Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Dark Matter: Out With the WIMPs, in With the SIMPs?

Like cops tracking the wrong person, physicists seeking to identify dark matter may have been stalking the wrong particle. “We’ve been searching for WIMPs for quite some time, but we haven’t found them yet, so I think it’s important to think outside the box,” says Yonit Hochberg, a Berkeley Lab physicist. More>

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Perlmutter, Doudna are Recipients of 2015 Breakthrough Prizes

Saul Perlmutter of the Physics Division and Jennifer Doudna of the Physical Biosciences Division were among the featured recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences. Twelve prizes in all, totaling $36 million, were announced Sunday night at gala in Mountain View hosted by the entertainer Seth MacFarlane. More>

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New Dark Matter Experiments Prepare to Hunt the Unknown

This month three new experiments take significant steps in the hunt for dark matter. They include the Axion Dark Matter eXperiment Gen 2, and LUX-ZEPLIN, which Berkeley Lab participates in. Go here to read a Kavli Foundation Q&A with three scientists involved with these experiments.

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Lab Technology Brings Grandfather’s Voice, War Stories Back to Life

Matt Skryja never thought he’d hear his grandfather’s voice again. But thanks to technology developed at Berkeley Lab, preservations were able to piece together shattered records that enabled him to listen to how young his Grandpa’s voice sounded like in 1944 and hear stories from when his grandfather was a lieutenant during WWII. More>

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Creating the Coldest Cubic Meter in the Universe

As part of an international collaboration, Lab scientists helped create the coldest cubic meter in the universe. The cooled chamber was chilled to 6 milliKelvin or -273.144 degrees Celsius in preparation for a forthcoming experiment that will study neutrinos, ghostlike particles that could hold the key to the existence of matter around us. More>

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Engineering’s Neal Hartman Pens Article on ‘Who Really Found Higgs Boson’

The discovery of the Higgs boson two years ago is by any standards an epochal, genius achievement. What is less clear is who, exactly, the genius is. An obvious candidate is Peter Higgs. But does this mean that he was a genius? Peter Jenni, one of the founders of the ATLAS Experiment, hesitates when asked the question. More>

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