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LLNL develops optical capability for thin-film neural implants to look into brain activity

Jan. 5, 2021- 
Combining hybrid polymer materials with microfabrication and 3D printing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has developed an ultra-compact, lightweight and minimally invasive optoelectronic neural implant that could be used for long-term studies of brain activity.  The new implantable devices are built upon a new platform LLNL researchers are calling POEMS (Polymeric Opto...

Paying for emissions we’ve already released

Jan. 4, 2021- 
The planet is committed to global warming in excess of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) just from greenhouse gases that have already been added to the atmosphere. This is the conclusion of new research by scientists from Nanjing University, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Texas A&M University, which appears in the latest edition of Nature Climate Change.  The...

Molecular crystal structures pack it in

Dec. 23, 2020- 
Whether organic chemists are working on developing new molecular energetics or creating new blockbuster drugs in the pharmaceutical industry, each is searching how to optimize the chemical structure of a molecule to attain desired target properties. Part of that optimization includes a molecular crystal’s packing motif, a perceived pattern in how molecules orient relative to one...

Lab garners five commercialization grants

Dec. 22, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and engineers have put together another first-rate year securing major grants through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). “We did quite well, although the diversity of the research projects funded wasn’t as broad as last year,” said Rich Rankin, the director of the Lab’s Innovation and...

Diamonds are not just for jewelry anymore

Dec. 21, 2020- 
When it comes to the semiconductor industry, silicon has reigned as king in the electronics field, but it is coming to the end of its physical limits. To more effectively power the electrical grid, locomotives and even electric cars, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists are turning to diamond as an ultra-wide bandgap semiconductor. Diamond has been shown to...

Lab hosts two rising seniors through fellowships

Dec. 18, 2020- 
Early this spring, the Livermore Lab Foundation (LLF), in partnership with University of California, Merced, awarded two rising seniors, Jose Garcia-Esparza and Teagan Zuniga, one-year $15,000 fellowships to participate in the Lab’s Data Science Summer Institute (DSSI) and continue a part-time fellowship at the Lab for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.    The fellowships allow...

Entrepreneurship meets the national labs

Dec. 18, 2020- 
Earlier this month, researchers from 10 national labs came together for a virtual showcase of Department of Energy (DOE) innovation when scientists pitched their business model ideas to seasoned investors and competed for a $25,000 prize for work to advance commercialization. The National Lab Accelerator Pitch Event, something like the “Shark Tank” television program, is a competition...

Lab analysis reveals forensic signatures of nuclear material during international smuggling exercise

Dec. 17, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists received mock evidence, consisting of two uranium oxide (UO2) fuel pellets, as part of an international nuclear forensic exercise in support of a simulated nuclear smuggling investigation. The exercise was part of the CMX-5 Collaborative Materials Exercise organized by the Nuclear Forensics International Technical Working...

LLNL physicist wins Young Former Student award

Dec. 16, 2020- 
Texas A&M University’s Department of Nuclear Engineering on Dec. 10 announced it has honored Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Kelli Humbird with its 2020-21 Young Former Student award for her work at LLNL in combining machine learning with inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research. A design physicist at LLNL, Humbird graduated from Texas A&M with a Ph.D. in nuclear...

Inhibiting protein in pancreatic tumors slows down cancer growth and increases survival rates

Dec. 16, 2020- 
Georgetown University, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators have identified a protein that when removed from the body may help pancreatic cancer patients live longer. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal forms of the disease and has the lowest survival rate. Because the tumors are solid, many modern chemotherapies to destroy the tumor do...

Former intern, a 'Voice for Tomorrow,' wins Rieser award

Dec. 15, 2020- 
A former intern from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL's) Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) has been named the recipient of the 2020 Leonard Rieser Award from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Jake Tibbetts, who worked as a research associate at CGSR from May 2019 to May 2020, won the honor for a “Voices of Tomorrow” essay he wrote for the Bulletin. The...

Lab campaign raises record $3.9 million for charities

Dec. 14, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) employees, along with Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), LLC, donated more than $3.9 million to charitable organizations via the annual employee giving program, the Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign. This is the highest dollar amount raised in the 45-year history of the HOME Campaign. Laboratory employees pledged more...

Climate models overestimate natural variability

Dec. 10, 2020- 
By looking at satellite measurements of temperature changes in the lower layer of Earth’s atmosphere, scientists found that climate models may have overestimated the decade-to-decade natural variability of temperature. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) statistician Giuliana Pallotta and climate scientist Benjamin Santer created a statistical framework to comprehensively...

Lawrence Livermore National Security announces recipients of annual Community Gift Program

Dec. 9, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), the contract manager for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has announced the recipients for the 2020 LLNS Community Gift Program. These gifts, totaling $150,000, reflect LLNS' commitment to local communities. LLNS received applications totaling more than $260,000 in requests. Thirty applications were selected for awards...

LLNL’s de Supinski earns prestigious IEEE Fellowship

Dec. 9, 2020- 
IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization, announced it has elevated Bronis de Supinski to the rank of fellow, recognizing Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) Livermore Computing’s chief technology officer (CTO) for his leadership in the design and use of large-scale computing systems. The prestigious IEEE fellow distinction, which takes effect Jan. 1, is...

Dig this – Livermorium Park breaks ground

Dec. 8, 2020- 
Moving a few shovelfuls closer to reality, Livermore Mayor John Marchand and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director Bill Goldstein broke ground on Livermorium Park Thursday afternoon. When completed, the park will pay perpetual tribute to the Lab’s work on element 116, Livermorium. Coincidentally, the park is located at 116 S. Livermore Ave., in the heart of the Livermore Plaza. ...

Microjets are faster than a speeding bullet

Dec. 8, 2020- 
When a shock wave travels through material and reaches a free surface, chunks of material can break away and fly off at high speeds. If there are any defects on the surface, the shock forms microjets that travel faster than a speeding bullet. Understanding how these microjets form and how they interact with material help to improve spacecraft shielding and understanding a planetary...

NeurIPS papers aim to improve understanding and robustness of machine learning algorithms

Dec. 7, 2020- 
The 34th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) is featuring two papers advancing the reliability of deep learning for mission-critical applications at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The most prestigious machine learning conference in the world, NeurIPS began virtually on Dec. 6. The first paper describes a framework for understanding the effect of...

Lab study of droplet dynamics advances 3D printing

Dec. 3, 2020- 
A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists has simulated the droplet ejection process in an emerging metal 3D printing technique called “Liquid Metal Jetting” (LMJ), a critical aspect to the continued advancement of liquid metal printing technologies. In the paper, the team describes the simulating of metal droplets during LMJ, a novel process in which molten...

Researchers measure electron emission to improve understanding of laser-based metal 3D printing

Dec. 2, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have taken a promising step in improving the reliability of laser-based metal 3D printing techniques by measuring the emission of electrons from the surface of stainless steel during laser processing. Researchers collected thermionic emission signals from 316L stainless steel under laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) conditions using a...