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How Did We Wind Up in Such an Unlikely Universe?

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.13.2016 | Science
The University of Central Florida Forum

By Michael Bass UCF Forum columnist Not long ago the Public Broadcasting Service program NOVA presented an episode called "The Great Math Mystery." I...

Hacking Quantum Theory

Benjamin T. Solomon | Posted 09.03.2016 | Science
Benjamin T. Solomon

Is there proof in Nature that electric field lines are not repulsive? Yes. In the transverse electromagnetic wave, both the electric and magnetic field lines are well behaved, non-repulsive, parallel (not warped) field lines that are orthogonal to the direction of propagation. Hiding in plain sight!

Bad, Bad, Bad Physics

Benjamin T. Solomon | Posted 07.28.2016 | Science
Benjamin T. Solomon

All physics is error prone and then there is bad physics. I deconstruct one of the most controversial antigravity experiments on the internet, so that we as a general population are able to differentiate misinformation from the real thing.

Looking for an Oasis in the Energy Desert!

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 11.12.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

It sounds like some exotic story that you would find in a National Geographic magazine, but it's actually a story that many physicists are increasingly worried about!

Myths of Physics: 2. Gravity Is Much Weaker Than Electromagnetism

Victor Stenger | Posted 10.26.2014 | Science
Victor Stenger

Gravity is so weak at the atomic and subatomic level because the masses of atoms and subatomic particles are so small. It is strong on the planetary scale because the masses of planets are so large.

Wait, What Is The Higgs Boson Made Of?

LiveScience | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 04.11.2014 | Science

Updated April 4 at 10:51 a.m. ET. The Higgs boson — a particle thought to explain how other particles get their mass — is tiny, but it may not be...

Particle Fever

Francis Levy | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Francis Levy

If the Higgs Boson had turned out to be 115 gigaelectonvolts it would have supported the theoretical notion of supersymmetry, filling in the missing p...

In 500 Trillion Collisions, Physicists Find Traces Of Elusive Particle

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 02.25.2014 | Science

The hunt for new physics may have to continue for a while longer. Scientists have found traces of an ultra-rare process to form top quarks, the parti...

Future Atom Smashers May Dwarf Today's Biggest

LiveScience | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 02.15.2014 | Science

LONDON — So, physicists have found the Higgs boson. What next? It took three years for the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Ha...

Exotic Particles, Extra Dimensions May Await Discovery

LiveScience | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 02.09.2014 | Science

LONDON — Exotic particles never before detected and possibly teensy extra dimensions may be awaiting discovery, says a physicist, adding that those ...

The Universe: A Partial Inventory

Mario Livio | Posted 10.20.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

What did we know about the size and contents of our universe a hundred years ago? Very little. Even the proton, the nucleus of the simplest atom (hydrogen), was only discovered by Rutherford in 1917-1919.

After Long Hunt, Particle-Hunting Physicists Come Up Empty-Handed

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 07.18.2013 | Science

Though they've been looking for over a year, scientists have found no trace of an elusive interaction among elementary particles called neutrinos. Th...

A Few Fundamental Physics and Astronomy Questions for the Next Few Decades

Mario Livio | Posted 08.26.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

One may wonder which crucial questions will almost certainly occupy physicists and astronomers working together in the coming few decades. Here are a few of the remaining puzzles.

Atom Smashers May Help Settle Longstanding Physics Debate

Posted 04.16.2013 | Science

By: Jesse Emspak, LiveScience Contributor Published: 04/16/2013 10:29 AM EDT on LiveScience The new generation of atom smashers such as the Large ...

The Anthropic Principle

Amir Aczel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Amir Aczel

For lack of a better explanation for the values of certain constants we end up conceding that something has to be a certain way, because it can't be otherwise if we are here to observe it.

What Is the Higgs Boson and Why Does It Matter?

Jim Baggott | Posted 09.19.2012 | Science
Jim Baggott

Peter Higgs had published the paper that was to bind him forever to the particle that bears his name in 1964, and had waited nearly fifty years for some kind of vindication. "I'm relieved it's coming to an end. It will be nice after all this time to be proved right."

Did God Discover the God Particle?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 09.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

"Why are we here?" is a universal question, and to answer it, you must ask "Why are we conscious? Where did mind come from?" After all, if the observer plays such a key role in turning waves into particles, you can't get very far if you don't know what the observer is actually doing.

WATCH: Higgs Boson & Mass, Explained By MinutePhysics

Posted 07.16.2012 | Science

Following CERN's big Higgs boson announcement, the popular YouTube channel MinutePhysics released a short and sweet video explaining the standard mode...

WATCH: Higgs Boson, MinutePhysics Style

Posted 07.06.2012 | Science

In wake of CERN's big July 4 announcement regarding the Higgs boson discovery, we thought we'd share a short take on the Higgs from MinutePhysics, a Y...

Higgs and Significance

Victor Stenger | Posted 09.04.2012 | Science
Victor Stenger

As the world knows, on July 4 it was announced that the Higgs boson, or a reasonable facsimile, has been seen by two independent experiments at CERN. The statistical significance reported was expressed as "5-sigma." Let's look at what this means.

Leaked CERN Video Points To Particle Discovery

Posted 07.03.2012 | Science

By: Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor Published: 07/03/2012 04:14 PM EDT on LiveScience As excitement builds over an expected announceme...

There's No God (Damn) Particle

Tony Phillips | Posted 09.02.2012 | Comedy
Tony Phillips

I imagine an international physics symposium must be rather like Lord of the Flies, only very clean and with laptops and accents. Here's something no one in a white coat will say outright, "Of course we didn't really find anything." But they didn't. They can't.

'Misbehaving' Particles Poke Holes In Reigning Physics Theory

Posted 06.20.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 06/18/2012 05:27 PM EDT on LiveScience The reigning theory of particle physics may be ...