Blog Profile / Symmetry Breaking

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A telescope that tells you when to look up

The LSST system will alert scientists to changes in space in near-real time. A massive digital camera will begin taking detailed snapshots from a mountaintop telescope in Chile in 2021. In just a few nights, the Large Synoptic Survey...Show More Summary

Physics in fast-forward

During their first run, experiments at the Large Hadron Collider rediscovered 50 years' worth of physics research in a single month. In 2010, the brand-spanking-new CMS and ATLAS detectors started taking data for the first time. ButShow More Summary

Video: LHC experiments prep for restart

Engineers and technicians have begun to close experiments in preparation for the next run. The LHC is preparing to restart at almost double the collision energy of its previous run. The new energy will allow physicists to check previously...Show More Summary

From the Standard Model to space

A group of scientists who started at particle physics experiments move their careers to the final frontier. As a member of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, Ryan Rios spent 2007 to 2012 surrounded by fellow physicists. Now,...Show More Summary

Physics for the people

Citizen scientists dive into particle physics and astrophysics research. Citizen science, scientific work done by the general public, is having a moment. In June 2014, the term “citizen science” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Show More Summary

10 unusual detector materials

The past century has generated some creative ideas for tracking particles. Hans had been waiting in the darkened room for 45 minutes. It was a dull part of his day, but acclimating his eyes was a necessary part of his experiment—counting...Show More Summary

What’s new for LHC Run II

The Large Hadron Collider gears up for restart. The most powerful particle accelerator on Earth has been asleep for the past two years. Soon it will reawaken for its second run. Since shutting down in early 2013, the LHC and its detectors have undergone a multitude of upgrades and repairs. Show More Summary

Craft astrophysics

Technicians on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey may be the last members of a spectroscopic survey to use hand-plugged fiber plates. A decade or two ago, technicians often spent the day snapping optical fibers into metal “plug plates” byShow More Summary

Physics Valentines

In love? Or just the opposite? Express how you feel with physics-inspired Valentines—and anti-Valentines—courtesy of symmetry. In the spirit of the approaching holiday, the staff of symmetry has created a set of physics-themed Valentines for you to share with the people who give you warmth and happiness. Show More Summary

Q&A: Steven Molaro, ‘The Big Bang Theory’

The show’s executive producer explains how a niche particle physics blog wound up in a recent plot. In Thursday’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, two of the show’s main characters, Leonard and Sheldon, publish a paper together. The paper...Show More Summary

Scientists take to YouTube for #mylinearcollider

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Tracking glaciers with accelerators

To predict Earth’s future, geologists use particle accelerators to understand its past. Geologists once thought that, until about 18,000 years ago, a mammoth glacier covered the top two-thirds of Ireland. Recently, however, they found...Show More Summary

Cosmic inflation remains undiscovered

A new study sets earlier discovery claims into perspective. A previous study claiming the discovery of gravitational waves as cosmic inflation’s fingerprint has most likely been over-interpreted, scientists found in a joint analysisShow More Summary

Real scientists borrow ‘Big Bang’ costumes

Parkas from The Big Bang Theory recently wound up in Greenland on an actual scientific expedition. In the season two finale of the show The Big Bang Theory, four of the show’s main characters decide to head on an expedition to the North Pole. Show More Summary

Of symmetries, the strong force and Helen Quinn

Scientist Helen Quinn has had a significant impact on the field of theoretical physics. Modern theoretical physicists spend much of their time examining the symmetries governing particles and their interactions. Researchers describeShow More Summary

Superconducting electromagnets of the LHC

You won't find these magnets in your kitchen. Magnets are something most of us are familiar with, but you may not know that magnets are an integral part of almost all modern particle accelerators. These magnets aren’t the same as the one that held your art to your parent’s refrigerator when you were a kid. Show More Summary

DECam’s nearby discoveries

The Dark Energy Camera does more than its name would lead you to believe. The Dark Energy Camera, or DECam, peers deep into space from its mount on the 4-meter Victor Blanco Telescope high in the Chilean Andes. Thirty percent of theShow More Summary

How to build your own particle detector

Make a cloud chamber and watch fundamental particles zip through your living room! The scale of the detectors at the Large Hadron Collider is almost incomprehensible: They weigh thousands of tons, contain millions of detecting elements...Show More Summary

20-ton magnet heads to New York

A superconducting magnet begins its journey from SLAC laboratory in California to Brookhaven Lab in New York. Imagine an MRI magnet with a central chamber spanning some 9 feet—massive enough to accommodate a standing African elephant. Show More Summary

Scientists complete array on Mexican volcano

An international team of astrophysicists has completed an advanced detector to map the most energetic phenomena in the universe. On Thursday, atop Volcán Sierra Negra, on a flat ledge near the highest point in Mexico, technicians filled...Show More Summary

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