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Current ice melt rate in Pine Island Glacier may go on for decades

Feb. 21, 2014- 
A study of the Pine Island Glacier could provide insight into the patterns and duration of glacial melt. The Pine Island Glacier, a major outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, has been undergoing rapid melting and retreating for the past two decades. But new research by an international team including researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows that this same glacier...

Media advisory: Tri-Valley 'Expanding Your Horizons' Conference at Las Positas College

Feb. 20, 2014- 
WHO: More than 300 girls in grades 6-9 will gather to meet scientists and engineers and explore careers in math and science.WHAT: The Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons Conference is an annual event geared to increase interest and foster awareness of careers in math and science. This year's theme is "Building a Better Future." At the conference, girls will participate in hands-on workshops...

Lab hosts U.S.-Brazil meeting to collaborate in science and technology

Feb. 20, 2014- 
Representatives from government, industry, research institutions and academia in the United States and Brazil met at the Laboratory Tuesday and Wednesday to establish a "platform" for collaborative science and technology projects that have the potential to benefit public health and the environment, and stimulate economic development. The two-day forum, sponsored by the U.S. Council on...

Mark Martinez selected as new leader for Lawrence Livermore Operations and Business

Feb. 20, 2014- 
Mark Martinez has been named the principal associate director for Operations & Business (O&B) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, acting Director Bret Knapp announced Thursday. The announcement is effective immediately. In this role, Martinez will ensure an effective transition of leadership within the O&B organization, following several leadership changes this last year. Don Boyd, the...

Commander of U.S. Strategic Command visits Lawrence Livermore

Feb. 19, 2014- 
Admiral Cecil D. Haney, commander, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM ), visited the Laboratory last week. Haney is responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives. USSTRATCOM provides a broad range of strategic capabilities and options for the President and Secretary of Defense. During his visit, Haney received...

NuSTAR helps untangle how stars explode

Feb. 19, 2014- 
For the first time, an international team of astrophysicists, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists, have unraveled how stars blow up in supernova explosions. Using NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR ) -- a high-energy X-ray observatory -- the international collaboration created the first-ever map of radioactive material in a supernova remnant, named...

NIF experiments show initial gain in fusion fuel

Feb. 19, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Ignition -- the process of releasing fusion energy equal to or greater than the amount of energy used to confine the fuel -- has long been considered the "holy grail" of inertial confinement fusion science. A key step along the path to ignition is to have "fuel gains" greater than unity, where the energy generated through fusion reactions exceeds the amount of energy...

Dona Crawford selected for California Council on Science and Technology

Feb. 18, 2014- 
Dona Crawford, associate director for Computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been selected as a member of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST ). The council is an assembly of corporate CEOs, academics, scientists and scholars who are leaders in their respective fields. CCST members provide expert counsel on the science and technology issues facing...

Uncovering the secrets of tularemia

Feb. 16, 2014- 
Tularemia is endemic in the northeastern United States, and is considered to be a risk to biosecurity -- much like anthrax or smallpox -- because it has already been weaponized in various regions of the world. At the 58th Annual Biophysical Society Meeting, which started Saturday and continues through Wednesday in San Francisco, Geoffrey Feld, a postdoctoral researcher in LLNL's Physical &...

Jim Candy is a 'natural resource'

Feb. 14, 2014- 
Ask Jim Candy if he plans to retire after working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 38 years and the answer is no. "I've never worked a day in my life," said the LLNL Engineering Directorate's chief scientist. "I love what I do. My job is just plain fun." Candy, an East Coast transplant from Queens, N.Y., has made a significant impact on Lawrence Livermore in his four decades...

New X-ray analysis method opens the door to researching an elusive class of proteins

Feb. 13, 2014- 
An international team of researchers has demonstrated a new method for studying the structure of proteins that could lead to important advances in biology and other fields. For the first time, protein crystals have been studied in two dimensions at room temperature with X-rays, using a new technique that could open the door for scientists to learn more about an important class of proteins...

Q&A with Kevin Griffin: Celebrating Black History Month and STEM

Feb. 11, 2014- 
In honor of Black History Month, the African-American Body of Laboratory Employees (ABLE) and the Office of Strategic Diversity Programs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will be highlighting the accomplishments of several members of our African American employee population. They will share their background and perspective on engaging underrepresented groups in Science, Technology...

NIF experimental campaign highlighted by Physical Review Letters

Feb. 10, 2014- 
Demonstrating the controlled fusing of deuterium and tritium (hydrogen isotopes), such that more energy is produced than is used to create the fusions, is one of the stated goals of the National Ignition Facility (NIF). Two papers published Feb. 5 in Physical Review Letters describe the "high-foot" series of experiments begun last spring, which bring NIF closer to achieving this goal. In "Des...

New application of physics tools used in biology

Feb. 7, 2014- 
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist and his colleagues have found a new application for the tools and mathematics typically used in physics to help solve problems in biology.Specifically, the team used statistical mechanics and mathematical modeling to shed light on something known as epigenetic memory -- how an organism can create a biological memory of some variable condition...

'Science on Saturday' presents Fusion Modeling Feb. 8

Feb. 7, 2014- 
The second presentation in the Science on Saturday series is Saturday, Feb. 8, with Lawrence Livermore scientist Frederico Fiuza and Los Gatos High School teacher Dan Burns  presenting "Fusion Modeling: Using Big Computers to Understand One of the Universe's Biggest Secrets." For a preview of the talk, visit YouTube.Fusion energy is a possible long-term energy solution to provide the energy...

Lawrence Livermore scientist selected as SPIE Fellow

Feb. 6, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist Steve Payne was recently selected as a fellow of SPIE, an international professional society for optics and photonics.Payne, an active SPIE participant since the mid-1980s, is the group leader for sensor materials and measurements in the Lab's Materials Sciences Division and is the associate program leader for...

Lawrence Livermore announces significant step in the construction of a next-generation ultra-high power laser system

Feb. 4, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. --Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has awarded a major subcontract to FEMTOLASERS Produktions GmbH (based in Vienna, Austria) as part of the construction of a revolutionary high-power laser system for the European ELI-Beamlines science facility in the Czech Republic. LLNL is constructing the "High Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System" (HAPLS) for...

Media Advisory: Lawrence Livermore to announce significant step in the construction of next-generation laser system

Feb. 3, 2014- 
WHO: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Femtolasers will announce a new partnership.WHAT: Following an international competitive tender, LLNL will announce Femtolasers as the winning bidder for supply of a cutting-edge short pulse front-end, which will seed the High Repetition Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser system (HAPLS), currently under development for the Extreme Light...

Journal cover features Lawrence Livermore's intense laser interaction simulation research

Feb. 3, 2014- 
Research from the Lab'sFrederic Perez, Andreas Kemp, Laurent Divol, Cliff Chen and Prav Patel is featured on the cover of the Dec. 13 2013 issue of Physical Review Letters. For several decades, physicists have used lasers of very high power, such as at LLNL's Jupiter Laser Facility, to create extreme states of matter. By focusing such lasers to a beam as narrow as a few microns (smaller...

Media advisory: LLNL's 'Science On Saturday' explores nature by computer simulation

Jan. 30, 2014- 
WHO: Lawrence Livermore scientist Vic Castillo and Monte Vista High School teacher Rodger Johnson will present "Computer Simulation: Exploring Nature With a Computer."WHAT: Computers are becoming an increasingly cheaper, more powerful tool that cannot be ignored by professionals. Computer simulation reproduces the behavior of natural- and man-made systems to help us understand, predict and...