Science and Technology Highlights

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Scientists have detected a previously hypothesized class of nitrogen fixation in the surface ocean.
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Researchers at Livermore have discovered that ions behave differently in fusion reactions than previously expected.
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Livermore scientists studied "dwell fatigue," a peculiar failure mode can initiate microscopic cracks that drastically reduce a component's lifetime, such as titanium aircraft parts.
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Research suggests that immune responses could be bolstered by drugs to help people recover from brain infections caused by an emerging pathogen, according to studies of the emerging pathogen Rift Valley fever virus.
192 high-energy laser beams converge at the center of the Target Chamber
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A record high-laser-energy NIF target shot on Sept. 19 produced about 1.2 million joules of fusion energy yield.
Illustration of soil, vertical strips, with viruses (polygonal shapes) below
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New research suggests that grassland viral communities are highly spatially stratified across just a single field.
Illustration of a linear jet of particles emerging from black hole (red circle surrounding black interior)
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A new National Ignition Facility Discovery Science campaign is designed to simulate the type of photoionized plasma found in accretion disks and the surrounding stellar wind.
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Spiral phase mirrors, when incorporated into a laser system, will enable scientists to “twist” the laser light and generate an optical vortex.
Artist's conception of water molecules flowing through cylindrical nanotube formed by carbon atoms
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To transform the way energy is collected, stored, and used, the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) awarded Livermore and collaborators three energy-focused projects.
Astronaut inside space station surrounded by equipment reaching up
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A five-year microbial study of the International Space Station and its astronauts by Lawrence Livermore and NASA researchers has found that the ISS habitat is safe for its residents.