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Year in Review: Top 10 LLNL Tweets of 2021

Dec. 30, 2021- 
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. Read more #9: We...

Lost in space: Rocky planets formed from missing solar system material

Dec. 22, 2021- 
By looking at the range of isotopic variations in terrestrial and meteoritic samples, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist and collaborators have figured out that Earth and Mars formed by collisions of planetary embryos originating from the inner solar system. Rocky planets may have formed by two fundamentally different processes, but it is unclear which one built...

Miller receives John S. Foster Jr. Medal in honor of decades of iconic service

Dec. 20, 2021- 
Laboratory director emeritus George Miller recently was awarded the sixth John S. Foster, Jr. Medal for his long service to Lawrence Livermore and contributions to the nation’s security. In a hybrid ceremony Nov. 30, a series of prominent scientific leaders detailed Miller’s career and impact on the U.S. nuclear deterrent, the stockpile stewardship program (SSP) and the National Ignition...

LLNL establishes AI Innovation Incubator to advance artificial intelligence for applied science

Dec. 20, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has established the AI Innovation Incubator (AI3), a collaborative hub aimed at uniting experts in artificial intelligence (AI) from LLNL, industry and academia to advance AI for large-scale scientific and commercial applications. LLNL has entered into a new memoranda of understanding with Google, IBM and NVIDIA, with plans to use the incubator...

Digital twins for cancer patients could be ‘paradigm shift’ for predictive oncology

Dec. 16, 2021- 
A multi-institutional team, including a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) contributor, has proposed a framework for digital twin models of cancer patients that researchers say would create a “paradigm shift” for predictive oncology. Published online in Nature Medicine on Nov. 25, the proposed framework for Cancer Patient Digital Twins (CPDTs) — virtual representations of cancer...

Lawrence Livermore campaign raises $3.6 million for charitable organizations

Dec. 14, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees, along with Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), LLC, donated more than $3.6 million to charitable organizations via the annual employee giving program, the Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign. Laboratory employees pledged more than $2.6 million through payroll deduction, with 100 percent of the funds donated going...

Physicist Omar Hurricane receives prestigious Edward Teller Award

Dec. 13, 2021- 
Omar Hurricane, chief scientist for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory inertial confinement fusion (ICF) program, is a recipient of the 2021 Edward Teller Award. The Fusion Energy Division of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) presented the award to Hurricane for his “visionary scientific insights and leadership of National Ignition Facility (NIF) experiments resulting in the...

Newly funded HPC4Mfg project targets more energy-efficient steelmaking

Dec. 9, 2021- 
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)-led collaboration targeted at using machine learning to reduce defects and carbon emissions in steelmaking is one of eight new projects receiving Department of Energy (DOE) funding through the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced the awards today....

Lawrence Livermore National Security announces recipients of 2021 Community Gift Program

Dec. 8, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), the contract manager for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has announced the recipients for the 2021 LLNS Community Gift Program. These gifts, totaling $200,000, reflect LLNS' commitment to local communities. LLNS received applications totaling more than $265,000 in requests. Twenty-nine applications were selected for awards...

In the neighborhood of microalgae, location is key to bacterial carbon use

Dec. 8, 2021- 
Microscopic algae are responsible for half of the global atmospheric carbon fixed from the atmosphere through photosynthesis, and may be used as a sustainable bioenergy source. The water immediately outside their cells, called the “phycosphere,” is rich with algal-excreted organic carbon, and is an ideal ecosystem for bacterial growth. However, detecting and measuring bacterial cell...

International delegation of military women, CGSR exchange knowledge on emerging security issues

Dec. 7, 2021- 
An all-female group of senior military officers from 12 nations recently visited the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to share information and expertise regarding current perspectives, research and technology in areas affecting global security. The visit was part of the 2021 Halifax Peace with Women fellowship, a...

Microfabricated thin-film electrodes show therapeutic promise

Dec. 2, 2021- 
Earlier this year, thin-film microgrid arrays developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and used in neurologist Jon Kleen’s patients at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) showed that hippocampal brain activity consisted of waves that traveled bi-directionally during behavioral tasks. These thin-film microgrid arrays are designed not just to sit on the surface...

Radiation to cancer patients in a ‘FLASH’

Dec. 1, 2021- 
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have shown for the first time the potential for linear induction accelerators (LIAs) to deliver effective, targeted doses of “FLASH” radiation to cancer patients. The new technique selectively kills cancer cells with minimal damage to healthy cells. The approach is outlined in a Scientific Reports paper. For decades, cancer...

Playing it safe: LLNL scientist creates energetic compounds with isotopic labels

Nov. 30, 2021- 
Ana Racoveanu is able to do something most others throughout the nuclear security enterprise cannot do — something challenging and extremely valuable throughout the complex.  Racoveanu, a staff scientist in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Materials Science Division, is able to synthesize energetic compounds with isotopic labels. The primary goal of this work is to...

Meet me in St. Louis (virtually or in person): First-ever hybrid Supercomputing conference sports strong Lab flavor

Nov. 24, 2021- 
It was a Supercomputing conference like none other before it. For the first time ever, the 2021 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC21) went hybrid, with dozens of both in-person and virtual workshops, technical paper presentations, panels, tutorials and “birds of a feather” (BOF) sessions. Under the ongoing specter of COVID-19, the...

Lawrence Livermore takes part in NASA’s first planetary defense test

Nov. 23, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is taking part in NASA’s first-ever planetary defense test, which deliberately collides a spacecraft into an asteroid called Dimorphos. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will examine technologies that will prevent an impact of Earth by a hazardous asteroid. DART is the first demonstration of the kinetic impactor technique to change...

Research looks at entropy generation from hydrodynamic mixing in ICF experiments

Nov. 23, 2021- 
Research conducted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is taking a closer look at entropy — the measure of internal energy per unit temperature that is unavailable for doing useful work — in experiments at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). Work by LLNL physicist Peter Amendt is highlighted as an Editor’s Pick in Physics of Plasma, showing that an added entropy increase...

LLNL team wins SC21 Reproducibility Advancement Award

Nov. 18, 2021- 
A suite developed by a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team to simplify evaluation of approximation techniques for scientific applications has won the first-ever Best Reproducibility Advancement Award at the 2021 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC21). Newly instituted by the conference, the award recognizes...

HPC for Energy Innovation issues new solicitation for clean energy projects

Nov. 18, 2021- 
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative, managed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is seeking proposals for projects that can leverage DOE supercomputing to advance clean energy technologies. The fall 2021 solicitation targets industry partners for collaborations with DOE national laboratories that would address...

Soil carbon storage rocks on

Nov. 15, 2021- 
Rock weathering controls the potential for soil carbon storage at a continental scale. New research from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and collaborators found that rock weathering the process of chemical transformation by long exposure to water and the atmosphere boosts soil organic carbon storage by altering soil mineralogy. The research appears in the journal Biog...