Blog Profile / Symmetry Breaking

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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

Fabiola Gianotti chosen as next head of CERN

The former head of the ATLAS experiment at the LHC will be the first female leader of Europe's largest particle physics laboratory. Today the CERN Council announced the selection of Italian physicist Fabiola Gianotti as the organization’s...Show More Summary

Reading the heavens with your phone

Two groups have released early versions of apps to turn your smart phone into a cosmic ray detector. Cosmic rays, most of which come speeding through the Milky Way from outside of our solar system, crash into the Earth’s atmosphere at...Show More Summary

Scientists mull potential gamma-ray study sites

An international panel is working to determine the two locations from which the Cherenkov Telescope Array will observe the gamma-ray sky. Somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere, about 100 state-of-the-art telescopes will dot the otherwise empty landscape for half a kilometer in every direction. Show More Summary

TEDx goes to CERN

Inventors, educators and scientists inspired audiences at this year’s TEDxCERN. It’s not every day you see entrepreneurs, engineers and particle physicists breaking it down to an electronica remix of recordings from CERN’s air conditioning...Show More Summary

Cosmic Inflation

Cosmic inflation refers to a period of rapid, accelerated expansion that scientists think took place about 14 billion years ago. Cosmic inflation refers to a period of rapid, accelerated expansion that scientists think took place about 14 billion years ago. Our universe has likely never grown as quickly as it did during that period. Show More Summary

Australia’s first dark matter experiment

A proposed dark matter experiment would use two underground detectors, one in each hemisphere. Physicists are hoping to hit pay dirt with a proposed experiment—the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere—that would search for traces...Show More Summary

Costumes to make zombie Einstein proud

These physics-themed Halloween costume ideas are sure to entertain—and maybe even educate. Terrifying, we know. So you haven’t picked a Halloween costume, and the big night is fast approaching. If you’re looking for something a little funny, a little nerdy and sure to impress fellow physics fans, look no further. Show More Summary

Transatlantic data-transfer gets a boost

New links will improve the flow of data from the Large Hadron Collider to US institutions. Scientists across the US will soon have access to new, ultra high-speed network links spanning the Atlantic Ocean. A new project is currentlyShow More Summary

High schoolers try high-powered physics

The winners of CERN's Beam Line for Schools competition conducted research at Europe’s largest physics laboratory. Many teenagers dream about getting the keys to their first car. Last month, a group of high schoolers got access to their...Show More Summary

Top quark still raising questions

Why are scientists still interested in the heaviest fundamental particle nearly 20 years after its discovery? “What happens to a quark deferred?” the poet Langston Hughes may have asked, had he been a physicist. If scientists lost interest in a particle after its discovery, much of what it could show us about the universe would remain hidden. Show More Summary

Jokes for nerds

Webcomic artist Zach Weinersmith fuels ‘Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’ with grad student humor and almost half of a physics degree. Zach Weinersmith, creator of popular webcomic “Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal,” doesn’t know all...Show More Summary

Q&A: Katherine Freese

The new director of the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics talks neutrinos, women in science, and the hunt for dark matter. Katherine Freese admits she didn’t do well in her first college physics course, but her impressive resume...Show More Summary

‘CERN People’ series 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

Science Hack Day

Astrophysicists inspire space-related projects at a 24-hour hack-a-thon in San Francisco. As the space flick Gravity plays on large monitors in the open office space of a San Francisco tech company, nearly 175 people fight off sleepShow More Summary

500-mile neutrino experiment up and running

Construction is complete for NOvA, the longest-distance neutrino experiment in the world. It’s the most powerful accelerator-based neutrino experiment ever built in the United States, and the longest-distance one in the world. It’s called...Show More Summary

To catch a gravitational wave

Advanced LIGO, designed to detect gravitational waves, will eventually be 1000 times more powerful than its predecessor. Thirty years ago, a professor and a student with access to a radiotelescope in Puerto Rico made the first discovery...Show More Summary

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