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High Performance Computing for Materials Program brings government, industry together to improve energy technologies

By Faye Oney / September 22, 2017

The High Performance Computing for Materials Program (HPC4Mtls) brings together U.S. government research laboratories and industry to spur development of materials used in severe environments. Its goal is to quickly bring advanced energy research to market.

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Video: New breathable-yet-protective material protects soldiers from biological and chemical hazards

By Stephanie Liverani / August 10, 2016

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California are developing a material for protective military uniforms that is highly breathable yet protects from biological and chemical threats.

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Rare earth-doped glass boosts lasers, tests experimental theories at National Ignition Facility

By April Gocha / October 15, 2015

The Lawrence Livermore National Lab’s National Ignition Facility—“the world’s largest and most energetic laser facility ever built”—contains thousands of rare earth-doped glass slabs that collectively amplify laser pulses into the facility’s incredible testing capacity.

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3-D printing 2-D materials with air—direct ink writing builds graphene aerogels

By April Gocha / May 14, 2015

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab have combined three of the most promising and popular technologies today—3-D printing, graphene, and aerogels. The team is the first to 3-D print graphene aerogels, according to a LLNL press release.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / November 19, 2014

Growing forests of carbon nanotubes, high-temperature superconductors explained, new crystalline order for thermoelectric applications, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 19, 2014.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / October 22, 2014

Superfast LEDs, ultrafast charging batteries, lead-free glass inks, dissolvable silicon, and other materials stories that may be of interest for October 22, 2014.

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Building stronger, lighter ceramic microstructures sans the diffraction limit

By April Gocha / June 27, 2014

Researchers from MIT and LLNL have busted the diffraction limit to development a new class of materials with unprecedented high strength and low density.

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Aerogels: The materials science of empty space

By / October 14, 2010

This is a great introductory 54-minute video of a lecture presented early in 2010 by Alex Gash and Dean Reese as part of Lawrence Livermore National Lab’s excellent Science on Saturday
program

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Video of the week – Aerogels: The materials science of empty space

By / October 6, 2010

This is a great introductory 54-minute video of a lecture presented earlier this year by Alex Gash and Dean Reese as part of Lawrence Livermore National Lab’s excellent Science on Saturday program. The SOS series is aimed at bringing “cutting-edge” science topics to middle and high school students. Each of the talks are presented by a leading…

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Please welcome the newest addition to the periodic table: Element 117

By / April 8, 2010

According to a release from the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, a new element has been discovered, one that resides in a tiny slice of paradise called the island of stability. Element 117– yet to receive a formal name – is the fifth new element scientists have discovered in the past decade. “The discovery of element…

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