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Deep sea corals may be oldest living marine organism

March 23, 2009- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. — Deep-sea corals from about 400 meters off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands are much older than once believed and some may be the oldest living marine organisms known to man. Researchers from Lawrence Livermore, Stanford University and the University of California at Santa Cruz have determined that two groups of Hawaiian deep-sea corals are far older than previously...

Certifying continued operation of BSL-3 facility

March 20, 2009- 
A pair of fresh approvals have been received for the operation of the Laboratory's newest biological research facility — the Biological Safety Level 3, or BSL-3 facility.The  approvals, received last week from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are for the facility's select agent registration and its annual recertification."This facility is critical for the...

Close shave benefits fight against cancer

March 20, 2009- 
Bruce Buchholz, his son Wolfgang and Tom Brown. Buchholz and Brown shaved their heads in solidarity with Wolfgang, who is undergoing chemotherapy.As of last Friday afternoon, Bruce Buchholz and Tom Brown of the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry each had a full head of hair.As of that evening, they were both "Mr. Clean" bald.They didn't shave their heads on a dare, but instead did it in...

Close shave benefits fight against cancer

March 20, 2009- 
Bruce Buchholz, his son Wolfgang and Tom Brown. Buchholz and Brown shaved their heads in solidarity with Wolfgang, who is undergoing chemotherapy.As of last Friday afternoon, Bruce Buchholz and Tom Brown of the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry each had a full head of hair.As of that evening, they were both "Mr. Clean" bald.They didn't shave their heads on a dare, but instead did it in...

Close shave benefits fight against cancer

March 20, 2009- 
Bruce Buchholz, his son Wolfgang and Tom Brown. Buchholz and Brown shaved their heads in solidarity with Wolfgang, who is undergoing chemotherapy.As of last Friday afternoon, Bruce Buchholz and Tom Brown of the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry each had a full head of hair.As of that evening, they were both "Mr. Clean" bald.They didn't shave their heads on a dare, but instead did it in...

Agreement allows state to tap Lab capabilities

March 20, 2009- 
State of California agencies can now tap the expertise and capabilities of federal laboratories such as Livermore to more quickly address urgent state needs and provide opportunities to bolster state economic growth thanks to a new contracting mechanism now available online.A model contract with template is now available via the California State Department of General Services Office of Legal...

Agreement allows state to tap Lab capabilities

March 20, 2009- 
State of California agencies can now tap the expertise and capabilities of federal laboratories such as Livermore to more quickly address urgent state needs and provide opportunities to bolster state economic growth thanks to a new contracting mechanism now available online.A model contract with template is now available via the California State Department of General Services Office of Legal...

Sound lights way to better computer chip

March 20, 2009- 
By reversing a process that converts electrical signals into sounds heard out of a cell phone, researchers may have a new tool to enhance the way computer chips, LEDs and transistors are built.Laboratory scientists have for the first time converted the highest frequency sounds into light by reversing a process that converts electrical signals to sound.Commonly used piezo-electric speakers,...

Tri-Valley Science & Engineering Fair returns

March 20, 2009- 
The 13th annual Tri-Valley Science & Engineering Fair (TVSEF) sponsored by LLNL returns next week (March 24-28) to the Robert Livermore Community Center 4444 East Ave., Livermore.This year’s participants include 249 students in grades 7-12 attending public, private or parochial schools in Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Sunol. A total of 180 projects will be presented —...

Tri-Valley Science & Engineering Fair returns

March 20, 2009- 
The 13th annual Tri-Valley Science & Engineering Fair (TVSEF) sponsored by LLNL returns next week (March 24-28) to the Robert Livermore Community Center 4444 East Ave., Livermore.This year’s participants include 249 students in grades 7-12 attending public, private or parochial schools in Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Sunol. A total of 180 projects will be presented —...

Tracy presentation to discuss Alzheimer's

March 20, 2009- 
View calendar of public events John Gorman of the Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California will present a timely and informational talk on living with family members who have Alzheimer’s disease on Tuesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave., Tracy. In California, more than 11,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Gorman will explain...

Tracy presentation to discuss Alzheimer's

March 20, 2009- 
View calendar of public events John Gorman of the Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California will present a timely and informational talk on living with family members who have Alzheimer’s disease on Tuesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave., Tracy. In California, more than 11,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Gorman will explain...

News Briefs: March 20, 2009

March 20, 2009- 
LLLWA awards scholarships In conjunction with Women’s History Month, the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Women’s Association (LLLWA) presented its annual scholarship awards totaling $8,500 to eight employees during a ceremony Wednesday. The scholarship program provides financial support to employees in their pursuit of educational training as a means of career and personal...

News Briefs: March 20, 2009

March 20, 2009- 
LLLWA awards scholarships In conjunction with Women’s History Month, the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Women’s Association (LLLWA) presented its annual scholarship awards totaling $8,500 to eight employees during a ceremony Wednesday. The scholarship program provides financial support to employees in their pursuit of educational training as a means of career and personal...

Water acts as catalyst in explosives

March 20, 2009- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - The most abundant material on Earth exhibits some unusual chemical properties when placed under extreme conditions.Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have shown that water, in hot dense environments, plays an unexpected role in catalyzing complex explosive reactions. A catalyst is a compound that speeds chemical reactions without being consumed. Platinum and...

Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair returns to Livermore

March 16, 2009- 
The best and brightest student scientists and engineers will showcase their work when the Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, returns March 24–28, to the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Avenue, Livermore. Each year the fair motivates students to apply creativity and critical thought to the solution of science,...

Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair returns to Livermore

March 16, 2009- 
The best and brightest student scientists and engineers will showcase their work when the Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, returns March 24–28, to the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Avenue, Livermore. Each year the fair motivates students to apply creativity and critical thought to the solution of science,...

Shifting sound to light may lead to better computer chips

March 16, 2009- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. – By reversing a process that converts electrical signals into sounds heard out of a cell phone, researchers may have a new tool to enhance the way computer chips, LEDs and transistors are built.Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have for the first time converted the highest frequency sounds into light by reversing a process that converts electrical signals to...

Lab plays global role in nuclear safeguards

March 13, 2009- 
We all recall the dramatic photos of the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM)/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors standing on the giant calutron magnets partially buried in the desert as the extent of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear weapons program came to light following the first Gulf War (1990). While Iraq was successfully prevented from "going nuclear," the IAEA’s...

Lab plays global role in nuclear safeguards

March 13, 2009- 
We all recall the dramatic photos of the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM)/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors standing on the giant calutron magnets partially buried in the desert as the extent of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear weapons program came to light following the first Gulf War (1990). While Iraq was successfully prevented from "going nuclear," the IAEA’s...