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New books for the physics fan

These recently published popular science books will help you catch up on particle physics news, knowledge and history. Looking to stay current on your particle physics knowledge? Here are 10 recent popular science books you might want to check out. 1. Show More Summary

Vacuuming the ATLAS detector

One hundred scientists and engineers recently gave the ATLAS detector a deep cleaning in preparation for the Large Hadron Collider restart. No, they’re not Ghost Busters looking for paranormal activity. Nor are they the last human survivors...Show More Summary

Einstein papers go digital

More than 5,000 documents collected by the Einstein Papers Project are now freely available online. In a single year of his 20s, Albert Einstein published papers explaining the photoelectric effect, Brownian motion, special relativity and E=mc 2. Show More Summary

Searching for a dark light

A new experiment at Jefferson Lab is on the hunt for dark photons, hypothetical messengers of an invisible universe. The matter we know accounts for less than 5 percent of the universe; the rest is filled with invisible dark matter and dark energy. Show More Summary

Muon versus the volcano

Particles produced by cosmic rays enter volcanoes and live to tell the tale. Exploring the innards of Mount Vesuvius, the active volcano that once destroyed the ancient town of Pompeii, sounds like a risky endeavor. Unless you’re a muon. Scientists...Show More Summary

Needed: citizen scientists for Higgs hunt

A new project asks citizen scientists for help finding unknown Higgs boson decays in LHC data from the ATLAS experiment. Just days after the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider released a large batch of data to the public, the...Show More Summary

Students join the hunt for exotic new physics

Students will help the MoEDAL experiment at CERN seek evidence of magnetic monopoles, microscopic black holes and other phenomena. For the first time, a high school has joined a high-energy physics experiment as a full member. Students...Show More Summary

Creating a spark

Science has a long history of creativity generated through collaboration between fields. A principle of 18th century mechanics holds that if a physical system is symmetric in some way, then there is a conservation law associated with the symmetry. Show More Summary

The intersection of art and science

Statistician Edward Tufte turns scientific notations into artwork. If you visit statistician and sculptor Edward Tufte’s farm in Connecticut, you’ll see something that gets to the heart of the person and his work. On the mile-long farm...Show More Summary

‘CERN People’ tells it like it is

A new video series about scientists at CERN pulls back the curtain on what it’s like to be a physicist during a pivotal time in the field. American director and documentary film maker Liz Mermin has traveled from beauty schools in Afghanistan to Bollywood movie sets in India filming people at their work. Show More Summary

500-mile neutrino experiment up and running

Construction is complete for NOvA, the longest-distance neutrino experiment in the world. With construction completed, the NOvA neutrino experiment has begun its probe into the mysteries of ghostly particles that may hold the key toShow More Summary

CERN frees LHC data

Anyone can access collision data from the Large Hadron Collider through the new CERN Open Data Portal. Today CERN launched its Open Data Portal, which makes data from real collision events produced by LHC experiments available to the...Show More Summary

LHCb experiment finds new particles

A new LHCb result adds two new composite particles to the quark model. Today the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of two new particles, each consisting of three quarks. The particles, known as the Xi_b'- and Xi_b-, were predicted to exist by the quark model but had never been observed. Show More Summary

Auger reveals subtlety in cosmic rays

Scientists home in on the make-up of cosmic rays, which are more nuanced than previously thought. Unlike the twinkling little star of nursery rhyme, the cosmic ray is not the subject of any well-known song about an astronomical wonder. Show More Summary

Big lessons from a Tiny Titan

When it comes to explaining how a massive machine works, sometimes smaller is better. Tiny Titan is a supercomputer. Kind of. It should probably be clarified that the term supercomputer, in this sense, would have more to do with howShow More Summary

Ancient pigments, modern mystery

When Chinese workers searching for water found the famous Terracotta Warriors instead, they brought to light a scientific mystery. True purple is one of the rarest colors in nature. Before the advent of artificial coloring, a tiny sea...Show More Summary

The November Revolution

Forty years ago today, two different research groups announced the discovery of the same new particle and redefined how physicists view the universe. On November 11, 1974, members of the Cornell high-energy physics group could have spent...Show More Summary

The intersection of art and science

Particle physicists and scientists from other disciplines are finding ways to help one another answer critical questions. If you visit statistician and sculptor Edward Tufte’s farm in Connecticut, you’ll see something that gets to the...Show More Summary

Scientists progress toward plasma acceleration

Scientists have demonstrated the particle acceleration technique is powerful and efficient enough to drive future accelerators. Scientists have proven that a technique for accelerating particles on waves of plasma is efficient enough...Show More Summary

The rise of astrostatistics

Astrophysicists and cosmologists are turning to statisticians to help them analyze an ever-increasing deluge of data. In late 1801 the orbit of the newly discovered asteroid Ceres carried it behind the sun, and astronomers worried they had lost it forever. Show More Summary

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