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The Muon g-2 particle storage ring, a 50-foot electromagnet weighing 17 tons, is the centerpiece of a dark matter experiment at Fermilab. (Credit: Fermilab)

Fermilab Installs Huge Magnet For Dark Matter Experiment

A 50-foot, 17-ton electromagnet settled into its new home at Fermilab on Thursday, where it will prepare to start searching for dark matter after a couple years of tweaking.


The Muon G-2 Storage Ring sits outside Fermilab, waiting to begin its work in the search for dark matter. (Credit: Fermilab)

Physicist: New Fermilab Electromagnet A ‘Masterpiece Of Science’

A Fermilab scientist spoke Wendesday of beauty as he described a 50-foot electromagnet waiting to begin its work at its new home in Batavia.

WBBM Newsradio–09/11/2013

The Dark Energy Camera, built at Fermilab in Batavia, Ill., was mounted on the Blanco telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. (Credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab.)

Fermilab’s ‘Dark Energy Camera’ One Of The Most Powerful In The World

In each snapshot it takes, more than 1,000 galaxies up to 8 billion light years away are revealed.


A 50-foot electromagnet from the Muon G-2 Storage Ring experiment is parked at the Costco in Bolingbrook, on its slow journey from Lemont to Fermilab in Batavia. (Credit: CBS)

Massive Electromagnet Completes Arduous Trip To Fermilab

Without twisting even an eighth of an inch, a 50-foot-wide electromagnet resembling a flying saucer finished an arduous 3,200-mile trip across land and sea on Friday, arriving at an Illinois laboratory where it will be used to study blazing-fast particles.


A 50-foot electromagnet from the Muon G-2 Storage Ring experiment is parked at the Costco in Bolingbrook, on its slow journey from Lemont to Fermilab in Batavia. (Credit: CBS)

Giant Electromagnet Makes Pit Stop At Costco En Route To Fermilab

A marvel of physics is spending the day in a grocery store parking lot in the southwestern suburbs, before continuing its long journey to Fermilab in Batavia.


The Muon G-2 Storage Ring is loaded onto a truck. (Credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab/Twitter)

Giant Electromagnet’s 3,200-Mile Trek To Fermilab Nearly Finished

Known as the Muon G-2 Storage Ring, the electromagnet will be used to study muons, subatomic particles with a lifetime of only 2.2 millionths of a second, in hopes of discovering new subatomic particles.



Fermilab Physicist: Higgs Particle Mass Key To End Of The Universe

A Fermi lab physicist has delivered the ultimate downer, the entire universe is ending, in some uncounted billions of years hence. WBBM’s John Cody has a look at the upcoming event.


Zoomed-in image from the Dark Energy Camera of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365, in the Fornax cluster of galaxies, which lies about 60 million light years from Earth. (Credit: Dark Energy Survey Collaboration)

New Fermilab Camera Helping Look Into Ancient Universe

A powerful new camera built in the Chicago area by Fermilab is turning out pictures that look billions of years into the universe’s past.



Fermilab Preparing For Historic Experiment With Neutrino Beam

Fermilab scientists are breaking new ground, with a project that most of would admit is hard to get our arms around.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2012


Fermilab Physicists Close To Conclusive Discovery Of ‘God Particle’

Fermilab physicists say their now pretty sure they have seen tracks of the long-sought Higgs boson – popularly known as the God particle.

CBS Chicago–07/02/2012

Fermilab's bison herd welcomes five calves. The herd now has 25 bison. (Credit: Fermilab)

Fermilab Welcomes Five Bison Calves

The bison herd at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has gotten bigger.



Physicists Say They’re Close To Finding So-Called ‘God Particle’

American physicists say they’re close to their goal of finding the Higgs boson – known colloquially as the “God particle” – but they’re not there quite yet.

CBS Chicago–03/07/2012

Scales Of Justice

Lawsuit: Off-Duty West Chicago Cop Shot At Car In Road Rage Incident

The family of a Cicero teenager is suing in federal court in Chicago, accusing a West Chicago police officer of shooting at their car and wounding him.

CBS Chicago–02/29/2012

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Person Shot By Off-Duty Cop At Fermilab

A traffic chase between an off-duty police officer and a car involved in a hit-and-run accident in the west suburbs Saturday ended on Fermi Lab property when the officer opened fire on the car, striking someone in the backseat.



Landmark Particle Accelerator Going Offline At Fermilab

The landmark accelerator that led to the discovery of an elementary atomic particle is being turned off for good Friday at Fermilab in the western suburbs.

CBS Chicago–09/30/2011

Interior of Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner airplane. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Fermilab Physicist Offers Alternative To Standard Airline Boarding

A Fermilab physicist thinks he’s solved a problem that costs airlines millions of dollars and costs travelers unlimited aggravation.

CBS Chicago–08/29/2011


Federal Cuts May Hit Fermilab, Argonne

There are warnings that the United States might fall farther behind other countries in innovative technologies, if proposed federal budget cuts hit Argonne and Fermilab.

CBS Chicago–02/28/2011


Funding Cuts Shutting Down Fermilab Accelerator

Federal funding cuts are turning off power to a landmark particle accelerator at Fermilab in the western suburbs.

WBBM Newsradio–01/11/2011

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Fermilab’s Tevatron In Batavia Set To Close

The Tevatron — the premier particle accelerator in the world for more than two decades — will be shut down in September at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.


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Fermilab Offers Buyouts, Hopes To Cut 50 Workers

Budget woes are once again affecting the nation’s premier particle physics lab, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.