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A recap of Fermilab Family Open House: Virtual Edition

From Feb. 10–14, the Fermilab Office of Education and Public Engagement held its first-ever virtual Family Open House. With live and on-demand content throughout the five-day event, attendees could participate in real time or enjoy programming on their own schedule, with over 10,000 interactions from 45 states and over 20 countries. The EPE Office is excited about both a very successful five days and about how it can be carried forward.

Even Bananas 03: Why do bananas emit neutrinos?

Almost everything makes neutrinos — even bananas. But why do bananas produce neutrinos? Are they turning your kitchen into a neutrino factory? Today, we’ll talk about how each of these humble fruits emits more than one million of our favorite particles every day — and some other neutrino sources you might not expect. Join Fermilab scientist Kirsty Duffy to find out!

How English became the language of physics

Today, more than 90% of the indexed articles in the natural sciences are published in English. That wasn’t always the case.

Fermilab names Kevin Pitts as chief research officer

Previously vice provost for undergraduate education and professor of physics at the University of Illinois, the new chief research officer will lead research on the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, advancing scientific excellence.

Cryomodules of five different types, one of which is the SSR1 pictured here, boost the energy of the beam. cryomodule, beam, PIP-II, superconducting technology, accelerator Photo: Tom Nicol, Fermilab
Testing wraps up for first Fermilab-designed cryomodule for PIP-II accelerator

A Fermilab team has completed tests for a crucial superconducting segment for the PIP-II particle accelerator, the future heart of the Fermilab accelerator chain. The segment, called a cryomodule, will be one of many, but this is the first to be fully designed, assembled and tested at Fermilab. It represents a journey of technical challenges and opportunities for innovation in superconducting accelerator technology.

Two Fermilab employees receive DOE Secretary’s Honor Awards

Fermilab Deputy Director of Research Joe Lykken and Fermilab Neutrino Division Head Steve Brice, recognized for their service to DOE’s mission and the benefit of the nation, earn among the highest honors a Department of Energy employee or contractor can receive.

Searching for Higgs boson twins

Higgs-boson pairs could help scientists understand the stability of our universe. The trick is finding them.

Nature’s funhouse mirror: understanding asymmetry in the proton

Asymmetry in the proton confounds physicists, but a new discovery may bring back old theories to explain it.

Five DIY physics demos

Missing visits to the museum? Or in need of some home-school activities? Check out these five do-it-yourself physics demos from Ketevan Akhobadze, an exhibit developer for the Lederman Science Center at Fermilab.

One minute with Arden Warner, accelerator physicist

Protecting particle accelerators and developing technology for addressing environmental issues, Arden Warner loves solving problems. He’s also chair of the Fermilab Summer Internships in Science and Technology committee, where he champions mentoring young scientists and working towards a more inclusive culture in science.

The CMS Department is a physics powerhouse

For researchers interested in unlocking the mysteries of the universe, having access to the most powerful high-energy accelerator on the planet, a world-class detector, and young, fresh, and enthusiastic minds are a winning combination – and the Fermilab CMS Department has all three.

Coffea speeds up particle physics data analysis

The prodigious amount of data produced at the Large Hadron Collider presents a major challenge for data analysis. Coffea, a Python package developed by Fermilab researchers, speeds up computation and helps scientists work more efficiently. Around a dozen international LHC research groups now use Coffea, which draws on big data techniques used outside physics.

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SeaQuest/E906 muestra que el protón contiene más antiquarks virtuales de tipo abajo que de tipo arribaNEW

From the Science of the Francis Mule, March 1, 2021: Scientists at Fermilab and Argonne publish new results from SeaQuest experiment showing the asymmetry of protons.

Fermilab – Integrated Engineering Research CenterNEW

From Civil + Structure Engineer, March 1, 2021: Fermilab’s new Integrated Engineering Research Center is a 85,000-square-foot, two-story structure that will be a combination of laboratories, offices, and collaborative spaces to support ongoing particle physics research, including the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

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