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Whoooah, we’re halfway there…

Construction on Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) — which will allow scientists to explore everything from fuel cell catalysts and soil samples to molecules vital for human life — has passed the 50-percent completion mark.

Pop Goes the Photomultiplier Tube

How do scientists make glass stronger? Break it. Brookhaven Lab physicists and engineers take this hands-on approach a step further. In order to strengthen the design of glass bulbs known as photomultiplier tubes, the researchers submerge the devices in 500,000 gallons of pressurized water, punch a small hole through their sides, and watch as the…

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…

Spidey Battles Doc Ock…at Brookhaven?

It was July 1976. The nation was busy celebrating its bicentennial, a gallon of gas cost 60 cents, and the Yankees were heading for their first postseason in 12 years, but the real action was at Brookhaven National Laboratory, scene of a life-and-death battle between Spiderman, Doctor Octopus, and the Ghost of Hammerhead. That’s right,…

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…