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...

Ten Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers named 2014 APS fellows

Jan. 12, 2015- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. – Ten Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have been selected as 2014 fellows of the American Physical Society (APS).The new fellows represent a wide selection of physics expertise, ranging from laser science to hohlraum design to theoretical solid state physics. APS fellowships are awarded after extensive review and are considered a distinct honor...

Lawrence Livermore highlights from 2014

Jan. 8, 2015- 
Newsline's month-by-month highlights from 2014 are available on the Web. As in the past, listings are in four categories: Science and Technology; People; Operations; and Recognition and Awards. The 2014 Year-in-Review will appear electronically; there will be no print edition. The Web-based format offers the advantage of providing links to the referenced Newsline articles, press releases or...

Technology quickly traces source of tainted food

Jan. 7, 2015- 
LIVERMORE, California – Foodborne illnesses kill roughly 3,000 Americans each year and about 1 in 6 are sickened, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Yet most contaminated foods are never traced back to their source. That’s because existing methods to track tainted food following its supply chain from table to farm are highly inefficient, jeopardizing the health of...

Top 10 science and technology stories of 2014

Dec. 17, 2014- 
In 2014, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) built on a 62-year tradition of translating basic science into technologies that ensure national security, address pressing real world problems and expand the boundaries of fundamental science.The top stories of the year are a reflection of the Laboratory’s ability to apply its core national security competencies to a broad set of rapidly...

X-ray laser acts as tool to track life's chemistry

Dec. 5, 2014- 
An international research team that includes researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has captured the highest-resolution protein snapshots ever taken with an X-ray laser, revealing how a key protein in a photosynthetic bacterium changes shape when hit by light.Human biology is a massive collection of chemical reactions and all involve proteins, known as the molecules of life...

Lab researchers awarded time on top computers to advance science

Dec. 1, 2014- 
As part of the Department of Energy’s Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program, eight Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have been awarded nearly 800 million core hours on two of America’s fastest supercomputers dedicated to open science – Mira, an IBM Blue Gene/Q system located at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), and Titan...

Lawrence Livermore researchers develop efficient method to produce nanoporous metals

Nov. 25, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, California — Nanoporous metals — foam-like materials that have some degree of air vacuum in their structure — have a wide range of applications because of their superior qualities.They posses a high surface area for better electron transfer, which can lead to the improved performance of an electrode in an electric double capacitor or battery. Nanoporous metals offer an increased...