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Lab researchers, NASA find space station’s surface microbial profile resembles skin of its crew members

April 30, 2020- 
A study conducted by a team of national laboratory and NASA researchers has found that the environment of the International Space Station is affected by the microbial composition of the astronauts themselves. The five-year research effort represents the first study to compare the space station's environmental microbial profile (or microbiome) to an astronaut’s microbiome using metagenomic...

LLNL develops ‘stopgap’ ventilator for COVID-19 use

April 29, 2020- 
While hospitals across the U.S. faced a possible shortage of mechanical ventilators due to COVID-19, a self-assembled “skunk works” team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) worked tirelessly to prototype a simple ventilator design for quick and easy assembly from available parts. Dubbed the “Novel Emergency Response Ventilator” (NERVe), the design is derived from proven...

LLNL researchers salvage broken arrow samples

April 27, 2020- 
It was a cool spring day in May 2019. LLNL researchers Mark Hart, Matt Lyman and Salustra Urbin were combing through rusted propellers and a split Mk4 bomb case in the foothills of Manzano Mountain, just a few miles east of Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. The LLNL team was exploring three different plane crashes that had occurred on the mountain, but it was the remnants from a “broken...

Changes to time-charging

April 21, 2020- 
The Lab’s policy on charging leave associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has changed, effective Monday, April 20. This change, which was finalized late Monday, will limit the ability of employees to use authorized leave to those whose work cannot be done via telecommuting. Other employees, whose assignment allows them to productively telecommute, but whose ability to do so is limited due to...

Upgrades for LLNL supercomputer from AMD, Penguin Computing aid COVID-19 research

April 21, 2020- 
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact millions of people worldwide, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and its industry partners are committed to applying the nation’s most powerful supercomputers and expertise in computational modeling and data science to battling the deadly disease. To assist in this effort, the Laboratory, Penguin Computing and AMD have reached an...

Controlling ion transport for energy, environment

April 21, 2020- 
Understanding and controlling ion transport in porous materials and at hydrophobic interfaces is critical to a wide variety of energy and environmental technologies, ranging from ion selective membranes, drug delivery and biosensing to ion batteries and supercapacitors. However, a detailed understanding of nanoscale transport is still in its infancy. For instance, nanoscale transport has...

LLNL climate scientist Karl Taylor honored with California Air Resources Board award

April 20, 2020- 
Longtime Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) climate scientist Karl Taylor has received the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award for 2019, also known as the "Nobel Prize" of air pollution and climate science achievements. Taylor, who is among seven winners, was cited with a commendation that his "contributions — both in building essential...

Lab physicist named astronomical society fellow

April 16, 2020- 
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has selected Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist Peter Beiersdorfer as a fellow in its inaugural class of this accolade. The AAS fellows program was established in 2019 to confer recognition to AAS members for achievement and extraordinary service to the field of astronomy and the American Astronomical Society. Fellows are...

Summer student program update

April 16, 2020- 
As Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) remains in Reduced Mission-Critical Operations until further notice, most employees continue to work from home and operate under protective measures — to self-isolate, practice social distancing, reduce travel and telecommute when possible. After careful consideration to maintain the safety of our staff and students during these uncertain...

Reduced Mission-Critical work continues

April 15, 2020- 
Last week, limited work resumed on site in support of specific mission-essential activities in support of national security responsibilities, a posture referred to as “Reduced Mission-Critical Operations.” This is in addition to the employees who have been on site in support of both minimum safe and COVID-19-related projects and activities. Guidance has been developed to help returning...

Technique harvests waste heat from untapped sources

April 14, 2020- 
Thermoelectric materials convert heat to electricity or vice versa. However, their application to harvest waste heat is limited by challenges in fabrication and materials. Finding cost-effective ways to cover large and potentially complex surfaces has remained an issue but is crucial to take advantage of waste heat sources. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) material scientists...

Message from the director: Time to relax as best we can

April 10, 2020- 
Throughout our Lab’s history we have worked tirelessly to protect the nation against various threats. While our current fight against the COVID-19 pandemic presents a set of challenges we’ve never faced, I am no less gratified by our collective ability to rise to this occasion. For all of us, each week has brought new problems and challenges — always stressful and always demanding. Yet...

Americans used less energy in 2019

April 8, 2020- 
Turning those lights off when you leave has a benefit.  In 2019, Americans used less energy than in 2018, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).   Each year, LLNL releases flow charts that illustrate the nation's consumption and use of energy. Americans used 100.2 quads (quadrillion BTU) of energy, which is 1 quad less...

Guidance for extended shelter-in-place

April 2, 2020- 
In recent days, local, state and national response to the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved. Bay Area counties — including Alameda — have extended their shelter-in-place orders to 11:59 p.m. May 3. The White House also has extended the federal social distancing guidelines to April 30. To protect the health and safety of the Laboratory community, employees who are not working on site...

Lab will begin limited return to work for Reduced Mission-Critical Operations

March 30, 2020- 
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the Lab has reduced its staffing at sites 200 and 300 to that required for safety, security and the minimal maintenance of facilities. In addition, IT staff has been on site helping to support the enormous growth in telecommuting over the past month. Small groups of employees have made themselves available at the Lab to respond without delay to...

LLNL COVID-19 Research and Response

March 30, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is fully committed to helping protect the U.S. from COVID-19 and to speed the recovery of those affected. More information about the Lab's current activities can be found on the LLNL COVID-19 research and response website.  

Update on summer student program

March 27, 2020- 
In light of the uncertainties surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily suspending the processing of student hires at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) while we consider if and how we will be able to conduct our student programs in the upcoming summer months. For all students — those who have received an offer, for returning summer students, and for new...

Minimum Safe Operations posture continues

March 27, 2020- 
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has now been at a Minimum Safe Operations posture for five days, and all systems are operating as planned, with a limited number of people continuing to work on-site to ensure the safety and security of the Laboratory and its facilities. In addition, a small number of employees remain on site to support select mission-critical...

Lab antibody, anti-viral research aids COVID-19 response

March 26, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists are contributing to the global fight against COVID-19 by combining artificial intelligence/machine learning, bioinformatics and supercomputing to help discover candidates for new antibodies and pharmaceutical drugs to combat the disease. See the visualization Backed by five high performance computing (HPC) clusters and years of...

New partnership to unleash U.S. supercomputing resources in the fight against COVID-19

March 26, 2020- 
The White House announced the launch of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium to provide COVID-19 researchers worldwide with access to the world’s most powerful high performance computing resources that can significantly advance the pace of scientific discovery in the fight to stop the virus. “America is coming together to fight COVID-19 and that means unleashing the full...