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Four things you might not know about dark matter

How much do you really know about dark matter? Not long after physicists on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN laboratory discovered the Higgs boson, CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer was asked, “What’s next?” One of the top priorities he named: figuring out dark matter.

Mu2e attracts magnet experts

By tapping into specialized knowledge around the world, the Mu2e collaboration will undertake a first-of-its-kind experiment. Fermilab’s Mu2e experiment is unlike anything ever attempted. So when the collaboration needed a first-of-its-kind...Show More Summary

Neutrino detector block

A close look at the assembly of the NOvA near detector reveals a massive yet meticulous process. When the sun rises over Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory each morning, it beams down on a relatively unchanging landscape: 10 square miles of prairie dotted with various lab buildings. Show More Summary

Exhibit brings the LHC to London

Visitors to London’s Science Museum can now take a simulated tour of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider. The largest scientific experiment ever constructed has claimed some new territory—about 8600 square feet in South Kensington, London. The...Show More Summary

The scale of things

Geoffrey West applies his ‘physics way of thinking’ to biology and urban life. Geoffrey West continually searches for underlying principles, the universal laws that explain why things tick.  For many years, that meant working on the scale of tiny things—quarks and other subatomic particles.  In the past 15-plus years, West has branched out. Show More Summary

US particle physicists look to space

A panel met at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to look for promising routes to the study of dark matter, dark energy and other phenomena. Early this week, about 150 particle physicists gathered at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to explore the future of particle physics with a special focus on topics connecting particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics.

Chinese collider expands particle zoo

China’s Beijing Electron-Positron Collider seems to be hosting a reunion; members of a poorly understood family of particles keep popping up in their data, which may help clarify the properties of this reclusive family. While much of...Show More Summary

10 journals to go open-access in 2014

As part of the SCOAP 3 publishing initiative, 10 journals in high-energy physics will offer unrestricted access to their peer-reviewed articles, starting January 1. At the start of the new year, about 60 percent of the scientific articles...Show More Summary

First particle-antiparticle collider now historic site

The European Physical Society has declared the construction site of the Anello di Accumulazione collider in Frascati, Italy, a significant site in physics history. Measuring roughly 4 feet in diameter and claiming an operational life...Show More Summary

A matter of energy

Science writer Mike Perricone presents his favorite books on particle physics and a recommended reading list for the LHC/Higgs Era (2008 to the present). It’s been two decades and thousands of popular science books since particle physicist...Show More Summary

Baryonic acoustic oscillations

Scientists have found a way to study sound waves from the early universe to learn more about its history and contents. Baryonic acoustic oscillations are sound waves from the early universe. Scientists have found a way to study these sound waves to learn more about the universe’s history and contents. Show More Summary

The world’s oldest astronomers

Scientists in Japan use ancient trees to look back on the history of our local cosmos, and discover a mystery. Since the invention of the telescope in the year 1608, mankind has collected information about our local cosmos. As it turns out, we’re not the only ones. Trees have been doing the same for millennia.

The early universe

How is it possible to look at the earliest moments of the universe? Physicists have their ways—and what they find out will tell us a lot about how the universe works today and how it will unfold in the future. You may have heard that,...Show More Summary

What’s in a name?

There's wit and whimsy in the naming of a national lab’s conference rooms. This summer, The New York Times’ Opinionator blog posted a photo of an ordinary, fluorescent-lit hallway, indistinct apart from one feature: a placard proclaiming “The Dungeon” in tall capital letters. Show More Summary

Mock data, real science

In scientific circles, “mock” is not always a four-letter word. Through mock-data competitions, astrophysicists check their work. Data are flooding the fields of astrophysics and cosmology. Thanks to the invention of digital camerasShow More Summary

Cosmic explosion calls theory into question

Observations of a rare cosmic explosion challenge scientists’ theoretical understanding of how gamma-ray bursts work. On April 27, a blast of light from a dying star in a distant galaxy washed over Earth. A trio of satellites, working...Show More Summary

Building NOvA

Building particle detector parts for a new neutrino experiment gives students an edge in the post-graduation job hunt. Most of the time, Sean Geldert is a typical student at the University of Minnesota. But a few hours a week, Geldert leaves his campus behind and joins a team working to build the most advanced neutrino detector in the world.

Connecting the visible universe with dark matter

Does the visible photon have a counterpart, a dark photon, that interacts with the components of dark matter? For thousands of years, humanity has relied on light to reveal the mysteries of our universe, whether it’s by observing the light given off by brightly burning stars or by shining light on the very small with microscopes.

Scribing science

A colorful note-taking technique offers a fresh perspective on complex science. Sometimes the only way to navigate a complicated scientific talk is to use familiar words and concepts as guideposts. As a science scribe, Perrin Ireland...Show More Summary

Scientist detects danger with physics

Munir Muniruzzaman has used his physics know-how to help in hospitals and war zones alike.

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