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USDA Recognizes National Labs for Bio-Based Product Efforts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture granted the Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards to Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. The awards recognize the national laboratories' fiscal 2018 works on biobased products, USDA said Monday. LANL used biobased products as alternatives to traditional oil-based lubricants for metal-cutting machines, resulting in savings in oil and reduced cases of overspray. Meanwhile, LLNL recycled biobased materials to produce cutlery, cups, containers and other food service ware. The laboratory recycled 68 metric tons of compostable waste last year.

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Charles Verdon Nominated NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs

President Donald Trump has nominated Charles Verdon, a principal associate director at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as deputy administrator for defense programs at the Energy Department‘s National Nuclear Security Administration. At LLNL, Verdon leads the federal research facility’s weapons and complex integration directorate that focuses on nuclear weapons programs, the White House …

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Livermore Lab Scientists Aim to Develop Protective Clothing Based on Carbon Nanotube Membrane

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a carbon nanotube-based membrane designed to protect uniformed personnel from chemical and biological agents on the battlefield. A team of researchers led by Ngoc Bui evaluated the transport functionalities of carbon nanotube pores to design a breathable material, Livermore Lab said Wednesday. “We demonstrated …

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Livermore Lab Scientists Develop New Technique to Detect Secret Underground Nuclear Test Sites

Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a technique that could potentially help international inspectors find secret sites used for underground nuclear tests within a search area of 1,000 square kilometers. LLNL researchers and scientists from National Security Technologies used computer models and a sampler tool to simulate gas …

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