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A ‘crack in the cosmic egg’

The recent BICEP2 discovery of evidence for cosmic inflation might point to new physics. Last month, scientists on the BICEP2 experiment announced the first hard evidence for cosmic inflation, the process by which the infant universe...Show More Summary

CERN’s LHCb experiment sees exotic particle

An analysis using LHC data verifies the existence of an exotic four-quark hadron. Last week, the Large Hadron Collider experiment LHCb published a result confirming the existence of a rare and exotic particle. This particle breaks the...Show More Summary

The search for dark matter at the LHC

When the Large Hadron Collider restarts, it will be an even more powerful dark-matter-hunting machine. Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider specialize in the discovery of previously undetected particles. So of course they are onShow More Summary

Long-distance neutrino search

For some physicists, remote operations centers bring neutrino experiments closer to home. Physicist Ruth Toner sits facing five computer screens and a TV monitor in a room in Medford, Massachusetts. She’s watching an experiment in action:...Show More Summary

Building artificial body parts with particle beams

Companies are using an electron-beam 3-D printing process to manufacture medical implants. Each year in the United States, millions of people receive medical implants—from hip joints to heart and brain stents to spinal devices. In 2010...Show More Summary

Planck reveals galactic fingerprint

The Planck mission released a first glimpse of data that, later this year, will test BICEP2’s discovery of gravitational waves. One of the most anticipated experimental results this year is scheduled to come from the European Space Agency’s...Show More Summary

Science fiction or science fact?

In a new class at Duke, professors from different realms explore the intersection of literature and physics. Duke professor and ATLAS physicist Mark Kruse grew up reading science fiction, but his fascination with dystopian futures and...Show More Summary

Saving the Feynman van

A team of Richard Feynman's friends and fans banded together to restore the Nobel laureate's most famous vehicle. “The game I play is a very interesting one,” says Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman in a low-resolution video posted to YouTube. Show More Summary

The twin paradox

Fermilab physicist Don Lincoln explains a well-known thought experiment examining the consequences of special relativity. “Time waits for no man” goes the saying, and it appears to be true. Inexorably the moments of our lives tick away until we have none left and slip into the darkness. Show More Summary

NOvA’s first neutrino

The first picture of a neutrino that traveled from Illinois to Minnesota shows the NOvA experiment’s advantage in studying neutrino properties. Neutrinos are notoriously hard to see. But detecting these tiny particles is only part of...Show More Summary

The ‘Cosmos’ connection

Science is no longer the wallflower who doesn’t get asked to the dance, writes physicist Glen Crawford in an essay about science outreach past and present. I was sitting in the back of a cavernous ballroom in the Savannah conventionShow More Summary

30 years of inter-American collaboration

Three decades ago this month, scientists from Latin America came to do research at Fermilab, forming the ties of a lasting collaboration. In 1983, Fermilab Director Leon Lederman put his money on the table at the second Pan American Symposium on Elementary Particles and Technology in Rio de Janeiro. Show More Summary

Scientists to map universe in 3-D HD

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument will create the clearest three-dimensional map yet of one-third of the sky. Maps do more than tell us where we are. Rich with information elegantly arranged, they give us a way to assimilate our vast world. Show More Summary

A tinkerer models a cosmic camera

An engineer at SLAC laboratory constructed a full-scale model of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope's cryostat in his spare time. Tucked into a corner of an office building at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a cylindrical object...Show More Summary

Keeping things awesome on the Dark Energy Survey

Scientists stay inspired in their sometimes tedious task of inspecting photographs taken in the Dark Energy Survey’s ambitious cataloging of one-eighth of the sky. Physicists working on the Dark Energy Survey can expect to pull many an all-nighter. Show More Summary

Possible expansion for South Pole detector

Physicists hope to seek out the source of cosmic neutrinos by expanding the IceCube neutrino detector to 10 times its current size. The detectors of the IceCube experiment have so far caught about 100 cosmic neutrinos, dozens of which came from outside our galaxy. The exact provenance of these particle cosmonauts is a mystery. Show More Summary

The 'Cosmos' connection

Science is no longer the wallflower who doesn’t get asked to the dance, writes physicist Glen Crawford in an essay about science outreach past and present. I was sitting in the back of a cavernous ballroom in the Savannah conventionShow More Summary

Meet the next director of TRIUMF

In July, Johns Hopkins University physicist Jonathan Bagger will begin a six-year term as director of TRIUMF laboratory in Vancouver.

Research abroad, CERN style

Students from US universities work on LHC experiments through a new research abroad program. When she entered college, Laura Bergsten was not planning on majoring in physics. “I had a lot of interest in other programs, like government and writing,” Bergsten says. Show More Summary

Massive thoughts

The Higgs boson and the neutrino fascinate the general public and particle physicists alike. Why is that? If there are two particles that everyone has read about in the news lately, it’s the Higgs boson and the neutrino. Why do we continue...Show More Summary

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