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Even Bananas 11: How do we study neutrino oscillation?

Neutrinos are weird. Scientists didn’t expect them to change type as they travel, but they do! So how do we study this weird phenomenon of neutrino oscillation? On this episode, neutrino physicist Kirsty Duffy and special guest Anne Norrick will explore how to build a long-distance neutrino experiment.

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New labwide EDI and EPE time charging codes being launched

Employees have been asking for a consistent way to charge for time they spend on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion or Education and Public Engagement -related activities. The wait is over — two new time codes have been established: one for time charged to EDI and another for time charged to EPE.

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Quantum computing for undergraduates

The Fermilab Theoretical Physics Department hosted its first Quantum Computing Internship for Physics Undergraduates program this summer. Students from a range of diverse backgrounds learned about the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics.

August issue of Particles newsletter

The Fermilab Office of Communication is pleased to share Particles, a monthly newsletter from Fermilab senior management that covers key projects and initiatives and the “behind-the-scenes” support critical to our success. Each issue is designed to offer a one-stop source on the top cross-lab takeaways from our divisions, sections and programs that Fermilab employees should know.

Bringing the whole self to science

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science helps students and professionals find community.

DOE invests $13.7 million for research in data reduction for science

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced $13.7 million in funding for nine research projects that will advance the state of the art in computer science and applied mathematics. One of the recipients of this funding, Fermilab scientist Nhan Tran will lead a project to explore methods for programming custom hardware accelerators for streaming compression.

Nigel Lockyer to step down as Fermilab director

The Fermi Research Alliance, which manages Fermilab on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, announced on Sept. 10 that Nigel Lockyer will step down after eight years as director of the lab.

EPE hosted successful online teacher workshops again this summer

Fermilab’s Office of Education and Public Engagement has wrapped up another summer of virtual educator workshops, hosting 60 teachers from 19 different states via Zoom to connect their classrooms to the science of Fermilab.

The super bizarre quantum eraser experiment

The quantum eraser experiment is one of the weirdest phenomena that has ever been observed. It seems that quantum mechanics mixes past and future together. In this video, Fermilab’s Don Lincoln takes you through this quantum conundrum.

Fermilab’s Chris Polly wins 1 of 10 Falling Walls Awards in physical sciences, remains finalist for Science Breakthrough of the Year 2021

Fermilab physicist and Muon g-2 co-spokesperson Chris Polly has won a Falling Walls Award in physical sciences, which honors researchers doing groundbreaking work in the observation and understanding of natural phenomena of the earth, atmosphere and space. Polly is being recognized for his contribution to the Muon g-2 collaboration. Its results earlier this year strengthened evidence of new physics beyond the Standard Model. He is also a finalist for Science Breakthrough of the Year 2021 in physical sciences.

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Curious physics results could shed light on dark matter

Even experiments that aren’t looking for dark matter directly, such as Muon g-2, could give us hints about the mysterious substance that permeates our universe.

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Photographing the HL-LHC

A CERN photographer and videographer writes about his experiences documenting the ongoing upgrade that will turn the Large Hadron Collider into the High-Luminosity LHC.

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The quantum technology industry is creating entirely new jobsNEW

From Discover Magazine, September 15, 2021: The the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) developed a survey in 2020 to gather information from QED-C member companies about their workforce needs. FermiLab research associate Ciaran Hughes and colleagues surveyed 57 companies involved in the incipient quantum industry to find out what kinds of skills they are looking for and those that are most in demand. This is the largest survey undertaken of the quantum industry and the results offer some surprises.

Weird muons may point to new particles and forces of nature

From Scientific American, September 14, 2021: Fermilab theorist Marcela Carena writes about the ever changing behavior of muons and the first result of the Muon g-2 experiment that suggested muons were not acting as current theory prescribes in an article titled, “Weird muons may point to new particles and forces of nature,” posted in Scientific American.

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