Posts tagged with "Physical & Life Sciences"


Research to focus on microbes in peat moss

Sep. 12, 2018 -  
Mention “peat moss” and many people will conjure up the curly brown plant material that gardeners use. “Oh, the thing you get at Home Depot” is a common reaction Joel Kostka receives when he mentions that he studies peat moss. His response: “Peat moss is a really cool plant that’s important to the...
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Journey to explore the inexhaustible resource of genetic information found in microorganisms

Sep. 6, 2018 -  
The microbial production of enzymes, chemicals and fuels could become more efficient and economical with a newly engineered system for controlling genes called “Jungle Express.” Scientists and collaborators from the Department of Energy's (DOE) Joint BioEnergy Institute , Lawrence Livermore...

Scientists now know the fate of the majority of Higgs bosons particles produced in the LHC

Aug. 29, 2018 -  
At CERN , the Large Hadron Collider experiments ATLAS and CMS have taken a big step forward in the quest to understand how the Higgs boson enables fundamental particles to acquire mass. The team announced the discovery of the Higgs boson particle transforming into bottom quarks as it decays. This...

Four Lawrence Livermore scientists named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff

Aug. 22, 2018 -  
Four Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers have been named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff (DMTS) for their extraordinary scientific and technical contributions to the Laboratory and its missions, as acknowledged by their professional peers and the larger community...

Lab researchers find magnetic fields impact atmospheric circulation of gas giant planets

Aug. 9, 2018 -  
Magnetic fields around a planet or a star can overpower the zonal jets that affect atmospheric circulation. New research by a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientist and a collaborator from the Australian National University (ANU) provides a theoretical explanation for why self-...

Using microbes to convert CO2 to natural gas

Aug. 6, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ), in collaboration with Southern California Gas Co. and Stanford University , are using microbes to convert carbon dioxide directly to renewable natural gas. The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded the power-to-gas project $800,000. SoCalGas...

New data sets enhance global climate models

Aug. 3, 2018 -  
A new initiative by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists collects, archives and documents climate data sets to support the coordinated modeling activities that study past, present and future climates. The initiative, known as input data sets for Model Intercomparison Projects...

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...

Lawrence Livermore chemist elected ACS fellow

Jul. 25, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) chemist Dawn Shaughnessy, whose team helped discover six new elements on the periodic table, has been elected a fellow of the American Chemical Society ( ACS ). The fellows program began in 2009 to recognize and honor ACS members for outstanding...

Exploring the chemistry of nuclear explosions

Jul. 23, 2018 -  
To understand fallout formation from a nuclear explosion, it’s important to look at the gas phase of metal oxides within the device. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists have developed a plasma-flow reactor to experimentally simulate the late cooling of post-detonation...