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From Nigel Lockyer: Fermilab’s top five

Fermilab employees gathered in Ramsey Auditorium on Oct. 15 for an all-hands meeting. Following are the top five takeaways.

LBNF/DUNE global participation: Antonio Masiero, INFN

In this 5-minute video, INFN Vice President Antonio Masiero discusses Italy’s long history of innovation in neutrino physics and their role and expertise. They will contribute to the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility/Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

We might be able to predict the path of a baseball based on the motion of the bat, but even the tiniest adjustment in the swing could make a large difference in the ball's flight. Photo: Zach Putnam
Can we predict the future?

In the 19th century some scientists thought that if we could know, at any given time, the position and velocity of every atom, we could in principle calculate the future. They believed the past determines the present, and the present determines the future.

Even the children joined in during the dance! Photo: Elliott McCrory
Fermilab celebrates the Festival of Lights

There was an authentic and delicious Indian dinner, dandiya (stick) Indian dancing, arts and crafts, and even a mehndi (henna tattoos) station.

Five mysteries the Standard Model can’t explain

Our best model of particle physics explains only about 5 percent of the universe.

Are time crystals real?

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.

Wonderful Women in STEM Conference for high school girls a success

The girls received hands-on experience of what it’s like to work in a national lab in engineering, computing or physics and parents had a tour through the lab installations.

Participants attended lectures on quantum science and a hands-on demonstration of quantum computing software presented by representatives from Google. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Community and software applications on display at Fermilab quantum science workshop

Representatives from industry joined physicists to present software and share ideas about the future of quantum science and technology.

Studying the stars with machine learning

To keep up with an impending astronomical increase in data about our universe, astrophysicists turn to machine learning.

Aaron Chou works on an experiment that uses qubits to look for direct evidence of dark matter. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Fermilab scientists to look for dark matter using quantum technology

Their efforts apply research from multiple disciplines to hunt for dark matter – in particular, the much sought-after axion.

One minute with Mario Lucero, diversity and inclusion specialist

Attendance at an outreach event led to a career at Fermilab, a place Lucero describes as a “little wonderful world.”

Celebrate Dan Green’s scientific achievements at DanFest – Friday, Oct. 19

Green has always valued and supported the international character of our field and has colleagues and friends around the globe.

This architectural rendering shows the buildings that will house the new PIP-II accelerators. Architectural rendering: Gensler. Image: Diana Brandonisio
Energy Department seeks public input on environmental assessment of accelerator project at Fermilab

The U.S. Department of Energy invites citizens to review and comment on the possible environmental effects of building and operating the Proton Improvement Plan II (PIP-II) particle accelerator at Fermilab.

Workshop on creating inclusive workplaces – Oct. 18

Creating safe and inclusive workplaces for all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, improves the well-being and satisfaction of employees.

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Top 10 Illinois scientists

From Illinois Public Radio’s The 21st, Oct. 15, 2018: Fermilab archivist Valerie Higgins appears on Illinois Public Radio to talk about Enrico Fermi and Leon Lederman. Segment starts at 41:20

Neutrinos may help solve long-standing mysteries of the universe

From Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s, The Science Show, Oct. 12, 2018: Dan Falk visits Fermilab and talks with Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer and MINERvA co-spokesperson Debbie Harris.

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