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DECam’s nearby discoveries

The Dark Energy Camera does more than its name would lead you to believe. The Dark Energy Camera, or DECam, peers deep into space from its mount on the 4-meter Victor Blanco Telescope high in the Chilean Andes. Thirty percent of theShow More Summary

How to build your own particle detector

Make a cloud chamber and watch fundamental particles zip through your living room! The scale of the detectors at the Large Hadron Collider is almost incomprehensible: They weigh thousands of tons, contain millions of detecting elements...Show More Summary

20-ton magnet heads to New York

A superconducting magnet begins its journey from SLAC laboratory in California to Brookhaven Lab in New York. Imagine an MRI magnet with a central chamber spanning some 9 feet—massive enough to accommodate a standing African elephant. Show More Summary

Scientists complete array on Mexican volcano

An international team of astrophysicists has completed an advanced detector to map the most energetic phenomena in the universe. On Thursday, atop Volcán Sierra Negra, on a flat ledge near the highest point in Mexico, technicians filled...Show More Summary

Transition edge sensors

An update to technology more than a century old might be key to making the next big discovery in particle physics. This wiring diagram, drawn in 1994, is an early sketch of a concept that might help scientists detect dark matter or discover what happened just after the big bang. Show More Summary

Dark horse of the dark matter hunt

Dark matter might be made up of a type of particle not many scientists are looking for: the axion. The ADMX experiment seems to be an exercise in contradictions. Dark matter, the substance making up 85 percent of all the mass in the universe, is invisible. Show More Summary

Mirror, mirror

After more than six years of grinding and polishing, the first-ever dual-surface mirror for a major telescope is complete. In March 2008, a group of people gathered around a giant, red oven in a six-story workshop space beneath the bleachers...Show More Summary

Shh! DEAP is hunting dark matter

How far will scientists go to cut through the noise in search of a subtle signal? More than a mile below ground in Canada, scientists deployed a specially designed sanding robot into the DEAP-3600 dark matter detector. After entering...Show More Summary

Accelerator-powered carbon dating

An accelerator-driven form of carbon dating advances everything from archaeology to personalized medicine. Step into the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on any given day, and you may...Show More Summary

TRIUMF announces photo contest winners

Visiting photographers get an insider’s view of Canada’s national particle and nuclear physics laboratory. Of course the winning entry in a photo competition at a Canadian laboratory involves the word “sorry.” In October, Canada’s national...Show More Summary

Physicist turned carbon catcher

Particle physics inspires ASU professor Klaus Lackner's work on climate change. In the early 2000s, physicist Klaus Lackner decided to change fields based on one powerful idea: that we can pull carbon out of the air fast enough to counter...Show More Summary

LHC filled with liquid helium

The Large Hadron Collider is now cooled to nearly its operational temperature. The Large Hadron Collider isn’t just a cool particle accelerator. It's the coldest. Last week the cryogenics team at CERN finished filling the eight curved sections of the LHC with liquid helium. Show More Summary

Deck the halls with Nobel physicists

Symmetry presents a physics twist on the craft of cutting paper snowflakes. If you’re looking for a way to decorate for the holidays while also proudly declaring your love of science, symmetry has got your back. Below you’ll find templates...Show More Summary

ICARUS hits the road

A giant neutrino detector is traveling by truck from the Italian Gran Sasso laboratories to CERN to get ready for a new life. Last night a 600-metric-tonne particle detector became the world’s largest neutrino experiment currently on...Show More Summary

First LHC magnets prepped for restart

A first set of superconducting magnets has passed the test and is ready for the Large Hadron Collider to restart in spring. This week, one-eighth of the LHC dipole magnets reached the energy they’ll need to operate in 2015. Engineers at CERN powered 154 superconducting magnets to a current of around 11,000 amps. Show More Summary

New books for the physics fan

These recently published popular science books will help you catch up on particle physics news, knowledge and history. Looking to stay current on your particle physics knowledge? Here are 10 recent popular science books you might want to check out. 1. Show More Summary

Vacuuming the ATLAS detector

One hundred scientists and engineers recently gave the ATLAS detector a deep cleaning in preparation for the Large Hadron Collider restart. No, they’re not Ghost Busters looking for paranormal activity. Nor are they the last human survivors...Show More Summary

Einstein papers go digital

More than 5,000 documents collected by the Einstein Papers Project are now freely available online. In a single year of his 20s, Albert Einstein published papers explaining the photoelectric effect, Brownian motion, special relativity and E=mc 2. Show More Summary

Searching for a dark light

A new experiment at Jefferson Lab is on the hunt for dark photons, hypothetical messengers of an invisible universe. The matter we know accounts for less than 5 percent of the universe; the rest is filled with invisible dark matter and dark energy. Show More Summary

Muon versus the volcano

Particles produced by cosmic rays enter volcanoes and live to tell the tale. Exploring the innards of Mount Vesuvius, the active volcano that once destroyed the ancient town of Pompeii, sounds like a risky endeavor. Unless you’re a muon. Scientists...Show More Summary

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