Posts tagged with "Physical & Life Sciences"

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...
For article More than a facelift: Lawrence Livermore's radiochemistry labs receive extensive upgrades

More than a facelift: Lawrence Livermore's radiochemistry labs receive extensive upgrades

Nov. 28, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) continuously upgrades facilities and equipment on the main campus. Infrastructure investments help ensure that scientists, engineers and support staff carry out LLNL’s mission safely and effectively. Building 151 is the latest site of extensive...
clark

Clark wins Davidson Award for Plasma Physics

Nov. 13, 2018 -  
Daniel Clark, leader of NIF’s Capsule Modeling Working Group within LLNL’s Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Program, has been named the winner of the 2018 Ronald C. Davidson Award for Plasma Physics. The annual award is presented by AIP ( American Institute of Physics ) Publishing, in...
For article The future of carbon storage in forests

The future of carbon storage in forests

Nov. 8, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers and collaborators are looking to the future when it comes to carbon uptake in the forest ecosystem. Soil plays a major role in a healthy climate system. As the largest repository of carbon on land, soil can directly affect the concentration...
For article Models show natural swings in the Earth’s climate contribute to Arctic sea ice loss

Models show natural swings in the Earth’s climate contribute to Arctic sea ice loss

Nov. 5, 2018 -  
Arctic sea ice loss in the last 37 year is not due to humans alone. New research by a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist and collaborators show that Arctic sea ice loss is enhanced by natural climate fluctuations such as El Niños and La Niñas. With manmade greenhouse gases on...
climate change

Don't rule out severe global climate change yet

Oct. 31, 2018 -  
A key metric of global warming is the Earth’s “equilibrium climate sensitivity” (ECS), which represents the global surface warming that will accompany a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide. For nearly four decades, ECS was thought to be somewhere between 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (F) and 8.1...
black widow

Oh what a mysterious web they weave

Oct. 31, 2018 -  
Spider silk is one of the strongest and most complex fibers in the world, but also remains one of nature’s mysteries. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researcher John Roehling and collaborators discovered that silk proteins inside spider glands are assembled in nanostructures and...