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Do you believe in miracles?

The moment our universe came into existence fits one part of the definition of a miracle very well, as does the appearance of the imbalance between matter and antimatter.

#BlackInPhysics week to build community, increase visibility

Taking place on Twitter and in webinars, #BlackInPhysics week features events geared toward Black physicists, the entire physics community and the general public.

High interest in accelerator-based solutions at medical device sterilization workshop

On Sept. 17, IARC at Fermilab hosted a workshop on medical device sterilization that focused on accelerator-sourced radiation. The workshop, titled Medical Device Sterilization: Continuing the Conversation, served as a virtual bridge between last year’s successful in-person event, the Midwest Medical Device Sterilization Workshop, and a future in-person workshop.

Subatomic Stories: Before the Big Bang

Scientists have long called the expanding universe “the Big Bang,” but the term is confusing. Many people think the Big Bang is the name of the moment of the creation of the universe, but it’s really just the expanding phase. In this episode of Subatomic Stories, Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln explains some of the speculative ideas that have been proposed about the actual and literal moment of creation.

In photos: Fermilab site preparation for LBNF nears completion

All summer long, progress on preparing the Fermilab site for the construction of the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility has been proceeding at a healthy clip. Now, as summer winds down, that site prep is nearing completion.

The many paths of muon math

Here’s how physicists calculate g-2, the value that will determine whether the muon is giving us a sign of new physics.

Pinning down the ampere with a supersensitive particle detector

A precise calibration for measurements of electric current has long eluded scientists. Last year, the ampere was redefined based on the charge of a single electron. The next generation of charge-coupled devices, known as skipper CCDs, could provide the sensitivity needed to calibrate the new definition.

Laboratories celebrate dark matter research with worldwide event

Fermilab joins the global celebration of Dark Matter Day. Hear from Fermilab scientists during a special webinar on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. CT. Take a virtual tour of the lab’s dark matter experiments and detectors, and learn how Fermilab is helping answer questions about the mysterious stuff that makes up 25% of our universe.

LHC CMS Detector Upgrade Project wins DOE Project Management Achievement Award

DOE commended the Fermilab-led LHC CMS Detector Upgrade Project team for completing their project on budget and schedule and for delivering equipment that will enable new discoveries in science for years to come. The award was one of three given this year.

Subatomic Stories: When the universe expanded faster than light

The first moments of the universe are still not well understood by modern science. While the theory of the Big Bang covers the big picture, it doesn’t address some detailed questions. In this episode of Subatomic Stories, Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln describes the idea of inflation, which is an addition to the Big Bang. Together, the two theories appear to be another step forward in our understanding of the origins of the cosmos.

Cheryl Bentham retires on Oct. 22

Fermilab employee Cheryl Bentham started at Fermilab on July 1, 1975, as a summer student. Four years later, she was offered a permanent position in the Housing Office, in September 1979. She has worked in the Housing Office since then. Now she is retiring. Her last day is Oct. 22.

A powerful new tool to study the cosmos

Rubin Observatory will bring new capabilities to the studies of dark matter and dark energy.

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Event recap: How will quantum computing shape the future of AI?NEW

From Center for Data Innovation, Oct. 23, 2020: Fermilab Deputy Director Joe Lykken participates in a panel discussion on the impact quantum computing will have on AI and which sectors might benefit the most from their marriage. A video of the discussion is available in the post.

Onde di scienzaNEW

From Rai Play Radio, Oct. 23, 2020: Si è aperto ieri il Festival della Scienza di Genova, un’occasione per chiamare a raccolta scienziati da tutti il mondo in un momento così complicato. Per ragionare sul ruolo della scienza in questa pandemia e sugli scenari futuri della ricerca. Tra i protagonisti di questa edizione Anna Grassellino, vice direttrice dell’area tecnologia del Fermilab di Chicago, e a capo del progetto di computer quantistico Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center, e Alessandro Vespignani.

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