Posts tagged with "Engineering"

Researchers developing deep learning system to advance nuclear nonproliferation analysis

Aug. 21, 2018 -  
Artificial neural networks are all around us, deeply embedded in routine functions on the internet. They help online merchants make personalized shopping recommendations, enable social media sites to recognize faces in photos and assist email programs in filtering out spam. Neural networks also...

Optogenetics – controlling neurons with light – may lead to cures for PTSD, Alzheimer’s

Aug. 20, 2018 -  
Through the emerging field of optogenetics, a technology that allows genetically modified neurons in living tissue to be precisely controlled by means of light, scientists are attempting to gain a better understanding of how the brain works in hopes of discovering cures for debilitating neural...

LLNL and Virginia Tech researchers achieve more complex 3D-printed graphene aerogel

Aug. 17, 2018 -  
Graphene aerogel is lighter than air but as strong as steel, and it’s already proven useful in aerospace, energy storage and insulation. While there have been recent advances in 3D printing of the novel material, achieving complex structures has been elusive, hampering the unique material’s full...

FDA approves medical device utilizing LLNL-developed shape memory technology

Aug. 2, 2018 -  
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of a medical device in humans for deliberately blocking blood flow to treat bleeding abnormalities or other conditions, a procedure known as embolization. The device integrates expanding shape memory polymer technology that was partly developed...

Research by Lawerence Livermore scientists may help validate organ-on-a-chip devices

Jul. 17, 2018 -  
A new study in which Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists compared drug responses in the brains of rodents to drug responses of brain cells cultured in Lab-developed “brain-on-a-chip” devices may be a critical first step to validating chip-based brain platforms, LLNL researchers...

Warhead life extension passes key milestone

Jun. 28, 2018 -  
The program to extend the life of the W80 nuclear warhead recently achieved a significant milestone when the National Nuclear Security Administration ( NNSA ) gave passing grades to the plans to refurbish certain components and the proposed approach to developing component cost estimates. Passing...

Former LLNL engineer turned NASA astronaut inspires employees to 'reach for the stars'

Jun. 14, 2018 -  
Growing up in the Central Valley, the son of Mexican migrant farmworkers, José Hernández learned early on that education would be his ticket out of a life toiling in the fields. His journey would lead him to a 15-year career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ), to the zero-gravity of...

Lab scientists help develop new tool for faster, more accurate analysis of chemical bonding

May. 31, 2018 -  
In a development with the potential to enable breakthroughs in lithium-ion batteries and further impact a wide swath of research areas, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists have developed a new open source software application that can, in real-time, compute, analyze and...

LLNL joins effort to 3D print parts for U.S. Navy

May. 29, 2018 -  
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) are lending their expertise in metal additive manufacturing to a new collaboration aimed at 3D printing critical replacement parts for the U.S. Navy. The Office of Naval Research recently announced an award of $9 million to fund a...

Nearly completed Advanced Manufacturing Lab opens doors to industry, academia

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...