Squeeze a material hard enough, and its structure and properties will change, sometimes dramatically so. With enough heat and pressure, scientists can turn pencil lead (graphite), one of Earth’s softest materials, into diamond, one of its hardest. Read more about this topic in this month's issue of Science & Technology Review (S&TR): https://str.llnl.gov/december-2015/collins.
For more than two decades, Lawrence Livermore researchers have pioneered the use of advanced simulation software and some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to virtually design, prototype, and test new components—and entire engineering systems—for national security missions. Read more about this work in this month's issue of Science & Technology Review (S&TR): https://str.llnl.gov/november-2015/burton.