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SuperTruck

No longer a drag: Lab researchers boost truck fuel efficiency...

March 22, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers, as part of a Navistar SuperTruck I team, helped design a new type of tractor trailer truck that improves fuel economy by 124 percent, compared to heavy vehicles on the road today. Seventy-four percent out of 124 percent of this improvement...

The softer side of NIF hohlraums

March 17, 2017 - Considering that nothing precious comes from an online retailer without protective padding, could precision laser targets also benefit from similar high-tech swaddling? So far the answer is yes, for a group of scientists developing new target technologies for NIF that are intended to neutralize...

pethogen detection

A new toolkit for rapid bacterial detection

March 16, 2017 - Finding the right treatment plan for patients who have antibiotic-resistant infections is a costly and time-consuming effort. For doctors in rural areas or developing countries, there often is no source of electricity nearby or sterile lab conditions with microbiology specialists on hand. The...

Weapon physicist declassifies rescued nuclear test films

Physicist declassifies rescued nuclear test films

March 14, 2017 - The U.S. conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962, with multiple cameras capturing each event at around 2,400 frames per second. But in the decades since, around 10,000 of these films sat idle, scattered across the country in high-security vaults. Not only were they gathering...

Science on Screen

Science On Screen pairs lecture on rabies epidemic with film, ‘...

March 14, 2017 - Who: The second installment in the Science on Screen series features Lawrence Livermore scientists Monica Borucki and Jonathan Allen, who will present "Reconstructing a Rabies Epidemic: Byte by Byte." This informative and entertaining lecture will explain how biologists and computer scientists used...

Vets To Tech Program

Lab honored for Vets to Tech program

March 14, 2017 - For veterans returning from military service and attempting to readjust to civilian life and the classroom, the transition can be a culture shock. To help give veterans on-the-job experience while they continue their education in engineering, math and physics -- in addition to solving a need for...

Weisz selected for Hutcheon Fellowship

March 13, 2017 - A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) postdoc who was mentored by Lab scientist Ian Hutcheon has been named the first recipient of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) new fellowship that honors Hutcheon. David Weisz, who has worked at the Lab since August as a chemist in the...

submarine

Lab team to explore more cost-effective way to inspect welds on...

March 8, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers are joining forces with the U.S. Navy Metalworking Center (NMC) to study ways to reduce the high cost of inspecting welds on nuclear-powered submarines. LLNL entered a feasibility study agreement with the Navy to look at developing a non-...

initiator

It’s a blast: Imaging high explosive detonators

March 7, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the first time have taken 3D snapshots of operating high explosive detonators. Scientists from LLNL, Los Alamos and National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTech) combined state-of...

stem day

STEM Day at the Lab gives underserved students a taste of the...

March 6, 2017 - Before 13-year-old Elijah Brown started classes at Willie Brown Middle School, he'd had little access to computers and science labs. Led by his natural curiosity about how smartphones worked, he developed an interest in computer coding, a spark he carried to his school in San Francisco, which is...

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Girls explore STEM careers at conference

March 3, 2017 - More than 300 young women attended the 39th annual Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons (TVEYH) conference last weekend at Diablo Valley College, San Ramon Campus. See the video.The goal of the conference is to spark girls' interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a fun...

ROTC

ROTC Day brings cadets, midshipmen to the Lab

March 2, 2017 - More than 75 cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Merchant Marines visited the Laboratory on Tuesday for the annual Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Day. The annual event, sponsored by the National Security Office (NSO) and Strategic Human Resources...

3D printing

3D printing with high-performance carbon fiber

Feb. 28, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have become the first to 3D print aerospace-grade carbon fiber composites, opening the door to greater control and optimization of the lightweight, yet stronger than steel material. The research, published by the journal Scientific Reports...

Day at the Laboratory introduces underserved Bay Area students...

Feb. 27, 2017 - Who: The Laboratory will host a special event, "Day at the Lab" (formerly known as My Brother's Keeper), with more than 250 students from school districts in Livermore, San Francisco, Oakland, Central Contra Costa, West Contra Costa, Richmond and Tracy. What: The goal of this event is to engage...

hydrogen

Scientific team develops nano-sized hydrogen storage system to...

Feb. 24, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore scientists have collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, including colleagues from Sandia National Laboratories, to develop an efficient hydrogen storage system that could be a boon for hydrogen-powered vehicles.Hydrogen is an excellent energy carrier, but the...

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Tri-Valley ‘Expanding Your Horizons’ conference returns this...

Feb. 23, 2017 - Who: More than 300 girls in grades 6-9 will gather to meet scientists and engineers and explore careers in math and science at the 39th annual Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons Conference.What: The Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons Conference is an annual event geared to increase interest and...

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From the Lab to the marketplace: Lab-Corps provides a boost to...

Feb. 23, 2017 - Hydrogen offers a wide variety of benefits to today's challenges for carbonless transportation (such as zero tail-pipe emissions, rapid refueling and longer driving range), but its widespread commercialization is still limited due to high costs. Cryogenic compression would help make carbonless...

Science on Saturday

‘Science on Saturday’ final lecture explores building better...

Feb. 22, 2017 - Who: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists Matt Coleman, Amy Rasley and Wei He, along with Tracy High School science teacher Erin McKay, will present "Building Biologically Inspired Nano-Bots," the fourth and final lecture in the 2017 Science on Saturday series. The series theme...

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National Academy honors Westbrook

Feb. 22, 2017 - The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) bestowed its highest honor to retired Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) senior scientist Charlie Westbrook.Westbrook was recognized for his "pioneering development, applications and leadership in chemical kinetic modeling to advance combustion...

EPD

Lab researchers develop unique model to customize common...

Feb. 17, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have published a precise computer model of a deposition process using electrically charged particles that will provide scientists and engineers with unprecedented insights into the method.The process of electrophoretic deposition (EPD) uses...