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Construction approved for world's most powerful digital camera

It would take 1500 high-definition television screens to display just one image from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope's high-resolution camera. The US Department of Energy has approved the start of construction for a 3.2-gigapixel digital camera—the world’s largest—at the heart of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Show More Summary

Weekend plot: SUSY limits rehashed

22 hours agoAcademics / Physics : Resonaances

Lake Tahoe is famous for preserving dead bodies in good condition over many years, therefore it is a natural place to organize the SUSY conference. As a tribute to this event, here is a plot from a recent ATLAS meta-analysis: It shows the constraints on the gluino and the lightest neutralino masses in the pMSSM. Show More Summary

Fresh Cycle

I've been a bit quiet here the last week or so, you may have noticed. I wish I could say it was because I've been scribbling some amazing new physics in my notebooks, or drawing several new pages for the book, or producing some other simply measurable output, but I cannot. Show More Summary

On the Need for “Short Story Club”

So, the Hugo awards were handed out a little while ago, with half of the prose fiction categories going to “No Award” and the other half to works I voted below “No Award.” Whee. I’m not really interested in rehashing the controversy, though I will note that Abigail Nussbaum’s take is probably the one I…

SUSY 2015

SUSY 2015, this year’s version of the big annual conference on supersymmetry, has been going on for the past week at Lake Tahoe. Joe Lykken began his summary talk by explaining how as a kid he was a big fan … Continue reading ?

This Week’s Hype

Bogus media stories about how “physicists finally find a way to test string theory” have now been with us for decades, with a large number of them documented here. Recently this phenomenon seemed to finally be dying down, with such … Continue reading ?

Quantum weirdness proved real in first loophole-free experiment

A century-long debate about whether quantum mechanics described reality or masked a deeper layer, as Einstein suggested, has concluded – quantum reality won

Friday Giant Children Blogging 082815

SteelyKid starts second grade next week, and her summer project was to read Julius, the Baby of the World and make a poster with baby pictures of herself. This, of course, led to looking at a lot of old photos of SteelyKid, including many of the Baby Blogging shots I took back in the day…

Physics Blogging Round-Up: College Advice, Teleportation, Spin, and Bell Tests

I seem to be settling into a groove of doing about two posts a week at Forbes, which isn’t quite enough to justify a weekly wrap-up, but works well bi-weekly. (I’m pretty sure that’s the one that means “every two weeks” not “twice a week,” but I always struggle with that one…) Over the last…

Double time

In particle physics, we’re often looking for very rare phenomena, which are highly unlikely to happen in any given particle interaction. Thus, at the LHC, we want to have the greatest possible proton collision rates; the more collisions, the greater the chance that something unusual will actually happen. What are the tools that we have

The Tesla experiment

On May 31, about 50 miles from the Canadian border, an electric car struggled up steep hills, driving along at 40 miles per hour. The sun was coming up and rain was coming down. Things were looking bleak. The car, which usually plotted the route to the nearest charging station, refused to give directions. “It

Looking for strings inside inflation

Theorists from the Institute for Advanced Study have proposed a way forward in the quest to test string theory. Two theorists recently proposed a way to find evidence for an idea famous for being untestable: string theory. It involves...Show More Summary

D-Wave Open Thread

A bunch of people have asked me to comment on D-Wave’s release of its 1000-qubit processor, and a paper by a group including Cathy McGeoch saying that the machine is 1 or 2 orders of faster (in annealing time, not wall-clock time) than simulated annealing running on a single-core classical computer.  It’s even been suggested […]

How creative computers will dream up things we’d never imagine

Eureka moments could soon be dialled up on demand as leaps of imagination are replaced by the steady steps of invention software

Scientists accelerate antimatter

Accelerating positrons with plasma is a step toward smaller, cheaper particle colliders. A study led by researchers from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of California, Los Angeles, has demonstrated a new, efficient way to accelerate positrons, the antimatter opposites of electrons. Show More Summary

Submerge a wine glass in water to make ‘inverted harp of glass’

The physics of musical wine glasses gets an update with a glass inside water, instead of water inside a glass

All about supernovae

Exploding stars have an immense capacity to destroy—and create. Somewhere in the cosmos, a star is reaching the end of its life. Maybe it’s a massive star, collapsing under its own gravity. Or maybe it’s a dense cinder of a star, greedily...Show More Summary

The Real “Two Cultures” Divide in Academia

A couple of articles came across my feeds in the last day or two that highlight the truly important cultural divide in academia. Not the gap between sciences and “humanities,” but the much greater divide between faculty and administration. This morning, we have an Inside Higher Ed essay from Kellie Bean on the experience of…

Stephen Hawking says he has a way to escape from a black hole

Researchers have long struggled to resolve what happens to information when it falls inside a black hole, but the famous physicist says he has a solution


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