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Five researchers named to '40 Under 40' list

Aug. 29, 2018 -  
Five Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers join an eclectic group of entrepreneurs, writers, executives, philanthropists and more on Diablo Magazine’s annual “40 Under 40” list, which recognizes young professionals in the East Bay who are leading the charge in their fields...
For article Learning to love science from gazing at planets

Learning to love science from gazing at planets

Aug. 27, 2018 -  
The moment Louisa Pickworth saw the rings of Saturn through her father’s backyard telescope, she knew she wanted to become a scientist to learn “more and more and more.” Today, Pickworth, 32, is one of LLNL’s heralded young physicists for her work developing cutting-edge X-ray diagnostics to help...
For article Four Lawrence Livermore scientists named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff

Four Lawrence Livermore scientists named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff

Aug. 22, 2018 -  
Four Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers have been named Distinguished Members of Technical Staff (DMTS) for their extraordinary scientific and technical contributions to the Laboratory and its missions, as acknowledged by their professional peers and the larger community...
For article Theory aids analysis of nuclear materials

Theory aids analysis of nuclear materials

Aug. 22, 2018 -  
Nuclear emergency teams, safeguards specialists and others may one day benefit from an expanded nuclear fission chain theory and detectors developed by a team of Lawrence Livermore Nationla Laboratory ( LLNL ) physicists. The Livermore scientists have bolstered their theory for understanding...
For article Researchers developing deep learning system to advance nuclear nonproliferation analysis

Researchers developing deep learning system to advance nuclear nonproliferation analysis

Aug. 21, 2018 -  
Artificial neural networks are all around us, deeply embedded in routine functions on the internet. They help online merchants make personalized shopping recommendations, enable social media sites to recognize faces in photos and assist email programs in filtering out spam. Neural networks also...
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Optogenetics – controlling neurons with light – may lead to cures for PTSD, Alzheimer’s

Aug. 20, 2018 -  
Through the emerging field of optogenetics, a technology that allows genetically modified neurons in living tissue to be precisely controlled by means of light, scientists are attempting to gain a better understanding of how the brain works in hopes of discovering cures for debilitating neural...
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LLNL and Virginia Tech researchers achieve more complex 3D-printed graphene aerogel

Aug. 17, 2018 -  
Graphene aerogel is lighter than air but as strong as steel, and it’s already proven useful in aerospace, energy storage and insulation. While there have been recent advances in 3D printing of the novel material, achieving complex structures has been elusive, hampering the unique material’s full...
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Summer scholars learn value of team science

Aug. 17, 2018 -  
A group of NIF & Photon Science summer scholars and visiting graduate students are experiencing the value of teamwork as they conduct experiments at LLNL’s Jupiter Laser Facility ( JLF ). Jesus Hinojosa, 26, a University of Michigan graduate student, and Matthew Thibodeau, 21, a Rice University...
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National Ignition Facility reveals how hydrogen becomes metallic inside gas giant planets

Aug. 16, 2018 -  
Swirling dense metallic hydrogen dominates the interiors of Jupiter, Saturn and many extra-solar planets. Building precise models of these giant planets requires an accurate description of the transition of pressurized hydrogen into this metallic substance — a long-standing scientific challenge. In...
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DOE funds a fifth round of projects pairing manufacturing, high performance computing

Aug. 15, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL) , which manages the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing ( HPC4Mfg ) Program to use supercomputers to advance U.S. manufacturing, today announced the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded nearly $3.8 million for 13 industry projects under...
For article Nasstrom tapped for NNSA Gold Award

Nasstrom tapped for NNSA Gold Award

Aug. 14, 2018 -  
As one of the leaders of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC), John Nasstrom has sat in on many video conferences. But on Aug. 7, a video conference with leaders from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s ( NNSA ) Office of Nuclear...
For article Quest for source of black hole dark matter

Quest for source of black hole dark matter

Aug. 13, 2018 -  
Like a game of “hide and seek,” Lawrence Livermore astrophysicists know that there are black holes hiding in the Milky Way, just not where. If they find them toward the galactic bulge (a tightly packed group of stars) and the Magellanic Clouds, then black holes as massive as 10,000 times the mass...
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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-...
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John Nuckolls to be awarded John S. Foster Jr. Medal for contributions to nuclear security

Aug. 8, 2018 -  
For more than 60 years, John Nuckolls has dedicated his career to advancing science and technology in support of U.S. national security. In recognition of his outstanding leadership and service to the nation, he has been named the fourth recipient of the John S. Foster Jr. Medal . Established by...
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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...
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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...
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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...
For article Lab researcher to help lead DOE exascale effort

Lab researcher to help lead DOE exascale effort

July 31, 2018 -  
The Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has named Lori Diachin as its new deputy director, effective Aug. 7. Diachin replaces Stephen Lee, who has retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Diachin has been serving as the deputy associate director for Science and Technology in...
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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...
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Applications due for Community Gift Program

July 24, 2018 -  
LIVERMORE, California – Applications for the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC ( LLNS ) annual Community Gift Program are due by Friday, Aug. 17. Established in 2008, the Community Gift Program provides a total of $100,000 in awards to support nonprofit organizations addressing STEM (...