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LLNL researchers to play key role in $60 million DOE program to advance scientific computing

Sept. 13, 2006- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. — More than 40 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers working on 14 multi-institutional scientific computing projects will benefit from $60 million in funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. DOE’s Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing program, or SciDAC, announced last week the selection of 30 computational...

Livermore's Cherry Murray elected vice president of American Physical Society

Sept. 12, 2006- 
LIVERMORE , Calif. — Cherry Murray, the deputy director for Science and Technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been elected vice president of the American Physical Society (APS) for 2007. The assignment begins January 1, 2007, and will last four years. Following her year as vice president, she will successively become president-elect, president and then immediate past...

Researchers link human activities to rising ocean temperatures in hurricane formation regions

Sept. 11, 2006- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. — New research shows that rising sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in hurricane “breeding grounds” of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are unlikely to be purely natural in origin. These findings complement earlier work that uncovered compelling scientific evidence of a link between warming SSTs and increases in hurricane intensity.Previous studies to understand the causes of...

DOE Joint Genome Institute decodes DNA of two plant-killing pathogens

Aug. 31, 2006- 
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — By comparing the complete genome sequences of two plant-killing pathogens and related organisms, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), in collaboration with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) and others, have uncovered crucial aspects of the disease-causing mechanisms of “sudden oak death” (SOD) and soybean root rot...

Nanowire 'barcode' system speeds biodetection in the field

Aug. 7, 2006- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. — Detecting biowarfare agents in the field will become a lot easier thanks to a new barcode system based on biosensing nanowires developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers. The researchers, led by Jeffrey Tok of LLNL’s BioSecurity and Nanosciences Laboratory, built submicrometer layers of different metals including gold, silver and nickel...

Statement on Jimmy Sanderson

July 31, 2006- 
Our Laboratory, the University of California police department and Department of Energy officials fully support the efforts of The Livermore Police Department on this investigation. Mr. Sanderson has been employed as a senior computer programming technologist at the laboratory since April 2002. Upon his arrest, Mr. Sanderson’s access to the Lab was immediately denied and his badge was...

DOE JGI decodes DNA of growth-promoting fungus

July 24, 2006- 
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — The DNA sequence of Laccaria bicolor, a fungus that forms a beneficial symbiosis with trees and inhabits one of the most ecologically and commercially important microbial niches in North American and Eurasian forests, has been determined by the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI). The complete Laccaria genome sequence was announced July 23 at...

Laboratory captures seven R&D 100 awards for industrial innovations

July 10, 2006- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have captured seven awards for developing advanced technologies with commercial potential. Six teams of LLNL scientists and engineers and an individual LLNL researcher have won plaques from the trade journal R&D Magazine for being among the top 100 industrial innovations worldwide for 2005. They worked with three...

NNSA announces new mark for world's fastest supercomputer

June 22, 2006- 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and IBM teamed up to announce that a new mark was achieved on the world’s fastest supercomputer named BlueGene/L (BG/L). This world record for a scientific application was set by achieving a sustained performance of 207.3 trillion floating-point operations per second (teraFLOPS) on the...

Lab study pinpoints nitrate sources in Tri-Valley groundwater

June 21, 2006- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. — Using a method of combining chemical and isotopic tracers, a team of scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has completed a study that helps pinpoint the sources of nitrate in the Tri-Valley’s groundwater supply. The study took place on a portion of the Valley’s groundwater basin, which is managed by the Zone 7 Water Agency. The study, which is...

Cargo explosives screening program to be piloted at San Francisco International Airport

June 20, 2006- 
SAN FRANCISCO — A pilot program to screen passenger aircraft cargo for explosives will be launched later this summer at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Known as the Air Cargo Explosives Detection Pilot Program, the effort will be conducted at SFO air cargo facilities under a collaboration between DHS’s Science and Technology (S...

Scientists tackle long-standing questions about plutonium

June 5, 2006- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. — Scientists have gone a long way to solving a question about the nature of plutonium that has remained a mystery since the Manhattan Project. Plutonium behaves like no other element in nature. The bonding of its electrons causes its crystal structure to be uneven, similar to a mineral, and the nucleus is unstable, causing the metal to spontaneously decay over time and...

Study shows that genetic quality of sperm deteriorates as men age

June 5, 2006- 
New research indicates that the genetic quality of sperm worsens as men get older, increasing a man’s risk of being infertile, fathering unsuccessful pregnancies and passing along dwarfism and possibly other genetic diseases to his children. A study led by scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the University of California, Berkeley, found a steady increase in...

Local high school seniors receive Edward Teller science scholarships (2006)

May 30, 2006- 
Two Livermore high school girls have won the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Edward Teller Science Scholarship. This year’s award recipients are Megan Connolly of Granada High School and Mina Bionta of Livermore High School.   The awards, instituted in 2004 in honor of the late Dr. Teller, renowned physicist and Lab co-founder, are given by the Laboratory to graduating seniors...

Scientists develop rapid diagnostic test for foot-and-mouth and six other livestock diseases

May 25, 2006- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists, in partnership with the federal Homeland Security and Agriculture departments and the University of California, Davis, have developed a rapid diagnostic test that simultaneously tests for foot-and-mouth disease and six other look-alike diseases in livestock. The new candidate test, which is still undergoing the...

DOE Joint Genome Institute finishes sequencing its 100th microbial genome

May 23, 2006- 
ORLANDO, Fla. — Microbes, thriving in even the world's most extreme environments, are capable of performing myriad biological functions, learned over the billions of years they have inhabited the planet. Those lessons, and how they can be captured to render clean renewable sources of energy and to repair damaged environments, are among the many secrets encoded in their DNA sequence. On May 23...

Nanotube membranes offer possibility of cheaper desalination

May 18, 2006- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. — A nanotube membrane on a silicon chip the size of a quarter may offer a cheaper way to remove salt from water. Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have created a membrane made of carbon nanotubes and silicon that may offer, among many possible applications, a less expensive desalination. The nanotubes, special molecules made of carbon atoms in a...

LLNL-sponsored science fair winners take home awards at Intel international fair

May 17, 2006- 
Two senior sweepstakes winners of the 2006 Tri-Valley Science & Engineering Fair, sponsored by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in March, have won awards in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Indianapolis from May 8 to 12.Mina Bionta, a 12th grade student from Livermore High School, won a Government Award from the Office of Naval Research on behalf of the U.S...

Teachers to study cutting-edge science at Livermore-UC Davis summer research academy

May 11, 2006- 
This summer Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in collaboration with the School of Education at the University of California, Davis, will sponsor 12 regional workshops for middle and high school science teachers. The workshops will be held in Davis, Stockton, Fresno and Livermore, and will give teachers the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge scientific research conducted at the...

Screening tool to help detect explosives nets technology transfer award for LLNL researchers

May 4, 2006- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. — Airport screeners, law enforcement and military personnel and others have a new ally in the war against terrorism – a portable, sensitive and accurate explosives detector developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers. The new explosives detector, called the Easy Livermore Inspection Test for Explosives, or ELITE, is highly sensitive to more than 30...