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Lab director names UC Vice President Kim Budil to lead Weapons and Complex Integration

Jan. 22, 2019- 
Kim Budil has been named Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s new principal associate director for Weapons & Complex Integration (WCI), Director Bill Goldstein announced on Tuesday. The appointment is effective Feb. 4. Budil will lead the Laboratory’s nuclear weapons program in its responsibilities to ensure the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent and to...

Are you nerd enough? Nerd Bowl returns Jan. 26

Jan. 22, 2019- 
On Saturday, Jan. 26, watch teams from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Facebook, Sandia National Laboratories/CA and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory battle it out in the Bay Area’s smartest flag football tournament. The first game of Nerd Bowl II will kick off at 2 p.m. at the Livermore High School field, located at 3011 Fourth St. in Livermore, followed by the...

Scientists predict reaction data for fusion research, insight into universe's origins

Jan. 22, 2019- 
Using simulations and calculations, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) nuclear scientists for the first time have accurately predicted the properties of polarized thermonuclear fusion. Analogous calculations could be used to answer some of the most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and the evolution of stars. For decades, nuclear scientists have been trying...

Harold Brown: Nuclear deterrence pioneer and former Lab director leaves indelible legacy

Jan. 14, 2019- 
An intellectual giant who led development of technologies that modernized nuclear deterrence and played integral roles during the most dramatic moments of the Cold War while serving under four U.S. presidents, Harold Brown’s life was indelibly intertwined with national security. The physicist, former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory director and secretary of Defense under President...

Lawrence Livermore's 2018: the year in review

Jan. 11, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) month-by-month highlights from 2018 are available online in the "2018 Year in Review" edition of Newsline. As in the past, listings are in four categories: Science and Technology, People, Operations and Awards and Recognition. The "2018 Year in Review" will appear electronically; there will be no print edition. The web-based format offers the...

Zirconium isotope a master at neutron capture

Jan. 10, 2019- 
The probability that a nucleus will absorb a neutron is important to many areas of nuclear science, including the production of elements in the cosmos, reactor performance, nuclear medicine and defense applications. New research from a team led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists reveals that the radioactive isotope zirconium-88 (⁸⁸Zr) is 100,000 times more likely...

LLNL climate scientist awarded World Climate Research Program 2018 Data Prize

Jan. 7, 2019- 
Research scientist Paul Durack from the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been awarded the World Climate Research Programme 2018 Data Prize for his leadership of the input4MIPs project, which began in 2016. The prestigious WCRP prize is awarded annually, with Durack selected in late December 2018 by the prize...

Potential benefits of next-generation wargames

Dec. 21, 2018- 
Technological advances for game engines and cloud architectures are fueling the development of next-generation wargames that can increase insights for policymakers, according to the authors of a paper published today. In an article appearing in the Dec. 21 edition of Science Magazine, researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)...

Playing video games may help researchers find personalized medical treatment for sepsis

Dec. 18, 2018- 
A deep learning approach originally designed to teach computers how to play video games better than humans could aid in developing personalized medical treatment for sepsis, a disease that causes about 300,000 deaths per year and for which there is no known cure. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in collaboration with researchers at the University of Vermont, is exploring how...

Carbon nanotubes mime biology

Dec. 17, 2018- 
Cellular membranes serve as an ideal example of a system that is multifunctional, tunable, precise and efficient. Efforts to mimic these biological wonders haven’t always been successful. However, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have created polymer-based membranes with 1.5-nanometer carbon nanotube pores that mimic the architecture of cellular membranes. The...

Unlocking the secrets of hidden earthquakes

Dec. 13, 2018- 
Growing up in Sonora, a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate researcher Kayla Kroll was fascinated with stars and the solar system. "In high school, I put up glow-in-the-dark constellations in my bedroom," she said, "along with a 3D display of the planets in exact formation. I made the ceiling...

Two-micron fill tubes fill two needs

Dec. 12, 2018- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (NIF) and General Atomics engineers have created an inertial confinement fusion (ICF) fuel capsule with a 2-micron-diameter fill tube — and along the way, found a solution to a "Bay Bridge"-like dilemma that could have dramatically slowed the process of fabricating NIF capsules. Last month, NIF conducted the first test of a...

Researchers discover unusual new type of phase transformation in a transition metal

Dec. 11, 2018- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have discovered an unusual new type of phase transformation in the transition metal zirconium. The mechanism underlying this new type of phase transition is the first of its kind that has ever been observed, and only could be seen with the application of very high pressures. The research was recently published by Physical Review B as a...

Lawrence Livermore's HOME Campaign raises more than $3.7 million for charitable groups

Dec. 10, 2018- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) employees, along with Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), LLC, donated more than $3.7 million to charitable organizations via the annual employee giving program, the Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign. Through the HOME Campaign, now in its 43rd year, Laboratory employees pledged $2,725,611 through payroll deduction. One...

Lab develops metamaterials that change mechanical properties under magnetic fields

Dec. 7, 2018- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have introduced a new class of metamaterials that can nearly instantly respond and stiffen 3D-printed structures when exposed to a magnetic field, a development that could be applied to next-generation helmets, wearable armor and a host of other innovations. The Lab-developed "field-responsive mechanical metamaterials" (FRMMs) employ...

NIF experiments support warhead life extension

Dec. 6, 2018- 
It was a normal morning for design physicist Madison Martin at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). At 7:45 a.m., she settled into her classified workstation with a cup of tea to check the results of a numerical calculation she ran overnight. If the calculations proved correct, the experiment she was designing on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) would deliver the data her...

Lawrence Livermore among Glassdoor's 'best places to work,' ranked top lab employer

Dec. 5, 2018- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2019. The Employees’ Choice Awards program, now in its 11th year, is based solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies on Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting...

Guide star leads to sharper astronomical images

Dec. 4, 2018- 
The laser guide star revolutionized astronomy by revealing large swaths of the sky that had previously been unseen from Earth due to atmospheric distortions. Now astronomy is on the verge of another great leap forward. The Extremely Large Telescope, which is expected to see first light in 2024, will have a 39-meter-diameter primary mirror — more than three times the size of today’s largest...

LLNL's neurotech innovation featured at DARPA's 60th Anniversary Symposium

Nov. 30, 2018- 
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) held its 60th Anniversary Symposium in Maryland recently, at which an exhibit for the Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program featured the flexible neural multielectrode arrays developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The symposium, held to celebrate DARPA’s innovative approach to creating...

More than a facelift: Lawrence Livermore's radiochemistry labs receive extensive upgrades

Nov. 28, 2018- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) continuously upgrades facilities and equipment on the main campus. Infrastructure investments help ensure that scientists, engineers and support staff carry out LLNL’s mission safely and effectively. Building 151 is the latest site of extensive renovations. Construction recently finished in four laboratory spaces, combining two labs into one and...