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U.S. Scientists Celebrate Restart of Large Hadron Collider

With the collider back in action, the more than 1,700 U.S. scientists who work on LHC experiments are prepared to join thousands of their international colleagues to study the highest-energy particle collisions ever achieved in the laboratory. More>

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Fill Out Your ‘Physics Madness’ Bracket to Determine the Top Machine

March is here, and that means one thing: brackets. We’ve matched up 16 of the coolest pieces of particle physics equipment that help scientists answer big questions about our universe. Your vote will decide this year’s favorite. The machines include such Lab collaborations as Daya Bay (pictured), IceCube, LUX, and LHC. More>

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Instrumentation Talk on New N Program for Radiation Detection

Simon Labov of Livermore Lab and Craig Tewell of Sandia will give a talk on “SNL-LLNL-LBNL Radiation Detection in National and Homeland Security Information Exchange” at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Dark Matter Experiment Completes First Reviews

Recently, the Berkeley-Lab managed LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter experiment completed its initial Critical Decision-1 review (CD-1) where the project’s technical design, preliminary timelines, and budget range were reviewed by the Department of Energy’s Office of Project Assessment. More>

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Instagram Takover Shows Day-in-the-Life of Physics Intern

Particle detection simulations, a Daya Bay group meeting, a lunchtime spinach salad, and awe-inspiring Bay views were part of a recent day in the life of intern Akaxia Cruz, a University of Colorado graduate working in the Physics Division this spring. Interested in setting up a “takeover” for your group? Contact Kelly Owen for more information.

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Most Precise Measurement of the Higgs’ Mass Yet

The ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have pinned down the mass of the Higgs boson with more than 20 percent better precision than previous measurements. This allows scientists to determine further properties of the Higgs and marks the beginning of a collaboration between the two LHC experiments. More>

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Large Hadron Collider Ramps Up to Shed Light on Dark Matter

Last week word was announced that the Large Hadron Collider will soon be online again, after taking two years off for an upgrade. Many lab researchers have been involved with various research efforts at the LHC. The Guardian has more on the restart.

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How to Detect a Rare Particle Decay with a Detector Made of (Almost) Nothing

Researchers are one step closer to finding new physics with the completion of a harp-shaped prototype particle detector element for the Mu2e experiment. The Mu2e Collaboration is comprised of over one hundred physicists from all over the world, including Berkeley Lab. More>

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Scientists Find Rare Dwarf Satellite Galaxy Candidates in Dark Energy Survey (DES) Data

Dwarf satellite galaxies, which contain less than 100 stars compared to our Milky Way’s billions, could help scientists study dark matter. Berkeley Lab is a founding member of the DES collaboration, and its microsystems Lab designed and fabricated all 62 of the CCDs in the survey’s camera. More>

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AAAS Videos on Batteries and the LHC Restart Feature Lab Researchers

Berkeley Lab researchers participated in two news briefings at this year’s AAAS meeting, both now available online. The videos include Venkat Srinivasan on batteries and Beate Heinemann and Peter Jacobs on the restart of the Large Hadron Collider. More>

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