swan...
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Siting Sierra: Lawrence Livermore’s newest and fastest supercomputer is taking shape

Nov. 20, 2017 -  
Work is moving fast and furious in the Livermore Computing Complex at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ), where siting and installation for Sierra, the Lab’s next advanced technology high-performance supercomputer, is kicking into high gear. Trucks began delivering racks and hardware...
For article HPCwire awards Lab scientists at SC17

HPCwire awards Lab scientists at SC17

Nov. 17, 2017 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers won big at the 2017 SuperComputing Conference ( SC17 ) in Denver, taking home two HPCwire Editor’s Choice awards for their work in applying high-performance computing (HPC) to solve complex challenges. The publication honored Lab...
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Lab employee and veteran Steve Leahy volunteers to help disaster victims rebuild

Nov. 16, 2017 -  
Editor's Note: This is one in a series of articles about Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees who volunteer for various nonprofit agencies. Many of these agencies are available for employees to donate through the Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign. ____________ If you ask...
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Lawrence Livermore and American Heart Association partner to accelerate drug discovery

Nov. 15, 2017 -  
The American Heart Association ( AHA ) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) have formed a strategic business partnership to overcome the burden of drug discovery, cost and access. The two organizations will leverage the world’s most powerful supercomputers to accelerate drug...
Science on Saturday

‘Science on Saturday’ lecture in Oakland to explore biologically inspired nano-bots

Nov. 15, 2017 -  
WHO: Lawrence Livermore scientists Matt Coleman, Amy Rasley and Wei He, along with Tracy High School science teacher Erin McKay, will present “Building Biologically Inspired Nano-Bots,” the second and final lecture in the 2017 Science on Saturday series at the Chabot Space and Science Center. The...
EV program

Laboratory pilots electric vehicle program

Nov. 14, 2017 -  
Through a collaboration with the Department of Energy ( DOE ), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) recently launched a government-owned electric vehicle program, helping the Lab and its employees to be proactive in reducing emissions and meeting future sustainability goals. See the...
For article ‘Criticality’ experiments enhance nuclear safety, security and effectiveness

‘Criticality’ experiments enhance nuclear safety, security and effectiveness

Nov. 13, 2017 -  
Gathered in a control room deep in the Nevada desert, a team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos national laboratories watched safety monitors as a carefully layered stack of plutonium inched toward “critical” – the point at which fissile material can sustain a nuclear chain...
For article Veteran Shaun Stephenson reflects on his military service and journey to honor his brother

Veteran Shaun Stephenson reflects on his military service and journey to honor his brother

Nov. 10, 2017 -  
“I was operating in the theater in late January of 1991, preparing for the challenges that lay ahead with an unforeseen enemy," Shaun Stephenson recalled. "Little did I know that one of those challenges would be the loss of my brother.” Stephenson, from Bountiful, Utah, was 19 years old when he...
For article Bay Area Science Festival to deliver Saturday

Bay Area Science Festival to deliver Saturday

Nov. 9, 2017 -  
The Bay Area Science Festival returns to AT&T Park in San Francisco on Saturday, Nov. 11. The 7th annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park features hundreds of activities to “unleash your inner scientist” and explore some of the scientific and technical work going on at the national labs, colleges...
For article Foster Medal awarded to Victor H. Reis, 'architect' of Stockpile Stewardship Program

Foster Medal awarded to Victor H. Reis, 'architect' of Stockpile Stewardship Program

Nov. 9, 2017 -  
It was 1993. The Cold War was over. The U.S. had declared a moratorium on nuclear testing, and a new strategy of ensuring the safety and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent would soon be needed. Victor “Vic” Reis, then the Department of Energy ’s assistant secretary of Defense Programs,...
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LLNL's popular lecture series highlighting ‘Ingenious Inventions’ premieres in Oakland

Nov. 1, 2017 -  
LIVERMORE, California -- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's popular lecture series, "Science on Saturday," premieres Saturday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Chabot Space and Science Center, located at 10,000 Skyline Blvd. in Oakland. The series will offer two different lectures, one each on...
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Lab employees selected as 2017 APS fellows

Oct. 31, 2017 -  
Three Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists -- Nathan Barton, Lab Director William Goldstein and Robert Kirkwood -- have been selected as 2017 fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). Election to APS fellowship recognizes the society member's exceptional contributions to...
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Lab researchers achieve breakthrough in 3D printed marine grade stainless steel

Oct. 30, 2017 -  
“Marine grade” stainless steel is valued for its performance under corrosive environments and for its high ductility -- the ability to bend without breaking under stress -- making it a preferred choice for oil pipelines, welding, kitchen utensils, chemical equipment, medical implants, engine parts...
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Public-private consortium aims to cut preclinical cancer drug discovery from six years to just one

Oct. 27, 2017 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, GSK and University of California, San Francisco will combine vast data stores, supercomputing and scientific expertise to reinvent discovery process for cancer medicines. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 27, 2017 -- Scientists...
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Deformation experiments reveal insight into material changes during shock compression

Oct. 26, 2017 -  
For the first time, scientists have reported in-situ diffraction experiments measuring deformation twinning at the lattice level during shock compression. The results were recently published in Nature by a team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and collaborators from the...