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Muons on the Move

Big science is a massively collaborative endeavor. From the initial theoretical puzzles to the brilliant engineers that build on-of-a-kind machinery, experts come together to make discoveries happen. Case in point: We’re  moving this 50-foot-wide physics experiment over 3,200 miles of land, sea, and river, starting on Long Island, NY and ending in Batavia, IL. Sometimes understanding…

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…

Science from the Sky

If you’re American, chances are you’ll be looking up this weekend for a spectacle of physics. But you also can look down from above — way, way above — to see the homes of some of the greatest physics experiments on Earth. Brookhaven’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) is probably one of the most visible…