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Update on summer student program

March 27, 2020- 
In light of the uncertainties surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily suspending the processing of student hires at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) while we consider if and how we will be able to conduct our student programs in the upcoming summer months. For all students — those who have received an offer, for returning summer students, and for new...

Minimum Safe Operations posture continues

March 27, 2020- 
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has now been at a Minimum Safe Operations posture for five days, and all systems are operating as planned, with a limited number of people continuing to work on-site to ensure the safety and security of the Laboratory and its facilities. In addition, a small number of employees remain on site to support select mission-critical...

Lab antibody, anti-viral research aids COVID-19 response

March 26, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists are contributing to the global fight against COVID-19 by combining artificial intelligence/machine learning, bioinformatics and supercomputing to help discover candidates for new antibodies and pharmaceutical drugs to combat the disease. See the visualization Backed by five high performance computing (HPC) clusters and years of...

New partnership to unleash U.S. supercomputing resources in the fight against COVID-19

March 26, 2020- 
The White House announced the launch of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium to provide COVID-19 researchers worldwide with access to the world’s most powerful high performance computing resources that can significantly advance the pace of scientific discovery in the fight to stop the virus. “America is coming together to fight COVID-19 and that means unleashing the full...

COVID-19 update: Message from the director

March 23, 2020- 
Last week, I directed an orderly move to Minimum Safe Operations for our Laboratory in response to the growing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the tireless efforts of employees across the Laboratory, we have achieved that goal. Today, we are officially in Minimum Safe Operations, with a limited number of people on site to ensure the safety and security of our Laboratory and its...

ARC results provide a ‘pleasant surprise’

March 23, 2020- 
When scientists saw the results from the first-ever Discovery Science experiment on the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) Advanced Radiographic Capability (ARC) laser, they were genuinely surprised: The experiment produced much higher energy electrons than predicted based on the laser energy and power used on these shots. Those results, which were not typical of new experiments on new...

Scientists look to wildfires in hopes of finding missing source of carbonyl sulfide, link to plants’ CO2 uptake

March 23, 2020- 
Carbonyl sulfide is a naturally occurring gas that can help scientists understand how much carbon dioxide plants take out of the atmosphere for photosynthesis. In a new study in Geophysical Research Letters, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators looked at how much carbonyl sulfide (OCS) comes from forest fires and other burning biomass, as opposed to...

Planetary defenders validate asteroid deflection code

March 23, 2020- 
Planetary defense researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) continue to validate their ability to accurately simulate how they might deflect an Earth-bound asteroid in a study that will be published in the April issue of the American Geophysical Union journal Earth and Space Science. The study, led by LLNL physicist Tané Remington, also identified sensitivities in the...

Antibiotics can limit body’s ability to uptake analgesics

March 22, 2020- 
LLNL biologists have found manipulating the gut microbiome with antibiotics alters the uptake and effectiveness of acetaminophen. The effectiveness of drug treatments can vary widely between individuals, which can lead to decreased efficacy or increased adverse reactions. Much of the variation can be contributed to genetics, but environmental factors such as nutritional status, disease...

COVID-19 update: Lessening community transmission

March 20, 2020- 
The Laboratory continues to make significant progress in the transition to Minimum Safe Operations, which will be reached by Monday, March 23. This move was made in response to Bay Area public health departments’ shelter-in-place orders, which went into effect on March 17, as well as state and federal government recommendations. The shelter-in-place orders were issued in response to an...

COVID-19 update: Clarification on timekeeping

March 19, 2020- 
As the Laboratory continues to transition to Minimum Safe Operations by Monday, March 23, all employees who can effectively telecommute should be doing so, with the exception of employees performing minimum safe activities. Now that the Laboratory is close to achieving a Minimum Safe Operations status, we have clarification on timekeeping. Employees should use the following timekeeping...

Lab continues move toward Minimum Safe Operations

March 19, 2020- 
The Laboratory is moving toward a state designated as “Minimum Safe Operations” by Monday, March 23, as requested by Director Bill Goldstein. This move is in response to county public health departments’ shelter-in-place orders issued Monday, as well as state and federal government recommendations. To achieve Minimum Safe Operations — a state of curtailed on-site work activities — the...

Seeing metal interfaces as they transform

March 19, 2020- 
The regions separating individual crystals in a material are notorious defects, spoiling the simple arrangement of atoms within the crystals. To improve the understanding of how those defects, called grain boundaries, create stronger and more durable materials, a team of scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, have for the...

COVID update: Lab moves to Minimum Safe Operations

March 17, 2020- 
In response to the growing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am directing an orderly move to Minimum Safe Operations for our Laboratory. This move will allow us to comply with the various county shelter-in-place orders, state and federal government recommendations, and – most importantly – enable us to protect the health and safety of our workforce. During Minimum Safe Operations, the...

HPC4Energy Innovation Program issues special solicitation for American manufacturers

March 17, 2020- 
The High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Program, managed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has issued a special solicitation seeking industry partners to collaborate with the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) national laboratories on projects to improve manufacturing processes. This special solicitation invites members of Manufacturing USA, a network of...

Laboratory researchers describe how antineutrino detectors could aid in nuclear nonproliferation efforts

March 16, 2020- 
A tiny, invisible particle could offer help for a big problem — the threat of nuclear proliferation. For more than six decades, scientists have been developing instruments for fundamental physics that can detect antineutrinos, particles that have no electric charge, almost no mass and easily pass through matter. Antineutrinos are emitted in vast quantities by nuclear reactors, and since...

Nuclear diagnostics help pave way to ignition on NIF

March 12, 2020- 
At its peak, a NIF inertial confinement fusion (ICF) implosion lasts about 100 trillionths of a second. The imploded fuel is a hundred millionths of a meter in diameter and as much as eight times denser than lead. The center of the imploded capsule is a few times hotter than the core of the sun. Developing a clear understanding of exactly what’s happening in a NIF implosion under those...

Computers, physics, math shape groundbreaking career

March 11, 2020- 
Growing up in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist Joe Morris spent much of his time conducting home experiments with chemicals, test tubes and pipettes before moving on to electronics and computer programming. “My parents taught me to be curious, seek answers and be a free thinker,” Morris said of his mother and father, both teachers...

Lab looks to outer space for ‘Science on Screen’

March 5, 2020- 
Now in its sixth year, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and The State Theatre in Modesto will bring "Science on Screen" to the theater two Saturdays a month in March and April. The 2020 theme delves into space. Science on Screen is a free educational program geared to middle, high school and college students that creatively pairs cutting-edge science by leading LLNL...

LLNL, Argon Electronics sign cooperative research agreement to bolster realistic radiation training

March 5, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. have reached a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) that will facilitate the development of an ultra-realistic radiation simulator tool for first responders. The project, which has been funded by a Department of Energy (DOE) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) grant, will combine LLNL's...