Today at Berkeley Lab

Three Lab Researchers Elected as American Physical Society Fellows

Christian Bauer (Physics Division), Bill Collins (Earth and Environmental Sciences Area), and Ernst Paul Sichtermann (Nuclear Science Division) are among the recipients of 2017 APS fellowships. Lab-affiliated researchers who received fellowships via UC Berkeley include Daniel McKinsey and Yasunori Nomura (Physics Division), and Dan Kasen (Nuclear Science). Go here for a complete list of fellows and their citations.

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Chasing Gamma Rays From Buenos Aires to Berkeley

For National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans and celebrate their heritage and culture. Today, read about Augusto Macchiavelli of the Nuclear Science Division, the second of three employees we will feature this week.

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New 3-D Simulations Show How Galactic Centers Cool Their Jets

Scientists developed new theories and 3-D simulations to explain what’s at work in the mysterious jets of energy and matter beaming from the center of galaxies at nearly the speed of light. As much as half of the jets’ energy can escape in the form of X-rays and stronger forms of radiation. Two different mechanisms serve to reduce about half of the energy of these jets. More>

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World’s Smallest Neutrino Detector Finds Big Physics Fingerprint

After more than a year of operation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the COHERENT experiment, using the world’s smallest neutrino detector, has found a big fingerprint of the elusive, electrically neutral particles that interact only weakly with matter. The international team of researchers included Berkeley Lab. The research was published in the journal Science. More>

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Scientists Simulate Merger of Neutron Star and Black Hole

Lab scientists have developed new computer models to explore what happens when a black hole joins a neutron star, the superdense remnant of an exploded star. The simulations are intended to help detectors home in on the gravitational-wave signals. More>

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The Fight to Rethink (and Reinvent) Nuclear Power

The latest in a series of Climate Lab videos produced by Vox Media and the University of California features the work of Berkeley Lab researcher Per Peterson. “When you look at how are we going to solve this problem of climate change, and ask how are we going to decarbonize? To not have nuclear energy on the table makes the job much harder,” he said. More>

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Large Hadron Collider Kicks Off 2017 Season of Physics Research

In 2017, operators are hoping to produce the same number of collisions as in 2016, but over a shorter period, since the LHC started up a month later due to an extended year-end technical stop. Berkeley Lab researchers collaborate on ATLAS and ALICE, two among seven detector experiments at the LHC. More>

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Q&A with Kai Vetter on His Institute for Resilient Communities

Vetter, with the Nuclear Science Division, is a frequent visitor to the Fukushima Prefecture, site of one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents. He founded the Institute for Resilient Communities to help authorities better communicate critical scientific information following disasters. Chemical Sciences’ Rebecca Abergel is the institute’s deputy director. More>

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FIONA to Take on the Periodic Table’s Heavyweights

A new tool at Berkeley Lab will be taking on some of the periodic table’s latest heavyweight champions to see how their masses measure up to predictions. Dubbed FIONA, the device is designed to measure the mass numbers of individual atoms of super-heavy elements, which have higher masses than uranium. More>

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Scouts Visit Lab as Part of Nuclear Science Day

About 230 girl scouts, boy scouts and their leaders came to the Lab on April 29 and enjoyed a full day of science activities. The event attracted youth from local communities, and as far away as Stanislaus and Orange counties. Volunteers conducted Advanced Light Source tours, ran hands-on activities, discussed their research, and served as role models. More>

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