Today at Berkeley Lab

Is This How the Solar System Was Formed?

A low-mass supernova could have sparked the solar system, a group of researchers including the Lab’s Wick Haxton proposes. The researchers drew their conclusion by creating models of low-mass supernova. They also studied short-lived nuclei on meteorites. More>

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Simulations Show Swirling, Whirlpool-Like Structure in Subatomic ‘Soup’

Powerful supercomputer simulations of high-energy collisions between atomic cores provide new insights about the complex structure of a superhot fluid called the quark-gluon plasma. More>

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Accelerator Operator Stitches Together Storied Career at Bevatron, Cyclotron

Catherine “Reba” Siero, an accelerator operator at Berkeley Lab, has worked for more than two decades at its 88-Inch Cyclotron and earlier worked in particle-beam-based cancer treatments and biology research at the lab. More>

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CUORE Collaboration Completes Installation of Large Detector Array

Located deep beneath a mountain in Italy and containing 1,650 pounds of tellurium dioxide crystals, CUORE will search for a never-before-seen particle transformation that could explain the abundance of matter in the universe. The Lab is a member of the collaboration.

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How to Make Superheavy Elements and Finish the Periodic Table

Chemistry World visited Berkeley and Livermore Labs to meet some of the scientists who study superheavy metals. In a series of videos, they were asked how they do it, how many more elements do they think they can make, and what led them to this field of study. The Lab’s Jackie Gates and Ken Gregorich are featured. More>

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Kasen Pens Scientific American Article on Understanding Exploding Stars

“Roughly every second, somewhere in our observable universe, another sun is destroyed in a stellar catastrophe — when a star pulsates, collides, collapses to a black hole or explodes as a supernova. This dynamic side of the universe has lately come to the forefront of astronomical research,” says Daniel Kasen of the Lab’s Nuclear Science Division. More>

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Lab’s Spencer Klein Encourages Investment in Neutrino Astronomy

In a commentary for Nature, Klein (Nuclear Science Division) calls for bigger telescope arrays to catch particles form the most energetic places in the Universe. “Designs for neutrino telescopes are on the drawing board and could be up and running in five to ten years — if the astro-, particle- and nuclear-physics communities can come together and coordinate funding,” he says.

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Lab’s Grażyna Odyniec Receives Wybitny Polak Award

The award is given by the Foundation Teraz Polska to outstanding Poles living abroad in recognition of their professional achievements and promoting a positive image of Poland. Odyniec, of the Nuclear Science Division, was recognized in the science category. More>

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DoseNet Delivers Environmental Data as an Educational Tool

A network of radiation-monitoring devices — designed and engineered by UC Berkeley students working with Lab researchers — and a companion website and open-source code serve as educational and outreach tools for an international project called DoseNet that stretches from Northern California classrooms to a city hall in Japan. More>

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Another Successful Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts

On April 23, over 200 girl and boy scouts and their leaders participated in the 6th annual Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Nuclear Science Division, the Advanced Light Source and Workforce Development & Education department co-sponsored this event. Go here to view images from the event, and here for tweets.

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