Today at Berkeley Lab

Smithsonian Features Early Recordings, Enabled by Lab Technology

The National Museum of American History’s “Year of Innovation” showcases battle between Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison to develop sound-capturing machines, much like the modern tug-of-war between Apple and Microsoft. Exhibit visitors can hear these early sounds thanks to research by the Lab’s Carl Haber and Earl Cornell. 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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Old Photons, New Tricks

A much clearer picture of the history of the universe has emerged, thanks to innovative detection and analysis of the handful of photons arriving from outer space. “It’s amazing that we can piece out these stories from that little information,” says Berkeley Lab’s Saul Perlmutter. More>

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Survey Opens a New Public View of the Sky

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) issued the final release of the third epoch of the survey. “Data Release 12″ contains measurements of the properties of nearly half a billion stars and galaxies, making it one of the largest databases in history. The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey is the largest program in the SDSS-III. More>

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Large Hadron Collider Filled With Liquid Helium

The cryogenics team at CERN finished filling the eight curved sections of the LHC with liquid helium, and is now cooled to below minus 452 degrees Fahrenheit. The Lab’s Beate Heinemann said she is excited about the high-energy run starting in spring next year, which will open the possibility of finding new particles that are re just out of reach. More>

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New App for Learning About Particle Physics

The Particle Adventure app makes checking out the world of quarks, dark matter, and particle accelerators as easy as tapping touchscreen icons. Search via categories, like “How Do We Know Any of This?” and “Unsolved Mysteries,” or dig deep into topics such as the discovery of the Higgs boson. More>

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In Life as in Tennis, ‘Just Relax and Play Your Game,’ says Roe

Physics Division Director Natalie Roe was inspired to pick up the game again 15 years ago, inspired by her mother who, now in her eighties, plays several times a week. Competing on league teams has taught her about performing under pressure and how to get better at it. More>

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Saul Perlmutter Included in Time Magazine’s ‘Great Scientists’ List

The magazine included the Nobel Prize-winning physicist in an elite group of “geniuses, eccentrics, and visionaries who transformed the world.” The issue is currently on newsstands. More>

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Lab’s Schlegel Weighs in on the Science of ‘Interstellar’

The new hit film features astronauts who take a wormhole ride to another galaxy to explore planets around a black hole. In this Q&A, cosmologist David Schlegel talks about the movie’s science and how Hollywood could learn from scientists about fantastic settings in outer space. More>

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Short Talks on Instrumentation Problems at Nov. 19 Colloquium

Topics include measuring the energy-angle spectrum of a single burst of 10^9 gamma rays (Cameron Geddes), identifying one single barium ion in one ton of xenon (Azriel Goldschmidt), and inventing an anti-neutrino generator (Qing Ji). The talks begin at noon in Building 15-253. Go here to add your name to colloquium mailing list. More>

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