COVID-19 as an Accelerator to Rethink the City – The Nature of Cities

The COVID-19 outbreak that began early in 2020 has been an accelerator of how outer public and private spaces are perceived and valued as places for shelter, amusement, and social gathering. Urban public space has been a subject of rethinking for decades regarding its role as a catalyst for revitalization and as a promoter of … Read more

Superconducting X-Ray Laser in California Achieves Temperatures Colder Than Space

A particle accelerator that slams electrons together here on Earth has achieved temperatures colder than those of outer space. Using the X-ray free-electron laser at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory – part of an upgrade project to the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), called LCLS II – scientists chilled liquid helium to … Read more

Combining behavioral & data sciences to optimize chronic disease management

Digital tools have become an essential part of our lives. Online calendars guide our daily routine; Waze and Google Maps plan our routes – warning us of traffic or an accident ahead; websites and apps recommend restaurants nearby; and this is just to name a few. These technologies direct and redirect us, offering optimal guidance … Read more

What Is It Like To Work at a Particle Accelerator?

LCLS-II will add a superconducting accelerator, occupying one-third of SLAC’s original 2-mile-long linear accelerator tunnel, which will generate an almost continuous X-ray laser beam. In addition to the new accelerator, LCLS-II requires a number of other cutting-edge components, including a new electron source, a powerful cooling plant that produces refrigerant for the accelerator, and two … Read more

LifeX Labs’ accelerator named its 4th cohort of life science startups

Seven life sciences startups are hoping to grow with the help of some Pittsburgh expertise. This week, Pittsburgh life sciences resource hub LifeX Labs announced its fourth cohort of startups since launching its accelerator in 2020. The three month-long accelerator is open to any early-stage company or idea in the realm of life sciences and … Read more

Astronomers Observe a Cosmic Particle Accelerator As Never Before

The fast shockwaves form an hourglass shape as they expand, in which gamma rays are produced. This gamma-ray emission is then detected by the HESS telescopes (shown in the foreground). Credit: DESY / HESS, Science Communication Lab Gamma ray observatory HESS reveals a cosmic particle acceleration process in unprecedented detail. With the help of special … Read more

Cosmic particle accelerator at its limit – BIOENGINEER.ORG

With the help of special telescopes, researchers have observed a cosmic particle accelerator as never before. Observations made with the gamma ray observatory HESS in Namibia show for the first time the course of an acceleration process in a stellar process called a nova, which comprises powerful eruptions on the surface of a white dwarf. … Read more