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In search of a parallel universe

What are parallel universes, and why do we think they might exist? Theoretical physicist Leonardo Senatore from the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology explains. Video of 7CIWKnbxNZM Have a burning question aboutShow More Summary

A bright idea

Can a biochemistry technique win the battle against background for scientists studying the nature of neutrinos? While we read, think, move or just perceive the world around us, thousands of neurons fire in our brain. Ions, like little messengers, jump from neuron to neuron and create a cascade of information transfer. Show More Summary

A primer on gravitational-wave detectors

Physicists are searching for gravitational waves all across the spectrum. Gravitational waves, or ripples in the fabric of space-time, have captured the imagination of physicists since Albert Einstein first predicted them in 1916. But...Show More Summary

99 percent invisible

With a small side project, astronomers discover a new type of galaxy. In 2011, astronomers Pieter van Dokkum and Roberto “Bob” Abraham found themselves in a restaurant in Toronto nursing something of a mid-life crisis. Abraham, a professor...Show More Summary

It came from the physics lab

Settle in for a physics-themed Halloween movie marathon. Looking for a way to celebrate Halloween? Has 2016 got you too spooked to go outside? Pop some corn and sample Symmetry’s little-known series of physics horror films instead. (Actual...Show More Summary

Citizen scientists join search for gravitational waves

A new project pairs volunteers and machine learning to sort through data from LIGO. Barbara Téglás was looking to try something different while on a break from her biotechnology work. So she joined Zooniverse, a website dedicated toShow More Summary

Recruiting team geoneutrino

Physicists and geologists are forming a new partnership to study particles from inside the planet. The Earth is like a hybrid car.  Deep under its surface, it has two major fuel tanks. One is powered by dissipating primordial energy left over from the planet’s formation. Show More Summary

Hunting the nearly un-huntable

The MINOS and Daya Bay experiments weigh in on the search for sterile neutrinos. In the 1990s, the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND) experiment at Los Alamos National Laboratory saw intriguing hints of an undiscovered type of particle, one that (as of yet) cannot be detected. Show More Summary

Creating the universe in a computer

Computer simulations help cosmologists unlock the mystery of how the universe evolved. Astronomers face a unique problem. While scientists from most fields can conduct experiments—particle physicists build massive particle collidersShow More Summary

LHC smashes old collision records

The Large Hadron Collider is now producing about a billion proton-proton collisions per second. The LHC is colliding protons at a faster rate than ever before, approximately 1 billion times per second. Those collisions are adding up:...Show More Summary

You keep using that physics word

I do not think it means what you think it means. Physics can often seem inconceivable. It’s a field of strange concepts and special terms. Language often fails to capture what’s really going on within the math and theories. And to make...Show More Summary

Small cat, big science

The proposed International Linear Collider has a fuzzy new ally. Hello Kitty is known throughout Japan as the poster girl (poster cat?) of kawaii, a segment of pop culture built around all things cute. But recently she took on a newShow More Summary

The secret lives of long-lived particles

A theoretical species of particle might answer nearly every question about our cosmos—if scientists can find it. The universe is unbalanced. Gravity is tremendously weak. But the weak force, which allows particles to interact and transform, is enormously strong. Show More Summary

The hunt for the truest north

Many theories predict the existence of magnetic monopoles, but experiments have yet to see them. If you chop a magnet in half, you end up with two smaller magnets. Both the original and the new magnets have “north” and “south” poles.  But...Show More Summary

A tale of two black holes

What can the surprisingly huge mass of the black holes detected by LIGO tell us about dark matter and the early universe? The historic detection of gravitational waves announced earlier this year breathed new life into a theory that’s been around for decades: that black holes created in the first second of the universe might make up dark matter. Show More Summary

Turning on the cosmic microphone

A new tool lets astronomers listen to the universe for the first time. When Galileo first introduced the telescope in the 1600s, astronomers gained the ability to view parts of the universe that were invisible to the naked eye. ThisShow More Summary

CUORE almost ready for first cool-down

The refrigerator that will become the coldest cubic meter in the universe is fully loaded and ready to go. Deep within a mountain in Italy, scientists have finished the assembly of an experiment more than one decade in the making. The...Show More Summary

Universe steps on the gas

A new and puzzling mismatch is forcing astronomers to re-think how well they understand the expansion of the universe. Astronomers think the universe might be expanding faster than expected. If true, it could reveal an extra wrinkleShow More Summary

Our galactic neighborhood

What can our cosmic neighbors tell us about dark matter and the early universe? Imagine a mansion. Now picture that mansion at the heart of a neighborhood that stretches irregularly around it, featuring other houses of different sizes—but all considerably smaller. Show More Summary

Winners declared in SUSY bet

Physicists exchanged cognac in Copenhagen at the conclusion of a bet about supersymmetry and the LHC. As a general rule, theorist Nima Arkani-Hamed does not get involved in physics bets. “Theoretical physicists like to take bets on all kinds of things,” he says. Show More Summary

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