Blog Profile / Symmetry Breaking

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LSST construction begins

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will take the most thorough survey ever of the Southern sky. Today a group will gather in northern Chile to participate in a traditional stone-laying ceremony. The ceremony marks the beginning of construction...Show More Summary

DES releases dark matter map

The Dark Energy Survey's detailed maps may help scientists better understand galaxy formation. Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey have released the first in a series of dark matter maps of the cosmos. These maps, created with one of...Show More Summary

LHC breaks energy record

The Large Hadron Collider has beaten its own world record for accelerating particles. Around midnight last night, engineers at CERN broke a world record when they accelerated a beam of particles to 6.5 trillion electronvolts—60 percent...Show More Summary

Seeing dark matter without seeing

Indirect detection experiments might be the key to discovering invisible dark matter. The race for the discovery of dark matter is on. Several experiments worldwide are searching for the mysterious substance and pushing the limits on...Show More Summary

Our flat universe

Not a curve in sight, as far as the eye can see. Mathematicians, scientists, philosophers and curious minds alike have guessed at the shape of our universe. There are three main options to choose from, in case you’d like to do some digging...Show More Summary

Physics Madness Grand Champion

And your 2015 winning physics machine is… The Dark Energy Camera! The plucky DECam and heavily favorited Large Hadron Collider beat out 14 solid competitors to make it to the final round, but only one physics machine could emerge victorious. Show More Summary

US scientists celebrate the restart of the LHC

The Large Hadron Collider circulates the first beam of Run 2. Earlier today, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator began its second act. After two years of upgrades and repairs, proton beams once again circulated around theShow More Summary

The Grand Unified Championship

The final contenders collide. Your vote crowns the best piece of physics equipment in Physics Madness! It’s the ultimate showdown: the Large Hadron Collider vs. the Dark Energy Camera. Everyone's favorite particle collider will take on underdog DECam, which rallied support to take down the famed Hubble Space Telescope in the last round. Show More Summary

CERN scientists reveal secret project

If successful, the ambitious new experiment may overshadow even the Large Hadron Collider. Movie science is often a source of chagrin for actual researchers. But recent events suggest that we may be entering a new era of partnershipShow More Summary

Physics Madness: The Fundamental Four

Which physics machine has the power to go all the way? The competition is fierce, and only four fantastic pieces of physics equipment emerged from the fray. Below are your Fundamental Four match-ups, so get voting to make sure your favorite...Show More Summary

LHC restart back on track

The Large Hadron Collider has overcome a technical hurdle and could restart as early as next week. On Monday, teams working on the Large Hadron Collider resolved a problem that had been delaying the restart of the accelerator, according...Show More Summary

Physics Madness: The Elemental Eight

Half the field, twice the fun. Which physics machine will win it all? The first round of Physics Madness is over and the field has narrowed to eight amazing physics machines. The second round of voting is now open, so pick your favorites and send them on to the Fundamental Four. You have until midnight PDT on Monday, March 30, to vote in this round. Show More Summary

Better ‘cosmic candles’ to illuminate dark energy

Using a newly identified set of supernovae, researchers have found a way to measure distances in space twice as precisely as before. Researchers have more than doubled the precision of a method they use to measure long distances in space—the...Show More Summary

The dawn of DUNE

A powerful planned neutrino experiment gains new members, new leaders and a new name. The neutrino experiment formerly known as LBNE has transformed. Since January, its collaboration has gained about 50 new member institutions, elected...Show More Summary

LHC will not restart this week

Engineers and technicians may need to warm up and recool a section of the accelerator before they can introduce particles. The Large Hadron Collider will not restart this week, according to a statement from CERN. Engineers and technicians are investigating an intermittent short circuit to ground in one of the machine’s magnet circuits. Show More Summary

Physics Madness: The Supersymmetric Sixteen

Which physics machine will reign supreme? Your vote decides. March is here, and that means one thing: brackets. We’ve matched up 16 of the coolest pieces of particle physics equipment that help scientists answer big questions about our universe. Show More Summary

The LHC does a dry run

Engineers have started the last step required before sending protons all the way around the renovated Large Hadron Collider. All systems are go! The the Large Hadron Collider’s operations team has started running the accelerator through...Show More Summary

Inside the CERN Control Centre

Take a tour of one of the most important rooms at CERN. CERN is more than just the Large Hadron Collider. A complex network of beam lines feeds particles from one accelerator to the next, gradually ramping up their energy along the way. Before...Show More Summary

Experiments combine to find mass of Higgs

The CMS and ATLAS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider join forces to make the most precise measurement of the mass of the Higgs boson yet. On the dawn of the Large Hadron Collider restart, the CMS and ATLAS collaborations are still gleaning valuable information from the accelerator’s first run. Show More Summary

Einstein's most famous equation

You’ve heard of Einstein’s E=mc 2, but what does it mean? With Einstein’s birthday just around the corner on March 14 (which also happens to be Pi Day), it seems appropriate to take a fresh look at one of his biggest accomplishments with a short video. In 1905, Einstein published four papers that radically changed how we look at the world around us. Show More Summary

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