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Fermilab’s annual Family Open House set for Feb. 9-13

Fermilab’s 2022 Family Open House will take place Feb. 9–13 and will bring five days of family friendly physics fun from the lab to the living room. Like last year, this year’s event will be completely virtual so kids and adults can experience America’s premier particle physics laboratory from any location.

Fermilab Young Professionals presents the Fermilab Buddy Program

This Fermilab LRG initiative promotes all work-life integration initiatives at Fermilab. In 2021, it designed and launched the Fermilab Buddy Program, which welcomes new employees, enhancing the onboarding experience and aiming to increase their sense of belonging to the Fermilab community.

Going beyond the exascale

Quantum computers could enable physicists to tackle questions even the most powerful computers cannot handle.

From Security Chief Joe Rogers: Wearing your Fermilab badge on site and other security-related reminders

Site security is a responsibility we all share to help keep the people, science and facilities of Fermilab safe. You are required to display your site access credentials (Fermi ID Badge or Fermilab Access Sticker) while on site at all times and remove your site access credential when off site.

More than one way to make a qubit

Scientists are exploring a variety of ways to make quantum bits. We may not need to settle on a single one.

Puzzling Mysteries of the Universe

The cosmic microwave background has been a treasure trove of information about the universe, as well as a source of questions that have not yet been resolved. In this video, Don Lincoln describes two unsolved mysteries of the CMB. The first makes you ask if the solar system has a special place in the universe, and the second is a giant cold spot that could be the signature of a giant void or, much more unlikely, of colliding universes.

What is quantum information?

Quantum information breaks the rules of classical information in a way that could allow us to answer questions that a classical computer cannot.

Dark Energy Survey director Rich Kron named American Astronomical Society fellow

The AAS award recognizes Kron’s contributions to the astronomy community through his leadership of sky surveys, including the Dark Energy Survey and Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

Why we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Sandra Charles, Fermilab’s chief equity, diversity and inclusion officer, explains why Martin Luther King Jr. Day is more than just another holiday — it is a chance to honor his legacy and make Fermilab a better place for all.

PIP-II holds first-ever sustainability workshop in December

Internal and external collaborators discussed sustainability efforts and opportunities for PIP-II, Fermilab’s new accelerator upgrade due to be completed in the late 2020s.

From bits to qubits

Quantum computers go beyond the binary.

Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) creates largest 3D map of the cosmos

After less than a year of data taking, DESI has already mapped out more galaxies than all previous 3D surveys combined — and it’s just getting started.

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SURF study highlights economic impacts in South Dakota

From the Rapid City Journal, January 20, 2022: A 2021 economic study done for SURF and the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority shows the large economic impacts in advancing South Dakota’s economy. The impacts include job creation, household earnings, and spending for activities and experiments at SURF and the LBNF/DUNE. The partnership with Fermilab to construct and operate part of the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility at SURF will result in significant spending and employment in South Dakota in the coming decades.

2021 – A year in which physicists asked, “What is beyond the standard model?”

From The Hamden Journal, January 16, 2022: With the Standard Model explaining the fundamental physics of how the universe works, experimental physicists are constantly probing for cracks in the model’s foundations. So far, it has remained the model of fundamental physics despite many experiments in 2021 that probed the Standard Model 2021 like Muon g-2.

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