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Artificial retina: Invention of the year

Nov. 15, 2013- 
The artificial retina, in which Lawrence Livermore has played a prominent role, has earned a place in the top 25 best inventions of the year 2013 from Time Magazine.The invention also has garnered a 2013 best innovation designation by Popular Science .This Department of Energy funded project resulted in the creation of the first-ever retinal prosthesis -- or bionic eye --  approved in...

Giving animals in need a HOME

Nov. 14, 2013- 
Editor's Note: This is one in a series of articles about Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees who volunteer for various non-profit agencies. Many of these agencies are available for employees to donate to through the Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign. This is just a sampling. The annual HOME campaign doesn't just provide assistance to local non-profit agencies and...

Blast from the past

Nov. 12, 2013- 
That supernova, caused from the cataclysmic death of a star, could have even triggered the birth of the sun.Most of the mass in the universe is from light elements like hydrogen and helium. The heavier elements that make up planets are produced inside stars or created when they explode as supernovae. But according to researchers, it is unclear how such events may have affected the birth and...

LLNL scientists find precipitation, global warming link

Nov. 11, 2013- 
The rain in Spain may lie mainly on the plain, but the location and intensity of that rain is changing not only in Spain but around the globe.A new study by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists shows that observed changes in global (ocean and land) precipitation are directly affected by human activities and cannot be explained by natural variability alone. The research appears in...

X-ray imaging of biomolecules technology awarded $25 million

Nov. 8, 2013- 
This is the first Science and Technology Center grant UB has received. With the grant, UB and its partner institutions will establish the Biology with X-ray Free Electron Lasers (BioXFEL) research center, headquartered in Buffalo. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is a partner institution of the BioXFEL center.The BioXFEL (pronounced bio-x-fell) center will focus on developing...

A quest to expand educational opportunities in rural East Africa

Nov. 7, 2013- 
Editor's Note: This is one in a series of articles about Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees who volunteer for various non-profit agencies. Some of these agencies are available for employees to donate to through the Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign. This is just a sampling. As is appropriate for a photographer, Mike Carter's trip to Africa in July was a study in...

LLNS announces recipients of $100,000 Community Gift Program 2013

Nov. 6, 2013- 
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), the contract manager for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has announced the recipients for the 2013 LLNS Community Gift Program. These gifts, totaling $100,000, reflect LLNS' commitment to local communities. LLNS received 72 applications totaling more than $668,775 in requests. Twenty-four applications totaling $100,000 were...

Two Lawrence Livermore researchers named 2013 APS fellows

Nov. 5, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Two Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have been selected as 2013 fellows of the American Physical Society (APS).John Moody, acting group leader for hohlraum energetics/optical diagnostics in the Inertial Confinement Fusion Program, was cited in the plasma physics category for "pioneering experiments contributing to understanding propagation, scattering...

Lawrence Livermore researchers unveil carbon nanotube jungles to better detect molecules

Nov. 5, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich have developed a new method of using nanotubes to detect molecules at extremely low concentrations enabling trace detection of biological threats, explosives and drugs. The joint research team, led by LLNL Engineer Tiziana Bond and ETH Scientist...

Lawrence Livermore, Intel, Cray produce big data machine to serve as catalyst for next-generation HPC clusters

Nov. 4, 2013- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in partnership with Intel and Cray , today announced a unique high performance computing (HPC) cluster that will serve research scientists at all three institutions and provide a proving ground for new HPC and Big Data technologies and architectures."As the name implies, Catalyst aims to accelerate HPC simulation and big data innovation, as well as...

LLNL wins four tech transfer regional awards

Nov. 1, 2013- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has again received recognition this year for its work to move breakthrough technologies into the commercial marketplace.Livermore researchers and tech transfer professionals garnered four awards in the Federal Laboratory Consortium's (FLC) Far West Regional competition.This year's awards, presented last week during the FLC's three-day regional...

First results from LUX world's most sensitive dark matter detector

Oct. 31, 2013- 
LEAD, S.D. - After its first run of more than three months, operating a mile underground in the Black Hills of South Dakota, a new experiment named LUX has proven itself the most sensitive dark matter detector in the world."LUX is blazing the path to illuminate the nature of dark matter," says Brown University physicist Rick Gaitskell, co-spokesperson for LUX with physicist Dan McKinsey of...

Bio celebrates 50th Anniversary

Oct. 30, 2013- 
Over the last 50 years, scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) Biosciences and Biotechnology Division (BBTD) have changed the world by being instrumental researchers on the Human Genome Project, developing high-tech devices to sort cells and analyze DNA and providing the science for federal programs to defend the nation from biological weapons.During its golden...

EYH conference inspires girls to consider science and math careers

Oct. 29, 2013- 
It was no typical Saturday at the University of the Pacific in Stockton earlier this month when more than 400 young women wearing pink "Girl Power" T-shirts converged upon the campus excited to see science in action at the 21st annual San Joaquin Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference.The goal of the conference, which is co-sponsored by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, Sandia...

Livermore team successfully leads important test of a conventional warhead for the DoD

Oct. 29, 2013- 
LLNL served as technical lead and integrator on an important test to assess a new conventional warhead designed by the Lab.  Dave Hare, Livermore's program manager of the test, called it an "unequivocal success." Below is the press release from the Department of Defense Defense Department successfully conducts warhead sled test The Defense Department announced recently the successful...

LLNL woman pioneer Cecilia Larsen dies

Oct. 25, 2013- 
Ceclila A. Larsen, one of the first LLNL employees, died Oct. 19. She was 96.Larsen was born on March 15, 1917, to John and Mary Azevedo. She was born and lived her entire life in Livermore. Her parents both emigrated from Portugal and owned a small general store for many years. She had two sisters, Mary and Margaret and a brother, Richard.Larsen attended St. Michael's Grade School and...

LLNL sustainability efforts recognized by NNSA

Oct. 24, 2013- 
Three of Lawrence Livermore's sustainability projects have been recognized by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) with 2013 Sustainability Awards.The awards recognize exemplary individual and team performance in advancing sustainability objectives through innovative and effective programs and projects that increase energy, water and fleet efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases...

Parney Albright steps down as Laboratory director, Bret Knapp appointed acting director

Oct. 24, 2013- 
Parney Albright announced today that he is stepping down as director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory at the end of October 2013 to pursue his broader interests and contributions to the U.S. national security enterprise. Albright has served as Laboratory director since December 2011.Albright also steps down as president of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), which...

U.S. scientists celebrate Nobel Prize for Higgs discovery

Oct. 8, 2013- 
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in physics today to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert to recognize their work developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field, which gives elementary particles mass.U.S. scientists, including researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), played a significant role in advancing the theory and in...

LLNL/Las Positas College 'Science and Engineering Seminar Series' launches new season

Oct. 3, 2013- 
Nicholas Be, postdoctoral research scientist in the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division at LLNL, will present " Combating Infections: Fighting to Heal Wounds from the Battlefield," on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 6-7:15 p.m. at Las Positas College.The presentation is provided in partnership by LLNL and Las Positas College as part of the "Science and Engineering Seminar Series --- Theory to...