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Science fiction sometimes borrows from science fact. In the movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” the writers blended multiverses and alternate realities with the real-world Large Hadron Collider and the Compact Muon Solenoid. In this 6-minute video, Fermilab’s Don Lincoln gives you the low-down on what is real and what is made up.

Fermilab is one of the world’s finest laboratories dedicated to studying fundamental questions about nature. In this 14-minute video, Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln talks about some of the lab’s leading research efforts, which will lead the field for the next decade or two.

Big discoveries need big detectors, and Fermilab’s DUNE experiment is one of the biggest. In this 10-minute video, Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln gives the lowdown on this fascinating project. Fermilab plans to shoot beams of neutrinos and antineutrinos through Earth’s crust from Chicago to western South Dakota. DUNE will study neutrino interactions in great detail, with special attention on (a) comparing the behaviors of neutrinos versus antineutrinos, (b) looking for proton decay, and (c) searching for the neutrinos emitted by supernovae. The experiment is being built and should start operations in the mid to late 2020s.

For his 2018 Physics Slam presentation at Fermilab, Northwestern University scientist André de Gouvêa took on one of the most fascinating particles in physics: the neutrino. In 10 minutes, he explained — with the help of a few props — what neutrinos are and how physicists discovered that these particles can transform into one other, a phenomenon known as neutrino oscillation. At the end of the evening, the audience declared him to be the winner of the 2018 Physics Slam.

Don Lincoln describes what happens when a charged particle travels through a transparent material faster than light travels through that same material.

The idea of time crystals in the media come with ludicrous hopes of time travel and rumors of time portals. The reality of time crystals is a fascinating scientific advance, but it doesn’t rise to the level of the hype.

In this 4-minute video, Antonio Ereditato, DUNE liaison for Swiss funding agencies, discusses Switzerland’s participation in the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility/Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

A new camera for the South Pole Telescope, called SPT-3G, will aid scientists in creating the deepest, most sensitive map yet of the cosmic microwave background, allowing them to peer more closely into the era of the universe just after the Big Bang.

There are dozens and dozens of particle names, and many names can apply to one particle, or a single name can apply to many particles. It’s all very confusing. Fermilab Don Lincoln made this 10-minute video to help you sort it all out.