Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Vision-Correcting Display Makes Reading Glasses So Yesterday

What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual’s visual impairment, and creating vision-correcting displays. More>

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For Laser Inventor Charles Townes, a Festive 99th Birthday

UC Berkeley Nobelist Charles H. Townes drew a crowd of more than 500 admirers to Faculty Glade as the campus wished him a happy 99th birthday. Accompanied by his wife, Frances, 98, and his three daughters, Townes, the inventor of the laser, was presented with the Chancellor’s Citation. More>

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Sci-Am Editorial on Value of Investment by the U.S. Government

Last week, four science experts served as witnesses at U.S. Senate that considered the federal government’s role in R&D and STEM education and outreach. Google’s Vinton Cerf stated the value of the government’s investment “cannot be overstated.” More>

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NASA Ames Open House on Oct. 18; First in 17 Years

Celebrate center’s 75th anniversary with walking tour, science booths, talks, and food and drink. Tickets will be available starting Sept. 2. More>

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United Nations Hosts Big Data-Climate Change Challenge

Competition seeks data-driven evidence of economic dimensions of climate change. More>

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