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Scientists Create ‘Diamond Rain’ That Forms Interior of Icy Giant Planets

A research team that included the ALS’s Roger Falcone observed so-called “diamond rain” in an X-ray laser experiment that simulated extreme conditions that exist in icy giant planets. Those conditions, say scientists, could likely produce giant diamonds weighing hundreds of pounds apiece. Falcone had served as an advisor for the study’s lead author, Dominik Kraus. More>

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Input Sought on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education

The National Academies’ Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century is soliciting input on its discussion document outlining ways to better serve the needs of diverse students, the scientific enterprise, and the nation. Biosciences ALD Mary Maxon, a committee member, encourages Lab researchers to review the document and submit comments through Sept 22.

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‘Totality’ Excited About the August 21 Eclipse? Here Are Some Viewing Tips

While the Bay Area will not experience the full eclipse, a partial eclipse can be viewed for about two minutes at 10:15 a.m. PDT. Want to watch it? Be sure to protect your eyes. You can view the full eclipse via the Exploratorium’s live stream. Will you be in the “Path of Totality?” If so, share your photos with @BerkeleyLab on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. More>

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Dark Matter Day Is Approaching…but Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

A global hunt for the universe’s missing matter is underway, and this autumn everyone is invited to join in. On and around Oct. 31, events around the world will celebrate the hunt for the universe’s unseen “dark matter.” Events will engage the public in discussions about dark matter, and about the many experiments that seek to solve its mysteries. More>

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How to Make a Discovery…a Dance Between Theory and Experiment

For particle physicists, says Lab physicist Robert Cahn, the scientific method isn’t so much going from hypothesis to conclusion, but rather “an exploration in which we measure with as much precision as possible a variety of quantities that we hope will reveal something new.” More>

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Researchers Invited to Share Field Work Experiences on AGU Blog, Social Media

The American Geophysical Union invites researchers to share their adventures in field work on its new blog, The Field. Send an e-mail here to have your information considered. The AGU is also looking for scientists and science communicators to take over its Instagram account with images from recent fieldwork. Submit photos here.

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DOE Report Shows Significant Gains in Energy Employment

Dramatic growth was tracked in several key sectors of the U.S. economy in 2016. Among the findings: energy and energy efficiency industries added over 300,000 new jobs, energy efficiency jobs increased by 133,000, solar industry employment jumped by over 73,000 jobs, with wind adding 25,000 new jobs. More>

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STOMP Performs ‘On’ CERN

The touring cast from the percussion show STOMP stopped at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland to perform on accelerator parts such as a bubble chamber and an LHC dipole magnet near the Globe of Science and Innovation. Watch>

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Four New Names Officially Added to the Periodic Table of Elements

The newly proposed names for elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 have been accepted: Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson. Scientists first synthesized the new elements between 2002 and 2010, but it wasn’t until December of 2015 that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry officially recognized the discoveries. More>

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Alan Alda Flame Challenge: What is Energy?

The Flame Challenge — organized by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science — asks scientists to explain concepts proposed and judged by 11-year-olds. The person who provides the best answer wins. This year’s challenge is “What is Energy?” Submission deadline is Feb. 3. More>

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