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29-Apr-2014
Is the universe balanced on a pinhead?
Scientists have known the mass of the heaviest fundamental particle, the top quark, since 1995. But recent, more precise measurements of this mass have revived an old question: Why is it so huge? No one is sure, but it might be a sign that our universe is inherently unstable. Or it might be a sign that some factor we don't yet understand is keeping us in balance.

Contact: Kathryn Jepsen
kathryn.jepsen@slac.stanford.edu
DOE/Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

24-Mar-2014
The instrumentation frontier
Devices designed for science can open both the wonders of the cosmos and new possibilities in everyday life.

Contact: Andre Salles
asalles@fnal.gov
630-840-6733
DOE/Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

1-Mar-2014
CDMS result covers new ground in search for dark matter
Scientists looking for dark matter face a serious challenge: No one knows what dark matter particles look like. So their search covers a wide range of possible traits -- different masses, different probabilities of interacting with regular matter. Today, scientists on the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search experiment, or CDMS, announced they have shifted the border of this search down to a dark-matter particle mass and rate of interaction that has never been probed.

Contact: Kathryn Jepsen
kjepsen@fnal.gov
DOE/Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

10-Nov-2009
An electron zap turns flimsy plastic into sturdy shrink wrap
If you buy a Butterball turkey this Thanksgiving, you have particle accelerators to thank for its freshness. For decades now the food industry has used particle accelerators to produce the sturdy, heat-shrinkable film that Butterballs come wrapped in.

Contact: Symmetry Magazine
info@symmetrymagazine.org
630-840-3351
DOE/Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

16-Jul-2009
Dark Energy Camera scans ancient skies
Scientists wonder why the universe is expanding ever faster. What mysterious force is at work? By recording the light from hundreds of millions of galaxies from a mountaintop in Chile, they hope to find out what's going on.

Contact: Symmetry Magazine
info@symmetrymagazine.org
630-840-3351
DOE/Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

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