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A quicker, picker upper? Lab researchers eye papermaking...

Oct. 4, 2017 - With the naked eye, a roll of paper towels doesn’t seem too complicated. But look closely enough, and you’ll see it’s made up of layers of fibers with thousands of intricate structures and contact points. These fluffy fibers are squeezed together before they are printed in patterns, and this...

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Scientists estimate death rates from air pollution caused by the...

Oct. 3, 2017 - A recent study by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators is the first to use an ensemble of global chemistry climate models to estimate death rates from air pollution caused by the impact of climate change on pollutant concentrations.   Ground-level ozone and...

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Girls empowered to expand their horizons

Sept. 29, 2017 - The San Joaquin Expanding Your Horizons (SJEYH) conference for girls celebrated its 25th year with the theme “STEMpowered!” on Saturday, Sept. 23, bringing 500 girls to the University of the Pacific Campus in Stockton to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)....

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Laboratory recognized for its sustainability

Sept. 29, 2017 - Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 on Tuesday presented Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) with a regional-level award for significant efforts in reducing waste. The award ceremony was held at Sandia National Laboratory-California’s open campus at the...

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LLNL project aims to transform electrical grid resiliency with...

Sept. 28, 2017 - In the event of a major earthquake, hurricane or flood, electricity might be lost for days, affecting communications, recovery efforts and people’s lives. Normally, in a large-scale emergency, distributed energy resources (DERs) -- such as the energy produced by solar panels at customers’ homes...

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Atomic-scale simulations go the distance to resolve the '...

Sept. 27, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have dived down to the atomic scale to resolve every “jiggle and wiggle” of atomic motion that underlies metal strength. In a first-of-its-kind series of computer simulations focused on metal tantalum, the team predicted that, on reaching...

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LLNL researchers to study soil microbiome

Sept. 26, 2017 - A new Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) initiative to study how the soil microbiome (microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria, microfauna and viruses) controls the mechanisms that regulate organic matter stabilization in soil can move forward after the Department of Energy’s (DOE)...

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A solid pathway toward hydrogen storage

Sept. 25, 2017 - An inexpensive and useful layered superconductor compound also may be an efficient solid-state material for storing hydrogen. The Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Materials Network (EMN) consortium approach to accelerate material discovery and development is starting to pay off. Through theory...

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LLNL gears up for next generation of computer-aided design and...

Sept. 22, 2017 - The emergence of additive manufacturing (3D printing) and powerful multi-physics computer simulations have enabled design to reach unprecedented levels of complexity, expanding the realm of what can be engineered and created. However, conventional design tools such as computer-aided design (CAD)...

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Lab leads new effort in materials development

Sept. 19, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) will be part of a multi-lab effort to apply high-performance computing to U.S.-based industry’s discovery, design and development of materials for severe environments under a new initiative announced today by the Department of Energy (DOE). The High...

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New Livermore Lab Foundation supports scientific advancement...

Sept. 19, 2017 - The recently launched Livermore Lab Foundation (LLF) represents a new opportunity to support scientific advancement. LLF was formed to generate philanthropic backing of scientific research, technological development and educational outreach activities at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL...

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25 years after the last U.S. nuclear test

Sept. 18, 2017 - A blend of beautiful blue and green hues jump off the computer screen of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist Todd Hoover. The visualization is a simulation of an underground nuclear test that took place 25 years ago this day. Hoover was a test coordinator on the experiment, code-named...

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Lab wins six DOE commercialization grants

Sept. 14, 2017 - For two years running, Lab researchers have exceeded expectations for capturing Department of Energy (DOE) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) grants. In 2016, the first year of the TCF competition, Rich Rankin, the head of the Lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO), expected LLNL...

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Lab researchers achieve '4D printed' material

Sept. 13, 2017 - For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have successfully 3D printed composite silicone materials that are flexible, stretchable and possess shape memory behavior, a discovery that could be used to create form-fitting cushioning activated by body heat, such as...

Using synthetic biology for chlamydia vaccines

Sept. 12, 2017 - A multidisciplinary scientific team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has made significant advances in developing a vaccine for chlamydia using synthetic biology, sponsored by a two-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. They detail their work in a recent paper published in...

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'Science on Saturday' in Tracy returns Sept. 23

Sept. 11, 2017 - LIVERMORE, California -- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's popular "Science on Saturday” lecture series will return to Tracy this month, reprising two presentations that were featured earlier this year that highlight “ingenious inventions.” The free, one-hour presentations will be held on...

Lab physicist elected SPIE senior member

Sept. 11, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Regina Soufli has been elected as an SPIE senior member. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, bestows the senior member designation on individuals who have distinguished themselves through their professional experience and...

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Fast heat flows in warm dense aluminum

Aug. 31, 2017 - Thermal conductivity is one of the most crucial physical properties of matter when it comes to understanding heat transport, hydrodynamic evolution and energy balance in systems ranging from astrophysical objects to fusion plasmas. In the warm dense matter (WDM) regime, experimental data are very...

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Reducing reflectivity in solar cells and optics with micro- and...

Aug. 30, 2017 - When it comes to solar cells, less is more -- the less their surfaces reflect a sun’s rays, the more energy can be generated. A typical fix to the problem of reflectivity is an anti-reflective coating, but that might not always be the best solution, depending on the application. Lawrence Livermore...

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Plutonium research to advance stockpile safely

Aug. 29, 2017 - Conducting an experiment that combines high explosives with plutonium -- a special nuclear material used in nuclear weapons -- is no trivial matter. Not only do researchers need to ensure the plutonium remains “subcritical” to avoid a nuclear explosion, they must be absolutely certain that these...