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Laser fusion experiment yields record energy at LLNL's National Ignition Facility

Aug. 26, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- In the early morning hours of Aug.13, Lawrence Livermore's National Ignition Facility (NIF) focused all 192 of its ultra-powerful laser beams on a tiny deuterium-tritium filled capsule. In the nanoseconds that followed, the capsule imploded and released a neutron yield of nearly 3x10 15 , or approximately 8,000 joules of neutron energy -- approximately three times NIF...

Charles Verdon selected as Lawrence Livermore principal associate director for Weapons & Complex Integration

Aug. 21, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director Parney Albright has selected Charles Verdon as principal associate director for Weapons & Complex Integration . Verdon has served in this position in an acting capacity since April 2013."Charlie brings an extraordinarily broad national security technical leadership background and expertise to this position that is...

Three veterans complete summer internships at Lawrence Livermore

Aug. 20, 2013- 
Howard "Chuck" Lattin, Logan Bekker and Jacob Akers spent their adult lives serving their country. This summer, the three veterans got a chance to do an internship at a place that's also dedicated to serving its country: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).A partnership with Las Positas College and East Bay Community Services enabled them to become the first veterans to complete the...

Elizondo 'marries' Laboratory technologies to U.S. industry

Aug. 19, 2013- 
Lab scientists and engineers, as well as U.S. businesses, often turn to people like Catherine Elizondo.Elizondo, a business development executive (BDE) in the Laboratory's Industrial Partnerships Office (IPO), has been "marrying" Lab technologies to U.S. businesses for 16 years."It's challenging, it's satisfying, and I learn something new every day," Elizondo says of her work.While she...

Building a scientific and engineering base in Qatar

Aug. 16, 2013- 
After working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for nearly his entire career, Thomas Zacharia decided last year that it was time for a change.The former ORNL deputy director for science and technology in Tennessee, Zacharia assumed the reins of a new job last August as the executive vice-president for R&D at the Qatar Foundation in the heart of the Middle East, some 7,000 miles away.In a...

Early solar system garnet-like mineral named for Livermore cosmochemist

Aug. 13, 2013- 
A recently discovered mineral appears to be clear but may have a tinge of light blue. No matter its color, you won't be able to make earrings from it.For one, you can't see the material with the naked eye. Hutcheonite, recently named after Lawrence Livermore meteorite researcher Ian Hutcheon, can be seen only with high powered scanning electron microscopes.Known also by its chemical makeup...

Lawrence Livermore scientists make new discoveries in the transmission of viruses between animals and humans

Aug. 12, 2013- 
Outbreaks such as the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS) have afflicted people around the world, yet many people think these trends are on the decline.Quite the opposite is true.The efforts to combat this epidemic are being spearheaded by a team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists. Led by Monica Borucki of...

Lab researchers achieve record pressure for solid iron

Aug. 9, 2013- 
Iron is the most abundant element in Earth's core and the sixth most abundant element in the universe. As a key component of terrestrial planets and exoplanets, iron has been one of the most studied materials under extreme conditions.In a series of campaigns led by the Lab's Yuan Ping using the OMEGA laser at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester...

Microbial who-done-it for biofuels

Aug. 8, 2013- 
One of the keys to commercialization of advanced biofuels is the development of cost-competitive ways to extract fermentable sugars from lignocellulosic biomass. The use of enzymes from thermophiles -- microbes that thrive at extremely high temperatures and alkaline conditions -- holds promise for achieving this development. Finding the most effective of these microbial enzymes, however, has...

D2T3 to join the ranks at National Ignition Facility

Aug. 7, 2013- 
A new employee will soon be added to the roster of those working on Level 2 of the National Ignition Facility's (NIF) Target Bay. His name is D2T3, and his duties will be a bit different than his colleagues'.D2T3 -- named for the hydrogen isotopes that serve as fuel for NIF's fusion targets -- is a radiation-detecting, remote controlled robot. Currently in testing and training mode, he will...

Lab machinists graduate from the Machinists Apprentice Program

Aug. 6, 2013- 
Tyler Paniagua and Sam Wickizer are engineers' best friends. They are machinists who spend countless hours in the shop making research tools and products that engineers and other scientists depend on to conduct innovative research.Their hard work was honored late last month when they graduated from the LLNL Engineering Directorate 's Machinist Apprentice Program. It's a four year program...

'Route 66 to the Atomic West' class visits the Lab

Aug. 1, 2013- 
It's the road trip of a lifetime. One professor and 19 students traveling through 11 states in 27 days across the American West to develop an in-depth understanding of western Cold War, urban and cultural history."Route 66 to the Atomic West" is a class offered by the University of West Florida (UWF) in Pensacola, Fla. Taught by Patrick Moore, UWF public history program director, the class...

Former Laboratory Associate Director James (Jack) S. Kahn dies

July 31, 2013- 
James (Jack) Steven Kahn, former Laboratory associate director, died July 27 from Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.Most recently of Galena, Ill., and Palm Springs, Kahn was born Oct. 14, 1931 in New York City to Bess and Mac Kahn. He received a bachelor's of science in geology from City College of New York, a master's degree in statistics from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in...

Summer student Crystal Green awarded $5,000 scholarship from DOE

July 31, 2013- 
Crystal Green, a third-year returning summer student from the Operations and Business PAD's Nuclear Operations, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) .Through the Integrated University Program (IUP), 37 $5,000 scholarships were awarded to undergraduates for the 2013-2014 school term. The rigorous application...

Lawrence Livermore engineering team makes breakthrough in solar energy research

July 30, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - The use of plasmonic black metals could someday provide a pathway to more efficient photovoltaics (PV) -- the use of solar panels containing photovoltaic solar cells -- to improve solar energy harvesting, according to researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).The LLNL Materials Engineering Division (MED) research team has made breakthroughs...

Lab scientist and engineers train to be inspectors for Test Ban Treaty Organization

July 25, 2013- 
The Laboratory's Don Felske, Walter Dekin and Sean Ford have traveled to the corners of the globe to train as on-site surrogate inspectors for the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). Training has been held in Austria, Jordan, South Korea and, most recently, Hungary. Of the five U.S. surrogate inspectors selected for the...

Lawrence Livermore celebrates 25 years of carbon dating

July 23, 2013- 
From developing the first accelerator mass spectrometer for use in the biology field to tracking radionuclides from the Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster, the Laboratory's Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS) has spent 25 years in the spotlight of not only dating ancient artifacts but solving global challenges.CAMS is celebrating its 25th anniversary this Thursday (July 25)...

Carbon dating impacts non-proliferation, drug research and climate change

July 23, 2013- 
Research conducted at the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS) spans the universe, the depths of time and everything in between. Although not all elements and isotopes are able to be utilized by AMS, CAMS' researchers make the most of what nuclear physics has given them.Here is a sampling of some of the many ways CAMS is utilized, along with the important discoveries scientists...

Laboratory academy provides teachers with 'real world' context to teach science

July 23, 2013- 
LIVERMORE, Calif., - California and Hawaii teachers seeking real-world knowledge to teach biotech and computational modeling are attending the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) Teacher Research Academy that began on July 22.The academy is a summer-long series of professional development workshops for teachers and enrichment programs for students. The programs feature content...

Lab fulfills wish of local senior

July 19, 2013- 
Phyllis Rothrock, a 93-year-old resident of the Livermore retirement community Heritage Estates, toured the Laboratory last week fulfilling a long time wish. Leisure Care, the company that manages Heritage Estates along with other communities,  instituted a program called "Wish Makers," where they compete to see which community can grant the most wishes of its residents. The senior residents...