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Diving into the structure of molten salts in tight spaces

July 23, 2020- 
Room temperature ionic liquids (ILs), a special class of molten salts, promise far greater electrochemical performance compared to conventional aqueous solutions due to a suite of novel and tunable properties. Over the past two decades, ILs have been explored as a means of improving a range of different technologies, from energy storage and conversion to catalysis to electroplating of metals...

New analysis narrows range in climate sensitivity

July 22, 2020- 
The most advanced and comprehensive analysis of climate sensitivity undertaken has revealed with more confidence than ever how sensitive the Earth’s climate is to carbon dioxide. Climate warming depends on the changing composition of the atmosphere, and the “climate sensitivity” represents the dominant indicator of change, defined as the increase of global air temperature resulting...

Lab scientist wins outstanding doctoral thesis award

July 21, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Yuan Shi has earned the American Physical Society’s (APS) Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis award for his work in plasma physics. The award recognizes exceptional young scientists who have performed original thesis work of outstanding scientific quality and achievement in plasma physics. The citation on his award...

APS honors scientists for plasma physics excellence

July 20, 2020- 
Three scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are recipients of the 2020 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research from the American Physical Society. The honor recognizes a particular recent outstanding achievement in plasma physics research. Hye-Sook Park, Steven Ross and Dmitri Ryutov are part of an international team of researchers that was cited...

Lawrence Livermore, Tyvak Systems announce agreement to develop telescopes for nanosatellites

July 15, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc. have reached a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to develop innovative compact and robust telescopes for nanosatellites. The four-year, $2 million CRADA will combine LLNL’s Monolithic Telescope (MonoTele) technology with Tyvak’s expertise producing high-reliability...

E-waste-eating protein extracts rare earth elements

July 14, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers, in collaboration with Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL), have designed a new process, based on a naturally occurring protein, that could extract and purify rare earth elements (REE) from low-grade sources. It could offer a new avenue toward a more diversified and sustainable REE sector for the...

LLNL papers accepted into prestigious conference

July 9, 2020- 
Two papers featuring Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists were accepted in the 2020 International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), one of the world’s premier conferences of its kind. The first, authored by three LLNL researchers, describes a new “mix-n-match” method for calibrating uncertainty of deep learning models. Uncertainty qualification is an important...

LLNL Director Bill Goldstein announces retirement

July 7, 2020- 
William H. Goldstein today announced he will retire as director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and president of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, (LLNS) following the selection of his successor. Goldstein was named the 12th director of the Lab and the third president of LLNS on March 31, 2014. LLNS manages the Laboratory for the Department of Energy/National...

Increases in greenhouse gas, particulate pollution emissions drive regional drying around the globe

July 6, 2020- 
Despite devastating impacts of drought on human and natural systems, the reasons why long-term regional drying occurs remain poorly understood. Research led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists has identified two signatures or “fingerprints” that explain why arid conditions are spreading worldwide, and why the Western United States has tended toward drought...

Lab delivers innovation jolt with pulsed power modules

July 1, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers delivered four pulsed power modules to Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) this month, making excellent time despite many challenges presented by COVID-19. The modules are key elements in a novel diagnostic capability jointly developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), NNSS and LLNL to be deployed in the U1A underground...

Summer students shine in desalination research

June 30, 2020- 
Capacitive deionization (CDI) is an emerging class of water desalination technologies that use cyclic charging and discharging of electrodes to reduce or enrich the salinity of incoming water. The desalination characteristics of CDI are strongly influenced by the resistive components of the system. To better understand this process, a team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)...

Catching a wave to study granular material properties

June 29, 2020- 
Stress wave propagation through granular material is important for detecting the magnitude of earthquakes, locating oil and gas reservoirs, designing acoustic insulation and designing materials for compacting powders. A team of researchers including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Eric Herbold used X-ray measurements and analyses to show that velocity scaling and...

Lockdown doesn’t hinder annual Data Science Challenge

June 26, 2020- 
The COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent restrictions on gatherings and travel have forced institutions and companies around the world to rethink how they offer their summer programs and internships, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is no exception. This year’s Data Science Challenge with the University of California, Merced, the second such event of its kind, was an all...

Lab technologies help fight COVID-19

June 25, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) technology transfer team has opened up multiple fronts to aid the nation’s efforts against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. One Bay Area company has developed a test to detect SARS-CoV-2 based on an LLNL technology while a second Bay Area firm that has licensed an LLNL technology has gained approval for a product to diagnose...

Plasma science report highlights workforce gap, calls for increased national commitment to future experiments

June 24, 2020- 
The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released an assessment of the state and future of plasma sciences last month. Commissioned by the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Office of Naval Research, the report outlines recommendations for the advancement of plasma science and is anticipated to help set...

DOE honors two early career Lab scientists

June 23, 2020- 
Two scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are recipients of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science Early Career Research Program award. Federica Coppari and Erin Nuccio are among 76 scientists nationwide selected for the recognition. Under the program, typical awards for DOE national laboratory staff are $500,000 per year for five years. "The...

Manufacturing, energy initiative to fund 11 new projects

June 22, 2020- 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the recipients of the fall 2019 awards for the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative, including four newly funded projects led out of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  The 11 projects selected for a total of $3.3 million in funding under the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) and...

Lab breaks ground for exascale facility upgrades

June 22, 2020- 
To meet the needs of tomorrow’s supercomputers, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has broken ground on its Exascale Computing Facility Modernization (ECFM) project, which will substantially upgrade the mechanical and electrical capabilities of the Livermore Computing Center. The upgrades will enable the facility to provide...

New way to study how elements mix in giant planets

June 19, 2020- 
There are giants among us — gas and ice giants, to be specific. They orbit the same star, but their environmental conditions and chemical makeup are wildly different from those of Earth. These enormous planets — Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus — can be seen as natural laboratories for the physics of matter at extreme temperatures and pressures. Now, an international team including...

Signaling breast cancer metastasis

June 18, 2020- 
Metastasis accounts for approximately 90 percent of mortality in breast cancer patients. During the last few decades, there has been significant progress in understanding genetic, molecular and signaling mechanisms underpinning cancer cell migration. Biologists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) found another mechanism that affects the maintenance and expansion of malignant...