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Fortifying Computer Chips for Space Travel

Berkeley Lab’s particle accelerator blasts microprocessors with high-energy beams to toughen them up for trips into low-earth orbit and beyond.

Cosmic Mystery Deepens with Discovery of New Ultra-High-Energy Neutrino

Evidence of a fourth ultra-high energy neutrino—the highest-energy neutrino yet—has been detected by the South Pole-based IceCube experiment.

New Magnet Center Brings Together Research and Development

Initiative taps magnet expertise from across Berkeley Lab to develop state-of-the art magnetic systems.

For Ultra-cold Neutrino Experiment, a Successful Demonstration

An international team of nuclear physicists announced the first scientific results from the Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) experiment. CUORE is designed to confirm the existence of the Majorana neutrino, which scientists believe could hold the key to why there is an abundance of matter over antimatter.

Creating the Coldest Cubic Meter in the Universe

As part of an international collaboration, Berkeley Lab scientists have helped create the coldest cubic meter in the universe. The cooled chamber—roughly the size of a vending machine—was chilled to 6 milliKelvin or -273.144 degrees Celsius in preparation for a forthcoming experiment that will study neutrinos, ghostlike particles that could hold the key to the existence of matter around us.

A Closer Look at the Perfect Fluid

By combining data from two high-energy accelerators, nuclear scientists have refined the measurement of a remarkable property of exotic matter known as quark-gluon plasma. The findings reveal new aspects of the ultra-hot, “perfect fluid” that give clues to the state of the young universe just microseconds after the big bang.

No Fukushima Radiation Found in Coastal Areas

It was raining when Eric Norman, Berkeley Lab physicist and University of California (UC) Berkeley professor of Nuclear Engineering, heard about the nuclear-reactor meltdown in Fukushima, Japan.

Superheavy Chemistry, One Atom at a Time

It’s now more or less official: element 117 will have a seat at the periodic table. Earlier this month an international team of scientists that included researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Nuclear Science Division found two atoms of superheavy element 117. The experiment, conducted at a particle accelerator at the GSI Helmholtz Center for

No Ocean-Borne Radiation from Fukushima Detected on West Coast Shoreline, According to Analysis of 1st Samples from ‘Kelp Watch 2014’

Scientists working together on Kelp Watch 2014 announced today that the West Coast shoreline shows no signs of ocean-borne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, following their analysis of the first collection of kelp samples along the western U.S. coastline. The team is co-led by Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley’s Kai Vetter.

Heavy Flavor Tracker for STAR

Studies of the quark-gluon plasma – the primordial soup of quarks and gluons whose brief existence after the big bang set the stage for the universe we know today – is poised for a major upgrade thanks to a new particle detector system called the “Heavy Flavor Tracker.”