Los Alamos chemists say Glenn Seaborg, the discoverer of Plutonium, facetiously suggested the abbreviation for the Periodic Table be Pu, like a child would exclaim “pee-yoo” when smelling something bad. Seaborg’s son Dave corroborated the story. More>
A recent episode of KQED’s Quest program looked at the Bay Area’s role in the development of particle accelerators and how they paved the way for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The broadcast included interviews with Michael Barnett of the Physics Division and Larry Phair of the Nuclear Science Division. More>
She — along with Fabiola Gianottie and Sam Ting — was interviewed by Lesley Stahl about the Large Hadron Collider and what it will reveal as it begins work at nearly double the power. Jeanty is a Chamberlain Fellow and a collaborator on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. Watch the 60 Minutes segment here.
Physicist Joel Fajans was interviewed as part of a story on NPR’s “All Things Considered” on why antimatter is so rare. “The Big Bang should have produced just as much matter as anti-matter, but it didn’t,” says Fajans on the program. The STAR collaboration, which includes Lab researchers, was also mentioned in the story. More>
A study co-authored by Lab physicist Raphael Bousso suggests that time — at least as defined thermodynamically — may not always run forward in black holes. The researchers’ theory is based on a new way of describing the geometry of black holes as curved “holographic screens.” More>
Venture capitalists are pumping money into a number of startups promising to harness nuclear fusion to produce a new, environmentally friendly and virtually unlimited source of power, but many scientists doubt their potential for success, including Lab nuclear physicist Edward Morse. More>
The Oct. 26 edition of Chemical & Engineering News did a cover story about the Joint Bioenergy Institute’s efforts to transform biomass into energy-rich fuel molecules and its future plans for research and development of biobased chemicals. More>
Researchers, co-led by the Lab’s Caitlin Hicks Pries, have shown how experimentally warming deep soil and thawing permafrost increases old soil carbon loss. The release of these gases is the focus of a paper in the journal Nature Climate Change. More>
In June the Obama Administration announced $4 billion in private sector commitments and executive actions under the Clean Energy Investment Initiative, which included $5 million for the Lab’s Cyclotron Road program. In this White House blog post read a conversation with Cyclotron Road’s Dan Riley and Jared Schwede, co-founders of Spark Thermionics.
On October 14, 2015, the entire issue of the scientific journal Advanced Materials (Impact Factor: 17.5) was dedicated to the work of the Molecular Foundry. The issue includes 18 articles by staff and users, seven pieces of cover art and an editorial on multidisciplinary research by Foundry Director, Jeff Neaton. More>