NIF Army veteran attends Medal of Honor ceremony

Nov. 11, 2019- 
It’s been more than 10 years since John Ruiz, a mechanical designer in the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) Facilities and Infrastructure Systems group, left the Army. But last summer, he found himself transported back to one of the most harrowing days of his Army career at the Medal of Honor ceremony for his former squad leader, Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia. Ruiz was a senior at Tracy...

New research finds lead toughens up under extremes

Nov. 11, 2019- 
In a new paper published as an “Editors’ Suggestion” in Physical Review Letters, a team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has demonstrated that lead — a metal so soft that it is difficult to machine at ambient conditions — responds similarly to other much stronger metals when rapidly compressed at high pressure. The paper also was highlighted by a “Viewpoint” in Physi...

Join the largest online wargaming event ever

Nov. 7, 2019- 
The Project on Nuclear Gaming (PoNG) is hosting  an online playfest for its first game, SIGNAL, a video game focused on understanding the issues surrounding nuclear deterrence and strategic stability. Thousands have signed up to play SIGNAL since the public launch in May 2019 and the experimental wargaming concept has been featured in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and Science. On...

Scholar learns from NIF’s ‘Tasting Platter of HED Science’

Nov. 7, 2019- 
As a kid, Raspberry Simpson found inspiration in the mysteries of the universe while spending many hours after school inside New York’s Hayden Planetarium. “I don’t really think I knew then I could be a scientist as a career, but I knew I was really interested in it,” Simpson said. “And I learned through lots of great teachers that this could be a job eventually.” This year, the MIT graduat...

LLNL researchers win four R&D 100 awards

Nov. 7, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have garnered four awards among the top 100 industrial inventions worldwide. The trade journal R&D World Magazine announced the winners of the annual awards, sometimes called the “Oscars of invention,” in an online post and emails to winners. The awards will be presented Dec. 5 during the 57th annual program, a black-tie gala at the...

Argon is not so noble in the Earth’s core

Nov. 6, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (UoS), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and The University of Chicago, have discovered that at thermodynamic conditions mimicking that of Earth’s core, argon can react with nickel, forming a stable Argon-Nickel (ArNi) compound. The LLNL-led research was...

Budil honored for her work in national security

Nov. 5, 2019- 
Kim Budil, principal associate director for Weapons and Complex Integration at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has made a career of advancing national security science and strengthening the partnership between the national laboratory and the University of California (UC) system. In recognition of outstanding achievements in both academia and public service, Budil will be...

Energy Department announces $4 million for High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation

Nov. 4, 2019- 
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $4 million for new projects to support manufacturers in improving energy efficiency, increasing productivity and accelerating manufacturing innovation. The High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative, managed by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), is seeking qualified industry...

Explore your inner scientist at Discovery Day

Nov. 1, 2019- 
More than 30,000 people — future scientists, aspiring engineers and their parents and friends — will have the opportunity to experience science up close at the annual Discovery Day, the pinnacle event of the weeklong Bay Area Science Festival. The science extravaganza will be held at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Each year,...

Lab leads effort to model proteins tied to cancer

Oct. 31, 2019- 
Computational scientists, biophysicists and statisticians from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) are leading a massive multi-institutional collaboration that has developed a machine learning-based simulation for next-generation supercomputers capable of modeling protein interactions and mutations that play a role in many forms of cancer....

Linda Bauer named Laboratory's deputy director

Oct. 30, 2019- 
Linda R. Bauer has been selected as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) deputy director, as well as vice president of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, Lab Director Bill Goldstein announced. The announcement was made Wednesday during a special meeting to introduce Bauer to all employees. She replaces Tom Gioconda, who announced he was stepping down from the position in...

‘STEM Day at the Lab’ a hit for Central Valley students

Oct. 30, 2019- 
Valeria Rizo, an eighth-grade student at Williams Middle School in Tracy, wants to pursue a career in the medical field combined with engineering. “I want to work with prosthetic devices,” she said. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), bioengineering is one of the fastest growing research areas, and the Lab is a great place for Rizo to embark on such a career. Rizo was one of...

High school interns embark on scientific careers

Oct. 28, 2019- 
“What I liked best about working at the Lab was being able to work with and talk to people who are so clearly passionate about what they do,” said Livermore High School student Ella King." It was incredible to see that every single scientist I had a discussion with was excited to come to work every day and loved what they did.” King was one of 12 local high school students who successfully...

Size matters in ion selectivity and energy storage

Oct. 25, 2019- 
While ions adsorbed on carbon electrodes can vary in size and shape, when it comes to selectivity and energy storage, size really does matter. In an effort to boost energy storage and water desalination technologies, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists found that capacitive performance and ion selectivity of porous carbons is controlled by a complex interplay between...

NIH looks to Lab to help develop chlamydia vaccine

Oct. 24, 2019- 
A cooperative research center that aims to develop vaccines for chlamydia has been established by the National Institutes of Health at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The new center, to be funded under a five-year, $10.1 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), will be a three-way partnership between LLNL and researchers from two...

Nuclear impulse could deflect massive asteroid

Oct. 23, 2019- 
An interagency team of researchers led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has completed the first ever in-depth investigation into how an asteroid would respond to a nuclear deflection attempt. The research was published online in Acta Astronautica and will appear in print in early 2020. The focus of the investigation was 101955 Bennu, a massive asteroid that has a remote...

Summer scholar reels in ‘STRIPED FISH’ for NIF

Oct. 22, 2019- 
In high school, Liz Grace thought physics was boring and instead considered studying psychology or music. But then a college professor inspired Grace to see the wonders of physics. Today, as a National Ignition Facility (NIF) & Photon Science Summer Scholar, she’s helping to design and build a diagnostic instrument that could become a revolutionary measurement tool for NIF’s Advanced...

Volcanic ash sparks new discovery

Oct. 21, 2019- 
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.— Imagine you’re getting ready to fly to your favorite vacation destination when suddenly a volcano erupts, sending massive amounts of ash into the atmosphere, and forcing the cancellation of your flight. That’s exactly what happened in April 2010 when Eyjafjallajokull, a volcano in Iceland, erupted and disrupted air travel in Europe for six days. Lawrence Livermore...

Artist wins award for ‘Best Comic Design’

Oct. 17, 2019- 
Artist John Jett of the NIF & Photon Science Document Services Team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was honored with a special Adobe Government Creativity Award for creating an educational comic book explaining the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and the types of careers that support the operation of the world’s largest and most energetic laser. Judges awarded the comic book with...

Unexamined lunar rocks indicate early bombardment

Oct. 16, 2019- 
A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists has challenged the long-standing theory that the moon experienced a period of intense meteorite bombardment about 3.8 billion years ago, when the first forms of life appeared on Earth.  This theory is known as the Late Heavy Bombardment and is thought to have resulted from disturbance of the asteroid belt due to the outward...