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The stories below were created by the Sanford Lab Communications Department, the Berkeley Lab Operations Office or other institutions. The In the News link provides links to news media stories, arranged in descending chronological order. The press releases link includes both copy and photos from recent press releases.

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New shield design improves CUBED detector

December 1, 2014

Sensitive physics experiments like the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) and Majorana Demonstrator (MJD) experiments seek significant events that help them better understand the universe. Deep underground they escape most of the cosmic rays that bombard Earth’s surface. But radiation exists everywhere: in the materials used, in the rocks, and in the air. That’s where low background detectors come in. 

EHSOC visit a big success

December 2, 2014

In early November, the Environmental Health and Safety Oversight Committee (EHSOC) made a return visit to review the Sanford Lab’s safety program. In the past they’ve relied on presentations from the management team. This time, however, they did things a bit differently. 

“They spent most of their time in the field talking to staff,” said EHS Director Noel Schroeder. “That’s the way it should be. That’s where you get the most important information.”

EHSOC visit a big success

December 2, 2014

In early November, the Environmental Health and Safety Oversight Committee (EHSOC) made a return visit to review the Sanford Lab’s safety program. In the past they’ve relied on presentations from the management team. This time, however, they did things a bit differently. 

“They spent most of their time in the field talking to staff,” said EHS Director Noel Schroeder. “That’s the way it should be. That’s where you get the most important information.”

The air down there

November 1, 2014

At 9 a.m. last Wednesday, an alarm bell, strobe lights and announcement to evacuate filled the underground laboratory. In a real emergency, researchers and others would have evacuated the area. This, however, was a scenario designed to test the nine oxygen sensors in the Davis Campus, so the researchers calmly continued their work. 

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