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New ultrastiff, ultralight material developed

New ultrastiff, ultralight material developed Nanostructured material based on repeating microscopic units has record-breaking stiffness at low density.

01-Jul-2014

What's the difference between the Eiffel Tower and the Washington Monument? Both structures soar to impressive heights, and each was the world's tallest building when completed. But the Washington Monument is a massive stone structure, while the Eiffel Tower achieves similar strength using a ...

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New application of physics tools used in biology

11-Feb-2014

A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist and his colleagues have found a new application for the tools and mathematics typically used in physics to help solve problems in biology. Specifically, the team used statistical mechanics and mathematical modeling to shed light on something ...

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Almost as sensitive as a dog's nose

New sensor for SERS Raman spectroscopy

02-Sep-2013

Scientists at ETH Zurich and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California have developed an innovative sensor for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Thanks to its unique surface properties at nanoscale, the method can be used to perform analyses that are more reliable, ...

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Lawrence Livermore scientists discover new materials to capture methane

18-Apr-2013

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and UC Berkeley and have discovered new materials to capture methane, the second highest concentration greenhouse gas emitted into the atmosphere. Methane is a substantial driver of global climate change, contributing 30 percent of ...

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Highest X-ray energy used to probe materials

27-Jul-2010

Scientists for the first time have dived into the effect that an intense X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) has on materials. Using the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) facility at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore scientists probed nitrogen gas at X-ray energies of up ...

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Peering into the never before seen

21-Jun-2010

Scientists can now peer into the inner workings of catalyst nanoparticles 3,000 times smaller than a human hair within nanoseconds. The findings point the way toward future work that could greatly improve catalyst efficiency in a variety of processes that are crucial to the world’s energy ...

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Going underground to monitor carbon dioxide

08-Jun-2010

A technique originally, applied to monitor the flow of contaminants into shallow groundwater supplies, has been repurposed to monitor carbon dioxide pumped deep underground for storage. Electric Resistance Tomography (ERT) has been installed to track where a plume of injected CO2 moves ...

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Biofuel chemistry more complex than petroleum, say Sandia and Lawrence Livermore researchers

18-May-2010

Understanding the key elements of biofuel combustion is an important step toward insightful selection of next-generation alternative fuels. And that's exactly what researchers at Sandia and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories are doing. The journal Angewandte Chemie devotes its May 10 ...

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LLNL receives Recovery Act funding for carbon capture technology

12-May-2010

New and existing coal-fired power plants could more easily capture carbon dioxide emissions with help from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers. With more than $3.6 million in Recovery Act funding, LLNL researchers, in partnership with the University of Illinois and Babcock & ...

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National Ignition Facility achieves unprecedented 1 megajoule shot

02-Feb-2010

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced that scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have successfully delivered an historic level of laser energy — more than 1 megajoule — to a target in a few billionths of a ...

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