Shifts in states of matter: It's complicated

Nov. 7, 2014- 
The process of phase changes -- those transitions between states of matter -- is more complex than previously thought.A team of Lawrence Livermore researchers and colleagues has found that we may need to rethink one of science’s building blocks and illustrate how a proper theoretical description of transitions, so mundane and present in our daily life, has remained unclear.The researchers...

Vital NIF diagnostic receives upgrade

Nov. 6, 2014- 
When the National Ignition Facility’s 192 intense laser beams are fired, a series of complex events begins. To capture and measure the vast amount of data generated during experiments, NIF is now equipped with about 60 nuclear, optical and X-ray diagnostics. One of these diagnostics, the Near Backscatter Imager (NBI), recently received an upgrade.Developed in the mid-2000s, the NBI is run...

Where did all the xenon go?

Nov. 6, 2014- 
The noble gas xenon should be found in terrestrial and Martian atmospheres, but researchers have had a hard time finding it.The prevailing theory claims that due to xenon’s weight -- it is a heavy gas -- it could be trapped in a planet’s core or in the mantle during the planet’s formation. Lawrence Livermore scientists and collaborators have discovered that the xenon can be trapped in the...

Tiny carbon nanotube pores make big impact

Oct. 30, 2014- 
A team led by the Lawrence Livermore scientists has created a new kind of ion channel consisting of short carbon nanotubes, which can be inserted into synthetic bilayers and live cell membranes to form tiny pores that transport water, protons, small ions and DNA.These carbon nanotube "porins" have significant implications for future health care and bioengineering applications. Nanotube porins...

Randles receives National Institutes of Health award to pursue cancer research

Oct. 10, 2014- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory computational scientist Amanda Randles has received a Director's Early Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).The NIH Common Fund award provides funding to encourage exceptional young scientists to pursue "high risk, high reward" independent research in biomedical and behavioral science. Randles will receive about $2.5 million...

Media advisory: San Joaquin Expanding Your Horizons Conference to highlight science and math careers

Oct. 3, 2014- 
WHO:Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and the University of the Pacific School of Engineering and Computer Science will co-sponsor the 22nd annual San Joaquin Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference. Support is also provided by Chevron. See the website. WHAT:The popular daylong conference introduces girls in grades 6-12 to a variety of challenging careers...

Susana Reyes assumes chair of American Nuclear Society Fusion Energy Division

Oct. 1, 2014- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) nuclear engineer Susana Reyes has assumed the 2014-15 chairmanship of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Fusion Energy Division, following her election as vice chair in 2012.Reyes has more than 12 years of experience in international fusion projects. She joined LLNL in 2001 to pursue her interest in fusion science and worked on the safety analysis...

NIH taps Lab to develop sophisticated electrode array system to monitor brain activity

Sept. 30, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a grant today to develop an electrode array system that will enable researchers to better understand how the brain works through unprecedented resolution and scale.LLNL's grant-funded project is part of NIH's efforts to support President Obama's BRAIN (Brain Research through...

NIH taps Lab to develop sophisticated electrode array system to monitor brain activity

Sept. 30, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a grant today to develop an electrode array system that will enable researchers to better understand how the brain works through unprecedented resolution and scale.LLNL's grant-funded project is part of NIH's efforts to support President Obama's BRAIN (Brain Research through...

NIH taps Lab to develop sophisticated electrode array system to monitor brain activity

Sept. 30, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a grant today to develop an electrode array system that will enable researchers to better understand how the brain works through unprecedented resolution and scale.LLNL's grant-funded project is part of NIH's efforts to support President Obama's BRAIN (Brain Research through...

Data from Napa earthquake advances the state-of-the-art in seismic science

Sept. 29, 2014- 
Data received from seismic monitoring stations coupled with information rapidly shared via smartphones and the Internet by those who experienced the south Napa temblor is serving to advance scientists' understanding of earthquakes as well as improving rapid response, according to Artie Rodgers of the Lab's Seismology Group and Geophysical Monitoring Program.Rodgers recently provided a summary...

From RAGS to riches

Sept. 25, 2014- 
The Radiochemical Analysis of Gaseous Samples (RAGS) is a true trash to treasure story, turning debris from the National Ignition Facility's (NIF) target chamber into valuable data that helps to shape future experiments.The RAGS diagnostic, developed for NIF by Sandia National Laboratories and commissioned in 2012, is a cryogenic system designed to collect the gaseous debris from the NIF...

Lab entrepreneurial event links startups with investors

Sept. 24, 2014- 
Six startups born out of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory technologies made presentations at a recent entrepreneurial event to attract investors.The companies -- which have licensed technologies in biotech, renewable energy, sensors, infrared imaging and health care -- showcased their capabilities at the Entrepreneurs-in-Readiness (EIR) event at the Livermore Valley Open Campus'High...

Lawrence Livermore renews pact with Georgetown University to expand research and education in science and policy

Sept. 22, 2014- 
Director Bill Goldstein and GeorgetownPresident John DeGioia on Friday renewed their institutional commitment by signing a memorandum of understanding for an additional five years to expand the collaborative work in the areas of cyber security, biosecurity, nonproliferation and global climate, energy and environmental sciences.This renewal represents a significant expansion of an MOU...

Lab Day highlight labs' contribution to U.S. competitiveness and innovation

Sept. 17, 2014- 
Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday,Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz joined Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Jim Risch for National Lab Day on the Hill. The event highlighted several notable research projects from across the national laboratory system. Durbin and Risch also formally launched the Senate National Laboratory Caucus, which aims to increase awareness of the reach of the national labs as...

Keeping a low profile keeps LLNL's Stan Terusaki at the front of the peloton

Sept. 17, 2014- 
The exhilaration of the G-force pushing your head down as you accelerate through the banked curve of a velodrome just doesn't get old for Stan Terusaki, who recently competed and won a gold medal at the USA Cycling Masters National Championships in Redmond, Washington."Racing on a track is a really different sensation. It's exhilarating and fun; like a roller coaster," said Terusaki, who won...

Keeping a low profile keeps LLNL's Stan Terusaki at the front of the peloton

Sept. 17, 2014- 
The exhilaration of the G-force pushing your head down as you accelerate through the banked curve of a velodrome just doesn't get old for Stan Terusaki, who recently competed and won a gold medal at the USA Cycling Masters National Championships in Redmond, Washington."Racing on a track is a really different sensation. It's exhilarating and fun; like a roller coaster," said Terusaki, who won...

Lab Day highlight labs' contribution to U.S. competitiveness and innovation

Sept. 17, 2014- 
Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday,Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz joined Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Jim Risch for National Lab Day on the Hill. The event highlighted several notable research projects from across the national laboratory system. Durbin and Risch also formally launched the Senate National Laboratory Caucus, which aims to increase awareness of the reach of the national labs as...

Keeping a low profile keeps LLNL's Stan Terusaki at the front of the peloton

Sept. 17, 2014- 
The exhilaration of the G-force pushing your head down as you accelerate through the banked curve of a velodrome just doesn't get old for Stan Terusaki, who recently competed and won a gold medal at the USA Cycling Masters National Championships in Redmond, Washington."Racing on a track is a really different sensation. It's exhilarating and fun; like a roller coaster," said Terusaki, who won...

Engineer aims high over the summer

Sept. 15, 2014- 
Monika Witte's summer vacation wasn't really a vacation.The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) engineer took six weeks off to volunteer at a local summer educational program thataims to close the opportunity and achievement gaps for low-income middle school students by offering classroom instruction and academic enrichment activities."I wanted to know how the educational system...