Today at Berkeley Lab

180 Scouts Participate in Nuclear Science Day Event

The teens used a Geiger counter to survey radiation, built an electroscope to see how different radiation detectors work, participated in a career forum, and attended lectures. All participants received a patch. The April 8 event was hosted by the Nuclear Science Division, the Advanced Light Source, and Workforce Development and Education.

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Lab Hosts Inaugural Radiological Resiliency Conference

What does it take for a city to recover from a radiological disaster? That question was at the heart of the April 10 inaugural International Symposium on Radiological Resilience & Beyond. The event brought together experts from Japan and elsewhere to discuss the current needs for increasing societal resilience to radiological events. More>

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88” Cyclotron’s Operator Desk Mixes ‘Vintage’ Technology With the New

Gadgetry right out of the 1950s is complimented by modern computer equipment in this photo of the operator desk at the 88” Cyclotron. The facility supports research in nuclear structure, astrophysics, heavy element studies, fundamental interactions, symmetries, and technology R&D. More>

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For Ultra-Cold Neutrino Experiment, a Successful Demonstration

An international team of nuclear physicists, including those at Berkeley Lab, announced the first scientific results from the Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) experiment. CUORE is designed to confirm the existence of the Majorana neutrino, which scientists believe could hold the key to why there is an abundance of matter over antimatter. More>

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Lab to Host April 10 Symposium on Radiological Resilience

The event will provide an opportunity to discuss topics related to the current needs for increasing societal resilience to radiological and other events. The symposium will include speakers from research and academic institutions as well as community representatives from Japan and California. Registration required. More>

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Fill Out Your ‘Physics Madness’ Bracket to Determine the Top Machine

March is here, and that means one thing: brackets. We’ve matched up 16 of the coolest pieces of particle physics equipment that help scientists answer big questions about our universe. Your vote will decide this year’s favorite. The machines include such Lab collaborations as Daya Bay (pictured), IceCube, LUX, and LHC. More>

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Large Hadron Collider Ramps Up to Shed Light on Dark Matter

Last week word was announced that the Large Hadron Collider will soon be online again, after taking two years off for an upgrade. Many lab researchers have been involved with various research efforts at the LHC. The Guardian has more on the restart.

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Lab Nuclear Scientist Explains How Physicists Replicate the Big Bang

In a short video, Peter Jacobs discusses the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. ALICE creates an unusual type of matter called quark-gluon plasma, similar to the matter that dominated the universe just microseconds after the Big Bang. Read more about Jacobs and the upcoming LHC restart here.

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Nuclear Science Day for Girl/Boy Scouts on April 4

The event, now in its fifth year, is hosted by the Nuclear Science Division, Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division, and Workforce Development and Education. Volunteers are sought to assist, and employees with connections to scout troops are encouraged to invite them to sign up. More>

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Instrumentation Talk on Radiation Detection Developments

Kai Vetter will present an Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium talk on “Radiation Detection Developments in the Berkeley Applied Nuclear Physics Program,” on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at noon in Building 15-253. The presentation will be lived streamed here. More>

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