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From, Jan. 25, 2023: Researchers at Fermilab, Northwestern University and Stanford University recently demonstrated an entirely new method for searching for meV dark matter. The group is testing a hypothesis that when the rest energy of a dark photon matches the energy splitting of the two lowest cyclotron levels, the first state of the electron cyclotron will be excited.

From CERN, Jan. 20, 2023: CERN is celebrating the completion of civil-engineering work for the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider. This will improve its performance by increasing the number of particle collisions and boosting the potential for discoveries. The HL-LHC is expected to start operating in 2029.

From Laser Focus World, Jan. 12, 2023: What does the future of detectors look like and what problems will they solve? Advances in novel detectors are working on some of the most elusive mysteries in science—from quantum teleportation to neutrinos and dark matter. The long-baseline neutrino detectors of DUNE are part of this line up of international detectors.

From the Rapid City Journal, Jan. 12, 2023: An interview with Fermilab project manager Joshua Willhite on the excavation of the caverns for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) being built under the Black Hills of South Dakota at SURF. Willhite is a mechanical engineering graduate of the South Dakota Mines university who spoke with him about his love of engineering and how the program at SD Mines led to his work on DUNE. This article is an adaptation of the South Dakota Mines story that published on Jan. 10.

From CNN, Don Lincoln, Jan. 13, 2023: Because of the Montreal Protocol signed in 1987, which regulated the consumption and production of almost 100 chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons, use of CFCs has decreased by 99%, and the Earth’s ozone layer is on track to recover in the coming decades.

From the DOE Office of Science: Fermilab’s Dr. Marcela Carena was recently named a 2022 DOE Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellow. On January 25, 2023, all are invited to join a virtual lecture given by Dr. Carena where she will discuss her research accomplishments, career journey and experiences working at the DOE national laboratories. Registration is required for this free DOE event.

From Big Think, Jan. 10, 2023: While the Standard Model is the best theory available in modern physics to explain subatomic physics, it cannot explain why antimatter isn’t observed in nature or provide an explanation for dark matter and dark energy. Don Lincoln explains how recent measurements of muons and electrons are propelling the idea that there may be undiscovered laws of nature yet to discover.

From Big Think, Jan. 6, 2023: While astronomers debate the existence of dark matter, Don Lincoln breaks down a new paper published in Nature Astronomy that claims to debunk a key observation that strengthens the case that the Universe is full of unseen matter.

From Virginia Tech, Jan. 4, 2023: Learn more about what researchers from the Virginia Tech Center for Neutrino Physics are contributing to the international DUNE collaboration. The Center is well-known for combining experimental and theoretical physics to study neutrinos as they bump into the argon inside the DUNE detector and leave behind trails of energy.