Today at Berkeley Lab

Retiring Rep. Rush Holt to Lead AAAS

The physicist, educator, and eight-term congressional Democratic has been named the new CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Holt has earned kudos from both Republicans and Democrats for being an effective, behind-the-scenes advocate for additional funding for research and science education. More>

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Lab’s Schlegel Weighs in on the Science of ‘Interstellar’

The new hit film features astronauts who take a wormhole ride to another galaxy to explore planets around a black hole. In this Q&A, cosmologist David Schlegel talks about the movie’s science and how Hollywood could learn from scientists about fantastic settings in outer space. More>

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Can Scientists Tweet Their Way to Success?

Researchers recently published a paper that found a correlation between professional social media exposure of scientists’ work and a higher “h-index,” a measure of the quality of a researcher’s work and influence. Contact Kelly Owen of Berkeley Lab’s social media group to see how she can help promote your research. More>

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‘American Idol for Scientists’ Seeks Participants

Sponsored by NASA, early career scientists from diverse disciplines deliver a three-minute, PowerPoint-free talk on their research or a related topic to a panel of judges, who provide constructive feedback. The event takes place Dec. 14 and 15 during the AGU conference. More>

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‘Manya: The Living History of Marie Curie’ Performed in SF

Susan Marie Frontczak wrote and performs this tribute to legendary scientist Marie Curie, with shows on Nov. 15 (7:30 p.m.) and Nov. 16 (2 p.m.) at the Victoria Theater. Go here for tickets, and here to watch a video preview.

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Engineering’s Neal Hartman Pens Article on ‘Who Really Found Higgs Boson’

The discovery of the Higgs boson two years ago is by any standards an epochal, genius achievement. What is less clear is who, exactly, the genius is. An obvious candidate is Peter Higgs. But does this mean that he was a genius? Peter Jenni, one of the founders of the ATLAS Experiment, hesitates when asked the question. More>

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CERN Needs Help Identifying Mysterious Photos

CERN is currently digitizing over 50 years worth of its old photograph, however, the subject of many of the photos has been lost in the sands of time. If you know your Large Hadron Collider from your Low Energy Antiproton Ring, then maybe you can lend a hand. More>

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SciCast: The World’s Largest Technology Forecasting Experiment

The program allows researchers to interact with more than 10,000 scientists, engineers, science administrators, and science enthusiasts through a crowdsourcing system known as a prediction market. To date, SciCast has generated over 40,000 forecasts and has beaten accuracy benchmarks by over 30%. More>

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White House Seeks Input on New ‘Strategy for American Innovation’

The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council request public comments to help guide the Administration’s efforts to support transformative American innovation and spur new fundamental discoveries that lead to growing economic prosperity and rising living standards. Deadline is Sept. 23. More>

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Science Haikus From Popular Science Readers

The beauty of supernovas, Schrodinger’s cat, and uncooperative assays are among the topics that were transposed into verse, as part of a call to readers of Popular Science Magazine. More>

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