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A universal tool to improve global security

Feb. 22, 2019- 
Elusive antineutrinos can help monitor nuclear power plants and other activity The United Kingdom is investing nearly £10 million (about $12.7 million) in a joint project with the United States to harness existing particle physics research techniques to remotely monitor nuclear reactors. Expected to be operational in 2024, the Advanced Instrumentation Testbed (AIT) project’s 6,500-ton...

Death of the dinosaurs: Extreme volcanism played pivotal role in extinction, research shows

Feb. 21, 2019- 
Not by meteorite alone did the dinosaurs die off. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) research scientist Kyle Samperton and colleagues present the most compelling evidence yet that massive volcanic eruptions in the Deccan Traps region of India contributed to the fall of the dinosaurs — also known as the end-Cretaceous mass extinction — approximately 66 million years ago. The...

Researchers look to computing's past to unlock 3D-printed mechanical logic gates for the future

Feb. 20, 2019- 
Taking a page from the past, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists and engineers are combining mechanical computing with 3D printing as part of an effort to create "sentient" materials that can respond to changes in their surroundings, even in extreme environments that would destroy electronic components, such as high radiation, heat or pressure. Original computers, like Charles...

SOS: How scientists use modeling to determine how therapeutics cross the blood brain barrier

Feb. 20, 2019- 
WHO: LLNL scientists Tim Carpenter and Nicholas Be, with teacher Dan Burns of Los Gatos High School, will present "Crossing the Blood-Brain Barrier: One Byte at a Time," the fourth and final lecture in the 2019 Science on Saturday series that highlights the many facets of the brain. WHAT: The talk will focus on the blood-brain barrier (BBB), a special structure in the body that helps to...

Defense recognizes Lab as Patriotic Employer

Feb. 19, 2019- 
An organized effort to support a deployed Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) employee and change a long-standing policy on differential pay for active duty soldiers has garnered Patriotic Employer Awards from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for two LLNL managers. The policy change was initiated by U.S. Army reservist Mike Vieira, a cybersecurity expert on the Lab’s Field...

'Science On Saturday' to cover how scientists use 3D printing in cancer research

Feb. 13, 2019- 
WHO: LLNL scientists Monica Moya, Javier Alvarado, Karen Dubbin, William Hynes and Claire Robertson, with teacher Melody McGill of Roosevelt Junior High School, will present "Seed, Soil and Spread: 3D Bioprinted Model for Metastatic Brain Tumors," the third lecture in the 2019 Science on Saturday series that highlights the many facets of the brain. WHAT: The talk will focus on how cancer...

Tom Epperly: A software architect starts early

Feb. 13, 2019- 
For Tom Epperly, writing software is both a lifelong avocation and a hobby. So, working on a major redesign of NIF’s Virtual Beam Line (VBL) code is a dream come true. As the software architect of the VBL++ project, he is part of the team responsible for reimplementing the older Java-based VBL code into C++ so it can run on supercomputers. "The chance to be the software architect for the...

A Nobel story -- from grad school to fairy tale

Feb. 11, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a reputation for developing world-leading lasers, ranging from the NOVA Petawatt to today’s ultra-high-peak-power laser systems, such as the Advanced Radiographic Capability and the High-repetition-rate Advanced Petawatt Laser. What these systems have in common is a foundational technology – chirped-pulse amplification (CPA), which enables the...

Laboratory's nanopore research hits a nerve

Feb. 8, 2019- 
Since the discovery of biological ion channels and their role in physiology, scientists have attempted to create man-made structures that mimic their biological counterparts. New research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators at the University of California, Irvine shows that synthetic solid-state nanopores can have finely tuned transport behaviors...

'Science on Saturday' lecture to explore how scientists decipher complex brain signals

Feb. 7, 2019- 
WHO: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist Alan Kaplan and teacher Katherine Huang of Dougherty Valley High School will present "In the Mood: Deciphering Complex Brain Signals," the second lecture in the 2019 Science on Saturday series that highlights the many facets of the brain. WHAT: The talk will focus on how the human brain contains approximately 86 billion neurons,...

LLNL, universities form HED science alliance

Feb. 4, 2019- 
High-energy density (HED) science is foundational to the nationally important research conducted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) — yet few universities offer programs geared for the study of matter and energy under extreme conditions. And even fewer offer such courses for students attending minority-serving institutions. That’s one reason LLNL, Florida A&M University,...

Going deep: Lab employees get an introduction to world of machine learning, neural networks

Feb. 1, 2019- 
Deep learning is one of the most popular and widely used machine learning methods due to its success with autonomous vehicles, speech recognition and image classification, to name a few emergent technologies. But what exactly is deep learning, and how can it best be applied to Lab projects? Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) employees discovered the answers during a recent "Deep Learning...

3D printing method creates objects in one piece

Jan. 31, 2019- 
It looks like something you might find aboard the Starship Enterprise. A projector beams a three-dimensional video into a container of photosensitive resin. The video plays while the container rotates for a few minutes — then the fluid drains, leaving behind a complete, fully formed 3D object. Though it seems like science fiction, it’s not, thanks to scientists and engineers at Lawrence...

LLNL tackles second annual battle of the nerds

Jan. 31, 2019- 
In the battle for nerd supremacy, only one team could rise to the top – and that team was Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Lazer Cats. On Jan. 26, players from four teams — the Lazer Cats, Facebook’s Cache Money, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s SLAC Attack and Sandia National Laboratories’ Ballistic Thunderbirds — converged at Livermore High School’s field for Nerd Bowl...

Lawrence Livermore and three employees win 'best in class' national tech transfer award

Jan. 29, 2019- 
Three Lab employees and the Laboratory have garnered a national technology transfer award for their work formulating a cancer research collaboration agreement. The "best in class" award, from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technology Transfer Working Group (TTWG), was presented during a recent recognition event by Rich Rankin, head of the Lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO). Ra...

'Science on Saturday' lecture series returns with look at micro sensors that talk to the brain

Jan. 29, 2019- 
WHO:  LLNL scientists Anna Belle and Allison Yorita, joined by Erin McKay, a biology teacher from Tracy High School, will present "Giving Your Brain a Voice: Engineering Sensors That Listen to Brain Cells," the first lecture in the 2019 Science on Saturday series that highlights the many facets of the brain. WHAT:  The talk will focus on how the human brain is composed of billions of cells...

Transforming the future: LLNL team explores electric grid modernization via HPC

Jan. 24, 2019- 
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team has successfully deployed a widely used power distribution grid simulation software on a high-performance computing (HPC) system, demonstrating substantial speedups and taking a key step toward creating a commercial tool that utilities could use to modernize the grid. Partnering with power management company Eaton to use its CYME software...

Lawrence Livermore's 'Science on Saturday' lecture series returns with a look at the brain

Jan. 23, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) popular lecture series, "Science on Saturday," returns Feb. 2 and runs through Feb. 23 at the Bankhead Theater, located at 2400 First St. in Livermore. The series will offer four different lectures with a theme relating to the brain. Each lecture is presented by leading LLNL researchers who are joined by master high school science teachers. Tw...

Sierra snowpack melt is steady, but not for long

Jan. 23, 2019- 
Snowpack loss in the northern Sierra Nevada will likely accelerate in the coming decades. Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Oregon State University and the University of Washington found that natural swings in the sea surface temperature over the Pacific Ocean have resulted in atmospheric circulation changes that have muted the effect of climate change on snow in...

Lab director names UC Vice President Kim Budil to lead Weapons and Complex Integration

Jan. 22, 2019- 
Kim Budil has been named Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s new principal associate director for Weapons & Complex Integration (WCI), Director Bill Goldstein announced on Tuesday. The appointment is effective Feb. 4. Budil will lead the Laboratory’s nuclear weapons program in its responsibilities to ensure the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent and to...