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Science on Saturday

‘Science on Saturday’ lecture in Oakland to explore biologically...

Nov. 15, 2017 - WHO: Lawrence Livermore scientists Matt Coleman, Amy Rasley and Wei He, along with Tracy High School science teacher Erin McKay, will present “Building Biologically Inspired Nano-Bots,” the second and final lecture in the 2017 Science on Saturday series at the Chabot Space and Science Center. The...

EV program

Laboratory pilots electric vehicle program

Nov. 14, 2017 - Through a collaboration with the Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently launched a government-owned electric vehicle program, helping the Lab and its employees to be proactive in reducing emissions and meeting future sustainability goals. See the video....

How we conduct plutonium experiments to enhance nuclear safety

‘Criticality’ experiments enhance nuclear safety, security and...

Nov. 13, 2017 - Gathered in a control room deep in the Nevada desert, a team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos national laboratories watched safety monitors as a carefully layered stack of plutonium inched toward “critical” – the point at which fissile material can sustain a nuclear chain...

Veteran Shaun Stephenson reflects on his military service and...

Nov. 10, 2017 - “I was operating in the theater in late January of 1991, preparing for the challenges that lay ahead with an unforeseen enemy," Shaun Stephenson recalled. "Little did I know that one of those challenges would be the loss of my brother.” Stephenson, from Bountiful, Utah, was 19 years old when he...

Bay Area Science Festival to deliver Saturday

Nov. 9, 2017 - The Bay Area Science Festival returns to AT&T Park in San Francisco on Saturday, Nov. 11. The 7th annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park features hundreds of activities to “unleash your inner scientist” and explore some of the scientific and technical work going on at the national labs,...

Foster Medal awarded to Victor H. Reis, 'architect' of...

Nov. 9, 2017 - It was 1993. The Cold War was over. The U.S. had declared a moratorium on nuclear testing, and a new strategy of ensuring the safety and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent would soon be needed. Victor “Vic” Reis, then the Department of Energy’s assistant secretary of Defense Programs,...

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LLNL's popular lecture series highlighting ‘Ingenious...

Nov. 1, 2017 - LIVERMORE, California -- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's popular lecture series, "Science on Saturday," premieres Saturday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Chabot Space and Science Center, located at 10,000 Skyline Blvd. in Oakland. The series will offer two different lectures, one each on...

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Lab employees selected as 2017 APS fellows

Oct. 31, 2017 - Three Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists -- Nathan Barton, Lab Director William Goldstein and Robert Kirkwood -- have been selected as 2017 fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). Election to APS fellowship recognizes the society member's exceptional contributions to...

steel

Lab researchers achieve breakthrough in 3D printed marine grade...

Oct. 30, 2017 - “Marine grade” stainless steel is valued for its performance under corrosive environments and for its high ductility -- the ability to bend without breaking under stress -- making it a preferred choice for oil pipelines, welding, kitchen utensils, chemical equipment, medical implants, engine parts...

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Public-private consortium aims to cut preclinical cancer drug...

Oct. 27, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, GSK and University of California, San Francisco will combine vast data stores, supercomputing and scientific expertise to reinvent discovery process for cancer medicines. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 27, 2017 -- Scientists...

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Deformation experiments reveal insight into material changes...

Oct. 26, 2017 - For the first time, scientists have reported in-situ diffraction experiments measuring deformation twinning at the lattice level during shock compression. The results were recently published in Nature by a team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and collaborators from the...

Haefner elected fellow of Optical Society

Oct. 26, 2017 - Constantin Haefner, program director for Advanced Photon Technology (APT) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of The Optical Society of America (OSA). Haefner was recognized for "pioneering next-generation, high-average-power petawatt laser systems enabling a new...

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Lawrence Livermore to honor the architect of science-based...

Oct. 25, 2017 - Victor Reis faced an audacious challenge when he accepted the appointment as assistant secretary of Defense Programs in the Department of Energy in 1993. One year prior, President George H.W. Bush agreed to end nuclear testing. Gone were the days of Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos national...

Rare Earth

LLNL researchers turn to bioengineered bacteria to increase U.S...

Oct. 23, 2017 - To help increase the U.S. supply of rare earth metals, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team has created a new way to recover rare earths using bioengineered bacteria. Rare earth elements (REEs) are essential for American competitiveness in the clean energy industry because they are...

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Lab researcher elected fellow of Optical Society

Oct. 18, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researcher John Heebner has been elected a fellow of The Optical Society of America (OSA). Heebner was cited for his "numerous innovations, achievements and technical leadership in high-energy laser systems and integrated optics including nonlinear...

NID

Plasma optic combines lasers into superbeam

Oct. 16, 2017 - Since its introduction in the 1977 film “Star Wars,” the Death Star has remained one of science fiction’s most iconic figures. The image of Alderaan’s destruction at the hands of the Death Star’s superlaser is burned into the memory of millions of fans.   Scientists and laser experts have...

Girls Who Code

‘Girls Who Code’ workshop introduces students to 3D printing,...

Oct. 13, 2017 - Granada High School sophomore Sehar Khan wants to be a professional wrestler when she grows up. But if that doesn’t pan out, she has a contingency plan. “Engineering is really fun,” Khan said. “You can be creative and you have the freedom and choice to do what you want, and I like that. I want to...

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Exascale in motion on earthquake risks

Oct. 12, 2017 - Assessing large magnitude (greater than 6 on the Richter scale) earthquake hazards on a regional (up to 100 kilometers) scale takes big machines. To resolve the frequencies important to engineering analysis of the built environment (up to 10 Hz or higher), numerical simulations of earthquake...

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Big, bad, Martian volcanoes unveiled

Oct. 10, 2017 - They are bigger, scarier and last longer. That’s the conclusion of a team of scientists, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory cosmochemist Bill Cassata, about the evolution of volcanoes on the red planet, compared to those on Earth. Martian volcanoes are the largest in the solar...

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LLNL scientists stick to a new efficient magnet

Oct. 9, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have developed a new, more efficient permanent magnet that removes the deficiencies of conventional samarium and neodymium magnets. The proposed magnet stems from the well-known samarium and cobalt (SmCo5, CaCu5-type structure) magnet, but goes a...