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New data sets enhance global climate models

Aug. 3, 2018 - A new initiative by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists collects, archives and documents climate data sets to support the coordinated modeling activities that study past, present and future climates. The initiative, known as input data sets for Model Intercomparison Projects (...

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FDA approves medical device utilizing LLNL-developed shape...

Aug. 2, 2018 - The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of a medical device in humans for deliberately blocking blood flow to treat bleeding abnormalities or other conditions, a procedure known as embolization. The device integrates expanding shape memory polymer technology that was partly developed...

Lab researcher to help lead DOE exascale effort

July 31, 2018 - The Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has named Lori Diachin as its new deputy director, effective Aug. 7. Diachin replaces Stephen Lee, who has retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Diachin has been serving as the deputy associate director for Science and Technology...

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Lawrence Livermore chemist elected ACS fellow

July 25, 2018 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) chemist Dawn Shaughnessy, whose team helped discover six new elements on the periodic table, has been elected a fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The fellows program began in 2009 to recognize and honor ACS members for outstanding...

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Applications due for Community Gift Program

July 24, 2018 - LIVERMORE, California – Applications for the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) annual Community Gift Program are due by Friday, Aug. 17. Established in 2008, the Community Gift Program provides a total of $100,000 in awards to support nonprofit organizations addressing STEM (science...

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Exploring the chemistry of nuclear explosions

July 23, 2018 - To understand fallout formation from a nuclear explosion, it’s important to look at the gas phase of metal oxides within the device. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have developed a plasma-flow reactor to experimentally simulate the late cooling of post-detonation...

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Human influence detected in changing seasons

July 19, 2018 - For the first time, scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and five other organizations have shown that human influences significantly impact the size of the seasonal cycle of temperature in the lowest layer of the atmosphere. To demonstrate this, they applied a so-called “...

Cohen honored with plasma physics award

July 18, 2018 - Lawrence Livermore retiree Bruce Cohen has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society’s Charles K. Birdsall Award for “contributions to the numerical simulation of plasmas, particularly multiple time-scale methods and to their application to diverse plasma...

Research by Lawerence Livermore scientists may help validate...

July 17, 2018 - A new study in which Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists compared drug responses in the brains of rodents to drug responses of brain cells cultured in Lab-developed “brain-on-a-chip” devices may be a critical first step to validating chip-based brain platforms, LLNL researchers...

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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...