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For article Spack, a Lab-developed 'app store for supercomputers,' becoming standard-bearer

Spack, a Lab-developed 'app store for supercomputers,' becoming standard-bearer

Sept. 18, 2018 -  
Spack, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory-developed open source package manager optimized for high performance computing (HPC), is making waves throughout the HPC community, including internationally, as evidenced by a recent tour of European HPC facilities by the tool’s developers. Despite...
For article LLNL explores machine learning to prevent defects in metal 3D-printed parts in real time

LLNL explores machine learning to prevent defects in metal 3D-printed parts in real time

Sept. 13, 2018 -  
For years, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory engineers and scientists have used an array of sensors and imaging techniques to analyze the physics and processes behind metal 3D printing in an ongoing effort to build higher quality metal parts the first time , every time. Now, researchers are...
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Research to focus on microbes in peat moss

Sept. 12, 2018 -  
Mention “peat moss” and many people will conjure up the curly brown plant material that gardeners use. “Oh, the thing you get at Home Depot” is a common reaction Joel Kostka receives when he mentions that he studies peat moss. His response: “Peat moss is a really cool plant that’s important to the...
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Electrochemical 'roughening' improves LLNL-developed flexible biological sensors

Sept. 11, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) engineers and scientists have developed a new technique that enhances the performance of Lab-developed flexible thin-film biological sensors, increasing the sensitivity of the implantable arrays to chemicals for biosensing applications, among other...
For article DOE funds LLNL project aimed at improving energy efficiency in buildings

DOE funds LLNL project aimed at improving energy efficiency in buildings

Sept. 10, 2018 -  
The Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) recently awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers with $3 million for a three-year project aimed at using building energy more efficiently to...
For article Lab wins three FLC awards for tech transfer

Lab wins three FLC awards for tech transfer

Sept. 7, 2018 -  
Three teams of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists, each supported by a Lab business development executive, have captured regional awards for technology transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium ( FLC ). This year’s awards, two for outstanding commercialization success...
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Journey to explore the inexhaustible resource of genetic information found in microorganisms

Sept. 6, 2018 -  
The microbial production of enzymes, chemicals and fuels could become more efficient and economical with a newly engineered system for controlling genes called “Jungle Express.” Scientists and collaborators from the Department of Energy's (DOE) Joint BioEnergy Institute , Lawrence Livermore...
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Laboratory researchers recognized for accomplishments in early and mid-career

Sept. 5, 2018 -  
Fifteen Lab scientists and engineers have been named to Lawrence Livermore's ( LLNL ) fourth annual Early and Mid-Career Recognition ( EMCR ) Program. The EMCR Program recognizes scientific and technical accomplishments, leadership and future promise demonstrated by LLNL scientists and engineers in...
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Hierarchical 3D printing of nanoporous gold could ‘revolutionize’ electrochemical reactor design

Aug. 31, 2018 -  
Nanoporous metals are superior catalysts for chemical reactions due to their large surface area and high electrical conductivity, making them perfect candidates for applications such as electrochemical reactors, sensors and actuators. In a study published today in the journal Science Advances ,...
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Energy Secretary honors Lab scientist’s contributions to stockpile stewardship

Aug. 30, 2018 -  
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recognized Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) chemist Bill McLean with a Secretary’s Achievment Award Wednesday in recognition of “pioneering technical contributions that have led to significant advancements in science-based stockpile stewardship .” The...
For article Scientists now know the fate of the majority of Higgs bosons particles produced in the LHC

Scientists now know the fate of the majority of Higgs bosons particles produced in the LHC

Aug. 29, 2018 -  
At CERN , the Large Hadron Collider experiments ATLAS and CMS have taken a big step forward in the quest to understand how the Higgs boson enables fundamental particles to acquire mass. The team announced the discovery of the Higgs boson particle transforming into bottom quarks as it decays. This...
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Manufacturing program calls for proposals focused on challenges in steel, aluminum

Aug. 29, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) has issued a special High Performance Computing for Manufacturing ( HPC4Mfg ) call for proposals for projects aimed at addressing key challenges in U.S. steel and aluminum manufacturing. The solicitation officially opened on Aug. 23. Funding of up to...
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Five researchers named to '40 Under 40' list

Aug. 29, 2018 -  
Five Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers join an eclectic group of entrepreneurs, writers, executives, philanthropists and more on Diablo Magazine’s annual “40 Under 40” list, which recognizes young professionals in the East Bay who are leading the charge in their fields...
For article Learning to love science from gazing at planets

Learning to love science from gazing at planets

Aug. 27, 2018 -  
The moment Louisa Pickworth saw the rings of Saturn through her father’s backyard telescope, she knew she wanted to become a scientist to learn “more and more and more.” Today, Pickworth, 32, is one of LLNL’s heralded young physicists for her work developing cutting-edge X-ray diagnostics to help...
For article Four Lawrence Livermore scientists named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff

Four Lawrence Livermore scientists named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff

Aug. 22, 2018 -  
Four Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers have been named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff (DMTS) for their extraordinary scientific and technical contributions to the Laboratory and its missions, as acknowledged by their professional peers and the larger community...
For article Theory aids analysis of nuclear materials

Theory aids analysis of nuclear materials

Aug. 22, 2018 -  
Nuclear emergency teams, safeguards specialists and others may one day benefit from an expanded nuclear fission chain theory and detectors developed by a team of Lawrence Livermore Nationla Laboratory ( LLNL ) physicists. The Livermore scientists have bolstered their theory for understanding...
For article Researchers developing deep learning system to advance nuclear nonproliferation analysis

Researchers developing deep learning system to advance nuclear nonproliferation analysis

Aug. 21, 2018 -  
Artificial neural networks are all around us, deeply embedded in routine functions on the internet. They help online merchants make personalized shopping recommendations, enable social media sites to recognize faces in photos and assist email programs in filtering out spam. Neural networks also...
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Optogenetics – controlling neurons with light – may lead to cures for PTSD, Alzheimer’s

Aug. 20, 2018 -  
Through the emerging field of optogenetics, a technology that allows genetically modified neurons in living tissue to be precisely controlled by means of light, scientists are attempting to gain a better understanding of how the brain works in hopes of discovering cures for debilitating neural...
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LLNL and Virginia Tech researchers achieve more complex 3D-printed graphene aerogel

Aug. 17, 2018 -  
Graphene aerogel is lighter than air but as strong as steel, and it’s already proven useful in aerospace, energy storage and insulation. While there have been recent advances in 3D printing of the novel material, achieving complex structures has been elusive, hampering the unique material’s full...
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Summer scholars learn value of team science

Aug. 17, 2018 -  
A group of NIF & Photon Science summer scholars and visiting graduate students are experiencing the value of teamwork as they conduct experiments at LLNL’s Jupiter Laser Facility ( JLF ). Jesus Hinojosa, 26, a University of Michigan graduate student, and Matthew Thibodeau, 21, a Rice University...