Blog Profile / Symmetry Breaking

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LHC bump fades with more data

Possible signs of new particle seem to have washed out in an influx of new data. A curious anomaly seen by two Large Hadron Collider experiments is now looking like a statistical fluctuation. The anomaly—an unanticipated excess of photon...Show More Summary

Higgs boson resurfaces in LHC data

The Higgs appeared in the second run of the LHC about twice as fast as it did in the first. The Higgs boson is peeking out of the new data collected during the second run of the Large Hadron Collider, scientists reported today at the...Show More Summary

Q&A: The future of CERN

CERN’s Director General is enthusiastic about the progress and prospects of the LHC research program, but it’s not the only thing on her plate. Physicist Fabiola Gianotti started her mandate as the fifteenth Director General of CERN on January 1. Show More Summary

The deconstructed Standard Model equation

The Standard Model is far more than elementary particles arranged in a table. The Standard Model of particle physics is often visualized as a table, similar to the periodic table of elements, and used to describe particle properties, such as mass, charge and spin. Show More Summary

The Atomki anomaly

A result from an experiment in Hungary catches the attention of a group of theorists in the United States. Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider aren’t the only ones investigating a possible sign of a new particle. In a result published...Show More Summary

The most important website in particle physics

The first website to be hosted in the US has grown to be an invaluable hub for open science. With tens of thousands of particle physicists working in the world today, the biggest challenge a researcher can have is keeping track of what everyone else is doing. Show More Summary

Dark matter evades most sensitive detector

In its final run, the LUX experiment increased its sensitivity four-fold, but dark matter remains elusive.  After completing its final run, scientists on the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment announced they have found no trace...Show More Summary

Pokémon Go shakes up the lab routine

At Fermilab and CERN, students, lab employees and visitors alike are on the hunt for virtual creatures. At Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago, the normal motions of people going about their days have shifted. People who parked their cars in the same spot for years have moved. Show More Summary

The science of proton packs

Ghostbusters advisor James Maxwell explains the science of bustin'. There's a new proton pack in town. During the development of the new Ghostbusters film, released today, science advisor James Maxwell took on the question: "How would...Show More Summary

Who you gonna call? MIT physicists!

As science advisors, physicists Lindley Winslow and Janet Conrad gave the Ghostbusters crew a taste of life in the lab. Tonight, two MIT scientists are going to the movies. It’s not just because they want to see Kristin Wiig, who plays a particle physicist in the new Ghostbusters film, talk about grand unified theories on the big screen. Show More Summary

A primer on particle accelerators

What’s the difference between a synchrotron and a cyclotron, anyway? Research in high-energy physics takes many forms. But most experiments in the field rely on accelerators that create and speed up particles on demand. What followsShow More Summary

Scientists salvage insights from lost satellite

Before Hitomi died, it sent X-ray data that could explain why galaxy clusters form far fewer stars than expected. Working with information sent from the Japanese Hitomi satellite, an international team of researchers has obtained the first views of a supermassive black hole stirring hot gas at the heart of a galaxy cluster. Show More Summary

Incredible hulking facts about gamma rays

From lightning to the death of electrons, the highest-energy form of light is everywhere. Gamma rays are the most energetic type of light, packing a punch strong enough to pierce through metal or concrete barriers. More energetic than...Show More Summary

LHCb discovers family of tetraquarks

Researchers found four new particles made of the same four building blocks. It’s quadruplets! Syracuse University researchers on the LHCb experiment confirmed the existence of a new four-quark particle and serendipitously discovered three of its siblings. Quarks are the solid scaffolding inside composite particles like protons and neutrons. Show More Summary

Preparing for their magnetic moment

Scientists are using a plastic robot and hair-thin pieces of metal to ready a magnet that will hunt for new physics. Three summers ago, a team of scientists and engineers on the Muon g-2 experiment moved a 52-foot-wide circular magnet 3200 miles over land and sea. Show More Summary

The Higgs-shaped elephant in the room

Higgs bosons should mass-produce bottom quarks. So why has no one seen this happen? Higgs bosons are born in a blob of pure concentrated energy and live only one-septillionth of a second before decaying into a cascade of other particles. Show More Summary

All four one and one for all

A theory of everything would unite the four forces of nature, but is such a thing possible? Over the centuries, physicists have made giant strides in understanding and predicting the physical world by connecting phenomena that look very...Show More Summary

Where does mass come from?

The Higgs field gives mass to elementary particles, but most of our mass comes from somewhere else. The story of particle mass starts right after the big bang. During the very first moments of the universe, almost all particles wereShow More Summary

Second gravitational wave detection announced

For a second time, scientists from the LIGO and Virgo collaborations saw gravitational waves from the merger of two black holes. Scientists from the LIGO and Virgo collaborations announced today the observation of gravitational waves...Show More Summary

The neutrino turns 60

Project Poltergeist led to the discovery of the ghostly particle. Sixty years later, scientists are confronted with more neutrino mysteries than ever before. In 1930, Wolfgang Pauli proposed the existence of a new tiny particle with no electric charge. Show More Summary

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