From Science, March 6, 2017: For more than a decade, multiple experiments have found an unexpected excess in the number of high-energy antielectrons, or positrons, in space. A team led by Fermilab’s Dan Hooper has shown that pulsars, not dark matter annihilation, can indeed produce most or all of the excess.
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From Gizmodo, March 6, 2017: A new children’s book from the folks at Fermilab and SLAC takes a child (or maybe just an interested adult) along an adorably dorky rhyme-trip through some of the most important high-energy physics concepts.
From the Chicago Tribune, Feb. 28, 2017: Lindsay Olson, Fermilab’s first artist-in-residence, will display several pieces reflecting her work at Fermilab during her upcoming exhibition The Elegant Universe: Art and Science, beginning on March 7 at Elmhurst College.
From CERN Courier, Feb. 15, 2017: CERN makes rapid progress towards prototype detectors for the international DUNE experiment.
From The Doings/Chicago Tribune, Feb. 3, 2017: STEM events in LaGrange included a visit from Fermilab’s Jerry Zimmerman, better known as Mr. Freeze, and his demonstrations of cryogenics.
From NIU Today, Feb. 1, 2017: The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation have appointed Michael Syphers, a senior research professor of physics at NIU and former Fermilab physicist, to serve as a member of the national High Energy Physics Advisory Panel.
From SLAC, Jan. 31, 2017: A full kilometer of SLAC’s historic linac has been stripped of all its equipment. Over the next two years it will be re-equipped with new technology to power an X-ray laser, LCLS-II. Fermilab and Jefferson Lab are building the cryomodules for its superconducting portion.
From the Naperville Sun, Jan. 26, 2017: A gravity collider, gravity accelerator, shape shooter, ramps and curves machine, and a mini linear accelerator were on loan to Graham Elementary School three days this week from Fermilab.
From the INSPIRE blog, Jan. 23, 2017: INSPIRE’s list of the 40 most highly cited papers during 2016 is out, and five are Fermilab papers. The number goes up if you include CMS papers. Have a look in this blog post by Fermilab’s Heath O’Connell and SLAC’s Michael Peskin.
From Kane County Chronicle, Jan. 16, 2017: In tandem with exploring the origin of the universe, Fermilab delves into its own birth, celebrating its 50th anniversary with an accelerated lineup of events from now into fall. The entertainment element will start on a happy note with Mucca Pazza, an unconventional marching band, striding onto the Batavia stage at 8 p.m. Jan. 21.