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For article Oracle honors NIF’s Adams for IT leadership

Oracle honors NIF’s Adams for IT leadership

Oct. 31, 2018 -  
Philip Adams, chief technical officer for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF), has been recognized with a 2018 Oracle Excellence Award . The annual program recognizes customers and partners for exceptional use of Oracle solutions to accelerate innovation...
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Oh what a mysterious web they weave

Oct. 31, 2018 -  
Spider silk is one of the strongest and most complex fibers in the world, but also remains one of nature’s mysteries. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researcher John Roehling and collaborators discovered that silk proteins inside spider glands are assembled in nanostructures and...
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DOE looks to Jupiter for high-intensity research

Oct. 30, 2018 -  
The Department of Energy deemed Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL ) as one of nine facilities operating high-intensity, ultrafast lasers. DOE’s Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) within the Office of Science awarded the new research network, called LaserNetUS, $6.8 million over the...
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‘Zombie’ stars return from the dead

Oct. 30, 2018 -  
Black holes are among the most elusive objects in the universe, but research out of Lawrence Livermore National Labroatory ( LLNL ) suggests the remnant cores of burned-out stars could be the key to making the first observation of the most elusive class of black holes. The research explored whether...
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Lawrence Livermore unveils NNSA’s Sierra, world’s third fastest supercomputer

Oct. 26, 2018 -  
The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration ( NNSA ), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) and its industry partners today officially unveiled Sierra, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, at a dedication ceremony to celebrate the system’s completion. Sierra...
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Nanocrystals arrange to improve electronics

Oct. 25, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers are working to make better electronic devices by delving into the way nanocrystals are arranged inside of them. Nanocrystals are promising building blocks for new and improved electronic devices, due to their size-tunable properties and...
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DOE to issue joint solicitation for HPC programs

Oct. 24, 2018 -  
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation ( HPC4EI ) Initiative has announced it will issue its first joint solicitation in November for two of its pillar initiatives, the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program ( HPC4Mfg ) and the High...
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LLNL researchers identify how many cancer cells it takes to initiate metastatic tumors

Oct. 18, 2018 -  
For the first time, researchers have developed a way to determine how many cancer cells it takes to initiate a tumor in another part of the body. The findings, made by a team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists, are published in the journal, Scientific Reports . “We think...
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Uncovering secret structure to safer explosives

Oct. 17, 2018 -  
A team of scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) has shown that the structure of microscopic pores in high explosive materials can significantly impact performance and safety. These findings -- published recently as the cover article in the journal Propellants, Explosives,...
Science on Saturday

Lawrence Livermore’s popular lecture series returns to Chabot Space and Science Center

Oct. 17, 2018 -  
LIVERMORE, California -- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's ( LLNL ) popular lecture series, " Science on Saturday ," returns to the Chabot Space and Science Center Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m., located at 10,000 Skyline Blvd. in Oakland. The series will offer two different lectures, Oct. 20...
For article Big results come from small instrument

Big results come from small instrument

Oct. 16, 2018 -  
A new kid is coming to town in the form of an ultra-sensitive, laser-based, carbon-14 spectrometer that will be able to measure samples as small as one microgram of carbon. LLNL engineer Daniel McCartt has built laser-based detection methods for rare isotopes to supplement the Lab’s accelerator...
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Lab researchers named optical society fellows

Oct. 12, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers Jay Dawson and Tayyab Suratwala have been named Fellows by The Optical Society of America ( OSA ), a distinction awarded to OSA members for their significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics. Dawson was cited for “...
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Four Lawrence Livermore researchers named 2018 fellows of the American Physical Society

Oct. 11, 2018 -  
Four Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists have been selected as 2018 fellows of the American Physical Society ( APS ). The new fellows represent a selection of physics expertise, ranging from computational physics to shock compression of condensed matter and instrument and...
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New understanding of the solidification of high-pressure ice found in 'ocean world' planets

Oct. 10, 2018 -  
A team of theorists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) has solved a long-standing puzzle in the nucleation of a high-pressure phase of ice known as ice VII, which is believed to exist near the core of “ocean world” planets recently detected outside of the solar system, and has...
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Nobelist Strickland’s invention helped spark LLNL’s short-pulse laser breakthroughs

Oct. 4, 2018 -  
The Nobel Prize-winning research by Donna Strickland, a former staff scientist in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's ( LLNL’s ) Laser Programs Directorate, was instrumental in the Laboratory’s development of a series of groundbreaking short-pulse, high-energy laser systems over the past two...
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First experiments at Europe's new X-ray laser reveal unknown structure of antibiotics killer

Oct. 2, 2018 -  
DESY-led international collaboration obtains the first scientific results from European XFEL An international collaboration led by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron ( DESY ) and consisting of more than 100 researchers, including three Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists, has...
For article HPC4Materials announces first awards

HPC4Materials announces first awards

Sept. 26, 2018 -  
The Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the first round of awardees for the new HPC4Materials ( HPC4Mtls ) Program, a public-private effort aimed at using high-performance computing to advance U.S. industry’s discovery, design and development of materials for severe environments. The nine...
Science on Saturday

Lawrence Livermore’s ‘Science On Saturday’ lecture series returns to Tracy

Sept. 20, 2018 -  
LIVERMORE, California — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's ( LLNL ) popular "Science on Saturday” lecture series returns to Tracy this weekend, reprising two presentations that were featured earlier this year in Livermore that highlight “Marvelous Machines.” The free one-hour presentations...
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LLNL/LBNL team named as Gordon Bell Award finalists for work on modeling neutron lifespans

Sept. 20, 2018 -  
A team of scientists and physicists headed by the Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories has been named as one of six finalists for the prestigious 2018 Gordon Bell Award, one of the world’s top honors in supercomputing. Using the Department of Energy’s newest supercomputers...
For article Researchers take first 3D images of microscopic hydrogen-embrittled cracks in metal

Researchers take first 3D images of microscopic hydrogen-embrittled cracks in metal

Sept. 19, 2018 -  
Microfractures in metal alloys, though impossible to see with the naked eye, can easily spread when exposed to water or hydrogen and lead to major problems in structures such as bridges, electrochemical and nuclear plants and hydrogen storage containers, leading to failures and expensive repairs...