Caitlyn Buongiorno

Caitlyn Buongiorno is a science writing intern in the Fermilab Office of Communication.

Congratulations to Mary Tolian for winning last week’s quiz! A lab employee or user to submit the correct answer to today’s question will be featured in next week’s quiz and receive a small token of recognition.

In electrospinning, a positive charge is applied to liquidized material to create thin strands that eventually harden into a solid, fibrous material. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Fermilab scientists are preparing for future, high-power particle beams with a technological advance inspired by spinning sugar. It’s a new type of target — the material that beams collide with to produce other particles, such as neutrinos. The target is designed to be able to withstand the heat from high-intensity beams, expanding the potential of experiments that use them. Researching this new patent-pending technology already has led to a TechConnect Innovation Award and might have applications in the medical field.

Congratulations to Darren Crawford for winning last week’s quiz! The first lab employee or user to submit the correct answer to today’s question will be featured in next week’s quiz and will receive a small token of recognition.

On Feb. 26, a team on Fermilab’s MINERvA neutrino experiment gathered around a computer screen to officially conclude its data acquisition. Even with the data collection over, the work marches on. MINERvA now turns its attention to analyzing the data it has collected over the past nine years of its run.

Congratulations to Julius Borchert and Jessica Esquivel for winning last week’s quiz! The first lab employee or user to submit the correct answer to today’s question will be featured in next week’s quiz and will receive a small token of recognition.

Congratulations to Dan Lambert for winning last week’s quiz! Once more, for this week’s trivia question, the first lab employee or user to respond will be featured in next week’s quiz and receive a small token of recognition.

Congratulations to Catherine Buck for winning last week’s quiz! Once more, for this week’s trivia question, the first lab employee or user to respond will be featured in next week’s quiz and receive a small token of recognition.

Congratulations to Mary Curtis for winning last week’s quiz! Once more, for this week’s trivia question, the first lab employee or user to respond will be featured in next week’s quiz and receive a small token of recognition.

Congratulations to Thomas Kraus, Rodolfo Perez and Matt Crawford for winning last week’s quiz! The first lab employee or user to submit the correct answer to today’s question will be featured in next week’s quiz and will receive a small token of recognition.

One day in 2017, the idea to detect particles that had potentially been escaping the LHC for years unnoticed by the gigantic detectors suddenly became feasible. The story of the latest experiment approved for installation at the Large Hadron Collider starts with a theorist and a question about dark matter.