Posts tagged with "Physical & Life Sciences"

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Death of the dinosaurs: Extreme volcanism played pivotal role in extinction, research shows

Feb. 21, 2019 -  
Not by meteorite alone did the dinosaurs die off. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) research scientist Kyle Samperton and colleagues present the most compelling evidence yet that massive volcanic eruptions in the Deccan Traps region of India contributed to the fall of the dinosaurs —...
nanopore

Laboratory's nanopore research hits a nerve

Feb. 8, 2019 -  
Since the discovery of biological ion channels and their role in physiology, scientists have attempted to create man-made structures that mimic their biological counterparts. New research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists and collaborators at the University of California...
snowpack

Sierra snowpack melt is steady, but not for long

Jan. 23, 2019 -  
Snowpack loss in the northern Sierra Nevada will likely accelerate in the coming decades. Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ), Oregon State University and the University of Washington found that natural swings in the sea surface temperature over the Pacific Ocean have...
For article Scientists predict reaction data for fusion research, insight into universe’s origins

Scientists predict reaction data for fusion research, insight into universe’s origins

Jan. 22, 2019 -  
Using simulations and calculations, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) nuclear scientists for the first time have accurately predicted the properties of polarized thermonuclear fusion. Analogous calculations could be used to answer some of the most fundamental questions about the...
zirconium

Zirconium isotope a master at neutron capture

Jan. 10, 2019 -  
The probability that a nucleus will absorb a neutron is important to many areas of nuclear science, including the production of elements in the cosmos, reactor performance, nuclear medicine and defense applications. New research from a team led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL )...
For article LLNL climate scientist awarded World Climate Research Program 2018 Data Prize

LLNL climate scientist awarded World Climate Research Program 2018 Data Prize

Jan. 7, 2019 -  
Research scientist Paul Durack from the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison ( PCMDI ) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) has been awarded the World Climate Research Programme 2018 Data Prize for his leadership of the input4MIPs project, which began in 2016. The...
Kroll

Unlocking the secrets of hidden earthquakes

Dec. 13, 2018 -  
Growing up in Sonora, a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate researcher Kayla Kroll was fascinated with stars and the solar system. “In high school, I put up glow-in-the-dark constellations in my...
lattice

Researchers discover unusual new type of phase transformation in a transition metal

Dec. 11, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers have discovered an unusual new type of phase transformation in the transition metal zirconium. The mechanism underlying this new type of phase transition is the first of its kind that has ever been observed, and only could be seen with the...
laser guide star

Guide star leads to sharper astronomical images

Dec. 4, 2018 -  
The laser guide star revolutionized astronomy by revealing large swaths of the sky that had previously been unseen from Earth due to atmospheric distortions. Now astronomy is on the verge of another great leap forward. The Extremely Large Telescope, which is expected to see first light in 2024,...
neuro

LLNL’s neurotech innovation featured at DARPA’s 60th Anniversary Symposium

Nov. 30, 2018 -  
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ( DARPA ) held its 60 th Anniversary Symposium in Maryland recently, at which an exhibit for the Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program featured the flexible neural multielectrode arrays developed by Lawrence Livermore...