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Lab Researchers Receive Sloan Fellowships

Surjeet Rajendran of the Physics Division, and Ke Xu and Wenjun Zhang of the Biosciences Area, have been named Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellows. Fellowships are awarded in eight scientific and technical fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences and physics More>

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Tool Developed to Help Manage Deluge of ATLAS Data

Researchers working on ATLAS, one of the largest experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, have benefited from an updated workflow management tool developed by computing’s Paolo Calafiura and Vakhtang Tsulaia of the Physics Division. More>

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Berkeley Scientists to Participate in New NASA Space Telescope Project

Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists will play a role in WFIRST, a new NASA space telescope project exploring dark energy, alien worlds and the evolution of galaxies, galaxy clusters and large-scale structure of the universe. More>

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Physics Division Hosts Talk on Observations of Gravitational Waves

Daniel Holz from the University of Chicago will present a lecture on “Observations of Gravitational Waves From a Binary Black Hole Merger” on Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. He will discuss some aspects of the detection, including parameter estimation, tests of general relativity, and astrophysical constraints. The talk will be live streamed at video.lbl.gov.

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The Most Precise, and Puzzling, Energy Measurements of Antineutrinos

An international team that includes researchers from Berkeley Lab has captured the most precise — and puzzling — energy measurements yet of ghostly particles called reactor antineutrinos produced at a nuclear power complex in China. More>

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Here’s Why Every Glass Of Wine You Drink Is Radioactive

Lab physicist Richard Muller explains why “drinking alcohol is required to have at least 400 radioactive decays per minute for each 750 ml.” The article is from a Quora series, in which facts that sound far-fetched are explained by “people with unique insights.” More>

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New Galaxy-Hunting Sky Camera Sees Redder Better

A newly upgraded camera that incorporates light sensors developed at Berkeley Lab is one of the best cameras on the planet for studying outer space at red wavelengths too red for the human eye to see. More>

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Jan. 27 Talk on History and Future of Computerized Data Acquisition

Frank Ogletree will discuss “History and Future of Computerized Data Acquisition: Applications to Scanning Microscopy” at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. The talk is part of the Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium series, which has a new organizing committee. More>

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Veteran Physicists Pursue Their Passion Into Retirement

The Lab’s Physics Division recently held a celebration of its most senior scientists, whose combined years of research total more than 1,000 years. Writer Keri Troutman sat down with three of them — (l-r) Herbert Steiner, Geoffrey Chew, and John Kadyk — to talk about their lives and times at Berkeley Lab and in the world of physics. More>

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After Repeated Pounding, Antihydrogen Reveals its Charge: Zero

An eight-hour experiment using the ALPHA trap at CERN confirmed with 20 times greater precision than before that the charge of the antihydrogen atom — the antimatter counterpart of the hydrogen atom — is zero. Berkeley Lab is part of the ALPHA experiment. More>

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