Posts tagged with "Physical & Life Sciences"


Meteorites reveal story of Martian climate

Jan. 9, 2018 -  
Liquid water is not stable on Mars’ surface because the planet’s atmosphere is too thin and temperatures are too cold. However, at one time Mars hosted a warm and wet surface environment that may have been conducive to life. A significant unanswered question in planetary science is when Mars...

Project to study climate effects on California water systems from headwaters to groundwater

Dec. 28, 2017 -  
To address future climate change effects on water resources, scientists at five UC campuses, and Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories will study California’s water systems, from the headwaters in the Sierra Nevada, through rivers, reservoirs and groundwater in the Central...

LLNL nanolipoprotein technology licensed

Dec. 21, 2017 -  
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) biomedical technology that can deliver vaccines and drugs inside the human body has been licensed for use in cancer treatments to a Michigan company. The Livermore-developed technology, using nanolipoprotein particles (NLPs), has been licensed to...
brain on a chip

'Brain-on-a-chip' tests effects of biological and chemical agents, develop countermeasures

Dec. 18, 2017 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists and engineers have developed a “brain-on-a-chip” device aimed at testing and predicting the effects of biological and chemical agents, disease or pharmaceutical drugs on the brain over time without the need for human or animal subjects. The...

LLNL-developed microelectrodes enable automated sorting of neural signals

Dec. 12, 2017 -  
Thin-film microelectrode arrays produced at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have enabled development of an automated system to sort brain activity by individual neurons, a technology that could open the door to recording and analyzing unprecedented amounts of neural signals over time...

Arctic sea ice loss could dry out California

Dec. 5, 2017 -  
Arctic sea ice loss of the magnitude expected in the next few decades could impact California’s rainfall and exacerbate future droughts, according to new research led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists. The dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice cover observed over the satellite...

New study verifies more paths to survival for endangered winter-run Chinook salmon

Dec. 4, 2017 -  
The most treacherous journey of any salmon’s life is from its natal river to the ocean when it is still a juvenile, usually when they are only a few months old. For endangered salmon, this early journey is a matter of life and death for the whole population. In a new study from the Metropolitan...
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Clay mineral waters Earth’s mantle from inside

Dec. 1, 2017 -  
The first observation of a super-hydrated phase of the clay mineral kaolinite could improve the understanding of processes that lead to volcanism and affect earthquakes. In high-pressure and high-temperature X-ray measurements, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientist Hyunchae Cynn and...
Great Boiling Spring

First forms of life on Earth unveiled in hot spring

Nov. 28, 2017 -  
Terrestrial geothermal systems are like buried treasure when it comes to finding out the origins of life on Earth. In these underground hot springs, some of the most ancient single-celled bacteria and archaea live the life of extremophiles (organisms that live under extreme environmental conditions...
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Lawrence Livermore and American Heart Association partner to accelerate drug discovery

Nov. 15, 2017 -  
The American Heart Association ( AHA ) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) have formed a strategic business partnership to overcome the burden of drug discovery, cost and access. The two organizations will leverage the world’s most powerful supercomputers to accelerate drug...