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Black holes

Let yourself be pulled into the weird world of black holes. Imagine, somewhere in the galaxy, the corpse of a star so dense that it punctures the fabric of space and time. So dense that it devours any surrounding matter that gets too...Show More Summary

How to wrangle a particle

Learn some particle accelerator basics from a Fermilab accelerator operator. How do you keep a particle inside of a particle accelerator? Fermilab accelerator operator Cindy Joe explains. Video of ZvrVhB_kEqA Have a burning question about particle physics? Let us know via email or Twitter (using the hashtag #asksymmetry). We might answer you in a future video!

The booming science of dwarf galaxies

A recent uptick in the discovery of the smallest, oldest galaxies benefits studies of dark matter, galaxy formation and the evolution of the universe.   Galaxies are commonly perceived as gigantic spirals full of billions to trillions of stars. Show More Summary

CERN and US increase cooperation

The United States and the European physics laboratory have formally agreed to partner on continued LHC research, upcoming neutrino research and a future collider. Today in a ceremony at CERN, US Ambassador to the United Nations Pamela...Show More Summary

LHC ends 2015 with a cliffhanger

Two LHC experiments see an unexpected bump, but scientists need more data to figure out whether it's worth getting excited about. The final Large Hadron Collider results of the year are in. A new and unexpected bump in the data has left...Show More Summary

Festive physicists

What’s it like working on experiments over the holidays? For many, the winter holiday season means a few days off, a time for family and friends and food. But for some, it means conducting massive physics experiments that don’t takeShow More Summary

Physics books of 2015

A tour of 10 of this year’s popular science books delivers dark matter, black holes and a hefty dose of Einstein. This collection of 10 recently published books will keep you up-to-date on the new and the historical in particle physics and astrophysics. Show More Summary

LUX maps where dark matter isn't

The LUX experiment has drawn the best picture yet of what dark matter particles cannot be. The Large Underground Xenon dark matter experiment, which operates nearly a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in the Black Hills of South Dakota, has already proven itself to be the most sensitive dark matter detector in the world. Show More Summary

Photowalk winners announced

An international jury and more than 3800 public votes determined the winners of this year's Global Physics Photowalk competition. In September, eight research laboratories invited more than 200 photographers to go behind-the-scenes and...Show More Summary

The next gamma-ray eye on the sky

Scientists have successfully tested the first prototype camera for the Cherenkov Telescope Array. Telescope arrays VERITAS, HESS and MAGIC have spied active supermassive black holes, the remnants of the explosions of massive stars, binary...Show More Summary

Save the particles

To learn more about the particles they collide, physicists turn their attention to a less destructive type of collision in the LHC. Every second, the Large Hadron Collider generates millions of particle collisions. Scientists watching...Show More Summary

Fermilab brings in new artist-in-residence

Chicago innovator Ellen Sandor will create new works based on her experiences at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Chicago artist Ellen Sandor, founder and director of the collaborative artists group (art)n, will be Fermi National...Show More Summary

After the particle physics degree

Physicist Meghan Anzelc is just as surprised as anyone she wound up with an enjoyable career in the insurance industry. Courtesy of CNA Figuring out insurance rates and conducting particle physics research are more similar than one might expect. Show More Summary

Holometer rules out first theory of space-time correlations

The extremely sensitive quantum-spacetime-measuring tool will serve as a template for scientific exploration in the years to come. Our common sense and the laws of physics assume that space and time are continuous. The Holometer, anShow More Summary

What could dark matter be?

Scientists don’t yet know what dark matter is made of, but they are full of ideas. Although nearly a century has passed since an astronomer first used the term “dark matter” in the 1930s, the elusive substance still defies explanation. Show More Summary

Revamped LHC goes heavy metal

Physicists will collide lead ions to replicate and study the embryonic universe. “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” ~ Terry Pratchett, author For the next three weeks physicists at the Large Hadron Collider will cook...Show More Summary

Charge-parity violation

Matter and antimatter behave differently. Scientists hope that investigating how might someday explain why we exist. One of the great puzzles for scientists is why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe—the reason we exist. It...Show More Summary

Physicists get a supercomputing boost

Scientists have made the first-ever calculation of a prediction involving the decay of certain matter and antimatter particles. Sometimes the tiniest difference between a prediction and a result can tell scientists that a theory isn’t...Show More Summary

Shrinking the accelerator

Scientists plan to use a newly awarded grant to develop a shoebox-sized particle accelerator in five years. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $13.5 million to Stanford University for an international effort, including...Show More Summary

Cleanroom is a verb

It’s not easy being clean. Although they might be invisible to the naked eye, contaminants less than a micron in size can ruin very sensitive experiments in particle physics. Flakes of skin, insect parts and other air-surfing particles—collectively...Show More Summary

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