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First measurement of sun’s real-time energy

The Borexino neutrino experiment in Italy found that the sun releases the same amount of energy today as it did 100,000 years ago. For the first time, scientists have measured solar energy at the moment of its generation. PhysicistsShow More Summary

Holographic universe experiment begins

The Holometer experiment will test whether our universe is coded into 2-D packets many trillion times smaller than an atom. A unique experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has started collecting data that will answer some...Show More Summary

LHC physicist takes on new type of collisions

A former Large Hadron Collider researcher brings his knowledge of high-energy collisions to a new EA SPORTS NHL hockey game. After years of particle physics research—first for the D0 experiment at Fermilab near Chicago and later for the ATLAS experiment at CERN near Geneva—Michele Petteni faced a dilemma. Show More Summary

A whole-Earth approach

Ecologist John Harte applies principles from his former life as a physicist to his work trying to save the planet. Each summer for the past 25 years, ecologist John Harte has spent his mornings in a meadow on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. Show More Summary

Dark Energy Survey kicks off second season

In September, DES will make data collected in its first season freely available to researchers. On August 15, with its successful first season behind it, the Dark Energy Survey collaboration began its second year of mapping the southern sky in unprecedented detail. Show More Summary

LHC research, presented in tangible tidbits

Students working on their PhDs at the Large Hadron Collider explain their research with snacks, board games and Legos. Concepts in particle physics can be hard to visualize. But a series of videos on the US LHC YouTube channel endeavors...Show More Summary

Rare isotopes facility underway at Michigan State

In July 140 truckloads of concrete arrived at Michigan State University to begin construction of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. Michigan State University’s campus will soon feature a powerful accelerator capable of producing particles...Show More Summary

New game trades clicks for physics discoveries

A group of students at CERN have created a computer game that makes particle physics research as addictive as Candy Crush Saga. If you’re hearing an incessant clicking sound right now, someone around you has probably just discoveredShow More Summary

Open access to the universe

A team of scientists generated a giant cosmic simulation—and now they're giving it away. A small team of astrophysicists and computer scientists have created some of the highest-resolution snapshots yet of a cyber version of our own cosmos. Show More Summary

Science on demand

Brian Greene welcomes the Internet to physics class with World Science U. Professor, author and string-theorist-about-town Brian Greene wants to expand the ways we learn about science. Greene, the author of popular physics books such...Show More Summary

Neutrino researchers pull double duty

Neutrino researchers work collaboratively, sharing and comparing results to help advance the field of neutrino physics. For Philip Rodrigues, a postdoc at the University of Rochester, receiving a new dataset from the MINERvA neutrino...Show More Summary

Using the Higgs boson to search for clues

The Higgs boson could be the tool that leads scientists to the next big discovery. After a new particle such as the Higgs boson is discovered, scientists want to measure all of its properties as accurately as possible. Not only doesShow More Summary

Partnership generates bright ideas for photon science

Photon science, a spin-off of particle physics, has returned to its roots for help developing better, faster detectors. In late 1940s, scientists doing fundamental physics research at the General Electric Research Laboratory in Schenectady, New York, noticed a bright arc of light coming from their particle accelerator. Show More Summary

NOvA detector takes shape

On Thursday members of the NOvA neutrino experiment celebrated their progress with a visit to their massive detector in northern Minnesota. In 2012, upon beholding the newly completed NOvA far-detector building in northern Minnesota,...Show More Summary

How to weigh a galaxy cluster

The study of galaxy clusters is bringing scientists closer to an understanding of the "dark" universe. Step on a scale and you’ll get a quick measure of your weight. Weighing galaxy clusters, groups of hundreds or thousands of galaxies bound together by gravity, isn’t so easy. But scientists have many ways to do it. Show More Summary

Exploratorium exhibit reveals the invisible

A determined volunteer gives an old detector new life as the centerpiece of a cosmic ray exhibit. Watch one of the exhibits in San Francisco’s Exploratorium science museum and count to 10, and you’ll have a very good chance of seeing...Show More Summary

Helping cancer treatment hit its mark

A prototype CT scanner could improve targeting accuracy in proton therapy treatment. A prototype medical device developed by Fermilab and Northern Illinois University could someday reduce the amount of radiation delivered to healthyShow More Summary

Scientists set aside rivalry to preserve knowledge

Scientists from two experiments have banded together to create a single comprehensive record of their work for scientific posterity. Imagine Argentina and Germany, the 2014 World Cup finalists, meeting after the final match to writeShow More Summary

Science inspires at Sanford Lab’s Neutrino Day

Science was the star at an annual celebration in Lead, South Dakota. At the Sanford Underground Research Facility’s seventh annual Neutrino Day last Saturday, more than 800 visitors of all ages and backgrounds got a glimpse of the high-energy...Show More Summary

The machine learning community takes on the Higgs

Detecting new physics isn’t quite like detecting cat videos—yet. Scientists have created a contest that invites anyone to use machine learning—the kind of computing that allows Facebook to spot your friends in photos and Netflix to recommend your next film—to search for the Higgs boson. More than 1000 individuals have already joined the race. Show More Summary

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