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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 of large rocky exoplanets

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...
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New Center for Global Security Research book explores dark side of new technologies

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...
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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 2,000 th shot. Over that time, as the shot rate steadily climbed, other important numbers also have risen dramatically. By the end of 2017,...
For article DOE announces request for proposal for LLNL's next-generation exascale supercomputer

DOE announces request for proposal for LLNL's next-generation exascale supercomputer

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...
For article The definitive search for axion dark matter

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 Earth and beyond

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 from...
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Machine learning models could save lives through personalized sepsis diagnostics

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, machine learning under one umbrella

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...
For article Martovetsky’s quest for carbon-free power endures at the world's  largest fusion experiment

Martovetsky’s quest for carbon-free power endures at the world's largest fusion experiment

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...
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Lab scientists successfully print glass optics

March 29, 2018 -  
For the first time, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have successfully 3D-printed optical-quality glasses, on par with commercial glass products currently available on the market. In a study published in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies , LLNL scientists and...
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Secretary Perry: LLNL ‘making a difference, impacting people’s lives in a powerful way’

March 28, 2018 -  
Energy Secretary Rick Perry made his first visit to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on Monday, praising Lab employees for “making a difference in people’s lives” and reaffirming DOE’s commitment to securing the future of its national laboratories. Perry made the remarks during a joint...
For article Lawrence Livermore to lead United States-United Kingdom consortium for demonstrating remote monitoring of nuclear reactors

Lawrence Livermore to lead United States-United Kingdom consortium for demonstrating remote monitoring of nuclear reactors

March 27, 2018 -  
LIVERMORE—Harnessing the unusual characteristics of the elusive subatomic particles known as antineutrinos, Lawrence Livermore National Laborator y (LLNL) will lead a new international multi-laboratory and university collaboration for nonproliferation research. The program will support the...
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The ‘Art of Science’ casts a creative spotlight on Lawrence Livermore science and technology

March 22, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s ( LLNL ) researchers use powerful, state-of-the-art tools to gather scientific detail from every conceivable angle, from larger than life to the atomic scale. Imagery captured from these tools, whether it’s one of the world’s fastest supercomputers to the...
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Lab scientists optimizing high performance fuels for advanced internal combustion engines

March 20, 2018 -  
In support of the Department of Energy’s ( DOE ) Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists are developing models of high performance fuels to see how they would perform in advanced internal combustion engines. The DOE...
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Breaking the Law: Lawrence Livermore, Department of Energy look to shatter Moore’s Law through quantum computing

March 19, 2018 -  
The laws of quantum physics impact daily life in rippling undercurrents few people are aware of, from the batteries in our smartphones to the energy generated from solar panels. As the Department of Energy ( DOE ) and its national laboratories explore the frontiers of quantum science, such as...
For article Vets2Tech connects veterans, job opportunities

Vets2Tech connects veterans, job opportunities

March 16, 2018 -  
Student veterans from East Bay community colleges visited Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on March 9 as part of a weeklong event connecting veterans to employment opportunities in tech, manufacturing and construction. The Veterans to Technology (Vets2Tech) Week, which began on March 5...
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Lab director names Reva Nickelson to lead Operations and Business Directorate at LLNL

March 15, 2018 -  
Reva Nickelson has been named the principal associate director for Operations and Business at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory , Director Bill Goldstein announced. Nickelson will assume her new role on April 16. Nickelson, who serves as Facilities Division director at Lawrence Berkeley...
For article Scientists design conceptual asteroid deflector  and evaluate it against massive potential threat

Scientists design conceptual asteroid deflector and evaluate it against massive potential threat

March 15, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists are part of a national planetary defense team that designed a conceptual spacecraft to deflect Earth-bound asteroids and evaluated whether it would be able to nudge a massive asteroid – which has a remote chance to hitting Earth in 2135 – off...