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Low-Flying Helicopter Near Lab This Week

The Applied Nuclear Physics program is participating in a research project sponsored by Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office to improve gamma radiation sensing technology. Naturally occurring background radiation will be collected with a DOE National Nuclear Security Administration helicopter. More>

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Captured at Last: The Tiny Stars that Spark Fierce Supernovae Explosions

The Kavli Foundation recently spoke with four astrophysicists–including Berkeley Lab’s Daniel Kasen–about the significance of nailing down the causes of Type Ia supernovae for learning more about the dynamics of stars, galaxies and even the universe on its grandest scales.

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Cosmic Mystery Deepens with Discovery of New Ultra-High-Energy Neutrino

Evidence of a fourth ultra-high energy neutrino—the highest-energy neutrino yet—has been detected by the South Pole-based IceCube experiment, a project that Berkeley Lab researchers helped build and to which they currently contribute analysis. More>

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Berkeley Lab’s Hoffman Wins Prestigious Los Alamos Medal

For her accomplishments and exceptional career in nuclear science, Berkeley Lab’s Darleane Hoffman has been awarded the Los Alamos Medal. Hoffman began her career at Los Alamos in 1953 before moving to Berkeley. The medal honors scientists whose contributions have changed the course of science.

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Radiation Safety for Sunken-Ship Archaeology

A WWII aircraft carrier used for atomic-bomb target practice is scuttled off the coast of California in the 1950s. Berkeley Lab researchers help scientists determine the radiation risk of exploring the sunken ship. More>

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Kai Vetter Wins American Nuclear Society Presidential Citation

Vetter was recognized for his role in the RadWatch and KelpWatch monitoring programs, which study potential impacts from the nuclear accident at Fukushima, and the creation of the Institute for Resilient Communities. More>

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Barbara Jacak Inducted Into ARCS Hall of Fame

The Alumni Hall of Fame honors ARCS scholars who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of science and to increase our nation’s scientific competitiveness. ARCS provides financial support to undergrad and grad students in science. Jacak was an ARCS scholar from the class of 1975. More>

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Finding the Flavor of Neutrinos

A Berkeley Lab researcher has done a new analysis of data from the IceCube observatory at the South Pole, showing that the high-energy astrophysical neutrino data collected from 2010 to 2013 is a mixture containing roughly equal components of the three types of neutrinos. More>

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Extreme Cold and the CUORE Experiment

A story in Symmetry magazine looks at how scientists on an experiment in Italy are looking for a process so rare, it is thought to occur less than once every trillion, trillion years. To find it, Berkeley Lab researchers have helped create the single coldest cubic meter in the universe.

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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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