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A 3D Map of the Adolescent Universe

Using extremely faint light from galaxies 10.8-billion light years away, scientists have created one of the most complete, three-dimensional maps of a slice of the adolescent universe. The map shows a web of hydrogen gas that varies from low to high density at a time when the universe was made of a fraction of the dark matter we see today. More>

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DESI Wins $1.1 Million Award

The Heising-Simons Foundation has awarded $1.1M to the DESI project with the goal of helping to fabricate the unique optics needed to capture spectra of the young expanding universe. The funding comes on the heels of DESI’s CD-1 review by the Department of Energy’s Office of Project Assessment, which in September favorably reviewed the project’s concept and budget range. More>

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Physicist Joshua Bloom Awarded $1.5 Million for Big Data Project

Bloom is one of three UC Berkeley professors to receive funding over the next five years from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Bloom wants to train computers to be surrogate astronomers so they can discover new celestial phenomena within the streaming torrent of data from telescopes. More>

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Lab Physics Chart Makes Cameo on The Big Bang Theory

Hit TV show features newest version of the Fundamental Particles and Interactions chart, a visualization that represents the major research findings in particle physics over the years. More>

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Hot Plasma Soup at the Dawn of the Universe

By combining data from two high-energy accelerators, nuclear scientists have refined the measurement of a remarkable property of exotic matter known as quark-gluon plasma. The findings reveal new aspects of the ultra-hot, “perfect fluid” that give clues to the state of the young universe just microseconds after the big bang. More>

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Hide and Seek: Sterile Neutrinos Remain Elusive

The Daya Bay Collaboration, an international group of scientists studying the subtle transformations of subatomic particles called neutrinos, is publishing its first results on the search for a so-called sterile neutrino, a possible new type of neutrino beyond the three known neutrino “flavors,” or types. Berkeley Lab is part of the collaboration. More>

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Designer in Physics Division Wins APS Logo Competition

Paul Schaffner, a web developer and designer for the Particle Data Group and the ATLAS experiment, submitted the winning logo for the American Physical Society’s Division of Particles and Fields. He says the design keeps a sense of the parent APS logo, while including “small ‘particles’ meant to convey a sense of energy and motion.” His prize includes $250.

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Intel Engineer Gives Instrumentation Talk on ‘Moore’s Law in 2014’

Issy Kipnis will discuss “Moore’s Law in 2014: implications to System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and Electronic System Design” on Sept. 24 at noon in Building 15-253. In this talk, Kipnis will review some of the technologies behind Moore’s law and the implications to the design of very complex SoCs with more than 1 billion transistors. More>

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DESI’s Concept and Budget Range Approved

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) project passed critical early CD-1 review. DESI — considered a “game changer for experimental cosmology” — aims to map the 3D location of as many as 25 million galaxies and quasars. More>

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August 27 Instrumentation Talk on ‘Imaging Life Across the Scales’

Manfred Auer of the Life Sciences Division will discuss “Imaging Life Across the Scales: Integrated BioImaging” on August 27, a noon in Building 15-253, and will demonstrate the power of novel advanced electron microscopy imaging. More>

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