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Handedness — and the related concept of chirality — are double-sided ways of understanding how matter breaks symmetries. Different-handed object pairs reveal some puzzling asymmetries in the way our universe works.

From Scientific American, Sept. 22, 2020: The Chinese JUNO experiment will aim to answer a mystery about the particles’ mass. It will be joined by the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment later this decade in its search for answers that neutrinos can provide. Fermilab Deputy Director Joe Lykken weighs in on how neutrinos will address the universe’s pressing questions.

The University of Chicago Center for Data and Computing is hosting a webinar on its new Discovery Challenge. The session takes place on Sept. 28 from 3-4 p.m. CT. Learn more, and register to attend. The Discovery Challenge is a new seed funding program at CDAC that accelerates the research-to-impact process through the development of research-based, use-inspired data science technologies and tools. Projects may focus on broad and cross-cutting topics such as, but not limited to: behavioral economics, precision workforce…

From La Repubblica, Aug. 28, 2020: Anna Grassellino, 39 anni di Marsala, coordina duecento scienziati a Chicago per realizzare un obiettivo sul quale la Cina ha investito 10 miliardi. “E’ una questione di sicurezza nazionale, ma io mi occupo di scienza. Mi piace ascoltare le risposte che dà la natura alle nostre domande.”

A physicist at the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Venanzoni will help prepare the Muon g-2 collaboration for its highly anticipated first scientific publication and work with partners to ensure a long life for the experiment, where scientists are searching for new particles emerging from the quantum foam that surrounds all matter.

From Brookhaven National Laboratory, Sept. 17, 2020: Brookhaven theorists publish an improved prediction for the tiny difference in kaon decays observed by experiments. Understanding these decays and comparing the prediction with more recent state-of-the-art experimental measurements made at Fermilab and CERN gives scientists a way to test for tiny differences between matter and antimatter.

Scientists are testing the components and systems for the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by Fermilab, with other liquid-argon particle detectors. One such detector is ICEBERG, which is over 10,000 times smaller than DUNE will be. ICEBERG’s measurements are providing insight for future neutrino experiments.

From Spektrum, Sept. 16, 2020: Mit neuen Experimenten wollen Forscher herausfinden, ob es eine vierte Variante des Neutrinos gibt. Sollte sie existieren, könnte das Einblicke in den rätselhaften dunklen Sektor des Universums erlauben.