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LLNL garners 'A' grade in OPCW environmental test

April 13, 2022- 
Even after taking highly stressful exams in college, grades can still be important. Just ask researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Forensic Science Center (FSC). Every fall, chemists and other researchers from the FSC spend two weeks of long days undertaking the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) environmental proficiency test. Livermore...

Tri-lab researchers focus on tantalum’s strength from ambient to extreme conditions

April 12, 2022- 
Researchers from Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories have teamed up to better understand the strength of tantalum, an important platform-development material in the tri-lab community. The work builds from the understanding that tantalum remains in a single solid phase across the full range of conditions examined. This includes conditions accessed by the...

Americans move to more solar and wind power in 2021

April 11, 2022- 
The national economy is reenergizing, quite literally.  In 2021, Americans used 5% more energy than in 2020, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Each year, LLNL releases flow charts that illustrate the nation's consumption and use of energy. In 2021, Americans used 97.3 quads (quadrillion BTU) of energy, which is 4.4...

Three Lab postdocs selected to attend the 71st annual Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting

April 4, 2022- 
Three Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) postdoctoral appointees have been selected to attend the 71st annual Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany this summer thanks to the University of California President’s 2022 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellows Program. The three selected to attend are Magi Mettry, Johanna Schwartz and Dane Sterbentz. The Lindau Nobel Laureate...

LLNL's Huban Gowadia named to State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame

March 31, 2022- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Huban Gowadia has been inducted into the state of Alabama’s Engineering Hall of Fame (EHF). The principal associate director for Global Security, Gowadia was one of 10 engineers inducted into the state’s EHF during a ceremony last month attended by about 250 people. She was nominated for Alabama’s EHF by the former dean of the University...

Hydrogen storage reactions reveal a complex dance toward faster uptake

March 30, 2022- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have simulated the hydrogen storage reactions in a promising material and discovered why hydrogen uptake slows as the material absorbs hydrogen, providing insight that could be used for improvements. Improving hydrogen storage in solid-state materials depends on a better understanding of multistep chemical reactions that take...

One current, two former Lab scientists inducted into LLNL’s Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame

March 29, 2022- 
One current and two former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have been inducted into the Laboratory’s Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame (EHF). The trio, who represent the third class of inductees into the Lab’s EHF, have been honored for developing technologies during or after their Lab careers that created major economic impacts or spawned new companies. “The story of...

White House summit celebrates fusion milestones, discusses 'bold' 10-year plan for commercialization

March 28, 2022- 
Recent scientific advancements in fusion, combined with increasing private investments and the urgent need to address climate change, mean the “time is now” for accelerating fusion energy commercialization, fusion experts said at a White House summit on March 17. Hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the first...

Lab mentoring program generates rewarding opportunities for career growth

March 24, 2022- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Engineering mentoring program has yielded many rewarding matchups, not least that of Yanto Mualim and Jerry Wheeler. Mualim, who works in the Lab’s Environment Safety & Health program, joined LLNL in 2018 with a focus on controls engineering. After two years, as his project wrapped up, Mualim began looking for new opportunities at the...

Veterans Showcase: Alexis Massey

March 23, 2022- 
The Veterans/Military Outreach and Recruiting Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is committed to supporting and recruiting military students, reservists, active duty and transitioning service men, women and veterans. The program’s initial focus on recruiting and hiring has aided directly in the employment of many veterans, with many more serving in internships ranging...

LLNL and Y-12 partner to accelerate production, innovation for U.S. nuclear deterrent

March 21, 2022- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the Y-12 National Security Complex have teamed up to rapidly modernize legacy technology and production methods of crucial components for the U.S. nuclear deterrent.   A leading example of this collaboration is the recent successful installation and testing of the electron beam cold hearth melter (EBCHM) – a machine that can melt and cast...

Livermore WiDS provides forum for women in data science

March 18, 2022- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) celebrated the 2022 Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference on March 7 with its fifth annual regional event, featuring workshops, mentoring sessions and a discussion with LLNL Director Kim Budil, the first woman to hold that role. For the second straight year, the WiDS Livermore event was entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic...

Paving the way to tailor-made carbon nanomaterials and more accurate energetic materials modeling

March 17, 2022- 
Carbon exhibits a remarkable tendency to form nanomaterials with unusual physical and chemical properties, arising from its ability to engage in different bonding states. Many of these “next-generation” nanomaterials, which include nanodiamonds, nanographite, amorphous nanocarbon and nano-onions, are currently being studied for possible applications spanning quantum computing to bio-imaging...

LLNL study on tumor/immune cell interaction could impact cancer immunotherapies

March 16, 2022- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists exploring the interaction between cancer cells and the extracellular matrix (ECM) — the “scaffolding” of organs — found that proteins in the ECM can dramatically impact the immune system’s ability to kill tumors. Researchers said the findings, published online in the journal Biomaterials, could represent a novel approach to studying...

Holographic plasma lenses for ultra-high-power lasers

March 14, 2022- 
In the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s highest-energy laser system, a complex series of glass optics — including amplifiers, mirrors, wavelength converters and focusing lenses — strengthens and guides the laser light to its destination. Over the years, researchers have developed and refined these optics so they can withstand the intense energies generated by NIF’s powerful laser...

LLNL constructing high-power laser for new experimental facility at SLAC

March 11, 2022- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s decades of leadership in developing high-energy lasers is being tapped to provide a key component of a major upgrade to SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). Over the next several years, LLNL’s Advanced Photon Technologies (APT) program will design and construct one of the world’s most powerful petawatt...

Machine learning model finds COVID-19 risks for cancer patients

March 10, 2022- 
If a cancer patient tests positive for COVID-19, are they more likely to become hospitalized from the disease? That depends on certain risk factors, according to a new study by researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), who looked to identify cancer-related risks for poor outcomes from COVID-19. Analyzing one of the...

NIF helps unravel mysteries of heat conduction in galaxy clusters

March 9, 2022- 
An international team led by scientists from the University of Oxford Department of Physics, the University of Rochester and the University of Chicago turned to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) National Ignition Facility (NIF) to help unravel the inner workings of heat conduction in clusters of galaxies — the largest structures in the universe. These clusters are made of...

LLNL scientists confirm thermonuclear fusion in a sheared-flow Z-pinch

March 7, 2022- 
In findings that could help advance another “viable pathway” to fusion energy, research led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicists has proven the existence of neutrons produced through thermonuclear reactions from a sheared-flow stabilized Z-pinch device. The researchers used advanced computer modeling techniques and diagnostic measurement devices honed at the Lab to...

Register for materials-focused HPC4EI virtual event

March 4, 2022- 
Registration is open for the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative’s upcoming virtual event on April 8, a webinar highlighting the impact of high performance computing on material design and predicting material performance. Free to the public, the “Focus on Materials” event will feature talks by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory scientists...