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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

Science and nature

Although the view has changed, Lucy de Barbaro still looks at life through the lens of physics. Working at Fermilab expanded physicist Lucyna “Lucy” de Barbaro’s horizons. In addition to cultivating her research capabilities and surveying...Show More Summary

The supersymmetric bet

Particle physicists playfully take sides over whether the Large Hadron Collider is likely to discover evidence of Supersymmetry. Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have exactly two years to find evidence of new particles. Cognac...Show More Summary

Researchers imagine the accelerators of the future

At the LHC Physics Conference in New York, experts looked to the next steps in collider physics. In the late 1800s, many scientists thought that the major laws of physics had been discovered—that all that remained to be resolved were...Show More Summary

Wave-particle duality

The concept of wave-particle duality ascribes two seemingly contradictory traits to a single object. Wave–particle duality is a concept in particle physics that ascribes two seemingly contradictory traits to a single object. Think of...Show More Summary

Science and diplomacy: Q&A with William Colglazier

The science and technology adviser to the US Secretary of State discusses how science and diplomacy can serve one another. William Colglazier, science and technology adviser to the US Secretary of State, gave a colloquium at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory on May 21. Show More Summary

CERN announces winners of student research competition

The winners of the Beam Line for Schools competition will use a beam of particles at CERN to investigate one of the fundamental forces of nature and to test a home-built device. Following almost 300 submissions from school groups around the world, two teams have been selected to come to CERN to carry out their own experiments at a CERN beam line. Show More Summary

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