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WIMPs in the dark matter wind

We know which way the dark matter wind should blow. Now we just have to find it. Picture yourself in a car, your hand surfing the breeze through the open window. Hold your palm perpendicular to the wind and you can feel its force. Now...Show More Summary

Art intimates physics

Artist Chris Henschke’s latest piece inspired by particle physics mixes constancy with unpredictability, the natural with the synthetic. Artist Chris Henschke has spent more than a decade exploring the intersection of art and physics. Show More Summary

Art imitates physics

Artist Chris Henschke’s latest piece inspired by particle physics machinery is the closest he’s gotten to the real thing. Artist Chris Henschke has spent more than a decade exploring the intersection of art and physics. His pieces bring...Show More Summary

How to make a discovery

Particle physics is a dance between theory and experiment. Meenakshi Narain, a professor of physics at Brown University, remembers working on the DZero experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago in the winter of 1994. Show More Summary

A new gem inside the CMS detector

This month scientists embedded sophisticated new instruments in the heart of a Large Hadron Collider experiment. Sometimes big questions require big tools. That’s why a global community of scientists designed and built gigantic detectors to monitor the high-energy particle collisions generated by CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. Show More Summary

High-energy visionary

Meet Hernán Quintana Godoy, the scientist who made Chile central to international astronomy. Professor Hernán Quintana Godoy has a way of taking the long view, peering back into the past through distant stars while looking ahead to the...Show More Summary

Q&A: Dark matter next door?

Astrophysicists Eric Charles and Mattia Di Mauro discuss the surprising glow of our neighbor galaxy.  Astronomers recently discovered a stronger-than-expected glow of gamma rays at the center of the Andromeda galaxy, the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Show More Summary

The life of an accelerator

As it evolves, the SLAC linear accelerator illustrates some important technologies from the history of accelerator science. Tens of thousands of accelerators exist around the world, producing powerful particle beams for the benefit of...Show More Summary

A strength test for the strong force

New research could tell us about particle interactions in the early universe and even hint at new physics. Much of the matter in the universe is made up of tiny particles called quarks. Normally it’s impossible to see a quark on its own because they are always bound tightly together in groups. Show More Summary

Researchers face engineering puzzle

How do you transport 70,000 tons of liquid argon nearly a mile underground? Nearly a mile below the surface of Lead, South Dakota, scientists are preparing for a physics experiment that will probe one of the deepest questions of theShow More Summary

Hey Fermilab, it’s a Monkee

Micky Dolenz, best known as a vocalist and drummer in 1960s pop band The Monkees, turns out to be one of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s original fans. “Dear Ms. Higgins,” began the email to an employee of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Show More Summary

How to build a universe

Our universe should be a formless fog of energy. Why isn’t it? According to the known laws of physics, the universe we see today should be dark, empty and quiet. There should be no stars, no planets, no galaxies and no life—just energy...Show More Summary

Instrument finds new earthly purpose

Detectors long used to look at the cosmos are now part of X-ray experiments here on earth. Modern cosmology experiments—such as the BICEP instruments and the Keck Array in Antarctica—rely on superconducting photon detectors to capture...Show More Summary

Mobile Neutrino Lab makes its debut

The Mystery Machine for particles hits the road. It’s not as flashy as Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine, but scientists at Virginia Tech hope that their new vehicle will help solve mysteries about a ghost-like phenomena: neutrinos. The Mobile...Show More Summary

#AskSymmetry Twitter chat with Anne Schukraft

See Fermilab physicist Anne Schukraft's answers to readers’ questions about neutrinos. [View the story "#AskSymmetry Twitter Chat with Anne Schukraft 2/17/17" on Storify]

Wizardly neutrinos

Why can a neutrino pass through solid objects? Physicist Anne Schukraft of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory explains. Video of 5SniR5U6YTU Have a follow-up question about neutrinos? Ask Anne when she takes over the @symmetrymagShow More Summary

LHCb observes rare decay

Standard Model predictions align with the LHCb experiment’s observation of an uncommon decay. The Standard Model is holding strong after a new precision measurement of a rare subatomic process. For the first time, the LHCb experiment at...Show More Summary

Physics love poems

Advance your romance with science. This Valentine’s Day, we challenged our readers to send us physics-inspired love poems. You answered the call: We received dozens of submissions—in four different languages! You can find some of our...Show More Summary

LZ dark matter detector on fast track

Construction has officially launched for the LZ next-generation dark matter experiment. The race is on to build the most sensitive US-based experiment designed to directly detect dark matter particles. Department of Energy officialsShow More Summary

Physics love poem challenge

Think you can do better than the Symmetry staff? Send us your poems! Has the love of your life fallen for particle physics? Let the Symmetry team help you reach their heart—with haikus. On Valentine’s Day, we will publish a collection...Show More Summary

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