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Ancient meteorite tells tales of Mars topography

May 23, 2018 - By looking at an ancient Martian meteorite that landed in the Sahara Desert, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators have determined how and when the red planet’s crustal topographic and geophysical divide formed. Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034 is the oldest Martian...

Nearly completed Advanced Manufacturing Lab opens doors to...

May 22, 2018 - Representatives from more than 30 companies in the additive manufacturing (3D printing), automotive and aerospace industries got their first glimpse last week at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) newest facility, the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory, located in the Livermore Valley...

LLNL-led team expands forensic method to identify people using...

May 21, 2018 - When a team of researchers led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) developed a new biological identification method that exploits information encoded in proteins, they thought it could have multiple applications. Nearly two years later, they’ve turned out to be right. In September...

Students are inspired by STEM Day at the Lab

May 18, 2018 - Eleven-year-old Tamia Thrower, a sixth-grade student at West Oakland Middle School, wants to be a scientist when she grows up. When you want to become a scientist and learn about science, where do you go? Visiting a national laboratory and meeting with real world scientists is a good place to...

PROSPECTing for antineutrinos

May 18, 2018 - The Precision Reactor Oscillation and Spectrum Experiment (PROSPECT) has completed installation of a novel antineutrino detector that will probe the possible existence of a new form of matter -- sterile neutrinos. PROSPECT, located at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at the Department of...

LLNL scientist named ASME fellow

May 16, 2018 - Fady Najjar, a design physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Najjar was recognized for “significant contributions and innovations in computational techniques for fluid flows, for advances in...

LLNL hosts 3D Design Summer Academy

May 15, 2018 - LIVERMORE, California -- Community college students are invited to register for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) 3D Design Summer Academy. The workshop will be held at the Edward Teller Education Center at LLNL, July 23-27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Participating students...

water

A warm look at water’s structure

May 14, 2018 - Boiling water traditionally involves adding energy to molecules by conduction, convection or thermal radiation. But Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators have figured out a way using an X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) to heat water to temperatures above 100,...

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Applications for LLNS Community Gift Program

May 14, 2018 - Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) is accepting applications for its annual Community Gift Program. Established in 2008, the Community Gift Program provides a total of $100,000 in awards to support nonprofit organizations addressing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (...

cyber

Science bowl finalists take on cyber challenge

May 10, 2018 - For the second year, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) staff and Cyber Defender students conducted the CyberCraft Cyber Challenge for the middle school finalists at the National Science Bowl® (NSB). CyberCraft is a “Jeopardy Show-like,” question-and-answer-style Capture the Flag system...

NIF

Experiments shed new light on supernovae

May 9, 2018 - Experiments on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (NIF) are providing scientists with new insights into the turbulent after-effects of a supernova explosion. The studies also could inform efforts to achieve self-sustaining nuclear fusion on NIF and other high-energy...

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Gordon-Hagerty returns to the Laboratory to outline priorities...

May 3, 2018 - In her first visit to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as the DOE under secretary for Nuclear Security and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) chief, Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty outlined her priorities, including expanding collaborations across the entire Department of Energy/...

Lab research in fuels, engines in the spotlight

May 3, 2018 - The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative recently highlighted the work that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have performed on models of high-performance fuels to see how they would perform in advanced internal combustion...

Lab offers high school students intro to biotech

May 1, 2018 - The University Relations & Science Education Program 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. In collaboration with Rutgers University, this program focuses on the isolation,...

laser

Lasers, photonics and powerful partnerships

April 30, 2018 - The world’s most energetic laser sits in a secure, guarded federal laboratory, but its impact stretches far beyond the one-square-mile site of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Since the outset, technologies developed or improved at the Laboratory have led to industry-defining...

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Persistence prevails at Hackathon

April 27, 2018 - All hackathons at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have common elements -- energized conversations, tangled laptop cords, plenty of food, horseplay and hijinks -- but each occasion is unique. These triannual events pack a variety of projects and new ideas into a 24-hour period. The...

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Additive manufacturing advances K-9 training

April 26, 2018 - Additive manufacturing (AM) has gone to the dogs, thanks to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) new approach to K-9 training materials. The process prints 3D objects that contain trace amounts of nonreactive explosives, resulting in several advantages for K-9s and their handlers....

diffraction

Record experiments probe exoplanetary cores

April 25, 2018 - Using high-powered laser beams, iron-silicon alloys have been compressed to unprecedented pressures corresponding to the center of a three-Earth-mass extrasolar planet. The resulting measurements of crystal structure and density provide new insights into the nature of the deep interiors of the...

Americans ramp up use of solar, wind energy

April 24, 2018 - Americans used more solar and wind energy in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Overall, energy consumption by the residential and commercial sectors dropped a bit.  Each year, the...

LLNL maps out deployment of carbon capture and sequestration for...

April 23, 2018 - To better understand the near-term commercial potential for capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have mapped out how CO2 might be captured from existing U.S. ethanol biorefineries and permanently stored (or...