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Lab physicist named astronomical society fellow

April 16, 2020- 
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has selected Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist Peter Beiersdorfer as a fellow in its inaugural class of this accolade. The AAS fellows program was established in 2019 to confer recognition to AAS members for achievement and extraordinary service to the field of astronomy and the American Astronomical Society. Fellows are...

Summer student program update

April 16, 2020- 
As Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) remains in Reduced Mission-Critical Operations until further notice, most employees continue to work from home and operate under protective measures — to self-isolate, practice social distancing, reduce travel and telecommute when possible. After careful consideration to maintain the safety of our staff and students during these uncertain...

Reduced Mission-Critical work continues

April 15, 2020- 
Last week, limited work resumed on site in support of specific mission-essential activities in support of national security responsibilities, a posture referred to as “Reduced Mission-Critical Operations.” This is in addition to the employees who have been on site in support of both minimum safe and COVID-19-related projects and activities. Guidance has been developed to help returning...

Technique harvests waste heat from untapped sources

April 14, 2020- 
Thermoelectric materials convert heat to electricity or vice versa. However, their application to harvest waste heat is limited by challenges in fabrication and materials. Finding cost-effective ways to cover large and potentially complex surfaces has remained an issue but is crucial to take advantage of waste heat sources. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) material scientists...

Message from the director: Time to relax as best we can

April 10, 2020- 
Throughout our Lab’s history we have worked tirelessly to protect the nation against various threats. While our current fight against the COVID-19 pandemic presents a set of challenges we’ve never faced, I am no less gratified by our collective ability to rise to this occasion. For all of us, each week has brought new problems and challenges — always stressful and always demanding. Yet...

Americans used less energy in 2019

April 8, 2020- 
Turning those lights off when you leave has a benefit.  In 2019, Americans used less energy than in 2018, 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. Americans used 100.2 quads (quadrillion BTU) of energy, which is 1 quad less...

Guidance for extended shelter-in-place

April 2, 2020- 
In recent days, local, state and national response to the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved. Bay Area counties — including Alameda — have extended their shelter-in-place orders to 11:59 p.m. May 3. The White House also has extended the federal social distancing guidelines to April 30. To protect the health and safety of the Laboratory community, employees who are not working on site...

Lab will begin limited return to work for Reduced Mission-Critical Operations

March 30, 2020- 
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the Lab has reduced its staffing at sites 200 and 300 to that required for safety, security and the minimal maintenance of facilities. In addition, IT staff has been on site helping to support the enormous growth in telecommuting over the past month. Small groups of employees have made themselves available at the Lab to respond without delay to...

LLNL COVID-19 Research and Response

March 30, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is fully committed to helping protect the U.S. from COVID-19 and to speed the recovery of those affected. More information about the Lab's current activities can be found on the LLNL COVID-19 research and response website.  

Update on summer student program

March 27, 2020- 
In light of the uncertainties surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily suspending the processing of student hires at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) while we consider if and how we will be able to conduct our student programs in the upcoming summer months. For all students — those who have received an offer, for returning summer students, and for new...

Minimum Safe Operations posture continues

March 27, 2020- 
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has now been at a Minimum Safe Operations posture for five days, and all systems are operating as planned, with a limited number of people continuing to work on-site to ensure the safety and security of the Laboratory and its facilities. In addition, a small number of employees remain on site to support select mission-critical...

Lab antibody, anti-viral research aids COVID-19 response

March 26, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists are contributing to the global fight against COVID-19 by combining artificial intelligence/machine learning, bioinformatics and supercomputing to help discover candidates for new antibodies and pharmaceutical drugs to combat the disease. See the visualization Backed by five high performance computing (HPC) clusters and years of...

New partnership to unleash U.S. supercomputing resources in the fight against COVID-19

March 26, 2020- 
The White House announced the launch of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium to provide COVID-19 researchers worldwide with access to the world’s most powerful high performance computing resources that can significantly advance the pace of scientific discovery in the fight to stop the virus. “America is coming together to fight COVID-19 and that means unleashing the full...

COVID-19 update: Message from the director

March 23, 2020- 
Last week, I directed an orderly move to Minimum Safe Operations for our Laboratory in response to the growing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the tireless efforts of employees across the Laboratory, we have achieved that goal. Today, we are officially in Minimum Safe Operations, with a limited number of people on site to ensure the safety and security of our Laboratory and its...

ARC results provide a ‘pleasant surprise’

March 23, 2020- 
When scientists saw the results from the first-ever Discovery Science experiment on the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) Advanced Radiographic Capability (ARC) laser, they were genuinely surprised: The experiment produced much higher energy electrons than predicted based on the laser energy and power used on these shots. Those results, which were not typical of new experiments on new...

Scientists look to wildfires in hopes of finding missing source of carbonyl sulfide, link to plants’ CO2 uptake

March 23, 2020- 
Carbonyl sulfide is a naturally occurring gas that can help scientists understand how much carbon dioxide plants take out of the atmosphere for photosynthesis. In a new study in Geophysical Research Letters, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators looked at how much carbonyl sulfide (OCS) comes from forest fires and other burning biomass, as opposed to...

Planetary defenders validate asteroid deflection code

March 23, 2020- 
Planetary defense researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) continue to validate their ability to accurately simulate how they might deflect an Earth-bound asteroid in a study that will be published in the April issue of the American Geophysical Union journal Earth and Space Science. The study, led by LLNL physicist Tané Remington, also identified sensitivities in the...

Antibiotics can limit body’s ability to uptake analgesics

March 22, 2020- 
LLNL biologists have found manipulating the gut microbiome with antibiotics alters the uptake and effectiveness of acetaminophen. The effectiveness of drug treatments can vary widely between individuals, which can lead to decreased efficacy or increased adverse reactions. Much of the variation can be contributed to genetics, but environmental factors such as nutritional status, disease...

COVID-19 update: Lessening community transmission

March 20, 2020- 
The Laboratory continues to make significant progress in the transition to Minimum Safe Operations, which will be reached by Monday, March 23. This move was made in response to Bay Area public health departments’ shelter-in-place orders, which went into effect on March 17, as well as state and federal government recommendations. The shelter-in-place orders were issued in response to an...

COVID-19 update: Clarification on timekeeping

March 19, 2020- 
As the Laboratory continues to transition to Minimum Safe Operations by Monday, March 23, all employees who can effectively telecommute should be doing so, with the exception of employees performing minimum safe activities. Now that the Laboratory is close to achieving a Minimum Safe Operations status, we have clarification on timekeeping. Employees should use the following timekeeping...