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Computational physicist Shestakov masters fluid dynamics

May 2, 2008- 
When Alek Shestakov decided to go to go to Perth, Australia for the 2008 FINA World Masters Championship competition a few weeks ago, he joked he’d just be carrying his buddy’s towel. After all, his friend and training partner is about 15 years younger than him and is an excellent swimmer. But Shestakov is no slouch. At 59, he walked away with a first in the 400-meter individual...

Computational physicist Shestakov masters fluid dynamics

May 2, 2008- 
When Alek Shestakov decided to go to go to Perth, Australia for the 2008 FINA World Masters Championship competition a few weeks ago, he joked he’d just be carrying his buddy’s towel. After all, his friend and training partner is about 15 years younger than him and is an excellent swimmer. But Shestakov is no slouch. At 59, he walked away with a first in the 400-meter individual...

Water remediation technology worth its salt

May 2, 2008- 
A Laboratory-developed desalination technology will be at the heart of a project to build experimental water-purification reactors for drought-plagued northeastern Australia. An Australian-led collaboration is expected to announce the plan to use reactors employing capacitive deionization (CDI) — an electric field water remediation technology that has been under development at the Lab...

Water remediation technology worth its salt

May 2, 2008- 
A Laboratory-developed desalination technology will be at the heart of a project to build experimental water-purification reactors for drought-plagued northeastern Australia. An Australian-led collaboration is expected to announce the plan to use reactors employing capacitive deionization (CDI) — an electric field water remediation technology that has been under development at the Lab...

Science fair winner aims for the sky

May 2, 2008- 
How many students get to use a satellite in their science projects? Shuaib Amiri, an eighth-grade student at Livermore’s Christensen Middle School, did just that for his winning entry "CloudSat" that won a second place award in this year’s Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair sponsored by LLNL in March. With the help of his science teacher Regina Brinker, Amiri became interested in...

Retirees' Update, May 2, 2008 edition

May 2, 2008- 
Retirees' update Chuck Cole appeared in a production of the "The Boxcar Children" at the Amador Theater in Pleasanton in April. The play takes place in the 1930s when four orphaned children run away from authorities so they won’t be separated and are placed in foster care or an orphanage. They happen across an old abandoned boxcar and make it their home. Chuck and Pat are planning...

Energy-saving competition winners know watts up

May 2, 2008- 
Printer-friendly Second quarter winners in the Lab’s energy saving initiative "Every Watt Counts" were announced this week. The friendly competition kicked off in January by Lab Deputy Director Steve Liedle, who invited teams from the principal associate directorates or PADs to implement energy-saving ideas in their organizations. Teams are tracked monthly on their energy use...

Touring the Lab

May 2, 2008- 
Editor's note: This feature is brought to you by the Laboratory's Archives and Research Center. — way back in 1960

He don't need no stinkin' badge…

May 2, 2008- 
  Printer-friendly woollett1 [at] llnl.gov ( By Jim Woollett ) The American badger is a stocky carnivore that swaggers across the grasslands of Site 300 and surrounding areas throughout the year. It has a distinctive white stripe starting at its nose and usually ending at the back of the head. The five toes on each front paw are webbed and have recurved claws more than an inch in...

He don't need no stinkin' badge…

May 2, 2008- 
  Printer-friendly woollett1 [at] llnl.gov ( By Jim Woollett ) The American badger is a stocky carnivore that swaggers across the grasslands of Site 300 and surrounding areas throughout the year. It has a distinctive white stripe starting at its nose and usually ending at the back of the head. The five toes on each front paw are webbed and have recurved claws more than an inch in...

He don't need no stinkin' badge…

May 2, 2008- 
  Printer-friendly woollett1 [at] llnl.gov ( By Jim Woollett ) The American badger is a stocky carnivore that swaggers across the grasslands of Site 300 and surrounding areas throughout the year. It has a distinctive white stripe starting at its nose and usually ending at the back of the head. The five toes on each front paw are webbed and have recurved claws more than an inch in...

Laser experiments offer insight into evolution of “gas giants”

April 25, 2008- 
By shooting the high-energy Omega laser onto precompressed samples of planetary fluids, scientists are gaining a better understanding of the evolution and internal structure of Jupiter, Saturn and extrasolar giant planets. The properties of dense helium (He) — which happens to be a principal constituent of giant gas planets like Jupiter — at thermodynamic conditions between those of...

Laser experiments offer insight into evolution of “gas giants”

April 25, 2008- 
By shooting the high-energy Omega laser onto precompressed samples of planetary fluids, scientists are gaining a better understanding of the evolution and internal structure of Jupiter, Saturn and extrasolar giant planets. The properties of dense helium (He) — which happens to be a principal constituent of giant gas planets like Jupiter — at thermodynamic conditions between those of...

Laser experiments offer insight into evolution of “gas giants”

April 25, 2008- 
By shooting the high-energy Omega laser onto precompressed samples of planetary fluids, scientists are gaining a better understanding of the evolution and internal structure of Jupiter, Saturn and extrasolar giant planets. The properties of dense helium (He) — which happens to be a principal constituent of giant gas planets like Jupiter — at thermodynamic conditions between those of...

Only two Russian plutonium production reactors remaining

April 25, 2008- 
Russian plutonium reactor shutdown ahead of schedule The first shutdown of a weapons-grade plutonium production reactor in more than 15 years occurred in Seversk, Russia. Under a cooperative program with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Rosatom successfully completed the shutdown to help eliminate weapons-grade plutonium production in Russia....

Terminello appointed Nuclear Forensics leader

April 25, 2008- 
Lou Terminello has been appointed the Lab’s new Nuclear Forensics leader. The announcement was made Wednesday by the Global Security and Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) principal directorates. Nuclear forensics is a major challenge for the United States, and LLNL is in a position to be a national leader in providing critical science and technology in support of this enduring...

Gil Weigand, a driving force behind supercomputing, honored

April 25, 2008- 
Gil Weigand, who helped make supercomputing a cornerstone of the science-based Stockpile Stewardship Program, has been awarded the first James R. Schlesinger Award by Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman. Weigand was a founder of the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI), which has evolved into today’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program. In accepting the award,...

Recognizing those who serve their community

April 25, 2008- 
Next week, April 27 through May 3, has been designated as National Volunteer Week, a time to thank some of America’s most valuable assets —volunteers — and to recognize the many ways they improve our communities. Volunteers have the power to inspire others by example, encourage those they help and motivate others to serve. Lab employees are important members of their communities,...

Recognizing those who serve their community

April 25, 2008- 
Next week, April 27 through May 3, has been designated as National Volunteer Week, a time to thank some of America’s most valuable assets —volunteers — and to recognize the many ways they improve our communities. Volunteers have the power to inspire others by example, encourage those they help and motivate others to serve. Lab employees are important members of their communities,...

Recognizing those who serve their community

April 25, 2008- 
Next week, April 27 through May 3, has been designated as National Volunteer Week, a time to thank some of America’s most valuable assets —volunteers — and to recognize the many ways they improve our communities. Volunteers have the power to inspire others by example, encourage those they help and motivate others to serve. Lab employees are important members of their communities,...