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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...

Scientists image deformation of copper at the nanoscale

Dec. 20, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, have successfully obtained the first nanoscale video of copper deforming under extremely high strain rates, part of an Army-funded project aimed at designing next-generation armor. Combining a specially designed straining apparatus with LLNL’s Mov...

Mimicking the blood-brain barrier on chip-based device

Dec. 19, 2019- 
Engineers and biologists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory  (LLNL) have made significant strides in modeling the human brain outside the body on a chip, but to truly recreate the effects of drugs or chemical agents on the central nervous system, researchers will need to accurately simulate the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Normally the BBB, the vasculature that regulates the passage...

Understanding the spread and mutation of Zika virus

Dec. 18, 2019- 
A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and University of California, Davis researchers has found that outbreaks of human disease, such as the 2015 Zika virus epidemic, may be due to genetic mutation, and viruses may undergo further changes as they expand their geographic range. The question of how Zika virus (ZIKV) changed from a seemingly mild virus to a human pathogen...

Workforce magazine names LLNL 2019 Optimas winner

Dec. 17, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was announced as a winner in the General Excellence category of the 2019 Optimas Awards by Workforce magazine, a Human Capital Media publication. The awards program, celebrating its 29th year, recognizes companies achieving successful measurable business outcomes through visionary and impactful human resources initiatives. Twenty-two companies...

Lab’s HOME Campaign raises $3.7 million for charity

Dec. 16, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees, along with Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), LLC, donated more than $3.7 million to charitable organizations via the annual employee giving program, the Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign. Through the HOME Campaign, now in its 44th year, Laboratory employees pledged $2,740,935 through payroll deduction, up $15,000...

Meteorites lend clues to solar system's origin

Dec. 16, 2019- 
The isotopic composition of meteorites and terrestrial planets holds important clues about the earliest history of the solar system and the processes of planet formation. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and a collaborator from the University of Münster reviewed recent work that shows how meteorites exhibit a fundamental isotopic dichotomy between non-carbonaceous...

Brooks awarded John S. Foster Jr. Medal

Dec. 13, 2019- 
National security leaders past and present filled the Bldg. 453 auditorium last month to pay tribute to one of the nation’s visionaries in the fields of nuclear deterrence and arms control, former ambassador for arms control, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), nuclear submarine officer and the 2019 recipient of the John S. Foster, Jr. Medal, Linton Brooks....

Glassdoor ranks Lab among top 10 best places to work

Dec. 11, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been honored for the second year with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Laboratory as one of the top 10 best places to work nationwide in 2020. The Employees’ Choice Awards program, now in its 12th year, is based solely on the input of employees who elect to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies...

Lab and Las Positas College celebrate five years of engineering workforce pathway program

Dec. 10, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) leadership and employees, along with faculty, administrators and students of Las Positas College, gathered at the school on Dec. 4 to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the award-winning Engineering Technology Program (ETP), also known as Vets2Tech.   A partnership of the Lab, Las Positas, the Alameda County Workforce Development Board, the...

NIF experiments draw interest at APS conference

Dec. 5, 2019- 
Ongoing experiments on the sun’s nucleosynthesis (element creation) processes and an update on progress toward achieving ignition were among the dozen invited talks about NIF-related research at the American Physical Society plasma physics conference this fall. The talks, which highlight the importance of NIF & Photon Science Directorate research, drew widespread interest from attendees of...

LLNL’s presence in HPC shines bright at SC19

Dec. 4, 2019- 
The 2019 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis— better known simply as SC19 — returned to Denver, and once again Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) made its presence known as a force in supercomputing. The conference, attended by nearly 14,000 people representing 118 countries, kicked off with all-day tutorials and workshops...

LLNL champions neurodiversity with internships

Dec. 4, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has made big headway toward becoming an employer that embraces neurodiversity with hopes that through a successful internship program, neurodivergent individuals will look to LLNL as an employer of choice. To celebrate the Neurodiversity Initiative, an internship collaboration with Orion Academy and the California Regional Centers, LLNL...

Researchers uncover viral predators in soil

Dec. 3, 2019- 
Viruses impact nearly all organisms on Earth, with waves of influence in agriculture, health and biogeochemical processes. However, very little is known about RNA viruses in the environment, and even less is known about their diversity and ecology in soil, one of the most complex microbial systems. But Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have helped discover that RNA...