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Today, the dome closes on the previous science chapters of the 4-meter Mayall Telescope in Arizona so that it can prepare for its new role in creating the largest 3-D map of the universe. This map could help to solve the mystery of dark energy, which is driving the accelerating expansion of the universe.

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Berkeley Lab ‘Minimalist Machine Learning’ Algorithms Analyze Images From Very Little Data

February 21st, 2018

Mathematicians at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a new approach to machine learning aimed at experimental imaging data. Rather than relying on the tens or hundreds of thousands of images used by typical machine learning methods,

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Berkeley Lab Report Calls for Industry Attention to Ensuring Grid Reliability

February 13th, 2018

In light of changes in how electricity is being both generated and consumed, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has written a new report analyzing challenges facing the nation’s electric grid and making recommendations for ensuring continued reliability.

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Narrowing In on the W Boson Mass

February 12th, 2018

Scientists working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)—the world’s largest particle collider, hosted at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory—have precisely measured the mass of the W boson, a particle that plays a weighty role in a delicate balancing act of the quantum universe.

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From Belgrade to Berkeley: A Postdoctoral Researcher’s Path in Particle Physics

February 12th, 2018

After completing her Ph.D. thesis in calculating the mass of the W boson – a heavier-than-iron elementary particle that mediates one of the universe’s fundamental forces – physics researcher Aleksandra Dimitrievska is now testing components at Berkeley Lab for a scheduled upgrade of the world’s largest particle detectors.

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Scientists Discover ‘Chiral Phonons’ – Atomic Rotations in a 2-D Semiconductor Crystal

February 1st, 2018

A research team has found the first evidence that a shaking motion in the structure of an atomically thin material possesses a naturally occurring circular rotation that could become the building block for a new form of information technology and molecular-scale machines.

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Gene Enhancers Are Important Despite Apparent Redundancy

January 31st, 2018

Scientists answered a long-standing question about the role of enhancers. And by better linking the genomic complement of an organism with its expressed characteristics, their work offers new insights that further the growing field of systems biology, which seeks to gain a predictive understanding of living systems.