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1,000 meters below

Meet the world’s deepest underground physics facilities. A constant shower of energetic subatomic particles rains down on Earth’s surface. Born from cosmic ray interactions in the upper atmosphere, this invisible drizzle creates noisy background radiation that obscures the signatures of new particles or forces that scientists seek. Show More Summary

Low-mass particles that make high-mass stars go boom

Simulations are key to showing how neutrinos help stars go supernova. When some stars much more massive than the sun reach the end of their lives, they explode in a supernova, fusing lighter atoms into heavier ones and dispersing the products across space—some of which became part of our bodies. Show More Summary

Of bison and bosons

What are all of the symbols in Fermilab’s unofficial seal? When talking about Fermilab’s distinct visual and artistic aesthetic, it’s impossible not to mention Angela Gonzales. The artist – Fermilab’s 11th employee – joined the lab in 1967 and immediately began connecting the lab’s cutting-edge science with an artistic flair to match. Show More Summary

The Planck scale

The Planck scale sets the universe’s minimum limit, beyond which the laws of physics break. In the late 1890s, physicist Max Planck proposed a set of units to simplify the expression of physics laws. Using just five constants in nature...Show More Summary

Why do objects feel solid?

The way you think about atoms may not be quite right. A reader asks: "If atoms are mostly empty space, then why does anything feel solid?" James Beacham, a post-doctoral researcher with the ATLAS Experiment group of The Ohio State University,...Show More Summary

Mommy, Daddy, where does mass come from?

The Higgs field gives mass to elementary particles, but most of our mass comes from somewhere else. The story of particle mass starts right after the big bang. During the very first moments of the universe, almost all particles wereShow More Summary

LHC prepares to deliver six times the data

Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider are once again recording collisions at extraordinary energies. After months of winter hibernation, the Large Hadron Collider is once again smashing protons and taking data. The LHC will run around...Show More Summary

Following LIGO’s treasure maps

Astronomers around the world are looking for visible sources of gravitational waves. On the morning of September 16, 2015, an email appeared in 63 inboxes scattered around the globe. The message contained a map of the cosmos and some...Show More Summary

EXO-200 resumes its underground quest

The upgraded experiment aims to discover if neutrinos are their own antiparticles. Science is often about serendipity: being open to new results, looking for the unexpected. The dark side of serendipity is sheer bad luck, which is what...Show More Summary

A GUT feeling about physics

Scientists want to connect the fundamental forces of nature in one Grand Unified Theory. The 1970s were a heady time in particle physics. New accelerators in the United States and Europe turned up unexpected particles that theorists tried to explain, and theorists in turn predicted new particles for experiments to hunt. Show More Summary

The hottest job in physics?

Accelerator scientists are in demand at labs and beyond. While the supply of accelerator physicists in the United States has grown modestly over the last decade, it hasn’t been able to catch up with demand fueled by industry interest...Show More Summary

LHC data at your fingertips

The CMS collaboration has released 300 terabytes of research data. Today the CMS collaboration at CERN released more than 300 terabytes (TB) of high-quality open data. These include more than 100 TB of data from proton collisions at 7 TeV, making up half the data collected at the LHC by the CMS detector in 2011. Show More Summary

Eight things you might not know about light

Light is all around us, but how much do you really know about the photons speeding past you? There’s more to light than meets the eye. Here are eight enlightening facts about photons: Illustration by Sandbox Studio, Chicago with Kimberly Boustead 1. Show More Summary

Five fascinating facts about DUNE

One: The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will look for more than just neutrinos. The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment is a project of superlatives. It will use the world’s most intense neutrino beam and largest neutrino detector to study the weirdest and most abundant matter particles in the universe. Show More Summary

Art draws out the beauty of physics

Labs around the world open their doors to aesthetic creation. When it comes to quantum mechanics, it’s easier to show than tell. That’s why artist residencies at particle physics labs play an important part in conveying their stories,...Show More Summary

Physicists build ultra-powerful accelerator magnet

An international partnership to upgrade the LHC has yielded the strongest accelerator magnet ever created. The next generation of cutting-edge accelerator magnets is no longer just an idea. Recent tests revealed that the United States...Show More Summary

Six weighty facts about gravity

Perplexed by gravity? Don’t let it get you down. Gravity: we barely ever think about it, at least until we slip on ice or stumble on the stairs. To many ancient thinkers, gravity wasn’t even a force—it was just the natural tendency of...Show More Summary

Belle II and the matter of antimatter

Go inside the new detector looking for why we’re here. We live in a world full of matter: stars made of matter, planets made of matter, pizza made of matter. But why is there pizza made of matter rather than pizza made of antimatterShow More Summary

The Milky Way’s hot spot

The center of our galaxy is a busy place. But it might be one of the best sites to hunt for dark matter. When you look up at night, the Milky Way appears as a swarm of stars arranged in a misty white band across the sky.  But from an outside perspective, our galaxy looks more like a disk, with spiral arms of stars reaching out into the universe. Show More Summary

The next big LHC upgrade? Software.

Compatible and sustainable software could revolutionize high-energy physics research. The World Wide Web may have been invented at CERN, but it was raised and cultivated abroad. Now a group of Large Hadron Collider physicists are looking...Show More Summary

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