Dec. 30, 2021

Year in Review: Top 10 LLNL Tweets of 2021

Michael Padilla, padilla37 [at] llnl.gov, 925-341-8692

It’s almost a wrap for 2021. Here's a countdown of the top 10 LLNL tweets of the year. Are you on Twitter? Follow LLNL at @Livermore_Lab.

#10: A team from #LLNL successfully collected data from the recent operational test of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

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#9: We are proud to be selected by @NASA as a lead institution for the Pandora Project. With @NASAGoddard, we will be lending our satellite and optics expertise to the mission to study the environments of 20 stars and their 39 exoplanets.

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#8: To save the planet from an asteroid, a nuclear device remains our best bet. New research finds that the size of the device impacts how well it can nudge an asteroid off course, and not in the way you might suspect.

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#7: A groundbreaking computational study is shedding light on fundamental physical processes in inertial confinement fusion and astrophysics.

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#6: For 40 years, the Death Star superlaser was thought to be something that defied our physical reality. In 2017, the National Ignition Facility found a way to successfully combine laser beams using plasma for the first time EVER. #MayThe4thBeWithYou

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#5: Black history is STEM history. Throughout #BlackHistoryMonth we will be sharing the stories of Black STEM professionals, starting with the late Winifred Burks-Houck.

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#4: Physicists use tiny structures and a high-intensity laser to double the amount of antimatter that can be made in laboratories. The new method will make it easier to study astrophysical phenomena like black holes.

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#3: The Lab was honored today to host @RepSwalwell for a series of program updates and briefings.

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#2: After a rigorous national search, Kim Budil has been named as the new director of LLNL. She will be the Lab’s first woman director.

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#1: LLNL’s @lasers_llnl took a historic step forward in the decades-long quest for #fusion ignition on Aug. 8, achieving a yield of more than 1.3 megajoules. The milestone puts researchers at the threshold of #ignition & opens the door to new NIF experiments.

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