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TATB

Researchers discover an unexpected phase transition in the high explosive TATB

May 13, 2019 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists in collaboration with University of Nevada Las Vegas ( UNLV ) have discovered a previously unknown pressure induced phase transition for TATB that can help predict detonation performance and safety of the explosive. The research appears in...
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Applications sought for Lawrence Livermore National Security 2019 Community Gift Program

May 13, 2019 -  
LIVERMORE, Calif. – 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,...
For article Giant lasers crystallize water with shockwaves, revealing the atomic structure of superionic ice

Giant lasers crystallize water with shockwaves, revealing the atomic structure of superionic ice

May 8, 2019 -  
Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) used giant lasers to flash-freeze water into its exotic superionic phase and record X-ray diffraction patterns to identify its atomic structure for the very first time — all in just a few billionths of a second. The findings are...
For article STEM Day at the Lab enlightens students

STEM Day at the Lab enlightens students

May 7, 2019 -  
Students from eight schools across the Bay Area (primarily Oakland and San Francisco) visited Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) for STEM Day at the Lab , a daylong interactive event focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for students from underserved...
drought

Human impact on droughts goes back 100 years

May 1, 2019 -  
Observations and climate reconstructions using data from tree rings confirm that human activity was affecting the worldwide drought risk as far back as the early 20 th century. New research from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies ( GISS ), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) and...
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Ellen Tauscher, LLNS Board of Governors chair and former congresswoman, dies at 67

April 30, 2019 -  
Former California Rep. Ellen O’Kane Tauscher — a centrist Democrat whose career took her from the New York Stock Exchange to Congress and then to negotiating major international nuclear arms treaties for the Obama administration — died Monday of complications from pneumonia at Stanford University...
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LLNL scientists use X-ray imaging, simulations to mitigate the defects in metal 3D-printed parts

April 30, 2019 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers, along with scientists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC), have discovered a solution to a major type of defect in metal 3D-printed parts. Combining high-performance computer simulations with X-ray imaging of the laser...
biotech

Lawrence Livermore offers biotechnology summer experience for high school students

April 30, 2019 -  
Back by popular demand, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) will host a Biotechnology Summer Experience for high school students (age 16 and older) to engage in a research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics. This immersive 10-day experience runs weekdays July 15-26 at the...
For article Former Lab scientist named MJC president

Former Lab scientist named MJC president

April 26, 2019 -  
When environmental scientist Jim Houpis left Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) more than two decades ago to pursue a career in education, he never imagined he’d become a college president. But that’s exactly what’s happened. Twenty-three years after leaving LLNL in 1996, Houpis is now...
earthDay

On Earth Day and every day, Lawrence Livermore focuses on sustainability

April 19, 2019 -  
Earth Day is recognized around the world on Monday, April 22, as a day to educate people on the impact they have on the environment and to raise awareness on how to make a difference. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) is committed to making positive changes through sustainability...
academy

Lab's 3D Design Summer Academy for community college students returns

April 17, 2019 -  
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) 3D Design Summer Academy is back by popular demand. Community college students are invited to register for this popular workshop, held at LLNL’s Edward Teller Education Center June 24-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Participating students will...
For article Researchers explore machine learning to automate sorting of microcapsules in real-time

Researchers explore machine learning to automate sorting of microcapsules in real-time

April 16, 2019 -  
Micro-Encapsulated CO 2 Sorbents (MECS) — tiny, reusable capsules full of a sodium carbonate solution that can absorb carbon dioxide from the air — are a promising technology for capturing carbon from the atmosphere. To create the caviar-like objects, scientists run three fluids through a series of...
better plants

LLNL hosts DOE’s 2019 Better Plants Technology Days to spur industry partnerships

April 15, 2019 -  
Officials from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy ( EERE ) joined representatives from more than two dozen private companies in visiting Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) on April 9 for the 2019 Better Plants Technology Days . The annual event...
For article Register now for the Teacher Research Academy

Register now for the Teacher Research Academy

April 15, 2019 -  
Are you a teacher in need of professional development? Are you longing to learn how to bring the latest in science and technology into your classroom? If so, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) 2019 Teacher Research Academy (TRA) is the answer. The TRA offers middle and high school...
energy

U.S. energy use rises to highest level ever

April 11, 2019 -  
Americans used more energy in 2018 than in any other year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ). Overall total energy consumption rose to 101.2 quadrillion BTU (or “quads”). The prior record, set in 2007, was 101.0 quads. Energy...
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Sandia’s Line VISAR has roots in Livermore

April 10, 2019 -  
A joint Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL )/ Sandia National Laboratories team has commissioned a Line Velocity Interferometer System for Any Reflector (Line VISAR) at Sandia’s Z Machine. Line VISAR is used to measure the velocities of shocks and surface motions when enormous pressures...
For article Lab scientists use radioactive tracers to determine the ages of streamflow

Lab scientists use radioactive tracers to determine the ages of streamflow

April 8, 2019 -  
Watersheds store water underground in soils and weathered bedrock. How long it takes for water to flow through the subsurface to feed streams is difficult to measure but important for understanding how watersheds function. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers and their...
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LLNL’s Virtual Beam Line++ now available

April 5, 2019 -  
Physicists designing new laser systems and modeling laser performance at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) now have a powerful new tool in their hands with the Rigel release of Virtual Beam Line++ (VBL++). The current version of VBL, a java-based code, has been in use since 2000. VBL...
narac

NARAC marks 40 years of emergency response

April 4, 2019 -  
It’s been 40 years since the first emergency phone call came in from the Department of Energy to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ). An accident had occurred at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant on March 28, 1979 that led to a release of radioactivity into the atmosphere. This...
ablation

New method for better laser-material interaction

April 3, 2019 -  
Using ultrashort laser pulses lasting a few picoseconds (trillionths of a second), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers have discovered an efficient mechanism for laser ablation (material removal) that could help pave the way to the use of lower-energy, less costly lasers in...