Today at Berkeley Lab

What Rhymes With Cyclotron? Poets Explore the 88-Inch

Kate Greene — a former Lab science writer who is a poet, essayist, journalist, and former laser physicist — and Anastasios Karnazes, also a poet, spent the afternoon and evening at the Lab’s 88-Inch Cyclotron on Thursday to write poetry inspired by their overnight visit. Watch a slideshow of their visit here, and look for an upcoming feature article in TABL for some details from their visit.

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Supercomputers Provide New Window Into the Life and Death of a Neutron

A team led by Berkeley Lab researchers has enlisted powerful supercomputers to calculate — with unprecedented precision — a quantity known as the “nucleon axial coupling” or gA, which is central to our understanding of a neutron’s lifetime. More>

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Alan Poon Helps Boys and Girls ‘Scout’ Out Careers in Nuclear Science

The Lab recently hosted more than 200 Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for its annual Nuclear Science Day for Scouts. The event, which provides a chance for Boy Scouts to earn a merit badge in nuclear science, and Girl Scouts to earn a “Get to Know Nuclear” patch, has been coordinated by Alan Poon for the past eight years. Go here for more on the program and to view a photo feature on the event.

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Researchers Develop Platform for Hosting Science Data Analytics Competitions

The National Nuclear Security Administration is hosting a competition to find innovative algorithms to detect non-natural radiation sources in urban environments. They’ve teamed up with researchers in the Lab’s Computational Research, Nuclear Science, and Information Technology divisions to build a Kaggle-inspired data analytics competition platform to host it. More>

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First Large-Scale Nuclear Reactor Monitor Will Boost Neutrino Physics

A new Department of Energy project to develop the first detector able to remotely monitor nuclear reactors will also help physicists test the next generation of neutrino observatories. The Lab’s Gabriel Orebi Gann is the principal investigator for the new detector. More>

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Experiment Could Provide Greater Clarity on Matter-Antimatter Imbalance

Scientists working on the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR experiment have shown that they can shield a sensitive, scalable germanium detector array from background radioactivity, a critical step to developing a large experiment to study the nature of neutrinos and probe the universe’s matter-antimatter imbalance. More>

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Volunteer for Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts

The Nuclear Science Division, Advanced Light Source, and Workforce Development & Education are hosting the annual Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts on Saturday, May 5. Full and half-day assignments are available. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt, and full-day volunteers will have lunch provided. Register here to volunteer. More>

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Lab’s Nuclear Science Division Highlighted in APS Video

The Lab’s Nuclear Science Division was highlighted as part of a video series for the American Physical Society’s recent meeting in Los Angeles. The video looks at the division’s research on neutron star mergers, gamma-ray tracking applications, the inner workings of the early universe’s quark soup, and the use of 3-D scene data to survey radiation in the environment. More>

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Applying Machine Learning to the Universe’s Mysteries

Berkeley Lab physicists and their collaborators have demonstrated that computers are ready to tackle the universe’s greatest mysteries. They used neural networks to perform a deep dive into data simulating the subatomic particle soup that may have existed just microseconds after the big bang. More>

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A Flight Path to Physics Success

In a previous career with the U.S. Air Force, Sandra Miarecki of the Nuclear Science Division flew high above the Earth’s surface. She retired from the Air Force in 2007 to pursue a new calling in physics that would set her sights on particles traveling into the depths of the Earth. More>

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