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On December 16, 2011, Fermilab hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Illinois Accelerator Research Center. At the IARC, scientists and engineers from Fermilab, Argonne and Illinois universities will work side by side with industrial partners to research and develop breakthroughs in accelerator science and translate them into applications for the nation’s health, wealth and security. A video of the ceremony is available here.

Cedar Block, a Milwaukee-based ensemble, will perform a variety show titled, “Sexy Results,” on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Turner Hall Ballroom. The show tells the story of, “one man’s love of science, the trash-talking particle accelerator that broke his heart, and the much theorized, but we-don’t-know-for-certain-it-actually-exists Higgs Boson particle that will answer the Big Question – that’s right – Life, The Universe and Everything.” As part of the group’s preparation, they spent a day visiting with scientists at Fermilab….

What is antimatter?

Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln describes antimatter and its properties in this short video. He also explains why antimatter, though a reality, doesn’t pose any threat to our existence.

Fermilab scientist Rob Snihur and Maria Scileppi, a local multimedia artist, collaborated to turn themselves into colliding particles. Using GPS technology, they rode their bikes around the Main Ring and tracked their progress in this tribute to the Tevatron.

Professor Brian Cox, an ATLAS collaborator from the University of Manchester, tries to explain the Higgs boson, among other elements of physics, to comedy talk show host Stephen Colbert. Cox explains why scientists at CERN and Fermilab are searching for this mysterious particle. Go to the 4:48 mark for Fermilab’s mention.

In this video, Professor Michel Spiro, scientific director of the CNRS in France and CERN Council president since 2009 discusses how CERN, a laboratory with a unique scientific challenge and an international collaboration, is managed. Fermilab plays a prominent role at CERN. View Video

Spotlight on CERN

The ‘Spotlight on CERN’ video series has a new look. This video features CERN Director General Rolf Heuer, a tour around CERN’s tunnels and two comic books relating to the laboratory.