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Learning to fly: Lab-sponsored drone competition engages Cal...

March 12, 2018 - The drones whizzed, hovered and soared, racing around a circular “track” and dropping ball-bearings on tarpaulin targets from high above. Four teams, comprised of engineering students from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo were going head-to-head in a Lawrence Livermore National Lab-sponsored Design...

Lab scientists to improve energy efficiency of copper catalysts...

March 8, 2018 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have received $1 million from the Department of Energy to improve the energy efficiency of copper-based catalysts to convert carbon dioxide into methane and other valuable hydrocarbon products. Led by LLNL’s Juergen Biener, the project will...

'Science on Screen' series returns to Modesto

March 7, 2018 - LIVERMORE, California – Now in its fourth year, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is once again partnering with The State Theatre in Modesto to bring "Science on Screen" to the theater two Saturdays a month in March and April. The 2018 theme of the series is “Marvelous Machines.”...

ROTC Day returns to Lawrence Livermore

March 6, 2018 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) welcomed more than 75 cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Merchant Marines last week for the annual Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Day. The annual event, sponsored by the Office of Defense Coordination (ODC...

Lab employee and retiree named fellows

March 2, 2018 - Two researchers affiliated with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) -- a current employee and a retiree -- have been named fellows of the international Combustion Institute (CI). Bill Pitz, a combustion scientist in the Lab’s Materials Science Division, and Charlie Westbrook, a retired...

Earth’s core metals react well to electrons

March 1, 2018 - At temperatures and pressures found on Earth’s surface, metallic elements are electropositive and lose their valence electrons to form positively charged cations. Metals have free electrons that naturally form compounds with electronegative elements. For example, iron reacts with oxygen to form...

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DOE seeks industry partners for HPC research on materials in...

Feb. 28, 2018 - The Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a funding opportunity totaling $3 million to support projects between U.S. industry and DOE national laboratories related to improving materials in severe or complex environments through the new High Performance Computing for Materials in Applied...

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Lab joins in dedication of namesake school

Feb. 28, 2018 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Director Bill Goldstein visited Lawrence Elementary School last week to meet the Lawrence “Labs” and be part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially welcomed the school to the Livermore community. Leaders of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified...

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Scientists find 'frustration' in battery materials

Feb. 22, 2018 - Adding carbon atoms to a new type of solid lithium ion battery could make it charge faster and more safely. Solid-state lithium-ion batteries can provide dramatically improved safety, voltage and energy density compared with today’s batteries, which use liquid components. They could be used in...

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Laboratory researchers join their AI-enabled counterparts for...

Feb. 20, 2018 - A team of firefighters clears a building in a blazing inferno, searching rooms for people trapped inside or hotspots that must be extinguished. Except this isn’t your typical crew. Most apparent is the fact that the firefighters aren’t all human. They’re working side-by-side with artificially...

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DOE, VA meet to address veterans' challenges through...

Feb. 16, 2018 - Officials and top scientists with the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and several national labs gathered at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) earlier this month for a two-day event to discuss using supercomputing, machine learning, artificial intelligence...

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'Science on Saturday' lecture to discuss the evolution...

Feb. 15, 2018 - WHO: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist Felicie Albert, along with teacher Dan Burns of Los Gatos High School, will present “Laser-Plasma Accelerators: Riding the Wave to the Next-Generation X-ray Light Sources,” the third lecture in the 2018 Science on Saturday lineup that is...

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LLNL/U.K. officials ink agreement to collaborate on HPC research...

Feb. 14, 2018 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the United Kingdom’s governing body for scientific research on Monday announced the signing of a new three-year agreement aimed at improving U.S. and U.K. industries through high performance computing, promoting research collaborations and boosting...

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Drones deliver green transportation option

Feb. 13, 2018 - By getting your next package delivered by drone, you could be saving energy, but only if companies deploy drones sensibly. New research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Carnegie Mellon University, SRI International and the University of Colorado at Boulder shows that drone-based...

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Protein that prevents further cartilage damage

Feb. 12, 2018 - There may be a protein in the body that hinders cartilage degradation in patients with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists performed in vivo experiments on animal models of post traumatic osteoarthritis and found that sclerostin (a...

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Hayward fault earthquake simulations increase fidelity of ground...

Feb. 8, 2018 - In the next 30 years, there is a one-in-three chance that the Hayward fault will rupture with a 6.7 magnitude or higher earthquake, according to the United States Geologic Survey (USGS). Such an earthquake will cause widespread damage to structures, transportation and utilities, as well as economic...

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'Science on Saturday' lecture to discuss improving...

Feb. 8, 2018 - WHO: Lawrence Livermore scientist Mike Malfatti, along with teacher Katherine Huang of Dougherty Valley High School, will present “Biomedical Acceleratory Mass Spectrometry: Improving Human Health One Atom at a Time,” the second lecture in the 2018 Science on Saturday lineup that is part of...

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Go-getter undergrad lands second-author credential for '...

Feb. 7, 2018 - It’s rare for an undergraduate science student to appear as an author on a scientific journal paper, and when they do, theirs is usually the last name on the list. However, Elizabeth Sangalang, a graduating senior studying biochemistry at California State University East Bay, has landed a second-...

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First experimental evidence for superionic ice

Feb. 5, 2018 - Among the many discoveries on matter at high pressure that garnered him the Nobel Prize in 1946, scientist Percy Bridgman discovered five different crystalline forms of water ice, ushering in more than 100 years of research into how ice behaves under extreme conditions. One of the most intriguing...

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Researchers characterize membrane behavior

Feb. 2, 2018 - An article authored by a team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists has characterized how different cell membranes behave. “Different membranes in different parts of the body have different barrier strengths that are required for drugs to penetrate them to reach the organ,”...