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Last of 6,206 modules installed in NIF

Jan. 30, 2009- 
Early Monday morning, NIF technicians John Hollis and Jim McElroy, clad in clean room garb, in the Target Bay of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), installed a shoebox sized instrument known as a SIDE camera. The operation took only about half an hour. And when it was finished, NIF project construction had finally come to an end. The camera was the last of NIF’s 6,206 various opto...

Last of 6,206 modules installed in NIF

Jan. 30, 2009- 
Early Monday morning, NIF technicians John Hollis and Jim McElroy, clad in clean room garb, in the Target Bay of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), installed a shoebox sized instrument known as a SIDE camera. The operation took only about half an hour. And when it was finished, NIF project construction had finally come to an end. The camera was the last of NIF’s 6,206 various opto...

Last of 6,206 modules installed in NIF

Jan. 30, 2009- 
Early Monday morning, NIF technicians John Hollis and Jim McElroy, clad in clean room garb, in the Target Bay of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), installed a shoebox sized instrument known as a SIDE camera. The operation took only about half an hour. And when it was finished, NIF project construction had finally come to an end. The camera was the last of NIF’s 6,206 various opto...

'Science on Saturday' presents look at aerogels

Jan. 30, 2009- 
The Lab's popular "Science on Saturday" lecture series kicks off this Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Two presentations are offered at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.The first lecture, "Aerogels: The Materials Science of Empty Space," will be presented by Alex Gash, anLLNL scientist, and Dean Reese, a Tracy High School teacher. The lecture explains how aerogels are...

'Science on Saturday' presents look at aerogels

Jan. 30, 2009- 
The Lab's popular "Science on Saturday" lecture series kicks off this Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Two presentations are offered at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.The first lecture, "Aerogels: The Materials Science of Empty Space," will be presented by Alex Gash, anLLNL scientist, and Dean Reese, a Tracy High School teacher. The lecture explains how aerogels are...

News Briefs: January 30, 2009

Jan. 30, 2009- 
Water conservation project gets under wayThe Laboratory is about to begin a water conservation test bed project for the LLNL site to reduce water usage through the implementation of a reclaimed water collection and distribution system as an alternative water source for irrigation. The project is part of the energy conservation initiatives mandated under the DOE Order 430.2B. Construction is...

News Briefs: January 30, 2009

Jan. 30, 2009- 
Water conservation project gets under wayThe Laboratory is about to begin a water conservation test bed project for the LLNL site to reduce water usage through the implementation of a reclaimed water collection and distribution system as an alternative water source for irrigation. The project is part of the energy conservation initiatives mandated under the DOE Order 430.2B. Construction is...

Helium rains inside Jovian planets

Jan. 26, 2009- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. – Models of how Saturn and Jupiter formed may soon take on a different look. By determining the properties of hydrogen-helium mixtures at the millions of atmospheres of pressure present in the interior of Saturn and Jupiter, physicists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have determined the temperature at a given...

Helium rains inside Jovian planets

Jan. 26, 2009- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. – Models of how Saturn and Jupiter formed may soon take on a different look. By determining the properties of hydrogen-helium mixtures at the millions of atmospheres of pressure present in the interior of Saturn and Jupiter, physicists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have determined the temperature at a given...

Mapping out nuclear forensics detection

Jan. 23, 2009- 
(Editor’s note: This is the next in a series of interviews with key leaders of the 100-day science and technology road mapping project. The project centers on seven focus areas: stockpile stewardship science; nuclear counterterrorism and forensics; cyber and space security and intelligence; biosecurity; regional climate modeling and impacts; LIFE — Laser Inertial Fusion-Fission Energy ...

Mapping out nuclear forensics detection

Jan. 23, 2009- 
(Editor’s note: This is the next in a series of interviews with key leaders of the 100-day science and technology road mapping project. The project centers on seven focus areas: stockpile stewardship science; nuclear counterterrorism and forensics; cyber and space security and intelligence; biosecurity; regional climate modeling and impacts; LIFE — Laser Inertial Fusion-Fission Energy ...

Mapping out nuclear forensics detection

Jan. 23, 2009- 
(Editor’s note: This is the next in a series of interviews with key leaders of the 100-day science and technology road mapping project. The project centers on seven focus areas: stockpile stewardship science; nuclear counterterrorism and forensics; cyber and space security and intelligence; biosecurity; regional climate modeling and impacts; LIFE — Laser Inertial Fusion-Fission Energy ...

Casper attracted to magnetic fusion experiment

Jan. 23, 2009- 
LLNL researcher Tom Casper of the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate was recently selected for a senior position with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in Cadarache, France. Casper is scheduled to begin his new job as scientific officer, Equilibrium and Control, Fusion Science and Technology on March 2. The ITER Organization was formed to design,...

Lab signs research agreement with Chevron

Jan. 23, 2009- 
The Laboratory has signed a research agreement with Chevron to develop the next generation of catalysts for production of cleaner, more efficient fuels from crude oil. The research will focus on how catalytically active surfaces form and change on contact with feed molecules and, in particular, over time, how they are influenced by promoters and impurities. This work will utilize...

A method for purer and safer explosives

Jan. 23, 2009- 
The same explosive used in deep oil exploration may perform better and safer the next time it’s used to chip away rock in search of oil. Researchers at the Laboratory have discovered a method to dissolve the explosive TATB (1, 3, 5-Triaminio-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene) to improve its quality and performance once it is reverted back to a solid. TATB is a molecular solid with an extensive...

Qualities of LIFE fulfill energy, security goals

Jan. 23, 2009- 
(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of interviews with key leaders of the 100-day science and technology road mapping project. The project centers on seven focus areas: stockpile stewardship science; nuclear counterterrorism and forensics; cyber and space security and intelligence; biosecurity; regional climate modeling and impacts; LIFE — Laser Inertial Fusion-Fission Energy ...

Qualities of LIFE fulfill energy, security goals

Jan. 23, 2009- 
(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of interviews with key leaders of the 100-day science and technology road mapping project. The project centers on seven focus areas: stockpile stewardship science; nuclear counterterrorism and forensics; cyber and space security and intelligence; biosecurity; regional climate modeling and impacts; LIFE — Laser Inertial Fusion-Fission Energy ...

Qualities of LIFE fulfill energy, security goals

Jan. 23, 2009- 
(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of interviews with key leaders of the 100-day science and technology road mapping project. The project centers on seven focus areas: stockpile stewardship science; nuclear counterterrorism and forensics; cyber and space security and intelligence; biosecurity; regional climate modeling and impacts; LIFE — Laser Inertial Fusion-Fission Energy ...

Qualities of LIFE fulfill energy, security goals

Jan. 23, 2009- 
(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of interviews with key leaders of the 100-day science and technology road mapping project. The project centers on seven focus areas: stockpile stewardship science; nuclear counterterrorism and forensics; cyber and space security and intelligence; biosecurity; regional climate modeling and impacts; LIFE — Laser Inertial Fusion-Fission Energy ...

Obama presidency inaugurates new thinking

Jan. 23, 2009- 
The Lab’s annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. coincided with the inauguration Tuesday of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. After opening comments from Jan Tulk, Laboratory counsel, the audience viewed segments from Dr. King’s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech delivered more than 45 years ago, alongside parts of President Obama’s inaugural address from...