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Mayall Telescope

DESI opens its 5000 eyes

With installation near completion, the new sky-surveying instrument has begun final testing.

Silicon chip components

How to get a particle detector on a plane

Berkeley Lab scientists’ unusual carry-ons include components for a CERN experiment’s detector upgrade.

Photograph of hands in light blue rubber gloves holding detector components

Berkeley leans into search for light dark matter

Dark matter could be much lower in mass and slighter in energy than previously thought.

A rendering of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope’s dome

Data scientists face off in LSST machine-learning competition

Data scientists trained computers to pick out useful information from LSST’s hi-res snapshots of the universe.

Photo of Sandra Miarecki standing on the steps of a plane

A flight path to physics success

Sandra Miarecki went from Air Force pilot to neutrino physicist.

Photo of CRESST detector carousel

The light side of dark matter

New technology and new thinking are pushing the dark matter hunt to lower and lower masses.

Graphic of liquid xenon "super pure" to "super rare"

Xenon, xenon everywhere

It’s in the air we breathe, but it’s not so easy to get ahold of 10 metric tons of xenon in its liquid form.

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The burgeoning field of neutrino astronomy

A new breed of experiments seeks sources of cosmic rays and other astrophysics phenomena.

Photo of Kitt Peak

Exploring dark energy with robots

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument will produce a 3-D space map using a ‘hive’ of robots. 

Image of Fermi LAT sky map

Seeing in gamma rays

The latest sky maps produced by Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope combine seven years of observations.