Today at Berkeley Lab

BBC News Article Highlights Lab’s Role in Discovery of Plutonium

Uranium was long seen as the end of the periodic table, until 1932 when E.O. Lawrence invented the cyclotron, which smashed atoms and particles together, transforming one element into another. This is how synthetic plutonium was created in 1940 by a team led by Glenn Seaborg. More>

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Throwback Thursday…Construction Site of 184” in 1941

Photo includes Don Littlefield, Jack Wilson, Robert Cornog, Stephen Hurlburt, William Twitchell, and Dick Connell

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Throwback Thursday…Mobile Atmospheric Research Circa 1981

Craig Hollowell and Greg Traynor prepare the Mobile Atmospheric Research Lab to study air pollution in 1981. This photo and many other Lab images are featured on the Lab’s Instagram account. Go here to check them out.

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Timeline Highlights 40 Years of NERSC Achievements

The journey begins with the Atomic Energy Commission’s 1973 finding that fusion energy research would benefit from high performance computing, the computing center’s move from Livermore Lab to Berkeley Lab in 1996, the various name changes during that time, and research highlights. More>

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Throwback Thursday…Disaster Preparedness Circa 1952

We’ve taken safety seriously here for a long time. Here’s our Disaster demonstration First Aid team in 1952. Photo >

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Supercomputing Fuels Decades of Energy Discoveries

Researchers around the nation use NERSC to explore the scientific foundations for clean and sustainable energy technologies and develop new and improved materials to enable these technologies, including projects in “green” energy and materials science. More>

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Throwback Thursday…The Time Projection Chamber Circa 1981

The Time Projection Chamber, shown with inventor David Nygren (left), was designated by Lab physicists for use at PEP, the positron-electron colliding beam ring at Stanford.

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Throwback Thursday…the World’s First Sample of Americium

The element was produced in the Lab’s 60-inch cyclotron in 1944 and today is widely used in commercial ionization chamber smoke detectors. Photo>

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Throwback Thursday…A Chalkboard Announcement of Nobel Prize

Announcement on blackboard of 1959 Nobel Prize awarded to Emilio Segre and Owen Chamberlain with colleagues Clyde Wiegand and Thomas Ypsilantis, confirming antimatter theories. More>

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Throwback Thursday…Producing Superheavy Elements With Glenn Seaborg

Throwback Thursday…Producing Superhero Elements With Glenn Seaborg

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