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Subcritical experiment captures scientific measurements to advance stockpile safety

May 27, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) successfully executed its first subcritical experiment since 2003 on Feb. 13 at the…
Researchers discover an unexpected phase transition in the high explosive TATB

May 14, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists in collaboration with University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) have discovered a…
Uncovering secret structure to safer explosives

October 18, 2018

A team of scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has shown that the structure of microscopic pores…
Why old grenades used to have deep grooves? Why newer ones are completely smooth?

July 12, 2018

If you think of a hand grenade, most likely you imagine an old-school pineapple-looking weapon. Classic grenades used…
Additive manufacturing advances K-9 training

April 30, 2018

Additive manufacturing (AM) has gone to the dogs, thanks to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) new approach to…
3-D Printing Opens a New World for Marines

October 25, 2017

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa tested out containers made from a…
Snout on a chip detects explosives

September 8, 2017

DTU is ready with a prototype for a chemical “sniffer system” for the detection of criminal substances like…
Explosive tampons? They can easilly be made at home, although you really shouldn’t try it

May 11, 2017

Nitrocellulose is a material created by nitrating cellulose, for example, cotton. It is highly flammable, kind of dangerous…
It’s a blast: Imaging high explosive detonators

March 8, 2017

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators at Los Alamos National Laboratory (link is external) (LANL) for…
Sniffing Like a Dog Can Improve Trace Detection of Explosives

December 3, 2016

By mimicking how dogs get their whiffs, a team of government and university researchers have demonstrated that “active…
New grasses neutralize toxic pollution from bombs, explosives and munitions

November 23, 2016

On military live fire training ranges, troops practice firing artillery shells, drop bombs on old tanks or derelict…
Spinach Plants Engineered with Nanotechnology Can Detect Explosive

November 1, 2016

A team of scientists, including a UC Riverside assistant professor, embedded spinach leaves with carbon nanotubes to transform…
X-ray vision: Bomb techs strengthen their hand with Sandia’s XTK software

September 7, 2016

In the chaos that followed the terrorist attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon, bomb squads scanned packages at…
W80-4: Sandia California works on nuclear weapon Life Extension Program

October 16, 2015

Sandia National Laboratories is doing what it hasn’t done in decades: extending the life of a nuclear warhead…
Bomb-proof lining contains explosion in luggage hold of aircraft

July 30, 2015

A bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists, including academics from the University of Sheffield, has…
LLNL’s role in underground explosives tests will help nation’s detection capabilities

June 15, 2015

A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team played a leading role in fielding the recent Source Physics Experiment…
Simulations improve understanding of crystalline HMX explosives

June 9, 2015

Computer simulations exploring the effects of shock waves on crystalline HMX, performed by Ryan Austin, a staff scientist…
Ultrasonic hammer sets off tiny explosions

April 9, 2015

Giving new meaning to the term “sonic boom,” University of Illinois chemists have used sound to trigger microscopic…
Explosive Destruction System begins first stockpile project in U.S.

March 18, 2015

This week Sandia National Laboratories’ Explosive Destruction System (EDS) began safely destroying stockpile chemical munitions for the U.S.…
A different Big Bang theory: Los Alamos unveils explosives detection expertise

February 12, 2015

Having long kept details of its explosives capabilities under wraps, a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists…
Researchers use scientific guns to induce shock waves into explosive materials

November 4, 2014

As the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent ages, one essential factor in making sure that the weapons will continue to…
NRL Simulates IED-Like Blast Waves Against Army Helmet Prototypes

July 21, 2014

  The U.S. Army’s looking at helmet prototypes with optional parts to protect the face and jaw from…
Safer substitute for lead azide

July 2, 2014

Lead azide, which is toxic, is a basic component of munitions and detonators. LMU chemists have now synthesized…
Project turns to sensors in sewers to catch bomb-makers

November 4, 2013

A European research group has an answer for catching people who aim to make explosive devices at home.…
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