In mid November, Fermilab hosted its first Physics Slam, a rap battle of sorts, but with physics. Five physicists met on stage in front of a live audience full of laymen and were told to discuss one high-level aspect of physics. They could use any prop on stage and had only 12 minutes to make the audience knowledgeable. Continue reading here.
Fermi National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory in the Chicago suburbs have each played an integral part in developing the NOvA experiment, a large-scale neutrino experiment that will shoot beams of neutrinos 500 miles through the earth from Fermilab to a site in Minnesota. The objective is to discover more about the particles and how they build matter. Continue reading here.
Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory are following galaxies from birth by constructing digital universes using the most state-of-the-art supercomputers. Thanks to cameras that map the sky like Fermilab’s Dark Energy Camera, cosmologists know more about the structure of the universe than ever before. Continue reading here.
After nearly a decade of devising and building the camera, Fermilab and the US Department of Energy have started up the most powerful universe-imaging machine ever created and taken some extremely detailed and distant pictures. Continue reading here.
Jason Steffen, an astrophysicist at Fermilab, recently authored one of the studies reporting the discovery of 41 total planets discovered by NASA’s Keplar mission. The mission itself was created to discover planets in the so-called “Goldilocks zone” around a star where planets may have liquid water. This is the largest discovery of planets in a single sweep ever made. Continue reading here.