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Two-week workshop lets UC Merced students step into shoes of Lab computer scientists

June 12, 2019 -  
University of California Merced student Asmaa Mohamed, who immigrated to the U.S. from Egypt in 2013, recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in developmental biology. She plans on pursuing her Ph.D. through Dartmouth College and is studying immunology in hopes of someday creating novel cancer...
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Redesign of Cardioid's heartbeat simulation brings code one step closer to clinical use

June 11, 2019 -  
A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers has successfully optimized a code that models the human heartbeat for next-generation, graphics processing unit (GPU)-based supercomputers, with an eye on developing it for virtual drug screening and modeling heart activity in...
For article Santer awarded for communicating science

Santer awarded for communicating science

June 6, 2019 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) climate scientist Benjamin Santer is the recipient of the 2019 Sigma Xi William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement . The Procter prize has been awarded since 1950 to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to scientific research and...
For article NFL comes to Lab to hear latest on TBI research

NFL comes to Lab to hear latest on TBI research

June 5, 2019 -  
Officials from the National Football League visited Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) recently to hear how the Department of Energy’s ( DOE ) national laboratories are using high-performance computing and artificial intelligence to advance scientific understanding of traumatic brain...
For article Dynamic compression provides new insight into understanding and predicting crystal growth

Dynamic compression provides new insight into understanding and predicting crystal growth

June 4, 2019 -  
Crystal growth is a crucial issue for fundamental science and wide applications. The growth morphology and speed are generally determined by an interplay between macroscopic thermodynamic driving forces and the microscopic kinetic process at crystal-liquid interface. While crystal growth is well...
For article Making metal with the lightness of air

Making metal with the lightness of air

June 3, 2019 -  
Gold, silver and copper are heavy metals, but LLNL scientists can now make them nearly as light as air — in a form so tiny it can ride on a mosquito’s back. The groundbreaking science, part of a joint NIF/Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) project supported by the Laboratory Directed Research and...
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Subcritical experiment captures scientific measurements to advance stockpile safety

May 24, 2019 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) successfully executed its first subcritical experiment since 2003 on Feb. 13 at the Nevada National Security Site ( NNSS ) U1a facility. The experiment — dubbed “Ediza” — took place deep below the desert floor and was the culmination of a five-year...
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Art with a purpose: LLNL and startup company imagine the future of indoor carbon capture

May 23, 2019 -  
Whether you’re busy at work or lounging around at home, indoor air quality probably isn’t anywhere on the list of things on your mind. But numerous studies have shown that the buildup of carbon dioxide in environments such as office buildings, schools and homes can lead to increased health issues...
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ARC experiments exceed expectations

May 17, 2019 -  
The first proton-acceleration experiments using the National Ignition Facility ’s (NIF) Advanced Radiographic Capability ( ARC ) short-pulse laser have produced protons with energies about 10 times higher than previous experience would have predicted (see “ A Powerful New Source of High-Energy...
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Researchers dish the dirt on soil microbes

May 16, 2019 -  
Soil microbes are wild, unpampered and uncultured. But to understand their ecology, don't look in laboratory cultures, look in the soil. That’s exactly what Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) and Northern Arizona University ( NAU ) scientists did. Relationships between microbial genes...
For article Detection array wins FLC national award

Detection array wins FLC national award

May 15, 2019 -  
In the nine years since a virtually all-encompassing Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) biological detection system was first introduced, it has become a major hit among technologies. Now called the Applied Biosystems’™ Axiom™ Microbiome Array (ABAMA), the biological detection...
TATB

Researchers discover an unexpected phase transition in the high explosive TATB

May 13, 2019 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) scientists in collaboration with University of Nevada Las Vegas ( UNLV ) have discovered a previously unknown pressure induced phase transition for TATB that can help predict detonation performance and safety of the explosive. The research appears in...
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Applications sought for Lawrence Livermore National Security 2019 Community Gift Program

May 13, 2019 -  
LIVERMORE, Calif. – Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) is now accepting applications for its annual Community Gift Program for 2019. Established in 2008, the LLNS Community Gift Program provides annual awards to support nonprofit organizations addressing STEAM (science, technology,...
For article Giant lasers crystallize water with shockwaves, revealing the atomic structure of superionic ice

Giant lasers crystallize water with shockwaves, revealing the atomic structure of superionic ice

May 8, 2019 -  
Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) used giant lasers to flash-freeze water into its exotic superionic phase and record X-ray diffraction patterns to identify its atomic structure for the very first time — all in just a few billionths of a second. The findings are...
For article STEM Day at the Lab enlightens students

STEM Day at the Lab enlightens students

May 7, 2019 -  
Students from eight schools across the Bay Area (primarily Oakland and San Francisco) visited Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) for STEM Day at the Lab , a daylong interactive event focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for students from underserved...
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Human impact on droughts goes back 100 years

May 1, 2019 -  
Observations and climate reconstructions using data from tree rings confirm that human activity was affecting the worldwide drought risk as far back as the early 20 th century. New research from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies ( GISS ), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) and...
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Ellen Tauscher, LLNS Board of Governors chair and former congresswoman, dies at 67

April 30, 2019 -  
Former California Rep. Ellen O’Kane Tauscher — a centrist Democrat whose career took her from the New York Stock Exchange to Congress and then to negotiating major international nuclear arms treaties for the Obama administration — died Monday of complications from pneumonia at Stanford University...
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LLNL scientists use X-ray imaging, simulations to mitigate the defects in metal 3D-printed parts

April 30, 2019 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers, along with scientists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC), have discovered a solution to a major type of defect in metal 3D-printed parts. Combining high-performance computer simulations with X-ray imaging of the laser...
biotech

Lawrence Livermore offers biotechnology summer experience for high school students

April 30, 2019 -  
Back by popular demand, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) will host a Biotechnology Summer Experience for high school students (age 16 and older) to engage in a research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics. This immersive 10-day experience runs weekdays July 15-26 at the...
For article Former Lab scientist named MJC president

Former Lab scientist named MJC president

April 26, 2019 -  
When environmental scientist Jim Houpis left Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) more than two decades ago to pursue a career in education, he never imagined he’d become a college president. But that’s exactly what’s happened. Twenty-three years after leaving LLNL in 1996, Houpis is now...