NSF’s Science360 Photo of the Week

Muon magnet’s moment has arrived

What do you get when you revive a beautiful 20-year-old physics machine, carefully transport it 3,200 miles over land and sea to its new home and then use it to probe strange happenings in a magnetic field? Hopefully you get new insights into the elementary particles that make up everything. The Muon g-2 experiment, located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, has begun its quest for those insights. On May 31, the 50-foot-wide superconducting electromagnet at the center of the experiment saw its first beam of muon particles from Fermilab’s accelerators, kicking off a three-year effort to measure just what happens to those particles when placed in a stunningly precise magnetic field. The answer could rewrite scientists’ picture of the universe and how it works. Image credit: Fermilab


Staffa and Fingal’s cave, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. Photos taken last week, when we had the chance to spend a few hours on the island.

Staffa is an entirely volcanic island, probably best known for its unique geological features such as the many caves and the unique shape of the basalt columns which are also found in the Giant’s Causeway and Rathlin island in Northern Ireland and, closer by, on the island of Ulva. It consists of a basement of tuff, underneath colonnades of a black fine-grained Tertiary basalt, overlying which is a third layer of basaltic lava lacking a crystalline structure. By contrast, slow cooling of the second layer of basalt resulted in an extraordinary pattern of predominantly hexagonal columns which form the faces and walls of the principal caves.

Photographer told me I won’t be getting our wedding photos for another 4 weeks so I’m just gonna keep sharing some photos taken by my guests in the meantime.

This was our ceremony sign. I wish I could say I hand wrote the words but I actually just ordered an acrylic sticker I designed through Photoshop. lol

Keyblade was made by @aimeewoodworks and the engraving reads:

“One wedding, one destiny - July 15, 2017″


My week in pictures: July 10th - July 16th // This week was yet another wild one so I didn’t have a chance to take any particularly entertaining photos. However it was a week in which I: caught up with some old friends, posted a new video, had a job interview, hardly posted on my socials because I was so anxiously awaiting results day to see if I met the 3.5 GPA requirement to transfer into my dream degree, and um.. oh yeah, FOUND OUT I GOT A 4.0 GPA!!! 😭 That happened. It’s been three days and I’m still in disbelief. It’s definitely been a long, emotional and arduous journey but I worked my ass off, and I’m actually so, so pleased with myself. Thank you all for your continuous support, and for the kind messages on my post the other day. I had no idea that many of you cared and I was absolutely overwhelmed with love. You guys rock!!! 💗 Now I just have to wait and see if I got accepted to transfer!!

Edward John Poynter (British painter, designer, and draughtsman) 1836 - 1919
Chloe, Dulces Docta Modos et Citharae Sciens, 1893

Horace “Odes” (Carmina 3.9)
“Mē nunc Thressa Chloē regit, dulcēs docta modōs et citharae sciens, prō quā nōn metuam morī, sī parcent animae fāta superstitī”.

“Thracian Chloe rules me now, learned in sweet rhythms and skilled in lyre-playing; for her I will not fear to die, if the fates spare her soul and let it live”.