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Cyclists ride coast to coast for a cause

Nov. 10, 2014 - 
For Tom and Rose (O’Brien) Ramos, no challenge is too steep. Literally.Tom Ramos, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and his wife Rose, who retired last year after 47 years at LLNL, spent their summer traveling coast to coast across the United States. They didn’t take a plane, train, automobile, or motorcycle...they rode their bicycles.The purpose for the Gate-to...

Shifts in states of matter: It's complicated

Nov. 7, 2014 - 
The process of phase changes -- those transitions between states of matter -- is more complex than previously thought.A team of Lawrence Livermore researchers and colleagues has found that we may need to rethink one of science’s building blocks and illustrate how a proper theoretical description of transitions, so mundane and present in our daily life, has remained unclear.The researchers...

Vital NIF diagnostic receives upgrade

Nov. 6, 2014 - 
When the National Ignition Facility’s 192 intense laser beams are fired, a series of complex events begins. To capture and measure the vast amount of data generated during experiments, NIF is now equipped with about 60 nuclear, optical and X-ray diagnostics. One of these diagnostics, the Near Backscatter Imager (NBI), recently received an upgrade.Developed in the mid-2000s, the NBI is run...

Where did all the xenon go?

Nov. 6, 2014 - 
The noble gas xenon should be found in terrestrial and Martian atmospheres, but researchers have had a hard time finding it.The prevailing theory claims that due to xenon’s weight -- it is a heavy gas -- it could be trapped in a planet’s core or in the mantle during the planet’s formation. Lawrence Livermore scientists and collaborators have discovered that the xenon can be trapped in the...

Volunteer turns two wheels into big smiles

Nov. 5, 2014 - 
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles about Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees who volunteer for various non-profit agencies. This is just a sampling. Larry McMichael’s mission is to get kids off the couch by steering them away from the indoor world of television, computers and video games that dominate many of their lives. He’s doing it with two wheels.For...

Lab entertains during Science Discovery Day

Nov. 4, 2014 - 
More than 30,000 people packed into AT&T Park Saturday for the San Francisco Bay Area Science Festival, a day of hands-on experiments, exhibits, games and shows.The event was the culmination of the Bay Area Science Festival's week-long science festivities, which featured more than 100 fun, interactive science and technology events.  During the successful event, LLNL joined more than 150...

Expert recognized for radiation detection work

Oct. 31, 2014 - 
Radoslav Radev received the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) "1906 Award" for his work on developing international standards for radiation detection instrumentation at an official ceremony held on Oct. 2 at the U.S. National Committee Council meeting in Washington, DC.Radev has served as an expert on the Nuclear Instrumentation Technical Committee and its Radiation Protection...

Tiny carbon nanotube pores make big impact

Oct. 30, 2014 - 
A team led by the Lawrence Livermore scientists has created a new kind of ion channel consisting of short carbon nanotubes, which can be inserted into synthetic bilayers and live cell membranes to form tiny pores that transport water, protons, small ions and DNA.These carbon nanotube "porins" have significant implications for future health care and bioengineering applications. Nanotube porins...

Lawrence Livermore develops infrared camera system to view tokamak from the inside

Oct. 30, 2014 - 
LIVERMORE, Calif. – General Atomics’ DIII-D Tokamak has been a critical part of the nation’s magnetic fusion energy research since it was built in the 1980s.Over the years, wear and tear has taken its toll. However, it was impossible for researchers to see inside the San Diego company’s highly complicated machine to assess damage -- until now.Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers...

Unleash your inner scientist at the annual Bay Area Science Festival

Oct. 29, 2014 - 
Test your knowledge of basic science, offer up solutions to the world’s energy and transportation needs or get up to your elbows in interactive experiments when the Bay Area Science Festival presents its fourth annual Discovery Day, Saturday, Nov. 1, at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will have three booths on display, located on the playing field.  ...

Lab engineer receives Air Force award

Oct. 29, 2014 - 
Lab engineer Scott Couture has received an award for Meritorious Civilian Service from the U.S. Air Force for his work as principal adviser for Nuclear Plans and Policies to the Under Secretary of the Air Force.Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning presented the award to Couture during a Lab ceremony on Friday, Oct. 24."Scott has done a good job of teeing up the Air Force for the...

LLNS announces recipients of $100,000 Community Gift Program for 2014

Oct. 29, 2014 - 
LIVERMORE, California– Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), the contract manager for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has announced the recipients for the 2014 LLNS Community Gift Program. These gifts, totaling $100,000, reflect LLNS' commitment to local communities.LLNS received 89 applications totaling more than $850,000 in requests. Thirty-seven applications were...

NASA taps Livermore photon scientists for heat-shield research

Oct. 27, 2014 - 
Researchers in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's NIF & Photon Science Directorate are working with NASA Ames Research Center at Moffet Field, California on the development of technology to simulate re-entry effects on the heat shield for the Orion spacecraft, NASA's next crewed spaceship. Orion is designed to carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit to deep-space destinations such as an...

Ask this scientist anything about neural research

Oct. 24, 2014 - 
Ever wonder what it's like to tap into the human brain? Or did you ponder about the best ways to understand neurological diseases and functions such as memory? Did you know tiny neural devices can potentially help patients see, hear and move?Vanessa Tolosa, an engineer at LLNL's Center for Bioengineering, will be answering those questions and more on the popular social media site Reddit as...

Albright named president and CEO of HRL, Laboratories LLC

Oct. 20, 2014 - 
Parney Albright, former director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been named the president and chief executive officer of HRL Laboratories, LLC. He takes over the job formerly occupied by William Jeffrey on Nov. 3. HRL is a commercial research and development center focused on advanced microelectronics, information and systems sciences, materials, sensors and photonics, among...

Supercomputers link proteins to drug side effects

Oct. 20, 2014 - 
LIVERMORE, California - New medications created by pharmaceutical companies have helped millions of Americans alleviate pain and suffering from their medical conditions. However, the drug creation process often misses many side effects that kill at least 100,000 patients a year, according to the journal Nature.Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have discovered a high-tech...

Energy storage of the future

Oct. 17, 2014 - 
Personal electronics such as cell phones and laptops could get a boost from some of the lightest materials in the world.Lawrence Livermore researchers have turned to graphene aerogel for enhanced electrical energy storage that eventually could be used to smooth out power fluctuations in the energy grid.The team found that graphene aerogel-based supercapacitor electrodes could be particularly...

Lab, UC Davis partner to personalize cancer medications

Oct. 16, 2014 - 
Buoyed by several dramatic advances, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists think they can tackle biological science in a way that couldn't be done before.Over the past two years, Lab researchers have expedited accelerator mass spectrometer sample preparation and analysis time from days to minutes and moved a complex scientific process requiring accelerator physicists into routine...

Biological sample prep time cut dramatically -- from days to minutes

Oct. 15, 2014 - 
When Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers invented the field of biological accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) in the late 1980s, the process of preparing the samples was time-consuming and cumbersome. Physicists and biomedical researchers used torches, vacuum lines, special chemistries and high degrees of skill to convert biological samples into graphite targets that could...

Serendipitous holography reveals hidden cracks in shocked targets

Oct. 14, 2014 - 
In a recent article published in the Review of Scientific Instruments, a research team led by scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory describe a technique for 3D-image processing of a high-speed photograph of a target, "freezing" its motion and revealing hidden secrets.This technique is particularly applicable in targets that are "shocked." Shock physics is the study of matter at...