Today at Berkeley Lab

Schlegel, Yang Receive E.O. Lawrence Awards at Recent Ceremony

The Department of Energy bestowed the award to nine mid-career researchers to honor their contributions towards the DOE’s science, energy, and national security missions. The awardees include David Schlegel (Physics) and Peidong Yang (Materials Sciences). Go here to view a slideshow that highlights the research of the honorees. More>

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New Theory Says Dark Matter Acts Like Well-Known Particle

An international group of researchers — including Berkeley Lab physicist Hitoshi Murayama — has proposed a theory that dark matter is very similar to pions, which are responsible for binding atomic nuclei together. More>

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New Visitor Center in South Dakota Highlights Underground Science

The Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, a facility that highlights Homestake Mine’s gold and silver past and particle physics future, held its grand opening ceremony on June 30. Berkeley Lab scientists have been key players in the creation and management of the lab. More>

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‘Physics In and Through Cosmology’ Workshop 2015

The Physics Division hosted the ninth “Physics in and Through Cosmology” workshop for high school physics teachers and students last month. Forty-two students and ten teachers from throughout the Bay Area participated in the five-day workshop. More>

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Nobel Laureates Sign Declaration on Climate Change

At the recent Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Berkeley Lab physicists Saul Perlmutter, George Smoot, as well as Steve Chu (pictured), signed the Mainau Declaration 2015 on Climate Change. The declaration allows the laureates to “outline the scale of the threat of climate change, and…provide the best possible advice.” More>

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Berkeley’s First Female Physics Professor Publishes Memoir

Mary Gaillard became UC Berkeley’s first female physics professor in 1981. Now with the Lab’s Physics Division, she’s published a memoir, A Singularly Unfeminine Profession: One Woman’s Journey in Physics, recounting her experiences in a male-dominated field, and her participation in the development of the Standard Model. More>

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How Do You Solve a Puzzle Like Neutrinos?

When it comes to studying particles that zip through matter as though it weren’t even there, you use every method you can think of. Berkeley Lab’s Dan Dwyer comments on neutrinos from nuclear reactors. More>

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Berkeley Scientists Eye Drones to Contain Wildfires

Physicist Carl Pennypacker talks about an innovative firefighting system he is working on. Called FUEGO, the system uses a satellite and drones equipped with infrared cameras to spot wildfires. More>

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June 24 Talk on Novel ABALONE Mass-Production Photosensor Technology

Daniel Ferenc of UC Davis will present the talk at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. The presentation — part of the Lab’s Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium series — will be live streamed. More>

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Lab Researchers to Aid Preservation of Native American Voices

This summer, Carl Haber and Earl Cornell are partnering with the UC Berkeley Linguistics Department and Libraries to start scanning and extracting sound from the 2700 wax cylinders stored in the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology that document the culture, language and music of dozens of Native American tribes from California. More>

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