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Wizardly neutrinos

Why can a neutrino pass through solid objects? Physicist Anne Schukraft of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory explains. Video of 5SniR5U6YTU Have a follow-up question about neutrinos? Ask Anne when she takes over the @symmetrymagShow More Summary

LHCb observes rare decay

Standard Model predictions align with the LHCb experiment’s observation of an uncommon decay. The Standard Model is holding strong after a new precision measurement of a rare subatomic process. For the first time, the LHCb experiment at...Show More Summary

Physics love poems

Advance your romance with science. This Valentine’s Day, we challenged our readers to send us physics-inspired love poems. You answered the call: We received dozens of submissions—in four different languages! You can find some of our...Show More Summary

LZ dark matter detector on fast track

Construction has officially launched for the LZ next-generation dark matter experiment. The race is on to build the most sensitive US-based experiment designed to directly detect dark matter particles. Department of Energy officialsShow More Summary

Physics love poem challenge

Think you can do better than the Symmetry staff? Send us your poems! Has the love of your life fallen for particle physics? Let the Symmetry team help you reach their heart—with haikus. On Valentine’s Day, we will publish a collection...Show More Summary

What ended the dark ages of the universe?

New experiments will help astronomers uncover the sources that helped make the universe transparent. When we peer through our telescopes into the cosmos, we can see stars and galaxies reaching back billions of years. This is possible only because the intergalactic medium we’re looking through is transparent. Show More Summary

Road trip science

The Escaramujo Project delivered detector technology by van to eight universities in Latin America. Professors and students of physics in Latin America have much to offer the world of physics. But for those interested in designing and...Show More Summary

Sign of a long-sought asymmetry

A result from the LHCb experiment shows what could be the first evidence of matter and antimatter baryons behaving differently. A new result from the LHCb experiment at CERN could help explain why our universe is made of matter and not antimatter. Matter particles, such as protons and electrons, all have an antimatter twin. Show More Summary

The robots of CERN

TIM and other mechanical friends tackle jobs humans shouldn’t. The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. Buried in the bedrock beneath the Franco-Swiss boarder, it whips protons through its nearly 2000...Show More Summary

Five extreme facts about neutron stars

Neutron stars have earned their share of superlatives since their discovery in 1967. As a massive star dies, expelling most of its guts across the universe in a supernova explosion, its iron heart, the star’s core, collapses to create...Show More Summary

Matter-antimatter mystery remains unsolved

Measuring with high precision, physicists at CERN found a property of antiprotons perfectly mirrored that of protons. There is little wiggle room for disparities between matter and antimatter protons, according to a new study published...Show More Summary

The value of basic research

How can we measure the worth of scientific knowledge? Before building any large piece of infrastructure, potential investors or representatives from funding agencies or governments have to decide whether it’s worth it. Teams of economists...Show More Summary


A group known for making music with everyday objects recently got their hands on some extraordinary props. CERN, home to the Large Hadron Collider, is known for high-speed, high-energy feats of coordination, so it’s only fitting that...Show More Summary

Twinkle, twinkle, little supernova

Using Twinkles, the new simulation of images of our night sky, scientists get ready for a gigantic cosmological survey unlike any before. Almost every worthwhile performance is preceded by a rehearsal, and scientific performances are no exception. Show More Summary

How heavy is a neutrino?

The question is more complicated than it seems. Neutrinos are elementary particles first discovered six decades ago.  Over the years, scientists have learned several surprising things about them. But they have yet to answer what might...Show More Summary

CERN ramps up neutrino program

The research center aims to test two large prototype detectors for the DUNE experiment. In the midst of the verdant French countryside is a workshop the size of an aircraft hangar bustling with activity. In a well lit new extension,Show More Summary

Anything to declare?

Sometimes being a physicist means giving detector parts the window seat. John Conway knows the exact width of airplane aisles (15 inches). He also personally knows the Transportation Security Administration operations manager at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Show More Summary

2016 year in particle physics

Scientists furthered studies of the Higgs boson, neutrinos, dark matter, dark energy and cosmic inflation and continued the search for undiscovered particles, forces and principles. Working together, particle physicists from the US and...Show More Summary

The ABCs of Particle Physics board book

The ABCs of Particle Physics is currently available at public libraries and stores near Fermilab and SLAC. For lovers of rhymes and anthropomorphic Higgs bosons, Symmetry presents its first published board book, The ABCs of Particle Physics. Show More Summary

Physics books of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, Symmetry writer Mike Perricone takes us through the latest additions to his collection of popular science books related to particle physics. The year 2016 brought us books on topics such as gravitational waves, the...Show More Summary

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