Science and Technology Highlights

Artist's conception of a comet impact on Earth
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A new super-fast high-pressure device allows scientists to simulate and study earthquakes and meteorite impacts more realistically in the lab.
Co-Optima's FY18 Year in Review publication cover
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Researchers with the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative have identified six blendstocks from two chemical families that exhibit the greatest potential to dramatically increase efficiency.
Artist's conception of comet and organic molecular formulae
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Comets impacts may have produced nitrogen-containing aromatic structures that are likely constituents of polymeric biomaterials.
 Building and annealing a rectangular block of stainless steel 316L
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Researchers have developed a technique to reduce residual stress in metal 3D printed parts using laser diodes.
Dawn Shaughnessy
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Nuclear chemist Dawn Shaughnessy joined a team of scientists from Lawrence Livermore and Russia that discovered five elements from 1989 to 2010.
Livermore Graduate Scholar and chemist Fanny Chu
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Any single hair from anywhere on the human body can be used to identify a person.
Lassen supercomputer
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Livermore’s Lassen joined its companion system Sierra in the top 10 of the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.
Switchgrass
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Researchers have identified a molecular mechanism in bacteria that can overcome a key gap in biofuel and biochemical production processes.
 The X-ray free-electron laser at the Linac Coherent Light Source
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Researchers have elucidated the transition in the chemical bonding mechanism that enables the data storage in phase-change materials.
A still from a Cardioid simulation
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Livermore researchers have successfully optimized a code that models the human heartbeat for next-generation, graphics processing unit (GPU)-based supercomputers.