Today at Berkeley Lab

Ramping up the Hunt for Dark Matter with LUX-ZEPLIN

Development of the Berkeley Lab-managed LUX-ZEPLIN is underway. LZ, as the project is known, promises to be the most sensitive tool for the direct detection of weakly interacting massive particles or WIMPs, which many researchers suspect could be the fundamental components of dark matter. Go here to read a SLAC press release on this development. More>

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Physics Division’s David Nygren Receives Aldo Menzione Prize

The prize is awarded every three years, coinciding with the Pisa Meeting on Advanced Detectors on May 25 in Italy, sponsored by the Frontier Detector for Frontier Physics Association. Nygren was recognized for his work on the Time Projection Chamber.

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The U.S. and CERN Upgrade Their Relationship

The Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and CERN signed a cooperation agreement that lays the groundwork for continued joint research in particle physics and advanced computing both at CERN and in the United States. CERN houses the Large Hadron Collider, at which the Lab is involved in several experiments. More>

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Ghostly Voices From Thomas Edison’s Dolls Can Now be Heard

Thanks to technology developed by the particle physicist Carl Haber and the engineer Earl Cornell at Berkeley Lab, the voices of rare talking dolls created by Thomas Edison in the late 1800’s can now be heard. More>

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A Hot Start to the Origin of Life?

Researchers from Berkeley Lab and the University of Hawaii at Manoa have shown for the first time that cosmic hot spots, such as those near stars, could be excellent environments for the creation of molecular precursors to DNA. More>

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LHC Sees First Low-Energy Collisions

Low-energy protons met in the hearts of the four Large Hadron Collider experiments. These test collisions will help the ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb collaborations calibrate their detectors in preparation for the high-energy collisions scheduled for early June. More>

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How a New Telescope Will Measure the Expansion of the Universe

In this Q&A, Lab physicists Michael Levi and David Schlegel discuss the future of the DESI project and how its forthcoming map will help scientists better understand dark energy. More>

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Prospects of Doing Attosecond Physics at the World’s First Laser-Driven X-Ray User Facility

Predrag Ranitovic will present the scientific roadmap of ELI-ALPS and give an overview of the laser and attosceond pulse sources, and endstations to be available for users in the near future, in the Building 50 Auditorium on April 29 from noon to 1 p.m. More>

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Lab’s Perlmutter Featured in April 22 Hubble Telescope Documentary

Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history of astronomy: the Hubble Space Telescope. In honor of Hubble’s landmark anniversary, NOVA tells the remarkable story of the telescope that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos. The program airs at 9 p.m. on KQED. More>

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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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