Today at Berkeley Lab

IceCube Neutrinos Point to Long-Sought Cosmic Ray Accelerator

An international team of scientists has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that can travel unhindered for billions of light-years from the most extreme environments in the universe to Earth. Go here for a Q&A on this discovery with Lab neutrino researcher Spencer Klein. More>

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Kathy Yelick Quoted in Article on March Toward Exascale Computing

There was much celebrating in America last month when the Department of Energy unveiled Summit, the world’s fastest supercomputer. Now the race is on to achieve the next significant milestone in processing power: exascale computing. “Our goal is to deliver as many breakthroughs as possible,” says Computing Sciences ALD Kathy Yelick, who is part of the leadership team coordinating the US initiative. More>

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Former Lab Researcher Elected Mayor of Mexico City

On July 1, former Lab researcher Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo became the first woman to be elected mayor of Mexico City. She won nearly 50% of the vote in a field of seven candidates. She will take office on Dec. 1. She worked at the Lab from 1991-1994 in the International Energy Studies Group. More>

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Lab’s Heather Gray Wins IUPAP Young Scientist Award

The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics announced their Young Scientist Prize winners, and among recipients in the “Particle and Fields” section is ATLAS researcher Heather Gray. She was recognized for her “strong role in the searches and initial measurements of Higgs boson interactions with quarks.” More>

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Dance Club’s American Tango Lessons Start July 16

Employees are invited to join the Lab Dance Club for American Tango lessons, which begin Monday, July 16, at noon in Building 76-235. All levels are welcome, and no partner is needed. Practice sessions are held on Wednesdays, same time and location. The American Tango session will last two to three months. Note: American Tango is different from Argentine Tango.

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July 16 Workshop on Using Jupyter Computing to Analyze Water Data Quality

In a web tutorial this Monday, July 16, Lab scientists — in collaboration with Project Jupyter, UC Berkeley and Kitware, Inc. — will educate participants in the California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge about using Jupyter notebooks to map and analyze California water quality data. More>

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Two Poets and a Particle Accelerator

Two visiting poets – Kate Greene, a former Berkeley Lab science writer who is an author, essayist, journalist, and poet; and fellow poet, writer, and science enthusiast Anastasios Karnazes – drew inspiration from an overnight stay at Berkeley Lab’s 88-Inch Cyclotron June 14-15. More>

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3D Localization of Nanoscale Battery Reactions

What stands in the way of batteries that last a week or charge in five minutes? Part of the answer lies in the chemical and structural changes that happen deep inside a battery during use. At the Advanced Light Source, a new tool combines ptychography, tomography, and spectroscopy, enabling scientists to pinpoint the locations of chemical reactions inside batteries in three dimensions at the nanoscale. More>

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July 11 EESA Talk on Carbon Balance From Machine Learning

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area will host a Distinguished Scientist Seminar on Wednesday, July 11, at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. Philippe Ciais of the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement will discuss “The Carbon Balance of Forests From Machine Learning Using Age and Climate.” More>

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Winners Announced for Photo Club’s ‘Black and White’ Contest

The first place winner is Janie Page, with Doug Lockhart in second and third place, and Laura Wong in fourth place. Go here to view the winning images and for more on the Lab’s Photo Club.

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