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Particle Physics

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 p...

Jacqueline Howard

WATCH: What's The Smallest Thing In The Universe?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 07.15.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Damiani

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

Big Energy Boost On Tap For Celebrated Atom Smasher

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science

GENEVA (AP) — The world's largest atom smasher is gearing up for its second three-year run after 16 months of maintenance and upgrades. The Large H...

'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 th...

Chilly Neutrons Help Shed Light On 'Dark' Mysteries

Space.com | 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, researc...

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, sc...

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 ...

Is the Total Number of Particles in the Universe Stable Over Long Periods of Time?

Quora | Posted 05.18.2014 | Science
Quora

The answer is complicated and is partly yes and partly no since it depends on what is meant by the terms "universe," "particles," and "stable."

Fantasy Physics: Should Einstein Have Won 7 Nobel Prizes?

A. Douglas Stone | Posted 05.12.2014 | Science
A. Douglas Stone

While Einstein himself barely dwelt on honors, it is an interesting exercise to ask how many Nobel-caliber breakthroughs Einstein made during his productive research career. This analysis has a bit in common with fantasy sports.

Bizarre New 'Particle' Doesn't Behave Like One

LiveScience | Jesse Emspak | Posted 02.28.2014 | Science

Physicists can spend years seeking new particles to illuminate aspects of nature's laws, but an international team decided instead to make their own ...

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 par...

WATCH: Famous Higgs Particle Explained By Its Namesake

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.18.2014 | Science

Does the Higgs boson still leave you scratching your head? Scientists at CERN in Switzerland made a huge splash in 2012 when they discovered what t...

Cache of Higgs Bosons Found in Church Basement

Keith Blanchard | Posted 04.08.2014 | Comedy
Keith Blanchard

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.

Lab Aims To Use Precious Metal To Make 'Primordial Soup'

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 02.05.2014 | Science

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 4:00 p.m. E.T. A new experiment that smashes gold nuclei at near light speed could mimic the particle so...

Famous Thought Experiment Comes To Life After Eight Decades

natureheader | Elizabeth Gibney | Posted 01.31.2014 | Science

Physicists have created and photographed an isolated north pole — a monopole — in a simulated magnetic field, bringing to life a thought experimen...

Is Elusive Supersymmetry Dead?

LiveScience | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

LONDON — Squarks, selectrons and neutralinos may be lurking in the universe, say physicists who suggest supersymmetry — the idea that every known ...

Speedy Particles Puzzle Solved?

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 12.01.2013 | Science

Huge electric fields in the radiation belts around Earth may help explain how electrons surrounding the planet can be accelerated to speeds near that ...

GOTCHA! Photon Finding Overseas Turns Physics Dogma On Its Head

LiveScience | Jesse Emspak | Posted 11.25.2013 | Science

If you want to see a packet of light called a photon, you have to destroy it. Any device that picks up on the presence of light has to absorb its ene...

LOOK: Icy Observatory Makes Out-Of-This-World Discovery

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 11.21.2013 | Science

For decades, scientists have been searching for ghostly neutrino particles from outer space, and now they have finally found them. Using the IceCub...

Legendary Physicist Disappointed By Higgs Boson

LiveScience | Denise Chow | Posted 11.16.2013 | Science

The discovery of the once-elusive Higgs boson particle after a decades-long hunt is widely regarded as a major breakthrough, but legendary physicist...