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Forensic scientist wins 'outstanding' early career award

Feb. 11, 2020- 
A chemist who is the director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Forensic Science Center is the recipient of the 2020 “Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award.” The award, given to LLNL’s Audrey Williams, is presented annually by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Past Presidents Council. This year’s award will be presented by Susan...

Nutrients limit carbon uptake to slow climate change

Feb. 10, 2020- 
Nitrogen and phosphorus found in soils are limiting the amount of carbon uptake stored in plants and soils, but maps of where this occurs across the globe are lacking. A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist and international collaborators have developed a framework for testing nutrient limitations and a benchmark of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) limitation for models...

Budil shares ‘unconventional lessons’ in new book

Feb. 6, 2020- 
Kim Budil, principal associate director for Weapons and Complex Integration at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is one of 36 scientists and engineers to be featured in a new book titled, “Find Your Path: Unconventional Lessons from 36 Leading Scientists and Engineers.” The book offers personal accounts of challenges, struggles, successes, U-turns and satisfactions encountered in...

Lab researchers develop 3D ‘brain-on-a-chip’ device capable of long-term recording of neural activity

Feb. 5, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) engineers and biologists have developed a “brain-on-a-chip” device capable of recording the neural activity of living brain cell cultures in three dimensions, a significant advancement in the realistic modeling of the human brain outside of the body.  In a paper published by the journal Lab on a Chip, LLNL researchers report on the creation of...

Open for business: NNSA, LLNL celebrate the dedication of new Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory

Feb. 5, 2020- 
Officials from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) gathered with elected leaders and industry professionals recently to dedicate and tour the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory, a new collaborative hub intended to spur public-private partnerships. The $10 million, 14,000-square-foot facility, located in the recently expanded...

Journey to the moon via ‘Science on Saturday’

Feb. 4, 2020- 
WHO: LLNL scientist Lars Borg and Granada High School teacher Tom Shefler will present “Return to Apollo: Geologic Evolution of a Young Moon,” the first lecture in the 2020 Science on Saturday series that delves into the mysteries of space. WHAT: This talk will cover the ages of samples returned by the Apollo space missions from 1969 to 1972 and how they constrain the origin and evolution...

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...