Today at Berkeley Lab

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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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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