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Particle Physics

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 03.31.2014 | Science

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 03.13.2014 | 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? | 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...

New Physics Theories Take A Major Hit

| Clara Moskowitz | Posted 11.15.2013 | Science

Scientists are unanimous that their current theory of physics is incomplete. Yet every effort to expose a deeper theory has so far disappointed. Now ...

What Would God Think of the God Particle? (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.28.2013 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

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.

What Would God Think of the God Particle? Part 1

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

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.

Higgs Discovery May Solve Key Riddle In Cosmology

natureheader | Eugenie Samuel Reich | Posted 10.07.2013 | Science

A key riddle in cosmology may be answered by the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson — now a leading contender for the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics on ...

How Can One Visualize the Higgs Boson?

Alice Bean | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science
Alice Bean

How do you explain the Higgs boson to the general public? The problem centers on how we understand it as physicists. We learn about the math and understand it that way, but that doesn't help get an intuitive feel for what is going on.

EXPLAINED: How Atom Smashers Work

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 08.19.2013 | Science

Particle physicists have the coolest job: smashing subatomic particles together at insane speeds to unravel the mysteries of the universe. Atom smas...

New Experiment Puts Einstein To Test

LiveScience | Clara Moscowitz | Posted 07.30.2013 | Science

The speed of light is considered to be the ultimate cosmic speed limit, thanks to Einstein's special theory of relativity. But physicists aren't con...

Subatomic 'Shape-Shifters' May Help Solve Physics Mystery

LiveScience | Clara Moskowitz | Posted 07.23.2013 | Science

Exotic particles called neutrinos have been caught in the act of shape-shifting, switching from one flavor to another, in a discovery that could help...

Particle Physicists At Top Lab Observe Extremely Rare Event

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 09.18.2013 | Science

GENEVA — After a quarter-century of searching, scientists have nailed down how one particularly rare subatomic particle decays into something el...

Peculiar Particle May Be Exotic New Form Of Matter

LiveScience | Clara Moskowitz | Posted 06.19.2013 | Science

A new type of particle may have shown up independently at two particle accelerators, physicists say. The particle, made of four quarks (the ingredien...