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InTheLoop Special | 12.20.2013

December 20, 2013

CS Supported Research Named Among 2013's Best

Research supported by Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences is being honored by end-of-year reviews in two leading magazines: Physics World and WIRED. Results from the IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory, supported by NERSC, were notably named to both lists, being honored as the most important discovery by Physics World.

Three of Physics World's top 10 breakthroughs of 2013 went to discoveries that used NERSC resources. IceCube took top honors with "breakthrough of the year." The magazine's 10 favorite pictures of 2013 also featured the visualizations of work done by CRD mathematicians.

The three top breakthroughs supported by supercomputing resources at NERSC included the IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory, which took the top honor "Breakthrough of the Year;" the European Space Agency's European Planck space telescope, which revealed new information about the age and composition of the universe; and the South Pole Telescope, which made the first detection of a subtle twist in light from the CMB, known as B-mode polarization.

In addition, CRD mathematicians James A. Sethian and Robert I. Saye caught the eye of magazine editors with strikingly realistic visualizations of soap bubbles based on a new math model describing their complex evolution and disappearance in foams.

Wired magazine's Top Science Discoveries of 2013 named two findings CS had a hand in, including IceCube and the final findings of the NASA Kepler space telescope: One in five Sun-like stars in our galaxy has an Earth-sized planet orbiting it at a habitable distance.

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InTheLoop Resumes Publication Jan. 6, 2014

InTheLoop will resume publication on the first Monday after the Lab's winter holiday shutdown: Jan. 6, 2014. We in CS communications—Jon Bashor, Kathy Kincade, Linda Vu and Margie Wylie—wish everyone a happy and restful holiday.