Posts tagged with "Physical & Life Sciences"


Understanding the universe through neutrinos

Jul. 13, 2018 -  
Determining features of the elusive particle known as a neutrino – through the observation of an extremely rare nuclear process called neutrinoless double-beta decay (NDBD) -- could provide a glimpse into the nature of the universe during the earliest moments of the Big Bang. As part of an...
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LLNL physicist wins APS excellence award

Jul. 11, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) magnetic fusion physicist Max Fenstermacher has been awarded the 2018 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research from the American Physical Society . He is cited jointly with Todd Evans of General Atomics and Richard Moyer of the...

Lightstone part of gender disparity panel

Jun. 27, 2018 -  
Most scientists aren’t involved with Hollywood, even for a day. But earlier this month, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) computational biologist Felice Lightstone served as a panelist at a major Hollywood forum, the inaugural Variety Summit about gender disparities in the media and...

Peering into Tb bacteria that attacks antibiotics

Jun. 20, 2018 -  
An international team of researchers including those from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) has found a new way to investigate how tuberculosis bacteria inactivates an important family of antibiotics: They watched the process in action for the first time using an X-ray free-electron...

Machine learning model predicts phenomenon key to understanding material properties

Jun. 5, 2018 -  
Using machine learning, evolutionary algorithms and other advanced computational techniques, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have successfully modeled how atoms are arranged between the crystals that make up most materials, a development that could impact how future...

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...

Simulations capture life and death of a neutron

May. 30, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore ( LLNL ) and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratory scientists, as well as scientists from UC Berkeley and other institutions, have simulated a "smidgen" of the universe to delve into determining the life and death of a neutron. Experiments that measure the lifetime of neutrons...

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...

Researchers discover cause of radiation defects

Jun. 1, 2018 -  
A team of scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) and Texas A&M University got a step closer to understanding radiation damage phenomena. They found that the density of collision cascades has a profound effect on defect interaction dynamics in silicon. The team...