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If, and really only if…

On December 15, at the End-of-the-Year seminar, the CMS and ATLAS experiments from CERN presented their first results using the brand new data accumulated in 2015 since the restart of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at 13 TeV, the highest operating energy so far. Although the data sample is still only one tenth of what

Emmy Orzel, 2002-2015

We lost the Queen of Niskayuna tonight. Emmy had been having some health issues for a while, and while we were in Florida this past weekend she wasn’t eating for the pet-sitter. We tried yet another new version of the new diet food today, with only limited success. And this afternoon, she fell going up…

A new boson at 750 GeV?

2 months agoAcademics / Physics : Resonaances

ATLAS and CMS presented today a summary of the first LHC results obtained from proton collisions with 13 TeV center-of-mass energy. The most exciting news was of course the 3.6 sigma bump at 750 GeV in the ATLAS diphoton spectrum, roughly coinciding with a 2.6 sigma excess in CMS. Show More Summary

Run 2 and SUSY

What surprised me most about today’s Run 2 results (see here) was that CMS and ATLAS were able to already significantly push up limits on superpartner masses, especially the gluino mass. Limits on the gluino mass went from 1.3-1.4 TeV … Continue reading ?

Physicists struggle to squeeze new particles from the LHC

The first results since CERN's massive particle collider was switched back on are in – and a new particle may be on the horizon in 2016, if we're lucky

How not to get duped by coincidences

If the numbers get big enough any outrageously improbable thing is bound to happen. Discover when to trust your gut instincts

How to get rich with maths

Exponential growth can make or break you. Get your head around it early enough and you could retire as a millionaire

How to win at game theory

Get your strategic thinking right and you could win big in your pay negotiation, get that car for a steal or even win a game of chicken…

Painting by numbers with the design book Mathematics and Art

From Renaissance painters' first use of perspective to artistic algorithms shaping 21st-century works, mathematics and art have a long, rich history

Why you shouldn’t believe many of the numbers you read

The three golden rules you need to know to unearth the truth underneath bald statistics

Physics books of 2015

A tour of 10 of this year’s popular science books delivers dark matter, black holes and a hefty dose of Einstein. This collection of 10 recently published books will keep you up-to-date on the new and the historical in particle physics and astrophysics. Show More Summary

New LUX Results on WIMP-Nucleon Scattering

It’s amazing that so much hard work (and such high levels of stress) can be condensed down so much… 5 pages, 3 plots and a table – and the new world leading limit on the WIMP-nucleon spin-independent elastic scattering cross section, of course. Yes, the LUX Run 3 reanalysis results are finally out. It’s been in the

LHC Run 2 First Results

First results using the full data from Run 2 at 13 TeV will be presented tomorrow at CERN at 15:00 Geneva time, with a live webcast available here. For some relevant commentary, see Tommaso Dorigo and Matt Strassler. Among relatively … Continue reading ?

LUX maps where dark matter isn't

The LUX experiment has drawn the best picture yet of what dark matter particles cannot be. The Large Underground Xenon dark matter experiment, which operates nearly a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in the Black Hills of South Dakota, has already proven itself to be the most sensitive dark matter detector in the world. Show More Summary

Photowalk winners announced

An international jury and more than 3800 public votes determined the winners of this year's Global Physics Photowalk competition. In September, eight research laboratories invited more than 200 photographers to go behind-the-scenes and...Show More Summary


2 months agoAcademics / Physics : Asymptotia

-cvj (And by coincidence, after taking this picture for this post, I noticed that this time last year I posted this.) The post Suddenly… appeared first on Asymptotia.

Tales from the Industry XXXXII – Equation Wrangler (Again)

2 months agoAcademics / Physics : Asymptotia

Those pages of notes are from a couple of weeks back (I did not get time to post about it - been busy). I've had to blur pretty much everything on them since although they were real physics computations, they are for an episode of the...Show More Summary

On Sports Injury Rates, or Today in Why I’m Glad I’m Not a Social Scientist

The topic of sports injuries is unavoidable these days– the sports radio shows I listen to in the car probably spend an hour a week bemoaning the toll playing football takes on kids. Never a publication to shy away from topics that bring easy clicks, Vox weighs in with The Most Dangerous High School Sports…

Physics Week in Review: December 12, 2015

A questionable claim of a super-planet, a new measurement of the electron's "lifetime," and philosophers and physicists debating why we should trust a theory were among this week's physics highlights. Me at Gizmodo: The Outlook for Nuclear Power in the...

Ask an unbounded question, get an uncomputable answer

Just when I thought I could relax, as the waters slowly receded from the latest D-Tsunami, my inbox and Facebook feed once again lit up with inquiries—this time, asking me to confirm or deny that “A Paradox at the Heart of Mathematics Makes a Physics Problem Unanswerable.” Uh-oh! Luckily for my blood pressure, though, this one turned out […]

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