Newsline Year In Review

Lawrence Livermore’s 2018: the year in review

Jan. 11, 2019 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) month-by-month highlights from 2018 are available online in the " 2018 Year in Review " edition of Newsline. As in the past, listings are in four categories: Science and Technology, People, Operations and Awards and Recognition. The "2018 Year in...

Zirconium isotope a master at neutron capture

Jan. 10, 2019 -  
The probability that a nucleus will absorb a neutron is important to many areas of nuclear science, including the production of elements in the cosmos, reactor performance, nuclear medicine and defense applications. New research from a team led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL )...
For article LLNL climate scientist awarded World Climate Research Program 2018 Data Prize

LLNL climate scientist awarded World Climate Research Program 2018 Data Prize

Jan. 7, 2019 -  
Research scientist Paul Durack from the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison ( PCMDI ) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) has been awarded the World Climate Research Programme 2018 Data Prize for his leadership of the input4MIPs project, which began in 2016. The...

Potential benefits of next-generation wargames

Dec. 21, 2018 -  
Technological advances for game engines and cloud architectures are fueling the development of next-generation wargames that can increase insights for policymakers, according to the authors of a paper published today. In an article appearing in the Dec. 21 edition of Science Magazine, researchers...

Playing video games may help researchers find personalized medical treatment for sepsis

Dec. 18, 2018 -  
A deep learning approach originally designed to teach computers how to play video games better than humans could aid in developing personalized medical treatment for sepsis, a disease that causes about 300,000 deaths per year and for which there is no known cure. Lawrence Livermore National...
For article Carbon nanotubes mime biology

Carbon nanotubes mime biology

Dec. 17, 2018 -  
Cellular membranes serve as an ideal example of a system that is multifunctional, tunable, precise and efficient. Efforts to mimic these biological wonders haven’t always been successful. However, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have created polymer-based membranes with 1.5...

Unlocking the secrets of hidden earthquakes

Dec. 13, 2018 -  
Growing up in Sonora, a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate researcher Kayla Kroll was fascinated with stars and the solar system. “In high school, I put up glow-in-the-dark constellations in my...

Two-micron fill tubes fill two needs

Dec. 12, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility ( NIF ) and General Atomics engineers have created an inertial confinement fusion (ICF) fuel capsule with a 2-micron-diameter fill tube — and along the way, found a solution to a “Bay Bridge”-like dilemma that could have...

Researchers discover unusual new type of phase transformation in a transition metal

Dec. 11, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers have discovered an unusual new type of phase transformation in the transition metal zirconium. The mechanism underlying this new type of phase transition is the first of its kind that has ever been observed, and only could be seen with the...

Lawrence Livermore's HOME Campaign raises more than $3.7 million for charitable groups

Dec. 10, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) employees, along with Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), LLC, donated more than $3.7 million to charitable organizations via the annual employee giving program, the Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign. Through the HOME Campaign,...

Lab develops metamaterials that change mechanical properties under magnetic fields

Dec. 7, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) researchers have introduced a new class of metamaterials that can nearly instantly respond and stiffen 3D-printed structures when exposed to a magnetic field, a development that could be applied to next-generation helmets, wearable armor and a host of...

NIF experiments support warhead life extension

Dec. 6, 2018 -  
It was a normal morning for design physicist Madison Martin at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ). At 7:45 a.m., she settled into her classified workstation with a cup of tea to check the results of a numerical calculation she ran overnight. If the calculations proved correct, the...

Lawrence Livermore among Glassdoor’s ‘best places to work,’ ranked top lab employer

Dec. 5, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2019. The Employees’ Choice Awards program, now in its 11 th year, is based solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide feedback on their jobs...
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Guide star leads to sharper astronomical images

Dec. 4, 2018 -  
The laser guide star revolutionized astronomy by revealing large swaths of the sky that had previously been unseen from Earth due to atmospheric distortions. Now astronomy is on the verge of another great leap forward. The Extremely Large Telescope, which is expected to see first light in 2024,...

LLNL’s neurotech innovation featured at DARPA’s 60th Anniversary Symposium

Nov. 30, 2018 -  
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ( DARPA ) held its 60 th Anniversary Symposium in Maryland recently, at which an exhibit for the Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program featured the flexible neural multielectrode arrays developed by Lawrence Livermore...
For article More than a facelift: Lawrence Livermore's radiochemistry labs receive extensive upgrades

More than a facelift: Lawrence Livermore's radiochemistry labs receive extensive upgrades

Nov. 28, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) continuously upgrades facilities and equipment on the main campus. Infrastructure investments help ensure that scientists, engineers and support staff carry out LLNL’s mission safely and effectively. Building 151 is the latest site of extensive...

Workforce magazine announces LLNL as a winner of two 2018 Optimas Awards

Nov. 27, 2018 -  
Two programs and teams of employees within the Strategic Human Resources Management (SHRM) Department at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) have been honored with gold and silver 2018 Optimas Awards by Workforce magazine , a Human Capital Media publication. The awards program,...

Nuckolls honored with John S. Foster Jr. Medal

Nov. 26, 2018 -  
Laboratory leaders past and present filled the Bldg. 482 auditorium on Nov. 8 to pay tribute to one of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's ( LLNL ) most prolific innovators and visionary leaders, former LLNL director John Nuckolls, the 2018 recipient of the John S. Foster Jr. Medal . Seven...
For article DOE machines dominate record-breaking SC18

DOE machines dominate record-breaking SC18

Nov. 20, 2018 -  
They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and the 30 th anniversary of the annual International Conference of High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis ( SC18 ), held Nov. 11-16 in Dallas, did not disappoint. The conference, which broke records for attendees and exhibitors, saw...
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Lawrence Livermore receives USDA award for purchasing bio-based materials

Nov. 15, 2018 -  
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) received an award from the United States Department of Agriculture ( USDA ) Bio-preferred Program for purchasing bio-based materials that includes all the compostable products used in Laboratory cafeterias and bio-based cleaning products used by the...