Kendra Snyder

Earlier this month, BNL physicist Peter Takacs told you about his progress in resurrecting one of the world’s first video games. And you wanted to know, “How do I do that?” Based on feedback from that post, we’ve uploaded the original high-resolution schematics for Tennis for Two to the end of this story on Brookhaven’s…

This guest post is written by Norman Holden, a Brookhaven scientist in the National Nuclear Data Center and a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). After receiving his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the Catholic University of America, he spent a decade at the GE Knolls Atomic Power Lab before…

This guest post is written by Peter Takacs, a physicist in Brookhaven Lab’s Instrumentation Division. Takacs, who earned his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, joined Brookhaven in 1979. Peter Takacs More than a half-century ago, Brookhaven Lab nuclear physicist Willy Higinbotham sought to “liven up the place” with an experiment in entertainment. At BNL’s annual…

Just One Word…Plastics

This one-liner from the 1967 classic “The Graduate” might have made Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) cringe: But 43 years later, it’s obvious that Mr. McQuire was onto something. Today, it’s hard to imagine life without plastic, from brushing your teeth in the morning to pouring yourself a glass of milk. We produce so much of…

New Beams Take Flight at RHIC

This guest post is written by Brookhaven physicist Thomas Roser, Chair of the Collider-Accelerator Department. Roser, who earned his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, worked at the University of Michigan before joining Brookhaven in 1991. Thomas Roser The chain of accelerators that leads into two of Brookhaven’s major research facilities – the…

Closing the Ring

The steel framework that will house Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) is almost a complete, nearly half-mile ring after the last piece of structural steel was ceremonially signed yesterday afternoon. Construction workers, Brookhaven employees, and elected officials signed the last remaining piece of structural steel for the NSLS-II ring. This milestone is known…

This guest post is written by BNL theoretical physicist Raju Venugopalan. After earning his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in 1992, Venugopalan worked at several universities in the United States and at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, before joining Brookhaven in 1998. He is the leader of the nuclear theory group in Brookhaven’s…

This guest post is written by BNL cosmologist Anže Slosar. Slosar, who joined Brookhaven’s physics department in 2009, received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 2003. He previously worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oxford University, and the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Anže Slosar Brookhaven Lab is involved in three cosmology experiments aimed at…

Silk taffeta, flowing gowns, sheaths, and…a lab coat? It may sound like a fashion faux pas, but these were the makings of NYC-based designer Shin Choi‘s spring 2000 collection. At $378, this lab coat should probably be saved for the most special occasions That season’s catalogue, which recently ended up on my desk after a…

RHICrolled: Get Low

This is the first in an occassional series about Brookhaven’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, or, as it’s affectionately called, RHIC. Lil John has a theme song for RHIC’s latest experimental run. Sorry, sorry! I couldn’t resist. RHIC’s actual ditty of the moment goes more like this. (Clean version, of course, RHIC doesn’t want any soap…