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Science academies explain global warming in 'plain English'

Feb. 27, 2014- 
If emissions of greenhouse gases continue in a business-as-usual manner, future changes in climate will substantially exceed those that have occurred so far, with a warming of the Earth in the range of roughly 5 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century. That is the conclusion of a new report by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and The Royal Society, which is the...

Q&A with Neda Gray: Celebrating Black History Month and STEM

Feb. 27, 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 (LLNL) 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...

Lawrence Livermore National Security donations will benefit Tri-Valley education efforts

Feb. 26, 2014- 
Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS ), the entity that manages Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for the Department of Energy, donated $60,000 to six organizations in support of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. On Saturday, Feb. 22 -- unofficially dubbed "Science in the Tri-Valley Day" -- LLNL conducted another installment in its ongoing...

Livermore joins with Oak Ridge and Argonne to develop next supercomputers

Feb. 26, 2014- 
The Lab has joined forces with two other national labs to deliver next generation supercomputers able to perform up to 200 peak petaflops (quadrillions of floating point operations per second), about 10 times faster than today's most powerful high performance computing (HPC) systems.The Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Livermore (CORAL) national labs will produce systems in the 2017...

Q&A with Marcus Worsley: Celebrating Black History Month and STEM

Feb. 25, 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...

Conference helps girls to 'Build a Better Future'

Feb. 25, 2014- 
It was a fun-filled day this past Saturday for more than 300 girls, in grades 6 to 9, when they attended the Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons Conference on the Los Positas College campus. The annual event is geared to increase interest and foster awareness of careers in math and science. This year's theme was "Building a Better Future." At the conference, girls participated in hands-on...

Volcanoes contribute to recent warming 'hiatus'

Feb. 23, 2014- 
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Volcanic eruptions in the early part of the 21st century have cooled the planet, according to a study led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This cooling partly offset the warming produced by greenhouse gases. Despite continuing increases in atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases, and in the total heat content of the ocean, global-mean temperatures at the...

Q&A with Dwight Squire: Celebrating Black History Month and STEM

Feb. 21, 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...

Lawrence Livermore's 'Science On Saturday' lecture explores menacing microbes

Feb. 21, 2014- 
WHO: Lawrence Livermore scientist Beth Vitalis and Tracy High School teacher Dean Reese will present "Menacing Microbes: Protein Models Reveal Secrets."WHAT: Microbes are living organisms too small to be seen. While most are friendly to humans, some microbes, called pathogens, can cause disease. Although the medical field has created miraculous antimicrobial drugs to ward them off, menacing...

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...

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...

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...

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...