Posts tagged with "Physical & Life Sciences"


Lab employees selected as 2017 APS fellows

Oct. 31, 2017 -  
Three Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists -- Nathan Barton, Lab Director William Goldstein and Robert Kirkwood -- have been selected as 2017 fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). Election to APS fellowship recognizes the society member's exceptional contributions to...

Public-private consortium aims to cut preclinical cancer drug discovery from six years to just one

Oct. 27, 2017 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, GSK and University of California, San Francisco will combine vast data stores, supercomputing and scientific expertise to reinvent discovery process for cancer medicines. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 27, 2017 -- Scientists...
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LLNL researchers turn to bioengineered bacteria to increase U.S. supply of rare earth metals

Oct. 23, 2017 -  
To help increase the U.S. supply of rare earth metals, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) team has created a new way to recover rare earths using bioengineered bacteria. Rare earth elements (REEs) are essential for American competitiveness in the clean energy industry because they...
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Exascale in motion on earthquake risks

Oct. 12, 2017 -  
Assessing large magnitude (greater than 6 on the Richter scale) earthquake hazards on a regional (up to 100 kilometers) scale takes big machines. To resolve the frequencies important to engineering analysis of the built environment (up to 10 Hz or higher), numerical simulations of earthquake...
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Big, bad, Martian volcanoes unveiled

Oct. 10, 2017 -  
They are bigger, scarier and last longer. That’s the conclusion of a team of scientists, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory cosmochemist Bill Cassata, about the evolution of volcanoes on the red planet, compared to those on Earth. Martian volcanoes are the largest in the solar system...

LLNL scientists stick to a new efficient magnet

Oct. 9, 2017 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have developed a new, more efficient permanent magnet that removes the deficiencies of conventional samarium and neodymium magnets. The proposed magnet stems from the well-known samarium and cobalt (SmCo 5 , CaCu 5 -type structure) magnet, but goes...

New ultralight silver nanowire aerogel is boon for energy and electronics industries

Oct. 5, 2017 -  
A new ultralight silver nanowire aerogel could be a boost to the energy and electronics industries. Metal foams (or porous metals) represent a new class of materials with unique properties including lightweight, high surface area, high electrical conductivity and low thermal conductivity. Lawrence...

Scientists estimate death rates from air pollution caused by the impact of climate change

Oct. 3, 2017 -  
A recent study by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators is the first to use an ensemble of global chemistry climate models to estimate death rates from air pollution caused by the impact of climate change on pollutant concentrations. Ground-level ozone and fine...

Atomic-scale simulations go the distance to resolve the 'jiggle, wiggle' of metal strength

Sep. 27, 2017 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers have dived down to the atomic scale to resolve every “jiggle and wiggle” of atomic motion that underlies metal strength. In a first-of-its-kind series of computer simulations focused on metal tantalum, the team predicted that, on reaching...

LLNL researchers to study soil microbiome

Sep. 26, 2017 -  
A new Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) initiative to study how the soil microbiome (microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria, microfauna and viruses) controls the mechanisms that regulate organic matter stabilization in soil can move forward after the Department of Energy’s (DOE)...