Blog Profile / Symmetry Breaking

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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

The next gamma-ray eye on the sky

Scientists have successfully tested the first prototype camera for the Cherenkov Telescope Array. Telescope arrays VERITAS, HESS and MAGIC have spied active supermassive black holes, the remnants of the explosions of massive stars, binary...Show More Summary

Save the particles

To learn more about the particles they collide, physicists turn their attention to a less destructive type of collision in the LHC. Every second, the Large Hadron Collider generates millions of particle collisions. Scientists watching...Show More Summary

Fermilab brings in new artist-in-residence

Chicago innovator Ellen Sandor will create new works based on her experiences at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Chicago artist Ellen Sandor, founder and director of the collaborative artists group (art)n, will be Fermi National...Show More Summary

After the particle physics degree

Physicist Meghan Anzelc is just as surprised as anyone she wound up with an enjoyable career in the insurance industry. Courtesy of CNA Figuring out insurance rates and conducting particle physics research are more similar than one might expect. Show More Summary

Holometer rules out first theory of space-time correlations

The extremely sensitive quantum-spacetime-measuring tool will serve as a template for scientific exploration in the years to come. Our common sense and the laws of physics assume that space and time are continuous. The Holometer, anShow More Summary

What could dark matter be?

Scientists don’t yet know what dark matter is made of, but they are full of ideas. Although nearly a century has passed since an astronomer first used the term “dark matter” in the 1930s, the elusive substance still defies explanation. Show More Summary

Revamped LHC goes heavy metal

Physicists will collide lead ions to replicate and study the embryonic universe. “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” ~ Terry Pratchett, author For the next three weeks physicists at the Large Hadron Collider will cook...Show More Summary

Charge-parity violation

Matter and antimatter behave differently. Scientists hope that investigating how might someday explain why we exist. One of the great puzzles for scientists is why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe—the reason we exist. It...Show More Summary

Physicists get a supercomputing boost

Scientists have made the first-ever calculation of a prediction involving the decay of certain matter and antimatter particles. Sometimes the tiniest difference between a prediction and a result can tell scientists that a theory isn’t...Show More Summary

Shrinking the accelerator

Scientists plan to use a newly awarded grant to develop a shoebox-sized particle accelerator in five years. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $13.5 million to Stanford University for an international effort, including...Show More Summary

Cleanroom is a verb

It’s not easy being clean. Although they might be invisible to the naked eye, contaminants less than a micron in size can ruin very sensitive experiments in particle physics. Flakes of skin, insect parts and other air-surfing particles—collectively...Show More Summary

Giving physics students options

Many physics degree programs excel at preparing students for an academic career, but more than half head to industry instead. “I was drawn to physics because I thought it was amazing,” says Crystal Bailey, recalling the beginnings of her graduate work in the early 2000s. Show More Summary

Dark matter’s newest pursuer

Scientists have inaugurated the new XENON1T experiment at Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy. Researchers at a laboratory deep underneath the tallest mountain in central Italy have inaugurated XENON1T, the world’s largest and most...Show More Summary

Neutrino experiments win big again

Fundamental Physics Prize recognizes five collaborations studying neutrino oscillations. Hot on the heels of their Noble Prize recognition, neutrino oscillations have another accolade to add to their list. On Nov. 8, representativesShow More Summary

Physics Photowalk voting begins

Pick your favorites from among 24 photos taken during the Global Physics Photowalk. Twenty-four top photos have been selected to enter the next stage of the Global Physics Photowalk competition. In September, eight world-leading research...Show More Summary

The light side of dark matter

New technology and new thinking are pushing the dark matter hunt to lower and lower masses. It’s a seemingly paradoxical but important question in particle physics: Can dark matter be light? Light in this case refers to the mass of the...Show More Summary

The particle physics of you

Not only are we made of fundamental particles, we also produce them and are constantly bombarded by them throughout the day. Fourteen billion years ago, when the hot, dense speck that was our universe quickly expanded, all of the matter and antimatter that existed should have annihilated and left us nothing but energy. Show More Summary

MicroBooNE sees first accelerator-born neutrinos

The results of the MicroBooNE experiment will be relevant for the forthcoming Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. Today the MicroBooNE collaboration announced that it has seen its first neutrinos in the experiment's newly built detector. “It's...Show More Summary

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