Lights, camera, action: Researchers develop method to measure crystalline equation of state

April 13, 2016- 
Beginning in the 19th century, scientists developed equations of state (EoS) to describe how material properties such as volume or internal energy are affected by intensive pressure or temperature. Experiments are conducted to determine the volume a sample occupies at various pressure-temperature conditions. But what happens when a suitable experimental technique does not exist or is...

Climate models underestimate global warming by exaggerating cloud 'brightening'

April 7, 2016- 
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Yale University have found that climate models are aggressively making clouds "brighter" as the planet warms. This may be causing models to underestimate how much global warming will occur due to increasing carbon dioxide. The research appears in the April 8 edition of Science.As the atmosphere warms, clouds become increasingly...

Tiny tubes move into the fast lane

April 4, 2016- 
For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have shown that carbon nanotubes as small as eight-tenths of a nanometer in diameter can transport protons faster than bulk water, by an order of magnitude.The research validates a 200-year old mechanism of proton transport.A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. By comparison, the diameter of a human hair is 20...

Lawrence Livermore and IBM collaborate to build new brain-inspired supercomputer

March 29, 2016- 
Chip-architecture breakthrough accelerates path to exascale computing; helps computers tackle complex, cognitive tasks such as pattern recognition sensory processingLIVERMORE, Calif. and ARMONK, N. Y. – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) today announced it will receive a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing platform for deep learning developed by IBM Research. Based on a...

National Academies tap LLNL scientist for panel

March 24, 2016- 
A Lab bioinformatics scientist has been selected to serve on a U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine panel that will study microbiomes in "built environments."Jonathan Allen, a researcher in Lawrence Livermore's Global Security Program, has been chosen to be part of the 15-member committee that will study microbiomes, or microbial communities of organisms growing in...

Laboratory hosts underprivileged Bay Area youth for 'My Brother's Keeper' Day

March 3, 2016- 
Anthony Roy, an eighth-grader at Montera Middle School in Oakland, enjoys math and science, and besides dreaming of becoming a basketball star or lawyer, he wants to create his own smartphone apps.But his school doesn’t have the resources many other students take for granted, such as a computer or science lab, so Roy is hoping his visit to Lawrence Livermore Lab will inspire him to consider a...

Laboratory hosts underprivileged Bay Area youth for 'My Brother's Keeper' Day

March 3, 2016- 
Anthony Roy, an eighth-grader at Montera Middle School in Oakland, enjoys math and science, and besides dreaming of becoming a basketball star or lawyer, he wants to create his own smartphone apps.But his school doesn’t have the resources many other students take for granted, such as a computer or science lab, so Roy is hoping his visit to Lawrence Livermore Lab will inspire him to consider a...

Laboratory hosts underprivileged Bay Area youth for 'My Brother's Keeper' Day

March 3, 2016- 
Anthony Roy, an eighth-grader at Montera Middle School in Oakland, enjoys math and science, and besides dreaming of becoming a basketball star or lawyer, he wants to create his own smartphone apps.But his school doesn’t have the resources many other students take for granted, such as a computer or science lab, so Roy is hoping his visit to Lawrence Livermore Lab will inspire him to consider a...

Symposium honors Michael May's 90th birthday

Feb. 22, 2016- 
Last week, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) hosted a special event to honor the 90th birthday of Director Emeritus Michael May.The fifth director of LLNL, May worked at the Laboratory for more than 35 years, with brief periods spent away on other efforts. He held a variety of research and development positions at Livermore, including...

New research explores asteroid deflection using spacecraft to crash into body at high speeds

Feb. 16, 2016- 
Asteroids headed for a collision with the Earth, if found early enough, can be acted upon to prevent the potentially devastating consequences of an impact. One technique to divert an asteroid, called kinetic impact, uses a spacecraft to crash into the body at high speeds.This approach delivers the momentum of the spacecraft, while also providing an additional boost of momentum through the...

LLNL's 2015 Year-in-Review

Jan. 7, 2016- 
Lawrence Livermore's month-by-month highlights from 2015 are available online in the 2015 Year-in-Review edition of Newsline. As in the past, listings are in four categories: Science and Technology; People; Operations; and Awards and Recognition. The 2015 Year-in-Review will appear only electronically; there will be no print edition. The Web-based format offers the advantage of providing...

Lawrence Livermore credited with discovery of elements 115, 117 and 118

Dec. 31, 2015- 
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has confirmed that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists and international collaborators have officially discovered elements 115, 117 and 118.The announcement means those three elements are one step closer to being named.Lawrence Livermore teamed with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia (JINR) in...

New results from experimental facility deepen understanding of dark matter

Dec. 29, 2015- 
LEAD, S.D. – The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment, which operates nearly a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in the Black Hills of South Dakota, has already proven itself to be the most sensitive dark matter detector in the world. Now, a new set of calibration techniques employed by LUX scientists has further improved its sensitivity.LUX...

LLNL wins three R&D 100 awards

Nov. 16, 2015- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers are the recipients of three awards among the top 100 industrial inventions worldwide for 2014.The trade journal R&D Magazine announced the winners of its annual awards, sometimes called the "Oscars of invention," Friday in Las Vegas. With this year's results, the Laboratory has now captured a total of 155 R&D awards since 1978.This year’s...

Researchers put pressure on hydrogen

Sept. 23, 2015- 
A National Ignition Facility (NIF) experimental campaign may have unlocked scientific secrets behind how hydrogen becomes metallic at high pressure."Hydrogen properties are still puzzling," said Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Marius Millot. "In particular, back in 1935, it was predicted that hydrogen should become metallic at sufficiently high pressure. But, using...

Construction to begin on world's largest camera

Sept. 8, 2015- 
The Department of Energy has approved the start of construction for a 3.2-gigapixel digital camera — the world’s largest — for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).The construction milestone, known as Critical Decision 3, is the last major approval decision before the acceptance of the finished camera. Construction of the telescope was previously approved by the National Science...

Nanocrystals don't add up for reactor materials

Aug. 19, 2015- 
Lawrence Livermore researchers have found that nanocrystalline materials do not necessarily resist radiation effects in nuclear reactors better than currently used materials.As researchers hunt for materials with the ability to withstand prolonged radiation damage, the use of nanostructured materials, with high interfacial area to absorb radiation-induced defects, has been considered as an...

Comatose galaxies shocked back to life

April 27, 2015- 
Galaxies are often found in clusters, which contain many "red and dead" members that stopped forming stars in the distant past. Now an international team of astronomers, including Will Dawson of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has discovered that these comatose galaxies can sometimes come back to life. If clusters of galaxies merge, a huge shock wave can drive the birth of a new...

LLNL finds a place in the sun

April 1, 2015- 
This year marks five years in space for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which provides incredibly detailed images of the whole sun 24 hours a day.Capturing an image with one arcsecond spatial resolution at 10 different wavelengths once per 10 seconds, SDO has provided an unprecedentedly clear picture of how massive explosions on the sun grow and erupt ever since its launch on Feb. 11...

White House Science & Technology policy associate director to join Lawrence Livermore

March 16, 2015- 
LIVERMORE, California — Patricia Falcone, the associate director for National Security and International Affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), has been selected as deputy director for Science and Technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).Falcone will join the Lab on April 7."Falcone’s proven leadership and expertise in national and...