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Nuclear Science and Security Consortium meets at LLNL

Nov. 1, 2019- 
Once a year, a community of university professors, students and national lab researchers who focus on nuclear science and security gather to share research updates and develop collaborations, among other tasks. Earlier this month, the group — known as the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) — held its 2019 fall workshop at the Laboratory. The 2019 NSSC workshop and NSSC...

Explore your inner scientist at Discovery Day

Nov. 1, 2019- 
More than 30,000 people — future scientists, aspiring engineers and their parents and friends — will have the opportunity to experience science up close at the annual Discovery Day, the pinnacle event of the weeklong Bay Area Science Festival. The science extravaganza will be held at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Each year...

Lab leads effort to model proteins tied to cancer

Oct. 31, 2019- 
Computational scientists, biophysicists and statisticians from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) are leading a massive multi-institutional collaboration that has developed a machine learning-based simulation for next-generation supercomputers capable of modeling protein interactions and mutations that play a role in many forms of cancer....

Linda Bauer named Laboratory's deputy director

Oct. 30, 2019- 
Linda R. Bauer has been selected as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) deputy director, as well as vice president of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, Lab Director Bill Goldstein announced. The announcement was made Wednesday during a special meeting to introduce Bauer to all employees. She replaces Tom Gioconda, who announced he was stepping down from the position in...

‘STEM Day at the Lab’ a hit for Central Valley students

Oct. 30, 2019- 
Valeria Rizo, an eighth-grade student at Williams Middle School in Tracy, wants to pursue a career in the medical field combined with engineering. “I want to work with prosthetic devices,” she said. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), bioengineering is one of the fastest growing research areas, and the Lab is a great place for Rizo to embark on such a career. Rizo was one of...

LLNL team achieves largest graph analytics to date

Oct. 28, 2019- 
Whenever Amazon makes a shopping recommendation based on past purchases, Facebook figures you might know friends of friends or Instagram decides who qualifies as an “influencer,” they’re using tools called graph analytics to determine those multiple threads of connections. Besides broad usage in the tech industry, graph analytics also have national security applications, where algorithms...

High school interns embark on scientific careers

Oct. 28, 2019- 
“What I liked best about working at the Lab was being able to work with and talk to people who are so clearly passionate about what they do,” said Livermore High School student Ella King." It was incredible to see that every single scientist I had a discussion with was excited to come to work every day and loved what they did.” King was one of 12 local high school students who successfully...

Size matters in ion selectivity and energy storage

Oct. 25, 2019- 
While ions adsorbed on carbon electrodes can vary in size and shape, when it comes to selectivity and energy storage, size really does matter. In an effort to boost energy storage and water desalination technologies, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists found that capacitive performance and ion selectivity of porous carbons is controlled by a complex interplay between...

NIH looks to Lab to help develop chlamydia vaccine

Oct. 24, 2019- 
A cooperative research center that aims to develop vaccines for chlamydia has been established by the National Institutes of Health at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The new center, to be funded under a five-year, $10.1 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), will be a three-way partnership between LLNL and researchers from two...

Nuclear impulse could deflect massive asteroid

Oct. 23, 2019- 
An interagency team of researchers led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has completed the first ever in-depth investigation into how an asteroid would respond to a nuclear deflection attempt. The research was published online in Acta Astronautica and will appear in print in early 2020. The focus of the investigation was 101955 Bennu, a massive asteroid that has a remote...

Summer scholar reels in ‘STRIPED FISH’ for NIF

Oct. 22, 2019- 
In high school, Liz Grace thought physics was boring and instead considered studying psychology or music. But then a college professor inspired Grace to see the wonders of physics. Today, as a National Ignition Facility (NIF) & Photon Science Summer Scholar, she’s helping to design and build a diagnostic instrument that could become a revolutionary measurement tool for NIF’s Advanced...

Volcanic ash sparks new discovery

Oct. 21, 2019- 
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.— Imagine you’re getting ready to fly to your favorite vacation destination when suddenly a volcano erupts, sending massive amounts of ash into the atmosphere, and forcing the cancellation of your flight. That’s exactly what happened in April 2010 when Eyjafjallajokull, a volcano in Iceland, erupted and disrupted air travel in Europe for six days. Lawrence Livermore...

Artist wins award for ‘Best Comic Design’

Oct. 17, 2019- 
Artist John Jett of the NIF & Photon Science Document Services Team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was honored with a special Adobe Government Creativity Award for creating an educational comic book explaining the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and the types of careers that support the operation of the world’s largest and most energetic laser. Judges awarded the comic book...

Unexamined lunar rocks indicate early bombardment

Oct. 16, 2019- 
A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists has challenged the long-standing theory that the moon experienced a period of intense meteorite bombardment about 3.8 billion years ago, when the first forms of life appeared on Earth.  This theory is known as the Late Heavy Bombardment and is thought to have resulted from disturbance of the asteroid belt due to the outward...

Researchers jump into DOE ‘shark tank’

Oct. 11, 2019- 
Researchers from a dozen Department of Energy (DOE) national labs recently converged on Northern California to compete in their own version of the popular “Shark Tank” television program.  Although Mr. Wonderful, Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban weren’t in attendance, the competition still boasted five judges who are highly successful entrepreneurs and angel investors in the Bay Area and...

LLNL team studies link between residual stress and mechanical properties of 3D-printed stainless steel

Oct. 8, 2019- 
The buildup of microscopic residual stresses that occur during the process of 3D printing metal parts can lead to deformation and even cracking in the part, complicating the printing process and resulting in defects that cause damage and part failure. To develop a strategy for mitigating these tiny stresses, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have combined...

FedTech helps accelerate technology transfer

Oct. 4, 2019- 
Two Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) computer scientists with promising technologies have taken part in a national organization’s commercialization program that pairs researchers with entrepreneurs. The two LLNL researchers, Timo Bremer and Jacqueline Peila, each worked for 12 weeks with teams of entrepreneurs, comprised of former CEO’s, executives, graduates and students with...

Lab team reports breakthrough in ultrafast, high-resolution nanoscale 3D printing

Oct. 3, 2019- 
While 3D printing at the nanoscale — producing intricate features orders of magnitude smaller than the width of a human hair — has significant potential in industry and commercial applications, wide adoption has been impractical because of the slow speed and low throughput of the most widely used nanoprinting technique, two-photon lithography (TPL). But in the latest issue of Science...

Annual Expanding Your Horizons conference inspires girls to ‘follow your curiosity’

Oct. 3, 2019- 
The San Joaquin Expanding Your Horizons (SJEYH) conference for girls celebrated its 27th year with the theme, “Follow Your Curiosity.” Held in late September, approximately 500 girls came to the University of the Pacific Campus in Stockton to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). SJEYH, now affiliated with Techbridge Girls, is co-sponsored by Lawrence...

Six Lawrence Livermore researchers named 2019 fellows of the American Physical Society

Oct. 2, 2019- 
Six Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have been selected as 2019 fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). The new fellows represent a selection of physics expertise, ranging from computational physics and shock compression of condensed matter to instrument and measurement science. APS fellowships are awarded after extensive review and are considered a distinct...