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Researchers at Fermilab, in collaboration with 3M, have successfully demonstrated that an electron beam can destroy the two most common types of PFAS in water. Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances are commonly known as PFAS and often called forever chemicals. The new research shows an electron beam can destroy the forever chemicals quickly, enabling a large volume of water to be treated in the same amount of time as some other methods.

CBS News Chicago spoke with a current P5 member who is a professor at the University of Chicago about the 2023 report for federal funding agencies on what should be constructed to advance particle physics research over the next 10 years. Recommendations include a powerful new particle accelerator at Fermilab, a telescope to observe the oldest light in the universe, and research to learn more about mysteries such as dark matter.

Forces Net, Jan. 3, 2023: Fermilab researchers recently collaborated with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center to build a compact SRF electron accelerator prototype at the IARC. This collaborative work used electron beam accelerator technology to create surfacing materials to serve military transport to improve and extend the lifespan of modern runways and other surfaces.

From the New York Times, July 28, 2021: On Wednesday, a group of laboratories including Fermilab and major scientific publishers, announced an agreement that aims to simplify the process of applying new names to old papers for transgender scientists by shifting much of the administrative labor from the researcher to the laboratory.

From the DOE Office of Science, June 28, 2021: Particle physics research scientists supported by the U.S. Department of Energy tackle the fundamental mysteries at universities and national labs across the country. They build state-of-the-art experiments that yield incredible discoveries and achievements including Fermilab’s Muon g-2 result, the Higgs Boson discovery, the ProtoDune demonstration and the launch of the National Quantum Initiative.

From Lab Manager, June 29, 2021: The new Fermilab Integrated Engineering Research Center (IERC) is the first cross-divisional facility on Fermilab’s campus spanning over 79,208 gross sq. ft. The IERC will serve as an integrator for various research efforts and is expected to be complete June 2022.

From the Dallas Morning News, June 13, 2021: The results of the April 7 Muon g-2 result strongly disagreed with the standard model and it is incumbent upon us now to explain this observation, writes Stephen Sekula, chair of physics and an associate professor of experimental particle physics at Southern Methodist University.