Blog Profile / Symmetry Breaking

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The dawn of DUNE

A powerful planned neutrino experiment gains new members, new leaders and a new name. The neutrino experiment formerly known as LBNE has transformed. Since January, its collaboration has gained about 50 new member institutions, elected...Show More Summary

LHC will not restart this week

Engineers and technicians may need to warm up and recool a section of the accelerator before they can introduce particles. The Large Hadron Collider will not restart this week, according to a statement from CERN. Engineers and technicians are investigating an intermittent short circuit to ground in one of the machine’s magnet circuits. Show More Summary

Physics Madness: The Supersymmetric Sixteen

Which physics machine will reign supreme? Your vote decides. March is here, and that means one thing: brackets. We’ve matched up 16 of the coolest pieces of particle physics equipment that help scientists answer big questions about our universe. Show More Summary

The LHC does a dry run

Engineers have started the last step required before sending protons all the way around the renovated Large Hadron Collider. All systems are go! The the Large Hadron Collider’s operations team has started running the accelerator through...Show More Summary

Inside the CERN Control Centre

Take a tour of one of the most important rooms at CERN. CERN is more than just the Large Hadron Collider. A complex network of beam lines feeds particles from one accelerator to the next, gradually ramping up their energy along the way. Before...Show More Summary

Experiments combine to find mass of Higgs

The CMS and ATLAS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider join forces to make the most precise measurement of the mass of the Higgs boson yet. On the dawn of the Large Hadron Collider restart, the CMS and ATLAS collaborations are still gleaning valuable information from the accelerator’s first run. Show More Summary

Einstein's most famous equation

You’ve heard of Einstein’s E=mc 2, but what does it mean? With Einstein’s birthday just around the corner on March 14 (which also happens to be Pi Day), it seems appropriate to take a fresh look at one of his biggest accomplishments with a short video. In 1905, Einstein published four papers that radically changed how we look at the world around us. Show More Summary

Buying into physics

A scientist sets out to augment particle physics funding through crowdfunding. January 2014 found string cosmologist Mark Jackson approaching a crossroads in his career and in his life. During the 10 years he spent as a postdoc—first...Show More Summary

Scientists find rare dwarf satellite galaxy candidates

Newly discovered galaxies could present scientists with more opportunities to search for signatures of dark matter. Scientists on two continents have independently discovered a set of celestial objects that seem to belong to the rare...Show More Summary

Revamped LHC to get first taste of protons

Engineers plan to send 40 trillion protons through sections of the Large Hadron Collider during tests this weekend. The world’s largest particle accelerator is gearing up for its second run. This weekend engineers will test it by firing...Show More Summary

A second chance at a PhD in physics

At each step on the path to a physics PhD, the percentage of students from underrepresented groups drops. The APS Bridge Program aims to fix that. Carlos Perez, a physics graduate student at the University of South Florida, can tell you all about his research studying exotic materials that could be key to developing next-generation solar panels. Show More Summary

A telescope that tells you when to look up

The LSST system will alert scientists to changes in space in near-real time. A massive digital camera will begin taking detailed snapshots from a mountaintop telescope in Chile in 2021. In just a few nights, the Large Synoptic Survey...Show More Summary

Physics in fast-forward

During their first run, experiments at the Large Hadron Collider rediscovered 50 years' worth of physics research in a single month. In 2010, the brand-spanking-new CMS and ATLAS detectors started taking data for the first time. ButShow More Summary

Video: LHC experiments prep for restart

Engineers and technicians have begun to close experiments in preparation for the next run. The LHC is preparing to restart at almost double the collision energy of its previous run. The new energy will allow physicists to check previously...Show More Summary

From the Standard Model to space

A group of scientists who started at particle physics experiments move their careers to the final frontier. As a member of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, Ryan Rios spent 2007 to 2012 surrounded by fellow physicists. Now,...Show More Summary

Physics for the people

Citizen scientists dive into particle physics and astrophysics research. Citizen science, scientific work done by the general public, is having a moment. In June 2014, the term “citizen science” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Show More Summary

10 unusual detector materials

The past century has generated some creative ideas for tracking particles. Hans had been waiting in the darkened room for 45 minutes. It was a dull part of his day, but acclimating his eyes was a necessary part of his experiment—counting...Show More Summary

What’s new for LHC Run II

The Large Hadron Collider gears up for restart. The most powerful particle accelerator on Earth has been asleep for the past two years. Soon it will reawaken for its second run. Since shutting down in early 2013, the LHC and its detectors have undergone a multitude of upgrades and repairs. Show More Summary

Craft astrophysics

Technicians on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey may be the last members of a spectroscopic survey to use hand-plugged fiber plates. A decade or two ago, technicians often spent the day snapping optical fibers into metal “plug plates” byShow More Summary

Physics Valentines

In love? Or just the opposite? Express how you feel with physics-inspired Valentines—and anti-Valentines—courtesy of symmetry. In the spirit of the approaching holiday, the staff of symmetry has created a set of physics-themed Valentines for you to share with the people who give you warmth and happiness. Show More Summary

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