Science and Technology Highlights

Composite of electron microscope image and simulation
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An LLNL team solved a mystery of metallurgy by simulating the metal hardening process.
methane hydrate electron microscope image
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A multi-institutional research team synthesized methane hydrate with sediments to determine the electrical conductivity of the mixtures.
An artist’s view of small-diameter carbon nanotubes that pass through water molecules (red and white) and reject ions (blue)
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Livermore researchers have created carbon nanotube pores that are so efficient at removing salt from water they are comparable to commercial desalination membranes.
Diagram of post-traumatic osteoarthritis progression.
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Researchers find that pre-treating joints with antibiotics reduces inflammation from post-traumatic osteoarthritis following a traumatic joint injury.
Diagram of football spinning
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A team of researchers resolves the paradox of the tight spiraling of the tip of a perfectly thrown football around the trajectory of its parabolic path of flight.
Artist's conception of neutron star
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Nuclear scattering experiments suggest how neutron stars grow.
Model of the capsule in a laser-irradiated hohlraum (left) and calculated reduction of radiation flux on the capsule in a 3-window hohlraum
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Data correlating two factors that lead to implosion asymmetries have brought LLNL scientists a step closer to understanding the gap between simulations and performance of inertial confinement fusion experiments.
Visualization of blood vessel
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Livermore scientists have paired 3D-printed, living human brain vasculature with advanced computational flow simulations to better understand tumor cell attachment to blood vessels.
Antarctic iceberg
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Researchers find that more than 50 percent of the world’s oceans already could be impacted by climate change.
X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data and electron microscope image of nickel copper alloy catalysts
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A research team optimizes catalyst performance by studying the effect of pretreatment-induced nanoscale structural and compositional changes on catalyst activity and long-term stability.