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News Briefs: April 11, 2008

April 11, 2008- 
Visit by British Ministry of Defence The Weapons and Complex Integration Principal Directorate hosted a senior delegation of scientists and government officials from the United Kingdom April 2 and 3. Nicholas Bennett of the British Ministry of Defence led the British delegation. Dimitri Kusnezov, head of the Office of Research, Development and Simulation for the National Nuclear Security...

News Briefs: April 11, 2008

April 11, 2008- 
Visit by British Ministry of Defence The Weapons and Complex Integration Principal Directorate hosted a senior delegation of scientists and government officials from the United Kingdom April 2 and 3. Nicholas Bennett of the British Ministry of Defence led the British delegation. Dimitri Kusnezov, head of the Office of Research, Development and Simulation for the National Nuclear Security...

Lab 'pedals' energy awareness to local students

April 11, 2008- 
The Lab’s Discovery Center offers Super Science Field Trips to local fifth grade classes. Among the many attractions — a Fun with Science program; displays highlighting the Lab’s current research; and an earthquake simulation computer — the activity that gets the most attention from students and teachers alike is the energy bike. Students hop on the orange stationary bicycle and pedal...

Rumor... or Fact? April 11, 2008 edition

April 11, 2008- 
Printer-friendly Editor's note: Following the transition to Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, and in the wake of Workforce Restructuring initiatives, rumors and misinformation have been circulating. This space addresses those rumors. Rumor: The Lab’s layoff policy is being rewritten for 200 series employees so they can be released according to seniority in the event of...

Lab ARAC team monitored environment at Three Mile Island

April 11, 2008- 
Editor's note: This feature is brought to you by the Laboratory's Archives and Research Center. The lead story in the Lab’s Newsline Weekly Bulletin on April 4, 1979, described how LLNL’s Atmospheric Release Advisory Capability (ARAC), now the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC), provided hourly estimates on the movement of radioactive materials released into the...

Lab ARAC team monitored environment at Three Mile Island

April 11, 2008- 
Editor's note: This feature is brought to you by the Laboratory's Archives and Research Center. The lead story in the Lab’s Newsline Weekly Bulletin on April 4, 1979, described how LLNL’s Atmospheric Release Advisory Capability (ARAC), now the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC), provided hourly estimates on the movement of radioactive materials released into the...

"Every 15 Minutes" offers crash course in drunken driving

April 4, 2008- 
While sitting in his Laboratory office on a recent Wednesday, Steve Balke received the phone call every parent dreads. A California Highway Patrol officer was waiting to speak with him about his daughter in the West Gate badge office. Accompanied by his supervisor Glenn Cox, Balke arrived a few minutes later and was ushered, with CHP Officer Steve Creel, into the privacy of an office....

"Every 15 Minutes" offers crash course in drunken driving

April 4, 2008- 
While sitting in his Laboratory office on a recent Wednesday, Steve Balke received the phone call every parent dreads. A California Highway Patrol officer was waiting to speak with him about his daughter in the West Gate badge office. Accompanied by his supervisor Glenn Cox, Balke arrived a few minutes later and was ushered, with CHP Officer Steve Creel, into the privacy of an office....

Workshop on reinventing the world's energy systems

April 4, 2008- 
In addressing global warming, policy-makers and political leaders need to use "cathedral thinking." That’s the view of Jim Rogers, chairman and chief executive officer of Duke Energy, who spoke during a three-day Energy, Climate and Global Security Workshop at the Laboratory. The Lab’s Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored the conference. Rogers recalled that earlier...

Workshop on reinventing the world's energy systems

April 4, 2008- 
In addressing global warming, policy-makers and political leaders need to use "cathedral thinking." That’s the view of Jim Rogers, chairman and chief executive officer of Duke Energy, who spoke during a three-day Energy, Climate and Global Security Workshop at the Laboratory. The Lab’s Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored the conference. Rogers recalled that earlier...

Lab Fano detector works to resolve mysteries of plutonium

April 4, 2008- 
Jim Tobin and colleagues are trying to solve a mystery that has plagued scientists for more than 65 years. What is the electronic structure of plutonium (Pu), and how does electron correlation in Pu work? Over the last 60 years, the mystery of Pu's electronic structure has been unraveled slowly. In a series of experiments and linked theoretical modeling, the range of possible...

Lab Fano detector works to resolve mysteries of plutonium

April 4, 2008- 
Jim Tobin and colleagues are trying to solve a mystery that has plagued scientists for more than 65 years. What is the electronic structure of plutonium (Pu), and how does electron correlation in Pu work? Over the last 60 years, the mystery of Pu's electronic structure has been unraveled slowly. In a series of experiments and linked theoretical modeling, the range of possible...

LLNL teams with Quantum Fuel Systems to accelerate high-pressure storage technologies for hydrogen vehicles

April 4, 2008- 
The Laboratory is working with Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies on a next-generation manufacturing technique for hydrogen storage vessels. As part of a $5.6 million three-year contract with the U.S. Department of Energy, Livermore researchers will demonstrate a unique high-speed composite processing technique. LLNL participates in DOE’s "National Hydrogen Storage Project,"...

Procurement of next generation supercomputer gets under way

April 4, 2008- 
The National Nuclear Security Administration has approved the next step in the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program’s acquisition of the next generation supercomputer, named Sequoia. Gen. Bob Smolen, deputy NNSA administrator, signed off on critical decision 1 (CD1) late last week. Sequoia will be the Laboratory’s first petaFLOP/s (a quadrillion floating operations per...

Community calendar: April 4, 2008

April 4, 2008- 
April 9: 6:30-8 p.m. "Dinner with a Scientist," at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton. Students from the organization GetSet! (Girls Exploring Technology, Science and Engineering Together) will meet with scientists from LLNL to discuss careers. April 19: 11 a.m. Science on Saturday lecture, "Energy Crisis: Will Technology Save Us?" by Cynthia Atkins-Duffin. Location: CSU East Bay,...

News Briefs: April 4, 2008

April 4, 2008- 
University of California officials visit the Laboratory University of California officials visited the Laboratory Wednesday and met with Director George Miller and Los Alamos Director Michael Anastasio. From left, Bob Foley, UC vice president laboratory operations; Bob Von Ness, UC Office of the President; Bruce Darling, UC executive vice president, University Affairs: John Birely, UC...

News Briefs: April 4, 2008

April 4, 2008- 
University of California officials visit the Laboratory University of California officials visited the Laboratory Wednesday and met with Director George Miller and Los Alamos Director Michael Anastasio. From left, Bob Foley, UC vice president laboratory operations; Bob Von Ness, UC Office of the President; Bruce Darling, UC executive vice president, University Affairs: John Birely, UC...

News Briefs: April 4, 2008

April 4, 2008- 
University of California officials visit the Laboratory University of California officials visited the Laboratory Wednesday and met with Director George Miller and Los Alamos Director Michael Anastasio. From left, Bob Foley, UC vice president laboratory operations; Bob Von Ness, UC Office of the President; Bruce Darling, UC executive vice president, University Affairs: John Birely, UC...

Retirees' Update, April 4, 2008 edition

April 4, 2008- 
Retirees' update Lou and Joan (Engineering 2003) Gigliati recently returned after a five-week cross-country road trip with stops in Florida, Georgia and the Texas Gulf coast. On the way east, they drove along the Mississippi coast and found that Hurricane Katrina repairs are well under way but there is still a lot to be done. Visiting family and friends in Florida took up most of the...

Shedding light on daylight-saving time

April 4, 2008- 
On March 9, many people were muttering the mantra "spring forward, fall back," to remember to adjust their clocks for daylight-saving time. The process is ingrained in our minds. But, how valuable is daylight-saving time? Does it really help to save energy? Although research about the benefits of daylight-saving time has not been conducted since the 1960s, advocates say yes, it works;...