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Science and diplomacy: Q&A with William Colglazier

The science and technology adviser to the US Secretary of State discusses how science and diplomacy can serve one another. William Colglazier, science and technology adviser to the US Secretary of State, gave a colloquium at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory on May 21. Show More Summary

CERN announces winners of student research competition

The winners of the Beam Line for Schools competition will use a beam of particles at CERN to investigate one of the fundamental forces of nature and to test a home-built device. Following almost 300 submissions from school groups around the world, two teams have been selected to come to CERN to carry out their own experiments at a CERN beam line. Show More Summary

LHCb glimpses possible sign of new physics

A result presented at the LHC Physics conference in New York could show a crack in the Standard Model. This week at the LHC Physics conference in New York City, the LHCb collaboration presented a result that could be a hint of new physics. LHCb,...Show More Summary

EXO experiment searches for exotic decay

The search for neutrinoless double-beta decay could reveal valuable information about neutrinos. Two years ago researchers began using a tank of liquid xenon installed more than 2000 feet deep in a salt formation in the southeasternShow More Summary

MINOS result narrows field for sterile neutrinos

Data collected at the long-running MINOS experiment stacks evidence against the existence of these theoretical particles. If you’re searching for something that may not exist, and can pass right through matter if it does, then knowing where to look is essential. That’s why the search for so-called sterile neutrinos is a process of elimination. Show More Summary

Beam on: My father’s fight with cancer

After working with particle accelerators his entire professional career, Heather Rock Woods’ father placed himself in the path of a beam to fight cancer. The door swung shut automatically and the sign above it flashed “Beam On,” warning...Show More Summary

More than math

MIT teaches physics students about another side of scientific life—communication. Most undergraduate physics classes are heavy on the problem sets. But there’s more to being a scientist than solving equations. At the Massachusetts Institute...Show More Summary

A new heart for the ATLAS detector

US scientists collaborated with an international team to install a new component in the core of the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. The Large Hadron Collider’s biggest detector, the ATLAS detector, just got a little bigger. Show More Summary

Q&A: Rick Field, the physicist in the family

Physicist Rick Field discusses physics, Hollywood and a recent appearance by his sister, actress Sally Field, on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 1951, young Rick and Sally Field watched their mother star in Hollywood’s first science...Show More Summary

The physics of dance

Two Yale professors thrive where calculation meets choreography. A course first offered at Yale University in 2011 is cross-listed in an unusual combination of departments: physics and theatre arts. In the class, instructors Sarah Demers...Show More Summary

Proposed plan for the future of US particle physics

The Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel’s report, released today, recommends a strategic path forward for US particle physics. Particle physics will become even more of an international endeavor in the coming decades, according...Show More Summary

Physicist turned 'rocket man' looks to the sky with SpaceX

Sam Waldman uses skills gained through physics research to ensure safe travels for the Dragon spacecraft. It was after 4 a.m. when Sam Waldman finally drove home from work on Easter Sunday. The particle physicist turned aerospace engineer...Show More Summary

Coming soon: Plan for the future of US particle physics

The Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel’s recommendations will set the course for the future of particle physics in the United States. This week marks the end of a multi-stage community planning process that will shape theShow More Summary

A ‘crack in the cosmic egg’

The recent BICEP2 discovery of evidence for cosmic inflation might point to new physics. Last month, scientists on the BICEP2 experiment announced the first hard evidence for cosmic inflation, the process by which the infant universe...Show More Summary

CERN’s LHCb experiment sees exotic particle

An analysis using LHC data verifies the existence of an exotic four-quark hadron. Last week, the Large Hadron Collider experiment LHCb published a result confirming the existence of a rare and exotic particle. This particle breaks the...Show More Summary

The search for dark matter at the LHC

When the Large Hadron Collider restarts, it will be an even more powerful dark-matter-hunting machine. Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider specialize in the discovery of previously undetected particles. So of course they are onShow More Summary

Long-distance neutrino search

For some physicists, remote operations centers bring neutrino experiments closer to home. Physicist Ruth Toner sits facing five computer screens and a TV monitor in a room in Medford, Massachusetts. She’s watching an experiment in action:...Show More Summary

Building artificial body parts with particle beams

Companies are using an electron-beam 3-D printing process to manufacture medical implants. Each year in the United States, millions of people receive medical implants—from hip joints to heart and brain stents to spinal devices. In 2010...Show More Summary

Planck reveals galactic fingerprint

The Planck mission released a first glimpse of data that, later this year, will test BICEP2’s discovery of gravitational waves. One of the most anticipated experimental results this year is scheduled to come from the European Space Agency’s...Show More Summary

Science fiction or science fact?

In a new class at Duke, professors from different realms explore the intersection of literature and physics. Duke professor and ATLAS physicist Mark Kruse grew up reading science fiction, but his fascination with dystopian futures and...Show More Summary

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