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Deep learning may provide solution for efficient charging, driving of autonomous electric vehicles

Feb. 4, 2020- 
The future of commuter traffic probably looks something like this: ride-hailing companies operating fleets of autonomous electric vehicles alongside an increasing number of semi-autonomous EVs co-piloted by humans, all supported by a large infrastructure of charging stations. This scenario is particularly likely in California, which has committed to reducing carbon emissions to 40 percent...

Lawrence Livermore researchers release 3D protein structure predictions for the novel coronavirus

Feb. 3, 2020- 
As global concern continues to rise about a novel coronavirus spreading from China, a team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers has developed a preliminary set of predictive 3D protein structures of the virus to aid research efforts to combat the disease. The team’s predicted 3D models, developed over the past week using a previously peer-reviewed modeling process...

New Lab report outlines ways California could reach goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2045

Jan. 30, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have identified a robust suite of technologies to help California clear the last hurdle and become carbon neutral – and ultimately carbon negative – by 2045. This groundbreaking study, “Getting to Neutral: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California,” was conducted as part of LLNL’s expansive energy programs work and the...

3D-printed aerogel electrodes boost energy storage

Jan. 29, 2020- 
A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and Sun Yat-Sen University have developed a new class of aerogel electrodes with a simultaneous boost in energy and power density. The research could be a boon for the energy storage industry. “This is the first example in which we were able to boost...

Lab’s popular lecture series delves into space science

Jan. 28, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL's) popular lecture series, "Science on Saturday," returns Feb. 8 and runs through Feb. 29 at the Bankhead Theater, located at 2400 First St. in Livermore. The series will offer four different lectures with the theme “Science in Space.” Each lecture is presented by leading LLNL researchers who are joined by master high school science teachers....

Lab presented with EPA Federal Green Challenge Award

Jan. 27, 2020- 
Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented a team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) employees with a Federal Green Challenge award at a ceremony last week. The Federal Green Challenge is a national effort under EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program, challenging EPA and other federal agencies throughout the country to lead by example in...

LLNL, Livermore Lab Foundation, ClimateWorks to unveil report on California’s road to carbon neutrality

Jan. 23, 2020- 
WHO: Scientists and leaders from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in collaboration with the Livermore Lab Foundation and ClimateWorks WHAT: LLNL will host a briefing to unveil the new report, “Getting to Neutral: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California,” which identifies a robust suite of technologies to help California clear the last hurdle and become carbon neutral by...

Physicist Luisa Hansen celebrates 60 years at LLNL

Jan. 21, 2020- 
Luisa Hansen is not one to sit still or be idle. Having worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for the past 60 years (joining just seven years after the Lab opened), she can still be seen going from one meeting to another and attending Lab events. Hansen, a nuclear physicist, enjoys her job and has no immediate plans to retire. “If you enjoy what you are doing, work hard...

LLNL discovers new method to create nanocarbons

Jan. 17, 2020- 
Nanocarbons have emerged as major nanomaterials due to their many practical applications, including their potential use in energy conversion/storage, bioimaging, drug delivery, sensors, diagnostics and composites. However, their synthesis remains poorly understood. A common high-pressure synthesis route is the detonation of carbon-rich high explosives, which yields nanocarbons as a solid...

Media advisory: LLNL, NNSA to dedicate new Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory

Jan. 14, 2020- 
WHO: Leaders from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), industry partner representatives and Laboratory experts in advanced manufacturing and 3D printing. WHAT: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will host a dedication ceremony and media tour of the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (AML), a state-of-the-art collaborative...

Ancient stardust leads to clearer picture of solar system

Jan. 14, 2020- 
Interstellar dust is an important component of our galaxy. Condensed in the outflow of dying stars, it is used to study stellar evolution, nucleosynthesis and the chemical development of the galaxy. Although dust only presents about 1 percent of the mass in the interstellar medium (ISM), it carries a large fraction of the elements heavier than helium, including the elements that form...

Lab teams recognized by Secretary of Energy awards

Jan. 10, 2020- 
Former Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recognized Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) staff with six Secretary’s Honor Awards at a ceremony at Department of Energy (DOE) headquarters. The Secretary’s Honor Awards are bestowed on teams that have achieved a singular accomplishment that demonstrates a high level of performance and dedication to public service. As his last address to DOE...

Under pressure: Using NIF, researchers compress copper, creating the densest object on Earth

Jan. 9, 2020- 
If copper was found in the core of Saturn it would have the same crystalline structure as the copper pipes found in many homes, according to new research from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Johns Hopkins University. In a paper published today by Physical Review Letters, the research team reveals that copper maintains its crystalline structure at pressures ranging from...

Lab space program lifts off with launch of satellite

Jan. 8, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL's) Space Science and Security Program had a banner month in December as the program sent the Lab’s first in-house designed and fabricated CubeSat into orbit. The Lab satellite was sent into orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Dec. 5 aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule atop a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket...

Thanks to clouds, latest climate models predict more global warming than their predecessors

Jan. 7, 2020- 
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Leeds and Imperial College London have found that the latest generation of global climate models predict more warming in response to increasing carbon dioxide than their predecessors. These refined models represent aspects of Earth’s climate better than previous models...

STAR array tests materials’ response to strong X-ray shocks

Jan. 6, 2020- 
At first glance it might be mistaken for a model of the Millennium Falcon of “Star Wars” fame. But it’s actually a new radiation-effects diagnostic that triples the number of material samples that can be exposed to X-rays in a single NIF shot. Designed by researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Sandia National Laboratories, the STAR (Sample Test and Recovery)...

Gioconda receives NNSA Gold Award

Dec. 30, 2019- 
In recognition of more than 40 years of service to the U.S. Air Force, Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration, Tom Gioconda has been awarded the NNSA Administrator’s Gold Medal.  Gioconda, who recently stepped down as deputy director of the Lab, received his award from NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty in early December in Washington, D.C. The Gold Award...

SIGNAL wins 'best student game'

Dec. 27, 2019- 
A wargame developed by University of California, Berkeley students, with a helping hand from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) researchers, recently garnered first place at an international conference. The wargame, called SIGNAL, won the “best student game” among five finalists in the Serious Games Showcase and Challenge competition of the...

Three researchers co-author wind power papers

Dec. 26, 2019- 
A trio of Livermore scientists have served as co-authors for three separate papers about projects they’ve worked on to upgrade wind power forecasting for the nation. The papers, published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), one of the premier publications for meteorologists, focused on research conducted for two high-impact Department of Energy wind energy...

Lab physicist to lead APS’ plasma physics division

Dec. 23, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Denise Hinkel has been elected vice chair of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Plasma Physics (DPP). Her term as vice chair began last month and is the first step in a four-year leadership commitment with APS, which culminates with service as APS-DPP chair in year three. As vice chair, Hinkel will lead the fellowship...