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The stories below were created by the Sanford Lab Communications Department, the Berkeley Lab Operations Office or other institutions. The In the News link provides links to news media stories, arranged in descending chronological order. The press releases link includes both copy and photos from recent press releases.

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A whole new way to see the universe

February 2, 2016

In a fraction of a second, our understanding of the universe changed dramatically. Approximately 1.3 billion light years away, two black holes collided, releasing energy equivalent to 3 times that of our sun. The cataclysmic event sent ripples across the fabric of spacetime—and throughout the scientific community. 

Those ripples, called gravitational waves, were observed for the first time Sept. 14, 2015, by two detectors that are part of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)—one in Livingston, La., and one in Hanford, Wash.

CASPAR takes critical step

February 1, 2016

Researchers with CASPAR (Compact Accelerator System for Performing Astrophysical Research) began installing the accelerator last fall.  “This is the most sensitive piece of equipment in the entire CASPAR setup,” said Dr. Frank Strieder, associate professor of physics at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Deep campus, low background

January 1, 2016

Just over a year ago, the Ross Campus looked very much like it had during mining days. Today, the world-class research space houses CASPAR (Compact Accelerator System for Performing Astrophysical Research) and the Black Hills State University Underground Campus (BHUC). While CASPAR is assembling its accelerator and expects to be operational in the summer, BHUC is open for business—the business of research. 

Learning from role models

January 2, 2016

Ginger Kerrick dreamed of being an astronaut. When she failed the medical examination, she found another way to stay in the space program—she became a member of the flight control crew as a Capsule Communicator, or Capcomm. The Capcom communicates directly with the astronauts while they are in space.