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Steve Chu Selected as AAAS President-Elect

Nobel laureate, former Energy Secretary, and former Lab Director Steve Chu has been chosen as president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Chu will start his three-year term in February. AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. More>

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David Shoemaker to Speak on Gravitational Waves at Livermore Event

MIT physicist David Shoemaker will provide updates on the second observation period of gravitational waves, which were first directly measured in 2015 after the merger of two black holes. The event is on Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Livermore. The talk is part of a lecture series sponsored in part by Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs. More>

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Jan. 12 Symposium on Fundamental Physics in Memory of Sidney Drell

This symposium, which takes place at SLAC, will review the current state of issues in fundamental physics that the late Sidney Drell initiated and developed during his career and explore his broader influence on the physics community. The symposium is free but registration is requested. A reception will follow the science program. More>

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DOE Explores Real Science Behind Hit Show ‘Stranger Things’

Actually, there is real, hard science behind the idea of extra dimensions that are explored in the hit Netflix TV show, and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science is involved in studying this very thing, in both theory and experiment. More>

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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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