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Blog Profile / Symmetry Breaking


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Filed Under:Academics / Physics
Posts on Regator:1265
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Archived Since:December 20, 2008

Blog Post Archive

XKCD creator answers ‘What if?’

Randall Munroe, author of the webcomic xkcd, has found another outlet for his inquisitive nature. Relentless curiosity is the driving force behind Internet phenomenon Randall Munroe’s new book, What If? Serious Scientific Answers ToShow More Summary

Science gets social

If you like your science with a cup of coffee, a pint of beer or a raucous crowd, these events may be for you. With an explosion of informal science events popping up around the world, it’s easier than ever to find ways to connect with...Show More Summary

Sci-fi writers, scientists imagine the future

A new project pairs science fiction authors with scientists to envision worlds that are both inspiring and achievable. A few years ago, structural engineering professor Keith Hjelmstad received an unusual phone call. On the line was Neal Stephenson, author of futuristic thrillers such as Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon. Show More Summary

Astrophysics at the edge of the Earth

Conducting research at the South Pole takes a unique level of commitment. The sun sets but once a year at the South Pole, and it is a prolonged process. During a recent stay at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, postdoctoral researcher Jason Gallicchio saw it hover along the horizon for about a week before dropping out of sight for six months. Show More Summary

What Hawking really meant

Fermilab physicist Don Lincoln explains the idea of a metastable universe, what it has to do with the Higgs boson, and why we're still in good shape. If you’re a science enthusiast, this week you have likely encountered headlines claiming...Show More Summary

True tales of science

When two theoretical physicists crossed paths at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, the Story Collider was born. When storyteller Margot Leitman asked students at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York to describe...Show More Summary

Forecasting the future

Physicists and other scientists use the GEANT4 toolkit to identify problems before they occur. Physicists can tell the future—or at least foresee multiple possible versions of it. They do this through computer simulations. Simulations...Show More Summary

Watching ‘the clock’ at the LHC

As time ticks down to the restart of the Large Hadron Collider, scientists are making sure their detectors run like clockwork. For the last two years, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN has been quietly slumbering while engineers andShow More Summary

Detectors in daily life

Not only are particle detectors essential to making discoveries in particle physics, they also play important roles in industry, science and medicine. Ask someone what our world would look like if there were no cars or no telephones and they’ll probably have an immediate answer. Show More Summary

Massive neutrino experiment proposed in China

China’s neutrino physics program could soon expand with a new experiment aimed at cracking a critical neutrino mystery. Physicists have proposed building one of the largest-ever neutrino experiments in the city of Jiangamen, China, about 60 miles outside of Hong Kong. Show More Summary

Particle physics to aid nuclear cleanup

Cosmic rays can help scientists do something no one else can: safely image the interior of the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. A little after lunchtime on Friday, March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake violently shook the Pacific Ocean off the northeast coast of Japan. Show More Summary

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

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