Posts tagged with "Physical & Life Sciences"


Lab researchers find magnetic fields impact atmospheric circulation of gas giant planets

Aug. 9, 2018 -  
Magnetic fields around a planet or a star can overpower the zonal jets that affect atmospheric circulation. New research by a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientist and a collaborator from the Australian National University (ANU) provides a theoretical explanation for why self-...

Using microbes to convert CO2 to natural gas

Aug. 6, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ), in collaboration with Southern California Gas Co. and Stanford University , are using microbes to convert carbon dioxide directly to renewable natural gas. The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded the power-to-gas project $800,000. SoCalGas...

New data sets enhance global climate models

Aug. 3, 2018 -  
A new initiative by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists collects, archives and documents climate data sets to support the coordinated modeling activities that study past, present and future climates. The initiative, known as input data sets for Model Intercomparison Projects...

FDA approves medical device utilizing LLNL-developed shape memory technology

Aug. 2, 2018 -  
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of a medical device in humans for deliberately blocking blood flow to treat bleeding abnormalities or other conditions, a procedure known as embolization. The device integrates expanding shape memory polymer technology that was partly developed...

Lawrence Livermore chemist elected ACS fellow

July 25, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) chemist Dawn Shaughnessy, whose team helped discover six new elements on the periodic table, has been elected a fellow of the American Chemical Society ( ACS ). The fellows program began in 2009 to recognize and honor ACS members for outstanding...

Exploring the chemistry of nuclear explosions

July 23, 2018 -  
To understand fallout formation from a nuclear explosion, it’s important to look at the gas phase of metal oxides within the device. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists have developed a plasma-flow reactor to experimentally simulate the late cooling of post-detonation...
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Human influence detected in changing seasons

July 19, 2018 -  
For the first time, scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) and five other organizations have shown that human influences significantly impact the size of the seasonal cycle of temperature in the lowest layer of the atmosphere. To demonstrate this, they applied a so-called “...
For article Cohen honored with plasma physics award

Cohen honored with plasma physics award

July 18, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore retiree Bruce Cohen has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society’s Charles K. Birdsall Award for “contributions to the numerical simulation of plasmas, particularly multiple time-scale methods and to their application to diverse plasma...
For article Research by Lawerence Livermore scientists may help validate organ-on-a-chip devices

Research by Lawerence Livermore scientists may help validate organ-on-a-chip devices

July 17, 2018 -  
A new study in which Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists compared drug responses in the brains of rodents to drug responses of brain cells cultured in Lab-developed “brain-on-a-chip” devices may be a critical first step to validating chip-based brain platforms, LLNL researchers...

Understanding the universe through neutrinos

July 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...