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MicroBooNE experiment’s first results show no hint of a sterile neutrino

Four complementary analyses by Fermilab’s MicroBooNE show no signs of a theorized fourth kind of neutrino known as the sterile neutrino. Its existence is considered a possible explanation for anomalies seen in previous physics experiments.

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Two Fermilab projects welcome new leadership

LBNF/DUNE-US and Mu2e will see leadership changes in November.

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BICEP3 tightens the bounds on cosmic inflation

A new analysis of the South Pole-based telescope’s observations has all but ruled out several popular models of inflation.

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LBNF/DUNE excavation achieves a gem of a milestone

In early October, crews completed the raise-bore drilling of the vertical ventilation shaft at the Lead, South Dakota, LBNF/DUNE project site and unexpectedly uncovered a geological treasure during the process.

A minute with Olivier Napoly, accelerator physicist

Olivier Napoly has worked internationally on a variety of accelerator and collider projects. At Fermilab, he works as a guest scientist, helping to build the PIP-II particle accelerator. As an accelerator physicist, Napoly focuses on every aspect of PIP-II’s construction from design to assembly.

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There’s no one best way to build a telescope.

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Fermilab scientists receive American Physical Society honors

The APS awarded two prestigious prizes, the Panofsky Prize and the Wilson Prize, to four scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Even Bananas 12: Do sterile neutrinos exist?

This episode features an edition of Particle/Counter Particle. In this science debate show, two physicists discuss the possible existence of “sterile neutrinos,” a theorized fourth kind of neutrino. If sterile neutrinos exist, it would be a radical discovery, adding a new building block to the Standard Model of Particle Physics.

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Autumn Wildlife Encounters

Many animals are on the move in fall to find a safe place to spend winter. What should you do if you find an animal inside a building or in an unusual spot outdoors?

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Building a cross-border dark matter experiment deep underground — during a pandemic

Creating a hypersensitive dark matter detector in a clean lab more than a mile underground is no mean feat in and of itself. Add a closed border and COVID restrictions to the mix, and you have the scenario that Fermilab, SNOLAB and the SENSEI collaboration faced. Undeterred, they found a way to proceed with installation.

A minute with Griselda Lopez, campus access and experience manager

Griselda Lopez oversees Fermilab’s site access process, the Badging office, the Users Office and Recreations. She values the opportunity her role gives her to work with people from different disciplines, divisions and sections.

Two Fermilab scientists named American Physical Society fellows

On Oct. 13, the American Physical Society announced the recipients of the 2021 APS Fellowships. Two Fermilab scientists were selected as 2021 APS fellows.

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IN THE NEWS

Put your dark matter savvy to the test at SURF’s virtual Dark Matter Day eventNEW

From Sanford Underground Research Facility, October 25, 2021: SURF will be hosting a gameshow-themed event. as part of the virtual event, “Deep Talks: Are you smarter than a dark matter physicist?” on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. MT. All are invited to attend the event where the audience will take part in a quiz about dark matter and the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter experiment.

This material costs $62.5 trillion per gram, making it the rarest and the most expensive substance on earthNEW

From Tech Start Ups, October 24, 2021: How antimatter can one day power a rocket into space. Former Fermilab physicist Gerald Jackson believes testing an antimatter-based propulsion spacecraft could be a reality by 2050 if the high energy costs to produce antimatter weren’t a factor.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • eBS upgrade and downtime Nov. 3-8NEW
  • Wilson Hall 4th floor network maintenance Thursday, Oct. 28NEW
  • Server patching affects MRTG graphs Tuesday, Nov. 2NEW
  • Non-disruptive maintenance: Lab 5 network maintenance Wednesday, Oct. 27NEW
  • Pumpkin carving contest – It’s not too late!NEW
  • ServiceNow upgrade to the Quebec release Oct. 30-31
  • macOS Monterey v12 NOT yet certified for Fermilab use
  • Clorica survey results
  • Open Enrollment: Oct. 27 – Nov. 10 – Virtual FAQ meetings for benefits
  • Employees can upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination beginning Oct. 25
  • Results are in: Overall DOE Mile
  • ServiceNow weekly release notes – Oct. 21
  • Save the Date: Women in Manufacturing and Engineering day – Oct. 28
  • Seats available: Virtual emotional intelligence course – Nov. 16 – 17
  • Fermilab’s 2021 DOE Mile Results
  • Pumpkin carving contest
  • Session recordings for Cybersecurity Awareness Week now available
  • Accounting alert – Transportation tipping
  • Benefits and Wellbeing Virtual Fair
  • Fermilab Halloween pumpkin carving contest
  • Sept. 30 COVID-19 town hall session for users and affiliates recording available
  • Sept. 29 COVID-19 town hall session recording available
  • Understanding contractual commitments and authority to commit the lab
  • Sept. 22 COVID-19 town hall session recording available
  • Allen Rusy to retire Oct. 29
  • Recording of director all-hands meeting now available
  • Password Reset Tool requires lab network connection/VPN
  • New Procurement website is live
  • Reminder: Stockroom operations during COVID
  • Clogged global supply chains impact procurements
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