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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…

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…