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Zwicky Transient Facility Opens Its Eyes to the Volatile Cosmos
The launch of Caltech’s Zwicky Transient Facility — a robotic camera able to capture hundreds of thousands of stars and galaxies in a single shot — was widely covered in the news. The Lab is among the partners in the facility. Articles appeared in Astronomy Now magazine, Science magazine, and The Guardian, among others. There was a related press release by Caltech.
Two Lab-Affiliated Researchers in Forbes ‘30 Under 30 in Science’ List
Two Lab-affiliated researchers, Aaron Meisner of the Physics Division and Liang Wu of the Materials Sciences Division, were recognized in the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 In Science list. Meisner works on the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) project. Wu was recognized for his research on topological materials. More>
Search for Dark Photon Narrowed Using Decade-Old Particle Collider Data
A fresh analysis of particle-collider data, co-led by Berkeley Lab physicists, limits some of the hiding places for one type of theorized particle — the dark photon, also known as the heavy photon — that was proposed to help explain the mystery of dark matter. More>
The Mystery of the Star That Wouldn’t Die
Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists were part of a team that helped to decipher one of the most bizarre spectacles ever seen in the night sky: a supernova that refused to stop shining, remaining bright for more than 10 times the duration of an ordinary stellar explosion. Researchers are puzzled by what occurred and are looking to learn more about what caused the event. More>
Recent Lab Workshop Explores Quantum Information Science
On Oct. 25, Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists gathered for a daylong workshop focused on enhancing connections across the Berkeley community related to quantum information science (QIS). Quantum computing could help solve some of science’s hardest problems in chemistry, materials, and other disciplines. More than two dozen talks were presented. More>
Oct. 30 Dark Matter Online Chat With Physicist Dan McKinsey
Dan McKinsey, a Berkeley Lab scientist and a UC Berkeley physics professor who works on underground direct-detection dark matter experiments including LUX and LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), will field questions about the search for dark matter from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, Oct. 30, in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) event.
‘Science Nation’ Video Highlights Lab’s Efforts to Restore Lost Languages
The video explores Project IRENE and its efforts to make digital versions of around 3,000 wax-cylinder recordings of indigenous languages at UC Berkeley’s Hearst Museum. The project is using innovative optical scan technology developed by the Lab’s Carl Haber and Earl Cornell for the restoration. Watch the video here.
Dark Matter Day Talk at Chabot Space and Science Center
Chabot Space and Science Center and Berkeley Lab are hosting a Dark Matter Day talk on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Visitors will learn how scientists and researchers are using accelerators and underground detectors to hunt for the mysterious particles that make up dark matter. Speakers include Lab physicists Heather Gray, Zachary Marshall, and Dan McKinsey. More>

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