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LLNL team demonstrates anisotropic explosive properties in key weapon safety study

Jan. 26, 2023 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and engineers led a multi-institutional team in executing a series of high explosives tests that successfully demonstrated fundamental principles of anisotropy, a possible enabler for improved weapon and munition safety. Working under snowy and frigid conditions on Idaho’s Snake River Plain, a 13-member team from LLNL carried out...

Skywing: Open-source software aids collaborative autonomy applications

Jan. 25, 2023 - 
A new software developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and known as Skywing, provides domain scientists working to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure with a high-reliability, real-time software platform for collaborative autonomy applications. The U.S. modern critical infrastructure — from the electrical grid that sends power to homes to the pipelines that...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ‘2022 Year in Review’

Jan. 24, 2023 - 
Ending with one of the most significant achievements in scientific history, 2022 will be remembered as an important year for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). On Dec. 5, in the Lab’s 50th year of laser programs, LLNL’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) achieved fusion ignition for the first time in a laboratory setting: a reaction that produced more energy than laser energy...

Cross-directorate team works to survey the Lab’s biodiversity

Jan. 24, 2023 - 
From the rolling hills of Tracy to the grassy plains of Livermore, LLNL’s lands are replete with biodiversity, and keeping track of the resident flora and fauna is no small feat. Acoustic monitoring was used to passively search for rare bat species. Wildlife biologists from ECORP Consulting are shown installing a Wildlife Acoustics SM4BAT-FS unit using the SMM-U2 microphone in a remote canyon at Site 300. Photo by Lisa Paterson/LLNL.Located at the intersection of Coastal and Central Valley environments, the Livermore Valley and surrounding hills attracted early botanists and wildlife biologists from UC Berkeley and the California...

Four Livermore researchers honored as Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program fellows

Jan. 23, 2023 - 
The Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program (OSELP) has selected four Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists as 2023 fellows. Computational physicist Teresa Bailey, physicist Brent Blue, nuclear and mechanical engineer Lance Kim and chemical engineer Elizabeth Wheeler were inducted into the fellowship program. OSELP brings together exceptional leaders to...

Water modified ancient asteroid

Jan. 19, 2023 - 
Samples from asteroid Ryugu returned by the Hayabusa2 mission contain evidence of extensive alteration by water and appear related to CI chondrites, which are believed to best represent the bulk of the solar system composition. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists in collaboration with an international team looked at the isotopic composition of oxygen, carbon and...

LLNL, University of California initiative fosters academic partnership

Jan. 19, 2023 - 
A new joint initiative between the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorate and the University of California (UC) is aimed at developing next generation academic leadership with strong and enduring national laboratory connections.  The LLNL Early Career UC Faculty Initiative is accepting proposals from untenured, tenure-track...

All eyes on Kerrie Ingraham

Jan. 19, 2023 - 
When Kerrie Ingraham started at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), she was immediately impressed by the welcoming environment that she encountered. Within her first year, she’d already discovered ways to participate in the Lab’s culture of guidance and mentorship. “Despite this being one of the largest organizations I’ve ever worked for, LLNL provides a lot of resources for...

New HPC4EI project to create 'digital twin' models for aerospace manufacturing

Jan. 18, 2023 - 
A partnership involving Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory aimed at developing “digital twins” for producing aerospace components is one of six new projects funded under the HPC for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced today.  Sponsored by the HPC4Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program, one...

LLNL’s de Supinski named 2022 ACM fellow

Jan. 18, 2023 - 
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Chief Technology Officer for Livermore Computing (LC) Bronis R. de Supinski as a 2022 ACM fellow, recognizing him for his contributions to the design of large-scale systems and their programming systems and software. The prestigious ACM fellows program honors the top 1% of ACM members for their...

LLNL scientist named to Forbes ’30 under 30’ list

Jan. 18, 2023 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory materials scientist Daniel Schwalbe-Koda has been named one of Forbes “30 under 30” for 2023 in the science category. Forbes features a list of 600 individuals under the age of 30 each year, who have impactful careers and/or accomplishments across a span of industries — healthcare, science, consumer technology, Hollywood, retail, social media, sports...

All eyes on Tanim Islam

Jan. 13, 2023 - 
For Tanim Islam, a physicist in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL)  Design Physics Division, mentorship means improving systems that serve as barriers to employees as they acclimate and begin to work. One of his passions is looking closely at whether employees have suitable structures to accomplish their tasks. “I make a point to talk to newer staff about what sort of help...

W80-4 program achieves key review milestone

Jan. 12, 2023 - 
The W80-4 Life Extension Program team in November successfully executed the Preliminary Design Review and Acceptance Group (PDRAAG) review at the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Review by the PDRAAG is a critical mid-program review with the Department of Defense to show the warhead baseline design complies with DOD requirements...

Lawrence Livermore National Security announces recipients of the 2022 Community Gift Program

Jan. 9, 2023 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), the contract manager for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has announced the recipients for the 2022 LLNS Community Gift Program. These gifts, totaling $200,000, reflect LLNS' commitment to local communities. LLNS received applications totaling more than $403,000 in requests. Thirty-four applications were selected for awards...

Lab’s Center for Global Security Research Center director receives high honor from the Government of Japan

Dec. 28, 2022 - 
Brad Roberts has received one of the highest honors bestowed by the Government of Japan. The director of the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Roberts has been given the Order of the Rising Sun, an honor awarded by the prime minister of Japan to people who have rendered distinguished service to the nation. The honor is rarely...

Watch: DOE press conference on NIF

Dec. 14, 2022 - 
Watch the DOE press conference on NIF, which took place on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Watch: LLNL Panel Q&A on NIF

Dec. 14, 2022 - 
Watch: LLNL Panel Q&A on NIF, which took place Tuesday, Dec. 13.

National Ignition Facility achieves fusion ignition

Dec. 14, 2022 - 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today (Dec. 13) announced the achievement of fusion ignition at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) — a major scientific breakthrough decades in the making that will pave the way for advancements in national defense and the future of clean power. On Dec. 5, a team at LLNL’s National...

A shot for the ages: Fusion ignition breakthrough hailed as ‘one of the most impressive scientific feats of the 21st century’

Dec. 14, 2022 - 
Call it the shot heard ‘round the world. The monumental, first-ever demonstration of fusion ignition by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) marks a potentially world-changing breakthrough for fusion energy and a key initial step in a decades-long quest for limitless clean energy, U.S. government officials and LLNL scientists said Tuesday. A...

Sue Marlais selected as LLNL’s chief information officer

Dec. 12, 2022 - 
Sue Marlais has been named Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s chief information officer (CIO), Deputy Director Carolyn Zerkle announced today. Her appointment is effective immediately. In this role, Marlais will execute all institutional information technology (IT) efforts, including business application development and support, institutional data center management, networking...