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Linton Brooks awarded John S. Foster Medal for contributions to nuclear security

Aug. 22, 2019 -  
Linton Brooks, ambassador for arms control, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and a nuclear submarine officer, is a leader in advancing U.S. national security and international cooperation for a more secure world. In recognition of his outstanding service to the...
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Hackathoners put coding skills to the test

Aug. 22, 2019 -  
College students are used to pulling all-nighters. For Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory summer intern Amar Saini, a recent graduate of the University of California, Merced, LLNL’s Summer Hackathon was a 24-hour, caffeine-fueled marathon of coding, diagramming and problem solving. Although...
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‘Quantum annealer’ shows promise in study

Aug. 21, 2019 -  
An international team of researchers, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Arjun Gambhir, has developed a new algorithm for solving polynomial systems of equations using a type of quantum computer called a “quantum annealer.” The team systematically examined how this...
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NARAC celebrates 40 years of operations

Aug. 20, 2019 -  
“What the Lab’s National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC) does is it provides dispassionate science during fearful events.” In one sentence, Jay Tilden summed up what NARAC has done for the nation for the past 40 years. Tilden is the National Nuclear Security Administration ’s (NNSA)...
For article NIF celebrates a decade of operations

NIF celebrates a decade of operations

Aug. 13, 2019 -  
In the decade since Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) began operations, NIF has routinely heated and compressed matter to some of the most extreme temperatures and pressures ever obtained on Earth – temperatures of 100 million degrees and pressures 100...
For article  DOE/NNSA, Lab announce partnership with Cray to develop NNSA's first exascale supercomputer

DOE/NNSA, Lab announce partnership with Cray to develop NNSA's first exascale supercomputer

Aug. 13, 2019 -  
The Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) today announced the signing of contracts with Cray Inc. to build the NNSA’s first exascale supercomputer, “El Capitan.” El Capitan will have a peak performance of more...
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Nanowire arrays could improve solar cells

Aug. 8, 2019 -  
Transparent electrodes are a critical component of solar cells and electronic displays. To collect electricity in a solar cell or inject electricity for a display, you need a conductive contact, like a metal, but you also need to be able to let light in (for solar cells) or out (for displays)...
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Physicist Maria Gatu Johnson wins APS award

Aug. 6, 2019 -  
Nuclear physicist Maria Gatu Johnson, who plays a key role in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and Discovery Science campaigns at the National Ignition Facility (NIF ), was named winner of the Katherine E. Weimer Award recognizing outstanding plasma science research by a woman physicist in the...
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Livermore Lab Foundation awards scholarship to Cal State East Bay computer science student

Aug. 2, 2019 -  
Alan Noun, a computer science student at Cal State University East Bay and the recipient of the Livermore Lab Foundation's first full-year scholarship, has started a summer internship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) . In partnership with Cal State University East Bay (CSUEB), the...
For article DOE Office of Science honors two Lab scientists

DOE Office of Science honors two Lab scientists

Aug. 1, 2019 -  
Two scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are recipients of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science Early Career Research Program award. Jingke Xu and Kathryn Mohror are among the 73 scientists nationwide who were selected for the recognition. Under the program,...
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Klein named American Meteorological fellow

July 31, 2019 -  
Atmospheric scientist Stephen Klein has been selected as a fellow of the American Meteorological Society. The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is the premier scientific and professional organization in the United States promoting and disseminating information about the atmospheric, oceanic and...
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Study reveals new structure of gold at extremes

July 30, 2019 -  
Gold is an extremely important material for high-pressure experiments and is considered the "gold standard" for calculating pressure in static diamond anvil cell experiments. When compressed slowly at room temperature (on the order of seconds to minutes), gold prefers to be the face-centered cubic...
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Lab wins six tech commercialization grants

July 29, 2019 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have posted another standout year securing major grants through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). During the program’s first two years, in 2016 and 2017, Lab researchers received only two of the larger...
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Students get a taste of Lab machinist work

July 26, 2019 -  
Foothill High junior Lauren Graham has wanted to be an engineer since she took a class in eighth grade. Still undecided about her precise career path, she wants to expand her knowledge base and learn about all aspects of manufacturing. After seeing the many milling and welding machines, lathes and...
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Lab names new Security director

July 25, 2019 -  
Gregg Cox, who has served with the FBI since 1991, has been named the new Security Organization director for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Lab Director Bill Goldstein made the announcement Thursday; the position is effective Sept. 3. Cox comes from FBI headquarters, where he serves...
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New open-air facility will be testing ground for autonomous drones, vehicles and robots

July 25, 2019 -  
The multicopter drone’s blades whirred, lifting it off the ground with a distinct hum, kicking up dust and propelling the craft through its preprogrammed flight path. The drone’s operators gazed at their laptop screens, closely monitoring the performance of the drone’s sensors while it carried out...
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Applications due soon for Lawrence Livermore National Security 2019 Community Gift Program

July 23, 2019 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) is now accepting applications for its annual Community Gift Program for 2019. Established in 2008, the LLNS Community Gift Program provides annual awards to support nonprofit organizations addressing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and...
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HPC4Manufacturing project aims at improving thin-film processes used in LED lights

July 18, 2019 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers are working with semiconductor chip manufacturer Applied Materials to improve a process for depositing thin-film materials on wafers that are used in high-efficiency LED lights and other products. The Department of Energy’s High Performance...
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Presidential honors for four Lab researchers

July 17, 2019 -  
Four scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have been selected for the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineers (PECASE) , the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers who are early in their careers and...
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Lab work/life coordinator is a 'Game Changer’

July 16, 2019 -  
Colin Yamaoka, program coordinator for the Livermore Laboratory Employee Services Association (LLESA) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), was recently named as a 2019 Game Changers award winner by Workforce Magazine. This international award program, now in its ninth year, selects the...