Posts tagged with "Physical & Life Sciences"


LLNL part of team studying protein filaments

May. 25, 2018 -  
To learn more about diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, scientists have zeroed in on invisibly small protein filaments that bunch up to form fibrous clusters called amyloids in the brain: How do these fibrils form and how do they lead to disease? Until now, the best tools for studying...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Additive manufacturing advances K-9 training

Apr. 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...

Americans ramp up use of solar, wind energy

Apr. 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 Laboratory...

New exascale system for earth simulation

Apr. 23, 2018 -  
A new earth modeling system unveiled today will have weather-scale resolution and use advanced computers to simulate aspects of Earth’s variability and anticipate decadal changes that will critically impact the U.S. energy sector in coming years. After four years of development, the Energy Exascale...

LLNL maps out deployment of carbon capture and sequestration for ethanol production

Apr. 23, 2018 -  
To better understand the near-term commercial potential for capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO 2 ), researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) have mapped out how CO 2 might be captured from existing U.S. ethanol biorefineries and permanently stored (or...
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Lawrence Livermore issues state-by-state combined energy and water use flow charts

Apr. 19, 2018 -  
For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) has issued state-by-state energy and water flow charts in one location so that analysts and policymakers can find all the information they need in one place. LLNL worked with the U.S. Department of Energy ( DOE ) and the National...