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Study reveals new structure of gold at extremes

July 30, 2019- 
Gold is an extremely important material for high-pressure experiments and is considered the "gold standard" for calculating pressure in static diamond anvil cell experiments. When compressed slowly at room temperature (on the order of seconds to minutes), gold prefers to be the face-centered cubic (fcc) structure at pressures up to three times the center of the Earth. However, researchers...

Lab wins six tech commercialization grants

July 29, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have posted another standout year securing major grants through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). During the program’s first two years, in 2016 and 2017, Lab researchers received only two of the larger cooperative development grants – one each year. In 2018, they garnered three of these grants...

Students get a taste of Lab machinist work

July 26, 2019- 
Foothill High junior Lauren Graham has wanted to be an engineer since she took a class in eighth grade. Still undecided about her precise career path, she wants to expand her knowledge base and learn about all aspects of manufacturing. After seeing the many milling and welding machines, lathes and precision tools used at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and learning about the...

Lab names new Security director

July 25, 2019- 
Gregg Cox, who has served with the FBI since 1991, has been named the new Security Organization director for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Lab Director Bill Goldstein made the announcement Thursday; the position is effective Sept. 3. Cox comes from FBI headquarters, where he serves as assistant director of the Critical Incident Response Group, responsible for all global...

New open-air facility will be testing ground for autonomous drones, vehicles and robots

July 25, 2019- 
The multicopter drone’s blades whirred, lifting it off the ground with a distinct hum, kicking up dust and propelling the craft through its preprogrammed flight path. The drone’s operators gazed at their laptop screens, closely monitoring the performance of the drone’s sensors while it carried out its maneuvers. Carrying a payload for the Department of Defense, the drone was among the first...

Applications due soon for Lawrence Livermore National Security 2019 Community Gift Program

July 23, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) is now accepting applications for its annual Community Gift Program for 2019. Established in 2008, the LLNS Community Gift Program provides annual awards to support nonprofit organizations addressing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education, community service and philanthropic needs of local and surrounding...

HPC4Manufacturing project aims at improving thin-film processes used in LED lights

July 18, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers are working with semiconductor chip manufacturer Applied Materials to improve a process for depositing thin-film materials on wafers that are used in high-efficiency LED lights and other products. The Department of Energy’s High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Manufacturing) program is funding the effort. Reliably...

Presidential honors for four Lab researchers

July 17, 2019- 
Four scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have been selected for the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers who are early in their careers and have distinguished themselves in their respective fields. Félicie Albert, Daniel Casey, Richard...

Lab work/life coordinator is a 'Game Changer'

July 16, 2019- 
Colin Yamaoka, program coordinator for the Livermore Laboratory Employee Services Association (LLESA) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), was recently named as a 2019 Game Changers award winner by Workforce Magazine. This international award program, now in its ninth year, selects the top human resources practitioners and strategists under the age of 40 dedicated to pushing the...

CECOR summer internship prepares students from HBCU for cybersecurity jobs, research

July 15, 2019- 
A University of the Virgin Islands graduate with a degree in computer science, Angie Estien first heard of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) at a conference in Puerto Rico during her sophomore year. Intrigued by the Lab’s national security mission, she wanted to learn more. Working with her college adviser, Estien applied for a summer internship at LLNL through the Consortium...

Dirty bomb simulator prepares responders

July 12, 2019- 
If a radiological dispersal device (RDD), or "dirty bomb," ever explodes in the United States, emergency crews may be better prepared because of a simulator developed by an Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) visualization technologist. Called the RDD Studio, the model was developed by the Lab’s Ryan Chen to provide a detailed simulation of what an optimal response to an RDD would...

Under pressure: New device's 1.6 billion atmospheres per second assists impact studies

July 11, 2019- 
A new super-fast high-pressure device at DESY's PERA III X-ray light source allows scientists to simulate and study earthquakes and meteorite impacts more realistically in the lab. The new-generation dynamic diamond anvil cell (dDAC), developed by scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Deutsches Elektronen-Synchroton (DESY), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility...

HPC4Energy Innovation Program announces first awards for public/private partnerships

July 10, 2019- 
The High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation program (HPC4EI) today announced the nine public/private projects awarded more than $2 million from the Department of Energy (DOE), with aims of improving energy production, enhancing or developing new material properties and reducing energy usage in manufacturing. The projects represent the first joint round of funding for the HPC4EI...

Three Lawrence Livermore scientists named senior members of the Optical Society

July 9, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists Félicie Albert, Eyal Feigenbaum and Bruce Warner have been named senior members of the Optical Society (OSA), an international organization for optics and photonics scientists, engineers, educators and business leaders. Senior membership status recognizes members with more than 10 years of professional experience in optics or an optics...

Co-Optima identifies six new blendstocks for improved fuel economy, vehicle performance

July 3, 2019- 
Three years after embarking upon a rigorous evaluation of a pool of more than 400 candidates, researchers with the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative have identified six blendstocks from two chemical families that exhibit the greatest potential to dramatically increase efficiency when combined with petroleum-based fuels in boosted (or turbocharged) spark-ignition...

NIF tops Physics of Plasmas 'most cited'

July 2, 2019- 
Research authored by physicists in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility & Photon Science Directorate (NIF&PS) represented four of the prestigious Physics of Plasmas' top 10 list of "most cited papers" of 2018. The papers on the list have accumulated five or more citations, according to AIP (American Institute of Physics) Publishing. In particular, AIP noted...

Stellar reactions in a galaxy not so far, far away

July 1, 2019- 
Few people over the course of history have had a hand in discovering an atomic element. Yet nuclear chemist Dawn Shaughnessy joined a team of scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Russia that discovered five elements from 1989 to 2010. Now she leads the Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group of the Physics and Life Sciences Directorate at LLNL and uses the National...

Did comet impacts jump-start life on Earth?

June 27, 2019- 
Comets screaming through the atmosphere of early Earth at tens of thousands of miles per hour likely contained measurable amounts of protein-forming amino acids. Upon impact, these amino acids self-assembled into significantly larger nitrogen-containing aromatic structures that are likely constituents of polymeric biomaterials. That is the conclusion of a new study by Lawrence Livermore...

Public-private collaboration stimulates innovation to bolster U.S. competitiveness

June 26, 2019- 
The Department of Energy (DOE) on Tuesday announced more than $24 million in funding for 77 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). With matching funds from the private sector, these projects will advance the commercialization of promising energy technologies and strengthen partnerships between DOE’s national laboratories and...

New facilities to support stockpile stewardship

June 26, 2019- 
Leadership from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Livermore Field Office (LFO) and contractor Hensel Phelps broke ground earlier this month on the Applied Materials and Engineering (AME) campus at LLNL. The groundbreaking was for the start of new building construction in the 2200 block of the Laboratory and will come online...