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From National Geographic, September 28, 2021: Recently, Fermilab ran over 200 computers to analyze Dark Energy Survey images that helped identify a new comet called the Bernardinelli-Bernstein. It is estimated the nucleus of the comet is about 93 miles wide, the biggest size estimate for a comet in decades.

From Medill Reports, September 30, 2021: Researchers transported a gigantic electromagnetic ring from Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island to Fermilab near Chicago eight years ago in the search for a new building block of matter. While it wasn’t the secret spaceship bystanders thought it was, it did allow scientists to explore fundamental questions about our universe.

From La Repubblica (Italy), September 30, 2021: Fermilab has recently started the development of a quantum computer with performances that go well beyond those of currently existing quantum computers. This project is being lead by Fermilab’s Anna Grassellino, who also graduated in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pisa.

From Hip Latina, September 27, 2021: Fermilab’s Jessica Esquivel was featured in Hip Latina to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Latinx people in America and highlight incredible individuals doing amazing work in STEM!

From Illinois Tech, September 16, 2021: Former Fermilab director and Nobel Prize winner Leon Lederman had a portion of 33rd Street in Chicago renamed in his honor on Saturday, September 18, at an event hosted by IIT. Lederman won the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics and is best known for his work on neutrino research. He was director of Fermilab from 1979 to 1989.

From the Cornell Chronicle, September 20, 2021: A collaboration of researchers led by Cornell has been awarded $22.5 million by the NSF to continue research needed to transform the brightness of electron beams. Fermilab scientists Sergei Nagaitsev and Sam Posen are part of the collaboration team working with Cornell to improve the performance and reduce the cost of accelerator technologies that would improve beams for tumor treatment, imaging individual atoms, instruments for wafer metrology, and the Large Hadron Collider.

From Discover Magazine, September 15, 2021: The the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) developed a survey in 2020 to gather information from QED-C member companies about their workforce needs. FermiLab research associate Ciaran Hughes and colleagues surveyed 57 companies involved in the incipient quantum industry to find out what kinds of skills they are looking for and those that are most in demand. This is the largest survey undertaken of the quantum industry and the results offer some surprises.