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New ATLAS precision measurements of the Higgs Boson in the 'golden channel'

The discovery of a Higgs boson in 2012 by the ATLAS and CMS experiments marked a milestone in the history of particle physics. It confirmed a long-standing prediction of the Standard Model, the theory that comprises our present understanding of elementary particles and their interactions.

TRAPPIST-1's seven exoplanets make music together

Orbits can remain harmonious for 50 million years, says supercomputer simulation

Bolt those Engines Down…

I've a train to catch and so I did not have time to think of a better title. Sorry. Anyway, for those of you who follow the more technical side of what I do, above is a screen shot to the abstract of a paper to appear tomorrow/today on the arXiv. Show More Summary

Viewpoint: 3D View of a Comet’s Neighborhood

Author(s): Craig E. DeForest Detailed 3D simulations of a comet’s environment reveal the rich dynamics of ions and electrons observed by the Rosetta spacecraft around comet 67P. [Physics 10, 53] Published Mon May 15, 2017

Fermilab’s pioneering artist Angela Gonzales featured in new art show

A new exhibit called “A Lasting Mark” will celebrate the contributions of Fermilab's first and only artist, Angela Gonzales, with an impressive collection of her work.

Quantum reservoir for microwaves

In a recent experiment at EPFL, a microwave resonator, a circuit that supports electric signals oscillating at a resonance frequency, is coupled to the vibrations of a metallic micro-drum. By actively cooling the mechanical motion close...Show More Summary

Terahertz spectroscopy—the new tool to detect art fraud

When we look at a painting, how do we know it's a genuine piece of art?

Miniaturised 'heat engines' could power nanoscale machines of the future

Research from The University of Manchester has thrown new light on the use of miniaturised 'heat engines' that could one day help power nanoscale machines like quantum computers.

Precision control of superconductivity in atomic layers using magnetic molecules

A research team led by Shunsuke Yoshizawa, ICYS researcher, NIMS, Takashi Uchihashi, leader of the Surface Quantum Phase Materials Group, MANA, NIMS, Emi Minamitani, assistant professor, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, Toshihiko...Show More Summary

Kid Growth Update

At SteelyKid’s softball game today, the Pip provided an ideal cute-kid photo to use as a springboard to some SCIENCE! Or at least, a graph… Anyway, here’s the Little Dude showing off how tall he’s gotten: OK, really he’s hiding under Kate’s raincoat (after two beautiful sunny days in a row, we’re back to dreary…

Physics Week in Review: May 13, 2017

Among this week's cornucopia of physics news: a nanofridge to help qubits keep their cool; WiFi can be used to create holograms; and CERN's new particle accelerator could help spot art forgeries. Nanofridge could keep quantum computers cool enough to...

Feature: Q&A: Catching a Gravitational Wave with a Pulsar’s Beam

Maura McLaughlin explains how the electromagnetic signals from fast-spinning neutron stars could be used to detect gravitational waves. [Physics 10, 52] Published Fri May 12, 2017

Physics may bring faster solutions for tough computational problems

A well-known computational problem seeks to find the most efficient route for a traveling salesman to visit clients in a number of cities. Seemingly simple, it's actually surprisingly complex and much studied, with implications in fields as wide-ranging as manufacturing and air-traffic control.

Focus: Self-Spinning Grains Prove Granular Theory

Author(s): Michael Schirber Measurements of a two-dimensional “gas” made up of particles that spin when shaken bolsters a gas-like theory for granular materials. [Physics 10, 54] Published Fri May 12, 2017

Team solves mystery of colloidal chains

When Northwestern Engineering's Erik Luijten met Zbigniew Rozynek, they immediately became united by a mystery.

Hafnia dons a new face: Materials research creates potential for improved computer chips and transistors

It's a material world, and an extremely versatile one at that, considering its most basic building blocks—atoms—can be connected together to form different structures that retain the same composition.

Space radiation brought down to Earth

Laser-plasma accelerator used to simulate space radiation

X-rays from copper source set new gold standard for measuring industrial materials

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have produced and precisely measured a spectrum of X-rays using a new, state-of-the-art machine. The instrument they used to measure the X-rays took 20 years to...Show More Summary

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