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The giant ALICE detector is already underway at CERN, and researchers are scrambling to add an electromagnetic calorimeter to capture jet-quenching, the newest way to look inside the quark-gluon plasma — the hot, dense state of matter that filled the earliest universe, which the Large Hadron Collider will soon recreate by slamming lead nuclei into one another.

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Irrelevant Regulators

Pinpointing the interactions of genes with their assumed regulators grows ever more sophisticated, even as the proportion of irrelevant interactions seems to increase. Drosophila researchers have discovered that transcription factors regulating the development of fruit fly embryos bind to an astonishing number of genes. Even more astonishing: much of this binding has no effect.

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March of the Penguins

Rare particle interactions, drawn as Feynman diagrams that some highly imaginative physicists claim look like penguins, point to unknown kinds of charge-parity violation and could open new paths into one of the most fundamental problems in physics: namely, why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe — indeed, why there is matter in the universe at all.

  In Series: Dark Energy's 10th Anniversary, Part III  
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The third part of a series detailing the Supernova Cosmology Project's struggle to prove that Type Ia supernovae could be used to measure the expansion of the universe — and what happened when the answer turned out to be dark energy.
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The Energy Bar
In the Indian state of Maharashtra energy demand far outpaces energy production, but cooperation with Berkeley Lab scientists could encourage energy efficiency and slow Maharashtra's rush to pollution, consumption, and global warming.

Can consumers pay less for electricity while avoiding crisis on the electrical grid? One way is through Automated Demand Response.
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