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The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo collaboration identify a second gravitational wave event in the data from Advanced LIGO detectors. On December 26, 2015 at 03:38:53 UTC, scientists observed gravitational waves-ripples in the fabric of spacetime-for the second time. The gravitational waves were detected by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA. Read more

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Extreme light from frozen argon: LSU physicists Mette Gaarde, Mengxi Wu, Kenneth Schafer, and Dana Browne, in collaboration with a team of researchers at SLAC/Stanford University have directly compared the ultrafast, extreme ultraviolet radiation emitted by argon atoms when they are in their gas phase or in their weakly bound solid phase and found significant differences between them, as reported today in the journal Nature. The results yield new clues about how energetic electrons in a solid behave, and may yield new compact sources of short wavelength radiation. Read more

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A Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics will recognize the scientists and engineers contributing to the momentous detection of gravitational waves from two black holes colliding over a billion light years away. Thirteen physicists and graduate students from LSU, who conduct research where the detections were made at LIGO will be among the recipients of this prestigious honor. Read more

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The U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE NNSA) has awarded LSU's second year PhD student Erin Good with a Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship. Recognizing an ever-increasing demand for scientists highly trained in areas of interest to stewardship science, the DOE NNSA founded the SSGF in 2006. Read more

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LIGO announces the detection of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger. On Sept. 14, 2015 at 9:50:45 UTC, the two detectors of the LIGO Observatory simultaneously observed a transient gravitational wave signal due to the inspiral and merger of a pair of black holes, with masses 36 and 29 MΘ, at a distance of approximately 410 Mpc. Read More

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Guang Jia and medical physics doctoral candidate Joseph Steiner have developed a device to improve the accuracy of prostate cancer screening. If successful, their device will produce more accurate CT scans of the prostate and improve prostate cancer diagnoses. Read More

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Ivan Agullo has received a five-year National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, award to support his research on the early universe.The NSF CAREER award is one of the foundation's most prestigious grants awarded to promising junior faculty who effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. Read More

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Wayne Newhauser and LSU medical physics graduate students are exploring the use of 3-D technology to create new tools for leading-edge cancer research, translating into improved patient care. Read More

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The CALET (CALorimetric Electron Telescope) has been launched to the International Space Station. An example of a TeV electron event is shown in the Japanese Space Agency press release. Read More

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"KIC8462852 Faded at an Average Rate of 0.165 ± 0.013 Magnitudes Per Century From 1890 To 1989". "This star's dimming is unique and inexplicable," Bradley Schaefer told CNN. According to Centauri Dreams, "Schaefer takes a hard look at this F3 main sequence star in the original Kepler field not only via the Kepler data but by using a collection of roughly 500,000 sky photographs in the archives of Harvard College Observatory, covering the period from 1890 to 1989." Read More

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String theory and loop quantum gravity - attempting to unify quantum theory and gravity - Prfoessor Jorge Pullin argued that making LQG compatible with general relativity necessitates interactions that are similar to those found in string theory. Dr. Pullin is quoted multiple times in the article. Read More


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