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Particle Physics

Why Physics Experiments at the Subatomic Level May Cause 'Unknown Unknowns' to Destroy the World

Peter Reynosa | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Peter Reynosa

The idea that science is going to create or unleash a Frankenstein that may kill all of us has been around for a couple of centuries, but lately this particular type of scare has grown.

Using Supercomputers to Probe the Early Universe

Elena E. Giorgi | Posted 05.20.2016 | Science
Elena E. Giorgi

While BURST is not the first computer code to simulate conditions during the first few minutes of cosmological evolution, it can achieve better precision by a few orders of magnitude compared to its predecessors.

Large Hadron Collider Update and Your Participation

Alice Bean | Posted 05.18.2016 | Science
Alice Bean

As a particle physicist working with the CMS collaboration taking data in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), now is an incredibly exciting time. In my...

Meet The Most Powerful Woman In Particle Physics

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 05.19.2016 | Science

Fabiola Gianotti isn't new to CERN, the Geneva, Switzerland-based research organization that operates the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's big...

Hints of new physics and observation of old predicted physics

Alice Bean | Posted 03.25.2016 | Science
Alice Bean

There has been lots of exciting science news so far this year. The most talked about has been the observation of gravitational waves coming from th...

Actively Working to Collect and Analyze Data at the LHC

Alice Bean | Posted 12.16.2016 | Science
Alice Bean

This fall, it has been a busy time collecting and analyzing data coming from the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector located at the Large Hadron Coll...

Macrina Cooper-White

Tiny Particle Inspires Paper With THOUSANDS Of Authors | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.01.2015 | Science

We're not sure how many scientists it takes to screw in a light bulb, but in one recent case it took more than 5,000 scientists to write a single scie...

Commissioning at LHC and Conferences

Alice Bean | Posted 06.21.2015 | Science
Alice Bean

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 World's Biggest Scientific Instrument Resumes

Don Lincoln | Posted 05.19.2015 | Science
Don Lincoln

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.

Hard Work in 2014 for LHC to Be Ready in 2015

Alice Bean | Posted 03.08.2015 | Science
Alice Bean

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.

David Freeman

Quantum Physics Just Got A Tiny Bit Easier To Understand | David Freeman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Science

No one is about to claim that quantum physics is now easy to understand, but maybe it's not quite as devilishly complicated as we thought. New res...

New Subatomic Particles Discovered By Physicists Overseas

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Science

Scientists working at CERN's Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland have discovered two never-before-seen subatomic particles, the nuclear res...

Maybe It Wasn't The Higgs Boson After All

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Science

Was all the Higgs hoopla a bit premature? In a new paper that has raised eyebrows around the world, an international team of scientists says there...

Physicists Observe New Particle That's Also Its Own Antiparticle

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.03.2014 | Science

After decades of searching, physicists at Princeton University say they've observed an elusive particle that behaves both like matter and antimatter. ...

Collider Yields Hints Of Never-Before-Seen Subatomic Particle

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 08.25.2014 | Science

Hints of a mysterious particle that has been long suspected to exist but has never been spotted are being revealed in a new experiment. So far, the e...

Particle Map Hailed As 'Great Breakthrough'

LiveScience | Kelly Dickerson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Science

For the first time ever, physicists have mapped the path that particles are most likely to take when moving from one quantum state to another. In phy...

Jacqueline Howard

WATCH: What's The Smallest Thing In The Universe? | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.15.2014 | Science

What’s the smallest thing in the universe? That's a complicated question. After all, fundamental particles are what physicists call the most basi...

WATCH: 'What We Found Could Not Be Explained By Known Physics'

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 07.28.2014 | Science

When astronomers detected a strange signal in a massive galaxy cluster millions of light years from Earth, they knew they had stumbled upon something ...

Proton Spin Mystery Gains New Clue

| Clara Moskowitz | Posted 07.21.2014 | Science

Protons have a constant spin that is an intrinsic particle property like mass or charge. Yet where this spin comes from is such a mystery it’s dubbe...

Particle Fever Hits VOD: How Indie Cinema Happens

Jesse Damiani | Posted 09.14.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Damiani

This summer may pack plenty of silver-screen explosions, but how many of them tell you what you're made of?

'Breakthrough' Proton Finding May Help Solve Matter Mystery

natureheader | Elizabeth Gibney | Posted 05.30.2014 | Science

In an attempt to solve the mystery of the Universe’s missing antimatter, physicists have achieved the most precise measurement yet of the proton's i...

Particles' 'Split Personalities' May Solve Long-Standing Mystery

LiveScience | Jesse Emspak | Posted 05.18.2014 | Science

Electrons — the negatively charged particles around atoms — have split "personalities," and act one way or the other depending on how many of them...

Chilly Neutrons Help Shed Light On 'Dark' Mysteries | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 05.06.2014 | Science

Neutrons bouncing in Earth's gravity are helping to shed light on two of the greatest mysteries in the universe, dark matter and dark energy, research...

Myth Breaking in Physics

Monica Dunford | Posted 06.28.2014 | Science
Monica Dunford

Opening up your life to a camera crew is intrusive, but I did so for Particle Fever, a documentary about particle physics, because I am determined to see one major myth broken: that physics means math.

Exotic Form Of Matter Detected By Physicists Overseas

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 04.15.2014 | Science

The existence of exotic hadrons — a type of matter that doesn't fit within the traditional model of particle physics — has now been confirmed, sci...