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DOE’s Ed Synakowski traces key discoveries in the quest for fusion energy

The path to creating sustainable fusion energy as a clean, abundant and affordable source of electric energy has been filled with “aha moments” that have led to a point in history when the international fusion experiment, ITER, is poised to produce more fusion energy than it uses when it is completed in 15 to 20 years, said Ed Synakowski, associate director of Science for Fusion Energy Sciences at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

50 middle-schoolers are wowed by science at PPPL’s My Brother’s Keeper program

Fifty seventh- and eighth-graders from John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton came to PPPL for a half day on March 4 to become scientists – doing a variety of hands-on science activities, from building a motor to sampling ice cream frozen with liquid nitrogen in a cryogenics demonstration, to watching cool plasma demonstrations of lightning, static electricity and stars. They left wanting more.

50 middle-schoolers are wowed by science at PPPL’s My Brother’s Keeper program

Fifty seventh- and eighth-graders from John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton came to PPPL for a half day on March 4 to become scientists – doing a variety of hands-on science activities, from building a motor to sampling ice cream frozen with liquid nitrogen in a cryogenics demonstration, to watching cool plasma demonstrations of lightning, static electricity and stars. They left wanting more.

West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School & William Annin Middle School win N.J. Regional Science Bowl at PPPL

The West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School Science Bowl team is going to Washington, DC, for the second consecutive year after emerging undefeated in 12 rounds of challenging science and mathematics questions at the New Jersey Regional Science Bowl at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) on Feb. 20. 

The team defeated the Millburn High School Team in the final contest to win the Science Bowl. Millburn High School came in second, while Princeton High School came in third. 

COLLOQUIUM: Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence

What is the connection between mathematical law and observed experience? When we look at coincidences mathematically, we find that the odds are far better than any of us would have thought. Probability asks: What are the chances? We answer with a number. But we also ask ourselves that same question when we encounter the strangest and most seemingly impossible coincidences. This talk will examine some seemingly improbable events that lead to question the most surprising moments in our lives.

Princeton physicists share in excitement of gravitational waves Einstein predicted

The announcement Feb. 11 of the detection of gravitational waves, predicted by Albert Einstein some 100 years ago, created a surge of excitement among physicists worldwide, including many with ties to Princeton University. Early evidence for the waves was found several decades ago by Princeton astrophysicist Joseph Taylor and Russell Hulse, a former physicist for the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. They received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1993.

Princeton physicists share in excitement of gravitational waves Einstein predicted

The announcement Feb. 11 of the detection of gravitational waves, predicted by Albert Einstein some 100 years ago, created a surge of excitement among physicists worldwide, including many with ties to Princeton University. Early evidence for the waves was found several decades ago by Princeton astrophysicist Joseph Taylor and Russell Hulse, a former physicist for the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. They received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1993.

Von Hippel, at PPPL, calls for international control of nuclear enrichment

The world’s nuclear enrichment programs should be under international control to prevent the development of nuclear weapons after the new arms deal with Iran expires in 10 to 15 years, said Frank von Hippel, a senior Princeton University research physicist and a former security advisor during the Clinton Administration.

“We have 10 to 15 years to strengthen the non-proliferation machine,” von Hippel said, speaking at the Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday public lecture Jan. 30 at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

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