Science and Technology Highlights

Two images of the fungus Fusarium
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Livermore scientists have helped discover that RNA viruses are abundant and diverse in soil, where they prey upon organisms such as insects, nematodes and fungi.
Microbe capsules
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To help increase the U.S. supply of rare earth elements, researchers are using microbe beads to recover rare earth elements from consumer electronic waste.
Schematic diagram of "Frustraum"
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An angular hohlraum named “Frustraum” could become a key to the next stages of ICF research at the National Ignition Facility.
National Ignition Facility target chamber
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A research team has demonstrated that lead — a metal so soft that it is difficult to machine at ambient conditions — responds similarly to other much stronger metals when rapidly compressed at high pressure.
Artist's conception of Earth's interior
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Researchers have discovered that at thermodynamic conditions mimicking that of Earth’s core, argon can react with nickel, forming a stable argon-nickel (ArNi) compound.
Protein simulation
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Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratory are leading a collaboration that has developed a machine learning-based simulation for next-generation supercomputers capable of modeling protein interactions and mutations that play a role in many forms of cancer.
Fused siica metasurface
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A Livermore team has developed a Metasurface Laser Printing (MSLP) process that can produce adjustable, nanoscale (billionth of a meter) surface features with patterning that can be locally controlled and spatially modifiable across meter-sized substrates.
Supercomputer with mathematical simulations
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A Livermore team searched for 1 quadrillion “triangles”—relationships such as three-way connections between friends of friends on a social network—using 1 million processors on LLNL’s IBM BlueGene/Q Sequoia supercomputer.
Artist's comnception of cation adsorption
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Livermore scientists study ion size and shape's role in energy storage and water desalination technologies.
Two scientists in lab
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A cooperative research center that aims to develop vaccines for chlamydia has been established by the National Institutes of Health at Lawrence Livermore.