2018 Outreach

LIGO supercomputer upgrade will speed up groundbreaking astrophysics research


Penn State recently invested in an upgrade to its portion of the data grid that will roughly quadruple the cluster’s capacity for conducting cutting-edge astronomy and astrophysics research.

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NSF Press Conference on Neutrino-Blazar Discovery


NSF held a press conference on Thursday, July 12, 2018 to announce the major discovery of the first high-energy neutrino detected from a distant cosmological source. IceCube and AMON researchers at Penn State played a prominent role in this major advance. The result is reported in two articles in the current issue of Science and featured on its cover: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6398. This discovery marks the beginning of a new branch of astronomy using high-energy neutrinos and, since it partly relied on the coincident detection of high-energy photons, places in sharp relief the critical importance of the multimessenger approach pioneered at IGC through our AMON project. An article for lay audiences published in “The Conversation” by Doug Cowen, Derek Fox and Azadeh Keivani was picked up by CNN, CBS News, Smithsonian Magazine, Newsweek and EarthSky and attracted nearly 30,000 reads in the first four days!

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Remembering Stephen Hawking


Abhay Ashtekar, director of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, reflects on Stephen Hawking's monumental work and remarkable spirit. Eberly College of Science; March 14, 2018.

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