Today at Berkeley Lab

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, April 23. Over 200 kids and troop leaders will visit the Lab. Volunteers are needed to help organize and run the activities on the event day. Volunteers can register here, or contact Alan Poon (x2467).

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2015 Nobelist to Give Talk at Lab on Nov. 10

Art McDonald, the Nobel Prize co-winner in physics, will present a special Nuclear Science Division colloquium on “Neutrino and Astro-Physics Measurements with SNO Detector” on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. The talk will be live streamed. Go here for more on the Lab’s involvement with SNO.

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Start-Ups Take On Challenge of Nuclear Fusion

Venture capitalists are pumping money into a number of startups promising to harness nuclear fusion to produce a new, environmentally friendly and virtually unlimited source of power, but many scientists doubt their potential for success, including Lab nuclear physicist Edward Morse. More>

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2015 Nobel Prize in Physics Has Berkeley Lab Roots

The research at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) that earned Arthur McDonald this year’s Nobel Prize in physics has roots at Berkeley Lab. Under the leadership of physicist Kevin Lesko, members of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Divisions played key roles in SNO’s design and construction and later provided critical data analysis. More>

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Nobel Prize in Physics for Neutrino Research at SNO

Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald received the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering that neutrinos have mass. McDonald conducted his research at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO). The Lab’s Nuclear Science and Engineering Divisions played a major role in the design and construction of SNO, and collaborated scientifically. More>

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Fortifying Computer Chips for Space Travel

One of the most long-lived and active space-chip testing programs is at the Berkeley Lab. Since 1979, most American satellites and many major NASA projects including the Mars Rover Curiosity, the space shuttles, and the new Orion capsule, have had one or more electronic components go through Berkeley Lab’s cyclotron. More>

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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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