What does your weight on a bathroom scale, the expansion of our universe today, and the Big Bang have in common? If modern ideas in physics are correct, they are all caused by a new family of particles called "spin-zero bosons." Let's have a look!
If the Higgs Boson had turned out to be 115 gigaelectonvolts it would have supported the theoretical notion of supersymmetry, filling...
There's a reason Albert Einstein always looked like he'd stuck his finger in a light socket: Physicists spend their days doing some of the most mind-blowing research in science. Here are 10 physics findings that will cramp your brain and make your hair stand on end.
There were no celeb watchers, red carpets or black velvet ropes for this crowd of art-science enthusiasts. This was an event to celebrate the story about the search for Higgs boson, the so-called "God particle."
Of course, when you're starting out in life, and you have to support yourself, a job is essential, and a BA degree might not get you something to pay the bills. But then again, it just might.
A handful of physics articles from 50 years ago have become central to the way physicists think about matter and the cosmos today -- so central, in fact, that we can sometimes forget that these foundational ideas even have a history.
Less than a year after the first Higgs boson was found in the suburbs of Geneva, Switzerland, the world of particle physics was rocked last weekend when a hoard of 36 of the itty-bitty particles was discovered in the back of the basement of the First Trinity Church in Cambridge, England.
Reality is waiting for us to creep closer to understanding its mysteries. In the meantime, it won't falter or come to an end. Reality will remain our home, our source, and the ground state of our being far beyond the lifetime of the foreseeable universe.
Even if controlled fusion is still a long way from reaching fruition, nuclear energy remains the best and perhaps the only long-term, large-scale solution to the world's energy needs.
The 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA, results are in, and there's some really good news for those that worry about the U.S. becoming a nation of brainy elitists.
An intriguing question that arises is whether infinities are only a mathematical concept, or whether they can occur in physical reality. Interestingly, cosmology -- the study of the universe as a whole -- provides quite a few examples where in principle one could encounter infinity.
If God exists, the deity must be smiling. For behind the high fives and hoopla over the Higgs boson, there's a growing doubt that we are anywhere near to understanding the nature of reality. These doubts arise from two major sources.
While I agree that changes are called for in certain standards and practices, it is wrong to conclude that there are any fundamental flaws in the basic methods of science. When science is done properly, it still remains the most powerful force for human advancement the world has ever seen.
The award of the Nobel Prize in physics generally creates a mental blur for most people, since no one can comprehend the current state of physics without training in advanced mathematics. This year was somewhat different, thanks to a nickname.
No one can predict what practical applications can come out of the basic scientific research being done today, but history shows that without basic science we can expect little human progress.
As easy as it is to think that the brain in its skull casing is all that is necessary to produce mind, it's just as easy, if you permit yourself, to think of Mind as the fundamental nature of everything that exists.