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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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What to Expect Next From the World’s Largest Particle Accelerator

In March, when researchers flip the switch to the world’s largest, most powerful particle accelerator, scientists from all over the world will be watching. Lab researchers Beate Heinemann and Peter Jacobs were on a recent panel of scientists that discussed the scientific implications of this new and improved accelerator. More>

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Feb. 25 Instrumentation Talk on Next Gen Laser Plasma Accelerators

Almantas Galvanauskas of the University of Michigan will “Pathway to the Next Generation Laser Plasma Accelerator Drivers” on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The talk is part of the Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium Series. More>

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Large Hadron Collider Gears Up for Restart

Since shutting down in early 2013, the LHC and its detectors have undergone a multitude of upgrades and repairs. When the particle accelerator restarts, it will collide protons at an unprecedented energy: 13 trillion electron volts. More>

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Instrumentation Talk on Scintillators for Nuclear Nonproliferation

Sara Pozzi of the University of Michigan will discuss recent results from experiments performed on plutonium at the JRC in Ispra, Italy and on uranium at the Los Alamos Lab. The event takes place on Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Smithsonian Features Early Recordings, Enabled by Lab Technology

The National Museum of American History’s “Year of Innovation” showcases battle between Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison to develop sound-capturing machines, much like the modern tug-of-war between Apple and Microsoft. Exhibit visitors can hear these early sounds thanks to research by the Lab’s Carl Haber and Earl Cornell. More>

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Instrumentation Talk on Radiation Detection Developments

Kai Vetter will present an Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium talk on “Radiation Detection Developments in the Berkeley Applied Nuclear Physics Program,” on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at noon in Building 15-253. The presentation will be lived streamed here. More>

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Old Photons, New Tricks

A much clearer picture of the history of the universe has emerged, thanks to innovative detection and analysis of the handful of photons arriving from outer space. “It’s amazing that we can piece out these stories from that little information,” says Berkeley Lab’s Saul Perlmutter. More>

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Survey Opens a New Public View of the Sky

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) issued the final release of the third epoch of the survey. “Data Release 12″ contains measurements of the properties of nearly half a billion stars and galaxies, making it one of the largest databases in history. The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey is the largest program in the SDSS-III. More>

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