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Lasers, photonics and powerful partnerships

April 30, 2018 - The world’s most energetic laser sits in a secure, guarded federal laboratory, but its impact stretches far beyond the one-square-mile site of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Since the outset, technologies developed or improved at the Laboratory have led to industry-defining...

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Persistence prevails at Hackathon

April 27, 2018 - All hackathons at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have common elements -- energized conversations, tangled laptop cords, plenty of food, horseplay and hijinks -- but each occasion is unique. These triannual events pack a variety of projects and new ideas into a 24-hour period. The...

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Additive manufacturing advances K-9 training

April 26, 2018 - Additive manufacturing (AM) has gone to the dogs, thanks to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) new approach to K-9 training materials. The process prints 3D objects that contain trace amounts of nonreactive explosives, resulting in several advantages for K-9s and their handlers....

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Record experiments probe exoplanetary cores

April 25, 2018 - Using high-powered laser beams, iron-silicon alloys have been compressed to unprecedented pressures corresponding to the center of a three-Earth-mass extrasolar planet. The resulting measurements of crystal structure and density provide new insights into the nature of the deep interiors of the...

Americans ramp up use of solar, wind energy

April 24, 2018 - Americans used more solar and wind energy in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Overall, energy consumption by the residential and commercial sectors dropped a bit.  Each year, the...

LLNL maps out deployment of carbon capture and sequestration for...

April 23, 2018 - To better understand the near-term commercial potential for capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have mapped out how CO2 might be captured from existing U.S. ethanol biorefineries and permanently stored (or...

New exascale system for earth simulation

April 23, 2018 - A new earth modeling system unveiled today will have weather-scale resolution and use advanced computers to simulate aspects of Earth’s variability and anticipate decadal changes that will critically impact the U.S. energy sector in coming years. After four years of development, the Energy...

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Register now for Teacher Research Academy

April 19, 2018 - Register now for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) 2018 Teacher Research Academy (TRA). The TRA offers middle- and high-school science teachers and community college faculty professional development curriculum during the summer at the Edward Teller Education Center (ETEC) at LLNL....

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Lawrence Livermore issues state-by-state combined energy and...

April 19, 2018 - For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has issued state-by-state energy and water flow charts in one location so that analysts and policymakers can find all the information they need in one place. LLNL worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National...

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Next round for UN climate change report begins

April 17, 2018 - The seven-year cycle of scientific assessment driven by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN-IPCC) has begun, with Lab scientist Paul Durack invited to contribute as a lead author for the sixth assessment report (AR6), chapter three, “Human Influence on the Climate...

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Ramp compression of iron provides insight into core conditions...

April 16, 2018 - In a paper published today by Nature Astronomy, a team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Rochester have provided the first experimentally based mass-radius relationship for a hypothetical pure iron...

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New Center for Global Security Research book explores dark side...

April 13, 2018 - A new book by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) explores the military and security implications of emerging and disruptive technologies. The latest in its strategic latency series, “Strategic Latency Red, White and Blue: Managing the...

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A powerful new source of high-energy protons

April 12, 2018 - Nearly 20 years ago, researchers conducting experiments on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) Nova Petawatt laser system -- the world’s first quadrillion-watt laser -- discovered that when the system’s intense short-pulse laser beams struck a thin foil target, an unexpected torrent of...

NIF

Tour guides put NIF’s best foot forward

April 10, 2018 - In 2017, after more than eight years of operation, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) reached its epic 2,000th shot. Over that time, as the shot rate steadily climbed, other important numbers also have risen dramatically. By the end of 2017, the...

DOE announces request for proposal for LLNL's next-...

April 9, 2018 - Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of at least two new exascale supercomputers, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s next-generation system code-named “El Capitan.” Scheduled to be deployed at Lawrence...

The definitive search for axion dark matter

April 9, 2018 - Forty years ago, scientists theorized a new kind of low-mass particle that could solve one of the enduring mysteries of nature: what dark matter is made of. The search for that particle has just begun. This week, the Axion Dark Matter Experiment (ADMX) unveiled a new result (published in the April...

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Night or day, Lab-developed space-based telescope can image...

April 5, 2018 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have developed and tested an optical telescope system that can be used for Earth and space observation. The team, led by Wim de Vries, built and tested several designs for high-resolution monolithic optical telescope systems, fabricated...

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Machine learning models could save lives through personalized...

April 4, 2018 - Researchers and clinicians may be able to track the progression of sepsis, a potentially life-threatening condition characterized by an extreme reaction to infection, with more precision and confidence using machine learning models developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in...

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Lab's Data Science Institute brings best minds in AI,...

April 3, 2018 - Machine learning. Deep learning. Artificial intelligence. Computer vision. Big data analytics. These aren’t just techie buzzwords — they’re all areas of research that fall under the sweeping term “data science.” So how does a national laboratory, with researchers exploring all of these areas and...

Martovetsky’s quest for carbon-free power endures at the world...

March 30, 2018 - Growing up in Protvino, Russia, in the 1960s — home to the largest particle accelerator in the world when it launched in 1967­ — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist Nicolai Martovetsky quickly became fascinated with physics and math. “Protvino was one of the towns in Russia...