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Researchers Discover that Volcanic Eruptions Masked Global Warming During the Past 20 Years

Nov. 27, 2001 -  
LIVERMORE, Calif.— Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, who examined temperature data from 1979 to 1999, have discovered that large volcanic eruptions cooled the lower troposphere (the layer of atmosphere from the Earth’s surface to roughly 8 km above it) more than the surface,...

Governor Davis and CHP Unveil New Device to Stop Hijacked Trucks

Nov. 26, 2001 -  
Developed by engineers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Dr. Bill Wattenburg, the device allows CHP officers to safely stop a hijacked truck. An officer would strike the device, mounted on the rear of a truck, with the front bumper of a patrol car. This causes the air brakes on the...

On Demand Technology

Nov. 19, 2001 -  
IBM to Build World’s Fastest Supercomputers for U.S. Department of Energy— Approaching a Half a Quadrillion Calculations Per Second, the Machines Are More Powerful Than the World’s 500 Fastest Supercomputers Combined SUPERCOMPUTING 2002, BALTIMORE, November 19, 2002 — At a press conference later...

IBM, Lab to work on new design for Blue Gene

Nov. 16, 2001 -  
IBM last week announced a partnership with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Agency to expand IBM’s Blue Gene research project. IBM will work with LLNL to jointly design a new supercomputer in the Blue Gene family. Called Blue Gene/L, the machine will be at least 15 times faster...

McTague lauds ‘superb’ year for lab

Nov. 16, 2001 -  
s The University of California-operated national laboratories have had an outstanding year, producing “superb science and technology” while, for the first time, the quality of management rose to comparably high levels, according to John McTague, the University’s vice president for Laboratory...

SAFE to offer advice on protecting intellectual property

Nov. 16, 2001 -  
Imagine what would happen if a U.S. company’s bread-and-butter technology was stolen by insiders, transferred to another company outside the United States, and used to create a competing product. Such a scenario isn’t difficult to imagine, because it happens all too often. The results? The U.S...

Overall Lab cancer rates lower than Bay Area norms, surveillance report finds

Nov. 16, 2001 -  
Considerably less cancer was found among Lab employees than would be expected based on Bay Area rates, according to the findings in the Health Services Department’s Cancer Surveillance Project. The project reports cancer rates among LLNL employees. Drs. Jim Seward and Mort Mendelsohn of the Lab,...

Terrorism sparks need to be SAFE

Nov. 9, 2001 -  
“We’re facing a new world” and consequently “we’re going to have to think differently,” said Terry Turchie, manager of the Laboratory’s Security Awareness for Employees (SAFE) Program. In an Oct. 30 presentation, “How to Catch Terrorists,” Turchie sought to provide employees with a better “feel”...

Health Services to present latest findings of Lab’s Cancer Surveillance Project

Nov. 9, 2001 -  
Health Services will present the latest findings of the Lab’s Cancer Surveillance Project at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Bldg. 543 auditorium. Speakers will include Health Center Director Dr. Jim Seward, Dr. Donald Whorton and Dr. Mort Mendelsohn. All employees are invited. The Cancer...

Action teams devising survey recommendations

Nov. 9, 2001 -  
After extensive analysis of survey data, action teams have pinpointed issues and are now devising recommendations for change in response to the Employee Survey, “Assessing the Workplace.” These changes include more flexibility in the work schedule, the addition of timesaving services, career...

Space science ready for takeoff at special Visitors Center event

Nov. 9, 2001 -  
Space travel and astronaut training will be the theme on Saturday, Nov. 10, when “Space & Science Saturday” touches down at the Visitors Center and adjoining area near the Eastgate entrance. The event blasts off at 10 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m. “We hope this will be the first in a...

Sequencing of pufferfish will help JGI efforts to solve mysteries of human genome

Nov. 2, 2001 -  
The recent sequencing of the Japanese pufferfish Fugu rubripes provides a plethora of information that will help researchers master the ins and outs embedded in the human genome. An international research consortium — which was led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute and the...

Lab researchers develop rapid-detection method for identifying salmonella

Nov. 2, 2001 -  
Salmonella may soon be identified within hours, rather than as long as a couple weeks, thanks to a rapid-detection technique developed by Laboratory researchers. A paper by biomedical scientists Peter Agron and Gary Andersen about their development of a DNA-based detection system will appear in...

Media keeps its spotlight on Lab

Nov. 2, 2001 -  
Since the terror attacks on Sept. 11, newspapers, magazines, TV and radio have been filled with stories about the events and their aftermath, including the anthrax mailings. Many of those stories have focused on what the government is doing to combat terrorism. And many of the reporters writing...

Lab Scientists Develop DNA Signatures for Salmonella Strain that are Expected to Drastically Speed Detection

Oct. 30, 2001 -  
LIVERMORE, Calif. – Salmonella may soon be identified within hours, rather than as long as a couple weeks, thanks to a rapid-detection technique developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers. A paper by biomedical scientists Peter Agron and Gary Andersen about their development of...

Warning: Microsoft’s "error reporting" can send your data across the internet

Oct. 26, 2001 -  
As you know, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory works hard to protect the data processed by employees on LLNL’s computers and networks. In this spirit, we need to alert employees to a new security issue found in the latest Microsoft products. Microsoft’s Office XP, Windows XP, and Internet...

The mission and priorities of the Department

Oct. 26, 2001 -  
Most of you have heard me describe a very general vision of the Department of Energy as one in which the Department enjoys a reputation for excellence, such that every other cabinet member would wish they were the secretary of Energy and employees of other departments wished they worked here. This...

Employees eager to return to HOME following terrorist attacks, aftermath

Oct. 26, 2001 -  
In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, some Lab employees are keeping a little closer to HOME — in this case, the campaign to Help Others More Effectively The HOME Campaign, the Laboratory’s annual fund-raising effort to help community-based charities, along with umbrella agencies such...

SAFE Program manager will discuss his insights on how to catch terrorists

Oct. 26, 2001 -  
While countering terrorism has been foremost on everyone’s mind since Sept. 11, some people have made a career of it. Terry Turchie is one of those people. On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the former deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division and current manager of the Laboratory’s the...

NIF conventional facility complete

Oct. 26, 2001 -  
Almost five years ago, the Laboratory and the Department of Energy set a major milestone for the National Ignition Facility: complete the $196 million conventional facility by the end of September 2001. On Friday, Sept. 28, that milestone was met. “We have now taken beneficial occupancy of the...