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Using the Higgs boson to search for clues

The Higgs boson could be the tool that leads scientists to the next big discovery. After a new particle such as the Higgs boson is discovered, scientists want to measure all of its properties as accurately as possible. Not only doesShow More Summary

Partnership generates bright ideas for photon science

Photon science, a spin-off of particle physics, has returned to its roots for help developing better, faster detectors. In late 1940s, scientists doing fundamental physics research at the General Electric Research Laboratory in Schenectady, New York, noticed a bright arc of light coming from their particle accelerator. Show More Summary

NOvA detector takes shape

On Thursday members of the NOvA neutrino experiment celebrated their progress with a visit to their massive detector in northern Minnesota. In 2012, upon beholding the newly completed NOvA far-detector building in northern Minnesota,...Show More Summary

How to weigh a galaxy cluster

The study of galaxy clusters is bringing scientists closer to an understanding of the "dark" universe. Step on a scale and you’ll get a quick measure of your weight. Weighing galaxy clusters, groups of hundreds or thousands of galaxies bound together by gravity, isn’t so easy. But scientists have many ways to do it. Show More Summary

Exploratorium exhibit reveals the invisible

A determined volunteer gives an old detector new life as the centerpiece of a cosmic ray exhibit. Watch one of the exhibits in San Francisco’s Exploratorium science museum and count to 10, and you’ll have a very good chance of seeing...Show More Summary

Helping cancer treatment hit its mark

A prototype CT scanner could improve targeting accuracy in proton therapy treatment. A prototype medical device developed by Fermilab and Northern Illinois University could someday reduce the amount of radiation delivered to healthyShow More Summary

Scientists set aside rivalry to preserve knowledge

Scientists from two experiments have banded together to create a single comprehensive record of their work for scientific posterity. Imagine Argentina and Germany, the 2014 World Cup finalists, meeting after the final match to writeShow More Summary

Science inspires at Sanford Lab’s Neutrino Day

Science was the star at an annual celebration in Lead, South Dakota. At the Sanford Underground Research Facility’s seventh annual Neutrino Day last Saturday, more than 800 visitors of all ages and backgrounds got a glimpse of the high-energy...Show More Summary

The machine learning community takes on the Higgs

Detecting new physics isn’t quite like detecting cat videos—yet. Scientists have created a contest that invites anyone to use machine learning—the kind of computing that allows Facebook to spot your friends in photos and Netflix to recommend your next film—to search for the Higgs boson. More than 1000 individuals have already joined the race. Show More Summary

US reveals its next generation of dark matter experiments

DOE and NSF have announced their selection of three experiments for the second generation of dark matter searches. Two US federal funding agencies announced today the experiments they will support in the next generation of the search...Show More Summary

A physicist in the neurobiology lab

After 10 years as a theoretical particle physicist, Larry Abbott discovered a new passion. Most of us hope that we’ll eventually figure out what we want to do when we grow up. For former theoretical particle physicist Larry Abbott, that...Show More Summary

What’s next for Higgs boson research?

Two years after the groundbreaking discovery of the Higgs boson, physicists are still hard at work. On July 4, 2012, physicists announced an amazing discovery—they had identified a new particle that looked very much like the predicted Higgs boson. Two years later, physicists have pinned down the traits of this particle and confirmed its identity. Show More Summary

Physicist shares do-it-yourself expertise online

SLAC scientist Michael Kelsey sees connections between the communities of physicists and do-it-yourselfers. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory physicist Michael Kelsey's knack for tinkering has led him to pursue do-it-yourself projects...Show More Summary

Waiting for supernova

Catching a nearby supernova would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that could give scientists a glimpse into physics they could never recreate on Earth. Thousands of years ago, when a stargazer noticed a bright, new speck in the sky, one that wasn’t there the night before, he likely would have been mystified. Show More Summary

Getting the jump on big data for LSST

Efforts are already underway to ensure that the data the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope collects will be ready to be mined for scientific gold. On the first night the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope points its 8.4-meter mirror toward...Show More Summary

Measuring the lifetime of the Higgs boson

Scientists are looking for new ways to determine the quick-as-a-thought lifetime of the Higgs boson, which could point the way to new physics. For all the media attention the Higgs boson has received over the last few years, it certainly doesn’t stick around very long to soak it all in. Show More Summary

Computing power for all

The Open Science Grid enables faster, more efficient analysis of LHC data—and also contributes to advancements in fields from geology to medicine. Science today collects a mind-boggling amount of data. Particle physics experiments at...Show More Summary

Massive neutrino detector moved into place

The 30-ton MicroBooNE detector, the cornerstone of Fermilab's short-baseline neutrino program, will see neutrinos this year. On Monday, the next phase of neutrino physics at Fermilab fell (gently) into place. The MicroBooNE detector—a...Show More Summary

Higgs boson shows scientists new tricks

A new result from the Large Hadron Collider strengthens the case that the Higgs interacts with both types of particles in the Standard Model. Scientists reported in Nature Physics this week that they have found substantial evidence of...Show More Summary

The art of back-of-the-envelope calculations

Students estimate their way through pop culture problems to learn a life skill. Scientists of all stripes are known for an ability to grab the nearest scrap of paper and scribble out a quick calculation to check if they’re on the right...Show More Summary

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