Today at Berkeley Lab

Long-Sought Decay of Higgs Boson Observed

Six years after its discovery, the Higgs boson has at last been observed decaying to fundamental particles known as bottom quarks. The finding, presented by the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is consistent with the hypothesis that the all-pervading quantum field behind the Higgs boson also gives mass to the bottom quark. Berkeley Lab is part of the ATLAS collaboration. More>

Gary Binder Wins Global Neutrino Network Dissertation Prize

Gary Binder, a researcher with the Nuclear Science Division, has won the Global Neutrino Network dissertation prize for his work on “Measurements of the Flavor Composition and Inelasticity Distribution of High-Energy Neutrino Interactions in IceCube.” The prize recognizes young postdoctoral candidates who have written an outstanding thesis and contributed significantly to the Global Neutrino Network. More>

Instrumentation Colloquium on Searching for Dark Matter Axions

Gianpaolo Carosi of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will speak on “Searching for Dark Matter Axions with the ADMS Experiment” on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

IceCube Neutrinos Point to Long-Sought Cosmic Ray Accelerator

An international team of scientists has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that can travel unhindered for billions of light-years from the most extreme environments in the universe to Earth. Go here for a Q&A on this discovery with Lab neutrino researcher Spencer Klein. More>

Two Poets and a Particle Accelerator

Two visiting poets – Kate Greene, a former Berkeley Lab science writer who is an author, essayist, journalist, and poet; and fellow poet, writer, and science enthusiast Anastasios Karnazes – drew inspiration from an overnight stay at Berkeley Lab’s 88-Inch Cyclotron June 14-15. More>

Berkeley Lab Team Wins Data-Driven Scavenger Hunt for Simulated Nuclear Materials

Competing in a fictitious high-stakes scenario, a group of scientists at Berkeley Lab bested two dozen other teams in a months-long, data-driven scavenger hunt for simulated radioactive materials in a virtual urban environment. More>

Video on Lab’s Contributions to Discovery of Mendelevium

Using archival footage found at the Lab, Claude Lyneis of the Nuclear Science Division put together a video describing the discovery of element 101, mendelevium. The team that discovered mendelevium included the Lab’s Glenn Seaborg and Albert Ghiorso, who helped discover over a dozen elements. The video is featured on the “Voices of the Manhattan Project” website.

What Rhymes With Cyclotron? Poets Explore the 88-Inch

Kate Greene — a former Lab science writer who is a poet, essayist, journalist, and former laser physicist — and Anastasios Karnazes, also a poet, spent the afternoon and evening at the Lab’s 88-Inch Cyclotron on Thursday to write poetry inspired by their overnight visit. Watch a slideshow of their visit here, and look for an upcoming feature article in TABL for some details from their visit.

Supercomputers Provide New Window Into the Life and Death of a Neutron

A team led by Berkeley Lab researchers has enlisted powerful supercomputers to calculate — with unprecedented precision — a quantity known as the “nucleon axial coupling” or gA, which is central to our understanding of a neutron’s lifetime. More>

Alan Poon Helps Boys and Girls ‘Scout’ Out Careers in Nuclear Science

The Lab recently hosted more than 200 Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for its annual Nuclear Science Day for Scouts. The event, which provides a chance for Boy Scouts to earn a merit badge in nuclear science, and Girl Scouts to earn a “Get to Know Nuclear” patch, has been coordinated by Alan Poon for the past eight years. Go here for more on the program and to view a photo feature on the event.