Particles, on your marks! You may have heard whispers amongst your scientifically inclined circle of friends, or perhaps felt a tremor within the deepest subatomic particles of your gut concerning the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s financial future. Luckily, your quarks and muons will rest easy—or rather, they won’t, because the lab has received a massive financial endowment courtesy of the U.S. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to keep its particle accelerators running.

Yes, that sigh of relief you hear echoing from the Berkeley hills comes in response to a generous $115 million handout. The money will be used to help upgrade the Advanced Light Source particle accelerator and help build a brand new Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator. The Clog hasn’t the slightest clue what breakthroughs these contraptions will afford humanity, but we have faith in our local lab rats.

The funds come as part of a $1.2 billion government allocation toward laboratories and research projects. Berkeley evidently received a handsome chunk of this, due no doubt to our awesomeness and, perhaps, the fact that President Obama’s Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, used to be director of LBL.

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Berkeley Lab to get $115M from recovery act [Business Times]


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