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Moving to carbon neutrality: one year later

Feb. 18, 2021- 
One year after publishing the groundbreaking "Getting to Neutral: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California," Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has become a trusted adviser in the discussion of how to remove carbon dioxide from the air. In the report, LLNL scientists identified a robust suite of technologies to help California clear the last hurdle and become carbon...

LLNL weapon engineers, biologists deliver critical samples to identify skin proteins left on IEDs

Feb. 17, 2021- 
Following a terrorist bombing, can the bomb maker be identified by skin proteins left on the bomb components they handled? To address this question, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) personnel from Weapons Complex Integration (WCI) and Global Security (GS) Forensic Science and Biosecurity Centers (FSC/BSC) subjected notional bomb components handled by LLNL volunteers to...

Research on transition phenomena to aid in improving safety of explosives

Feb. 16, 2021- 
On Aug. 4, 2020, a massive explosion rocked Lebanon’s capital of Beirut, sending shockwaves through the city and shattering windows, reducing some buildings to rubble and killing at least 200 people. Officials have since traced the blast to a stockpile of more than 2,500 tons of confiscated ammonium nitrate stored in a port warehouse. While the official investigation is ongoing, it...

What Hollywood gets wrong, and right, about asteroids

Feb. 11, 2021- 
Meet Kirsten Howley, the real-life astrophysicist working to prevent an asteroid “Armageddon” In the 1998 movie “Armageddon,” an asteroid the width of Texas is about to hit Earth. The heroes who stop it in the nick of time are a group of orange-suited Americans, all men. Life isn’t always like the movies. Not that an asteroid couldn’t slam into Earth, mind you...

Lab team uses giant lasers to compress iron oxide, revealing the secret interior of rocky exoplanets

Feb. 11, 2021- 
Advances in astronomical observations have resulted in the discovery of an extraordinary number of extrasolar planets, some of which are believed to have a rocky composition similar to Earth. Learning more about their interior structure could provide important clues about their potential habitability. Led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a team of researchers aims to...

Lab researchers explore ‘learn-by-calibration’ approach to deep learning to accurately emulate scientific process

Feb. 10, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) computer scientists have developed a new deep learning approach to designing emulators for scientific processes that is more accurate and efficient than existing methods. In a paper published by Nature Communications, an LLNL team describes a “Learn-by-Calibrating” (LbC) method for creating powerful scientific emulators that could be used as...

Lab develops new method for probing material strength

Feb. 9, 2021- 
In an effort to better understand how materials deform under extreme conditions, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have developed a new experimental method for probing large-strain and high-rate material strength. In a paper recently published in Acta Materialia, Jonathan Lind, LLNL physicist and lead author, said results of the work aid in providing updated...

Scientists measure temperature under shock conditions

Feb. 8, 2021- 
Temperature is tough to measure, especially in shock compression experiments. A big challenge is having to account for thermal transport — the flow of energy in the form of heat. To better understand this challenge, researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have taken important steps to show that thermal conduction is important and measurable at high pressure and...

LLNL’s Charles and Debbie Ball receive Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service

Feb. 5, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL's) Charles and Debbie Ball have received the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Medal for Exceptional Public Service while on assignment with OSD. The medal is presented by the secretary of Defense to non-career federal employees, private citizens and foreign nationals. The citation noted that Charles Ball made substantial...

Lab 3D-prints microbes to enhance biomaterials

Feb. 3, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have developed a new method for 3D printing living microbes in controlled patterns, expanding the potential for using engineered bacteria to recover rare-earth metals, clean wastewater, detect uranium and more. Through a novel technique that uses light and bacteria-infused resin to produce 3D-patterned microbes, the research team...

Lab publishes fourth ‘Strategic Latency Unleashed’ book

Feb. 2, 2021- 
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) has published the fourth book in its Strategic Latency series — "Strategic Latency Unleashed: The Role of Technology in a Revisionist Global Order and the Implications for Special Operations Forces." Previous volumes in the Latency series have examined the effects of emerging technologies on...

Anup Singh selected as new leader for Lab’s Engineering

Feb. 1, 2021- 
Anup Singh has been selected as associate director for Engineering at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Director Bill Goldstein announced the selection Feb. 1. Singh will assume leadership of the directorate beginning Feb. 22. His selection follows a nationwide search launched after previous Associate Director Anantha Krishnan retired in October. As the leader of...

Lawrence Livermore’s popular lecture series goes virtual to cover COVID-19

Feb. 1, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) popular lecture series, "Science on Saturday," is going virtual in 2021 with the theme “Combating COVID-19.”   The series, targeted to middle and high school students, runs Saturdays at 10 a.m. Feb. 6 through Feb. 27. Each Saturday will feature a different lecture presented by leading Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers joined...

Kim Budil selected as director of Lawrence Livermore

Jan. 28, 2021- 
Kim Budil has been named director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Charlene Zettel, chair of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), which manages the Laboratory for the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), made the announcement to Laboratory employees Jan. 28. Budil will begin her new role on March 2. Appointed with...

Media advisory: LLNS Board Chair, UC Regent Charlene Zettel to introduce new Lab director

Jan. 27, 2021- 
WHO: Charlene Zettel, chair of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), and a University of California regent, will introduce the 13th director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. LLNS manages the Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. The new director will replace Director Bill Goldstein, who announced his retirement last...

NIF experiments probe carbon at record pressures

Jan. 27, 2021- 
Carbon is one of the most ubiquitous elements in existence. As the fourth most abundant element in the universe, a building block for all known life and a material that sits in the interior of carbon-rich exoplanets, the element has been subject to intense investigation by scientists. Decades of studies have shown that carbon’s crystal structure has a significant impact on material...

Lab teams earn DOE Secretary Achievement Awards

Jan. 27, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) employees, participating in 10 project teams, recently earned Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Achievement Awards. Representing some of the highest internal, non-monetary recognition that DOE employees and contractors can receive, these awards recognize DOE employees and contractors for their service and contributions to the department’s...

NIF conducts first-ever shot with explosives

Jan. 26, 2021- 
The first-ever shot to study a high explosive sample was recently conducted at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s most energetic laser. The results from the shot included novel data that will help researchers unlock the mysteries of high-explosive (HE) chemistry and position Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to continue its legacy as a leader in HE science and...

Lab will co-lead NASA mission to study stars, planets

Jan. 25, 2021- 
NASA has selected Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to serve as lead institutions for the Pandora scientific mission that will study 20 stars and their 39 exoplanets. The goal of the Pandora mission is to learn about starspots (akin to sunspots) and identify which of these exoplanets are hydrogen- or water-dominated and which are...

Bay Area national labs co-host innovation exploration

Jan. 25, 2021- 
As part of the Bay Area Lab Innovation Networking Center (LINC), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Sandia National Labs, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will give industry leaders insight on how to harness the technologies, tools and capabilities within some of the nation’s premier science and technology research institutions. Th...