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Computing power for all

The Open Science Grid enables faster, more efficient analysis of LHC data—and also contributes to advancements in fields from geology to medicine. Science today collects a mind-boggling amount of data. Particle physics experiments at...Show More Summary

Massive neutrino detector moved into place

The 30-ton MicroBooNE detector, the cornerstone of Fermilab's short-baseline neutrino program, will see neutrinos this year. On Monday, the next phase of neutrino physics at Fermilab fell (gently) into place. The MicroBooNE detector—a...Show More Summary

Higgs boson shows scientists new tricks

A new result from the Large Hadron Collider strengthens the case that the Higgs interacts with both types of particles in the Standard Model. Scientists reported in Nature Physics this week that they have found substantial evidence of...Show More Summary

The art of back-of-the-envelope calculations

Students estimate their way through pop culture problems to learn a life skill. Scientists of all stripes are known for an ability to grab the nearest scrap of paper and scribble out a quick calculation to check if they’re on the right...Show More Summary

Science and nature

Although the view has changed, Lucy de Barbaro still looks at life through the lens of physics. Working at Fermilab expanded physicist Lucyna “Lucy” de Barbaro’s horizons. In addition to cultivating her research capabilities and surveying...Show More Summary

The supersymmetric bet

Particle physicists playfully take sides over whether the Large Hadron Collider is likely to discover evidence of Supersymmetry. Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have exactly two years to find evidence of new particles. Cognac...Show More Summary

Researchers imagine the accelerators of the future

At the LHC Physics Conference in New York, experts looked to the next steps in collider physics. In the late 1800s, many scientists thought that the major laws of physics had been discovered—that all that remained to be resolved were...Show More Summary

Wave-particle duality

The concept of wave-particle duality ascribes two seemingly contradictory traits to a single object. Wave–particle duality is a concept in particle physics that ascribes two seemingly contradictory traits to a single object. Think of...Show More Summary

Science and diplomacy: Q&A with William Colglazier

The science and technology adviser to the US Secretary of State discusses how science and diplomacy can serve one another. William Colglazier, science and technology adviser to the US Secretary of State, gave a colloquium at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory on May 21. Show More Summary

CERN announces winners of student research competition

The winners of the Beam Line for Schools competition will use a beam of particles at CERN to investigate one of the fundamental forces of nature and to test a home-built device. Following almost 300 submissions from school groups around the world, two teams have been selected to come to CERN to carry out their own experiments at a CERN beam line. Show More Summary

LHCb glimpses possible sign of new physics

A result presented at the LHC Physics conference in New York could show a crack in the Standard Model. This week at the LHC Physics conference in New York City, the LHCb collaboration presented a result that could be a hint of new physics. LHCb,...Show More Summary

EXO experiment searches for exotic decay

The search for neutrinoless double-beta decay could reveal valuable information about neutrinos. Two years ago researchers began using a tank of liquid xenon installed more than 2000 feet deep in a salt formation in the southeasternShow More Summary

MINOS result narrows field for sterile neutrinos

Data collected at the long-running MINOS experiment stacks evidence against the existence of these theoretical particles. If you’re searching for something that may not exist, and can pass right through matter if it does, then knowing where to look is essential. That’s why the search for so-called sterile neutrinos is a process of elimination. Show More Summary

Beam on: My father’s fight with cancer

After working with particle accelerators his entire professional career, Heather Rock Woods’ father placed himself in the path of a beam to fight cancer. The door swung shut automatically and the sign above it flashed “Beam On,” warning...Show More Summary

More than math

MIT teaches physics students about another side of scientific life—communication. Most undergraduate physics classes are heavy on the problem sets. But there’s more to being a scientist than solving equations. At the Massachusetts Institute...Show More Summary

A new heart for the ATLAS detector

US scientists collaborated with an international team to install a new component in the core of the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. The Large Hadron Collider’s biggest detector, the ATLAS detector, just got a little bigger. Show More Summary

Q&A: Rick Field, the physicist in the family

Physicist Rick Field discusses physics, Hollywood and a recent appearance by his sister, actress Sally Field, on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 1951, young Rick and Sally Field watched their mother star in Hollywood’s first science...Show More Summary

The physics of dance

Two Yale professors thrive where calculation meets choreography. A course first offered at Yale University in 2011 is cross-listed in an unusual combination of departments: physics and theatre arts. In the class, instructors Sarah Demers...Show More Summary

Proposed plan for the future of US particle physics

The Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel’s report, released today, recommends a strategic path forward for US particle physics. Particle physics will become even more of an international endeavor in the coming decades, according...Show More Summary

Physicist turned 'rocket man' looks to the sky with SpaceX

Sam Waldman uses skills gained through physics research to ensure safe travels for the Dragon spacecraft. It was after 4 a.m. when Sam Waldman finally drove home from work on Easter Sunday. The particle physicist turned aerospace engineer...Show More Summary

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