Would a small change in even one of the fundamental constants cause the whole edifice to crumble? This question, while fundamental, may also seem completely inaccessible.
I was happy to attend the White House ceremony on May 7 to sign the agreement between the U.S. and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) to renew the collaboration in particle physics and advanced computing.
You might have heard that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is back online. In the past few weeks, it started circulating beams and then they were able to ramp up the energy per beam to 6.5 trillion electron volts which is a new record, up from the previous 4 trillion electron volts.
The Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, the world's most powerful particle accelerator, has taken another big step forward in its journey towards exploring new frontiers of knowledge.
As a true believer in a unified Europe, I dream a continent willing to invest in future generations and ready to support all viewpoints -- a diversity that reinforces a common vision and builds fair opportunities for all European citizens.
After a very successful data taking period between 2010 and 2012, the LHC shut down for two years for refurbishment, retrofits and upgrades. These retrofits were completed in late 2014, and expectations were high for a Spring 2015 startup.
Black holes are the signature of subatomic extra dimensions, not parallel ones. Plus remember that these extra dimensions are ones from which electromagnetism and the strong and weak nuclear forces are excluded. So there is no possibility of making atoms there.
Beginning in just a few days, physicists working at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland will start commissioning the largest and most powerful particle accelerator ever built -- the Large Hadron Collider or LHC.
The Universe's accelerators have been bombarding us with high energy particles, low energy particles and everything in between since the beginning of time. There are lots of ways we are looking at these particles with detectors on the earth and in the sky.
In another few months the Large Hadron Collider will be powered up to explore its maximum energy range. Many physicists fervently hope we will see definite signs of "new physics," especially a phenomenon called "supersymmetry."
There was a time when science was carried out by inspired individuals, developing theories or designing experiments that could be done on a tabletop and carried out in a matter of days or weeks. Those days are long gone.
SESAME stands for Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East and will be a world-class particle-accelerator-based facility for applied research that covers the full spectrum from protein crystallography to understand the structure of viruses to solid-state physics to improve our computers.
For our research at the Large Hadron Collider with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, 2014 was a year of hard work. The LHC has been in a planned shutdown since 2013 and the plan is to start giving proton-proton collisions again in mid-2015.
Fifty years ago, in 1964, physicists Murray Gell-Mann at Caltech and George Zweig at CERN came up with the idea of the quark as a response to the bewildering number of elementary particles that were being discovered at the huge "atom smasher" labs sprouting up all over the world.
It had all the trappings of a typical Miami funeral. The eulogists, stifling their tears. The aria, Handel's mournful Piangero la Sorte Mia. The loud lamentations of the black laced lloradera.
Children adopted from China may not remember the language of their birth country, but their brains still respond unconsciously to Chinese more than a decade later.