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Shrinking the accelerator

Scientists plan to use a newly awarded grant to develop a shoebox-sized particle accelerator in five years. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $13.5 million to Stanford University for an international effort, including...Show More Summary

Cleanroom is a verb

It’s not easy being clean. Although they might be invisible to the naked eye, contaminants less than a micron in size can ruin very sensitive experiments in particle physics. Flakes of skin, insect parts and other air-surfing particles—collectively...Show More Summary

Giving physics students options

Many physics degree programs excel at preparing students for an academic career, but more than half head to industry instead. “I was drawn to physics because I thought it was amazing,” says Crystal Bailey, recalling the beginnings of her graduate work in the early 2000s. Show More Summary

Dark matter’s newest pursuer

Scientists have inaugurated the new XENON1T experiment at Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy. Researchers at a laboratory deep underneath the tallest mountain in central Italy have inaugurated XENON1T, the world’s largest and most...Show More Summary

Neutrino experiments win big again

Fundamental Physics Prize recognizes five collaborations studying neutrino oscillations. Hot on the heels of their Noble Prize recognition, neutrino oscillations have another accolade to add to their list. On Nov. 8, representativesShow More Summary

Physics Photowalk voting begins

Pick your favorites from among 24 photos taken during the Global Physics Photowalk. Twenty-four top photos have been selected to enter the next stage of the Global Physics Photowalk competition. In September, eight world-leading research...Show More Summary

The light side of dark matter

New technology and new thinking are pushing the dark matter hunt to lower and lower masses. It’s a seemingly paradoxical but important question in particle physics: Can dark matter be light? Light in this case refers to the mass of the...Show More Summary

The particle physics of you

Not only are we made of fundamental particles, we also produce them and are constantly bombarded by them throughout the day. Fourteen billion years ago, when the hot, dense speck that was our universe quickly expanded, all of the matter and antimatter that existed should have annihilated and left us nothing but energy. Show More Summary

MicroBooNE sees first accelerator-born neutrinos

The results of the MicroBooNE experiment will be relevant for the forthcoming Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. Today the MicroBooNE collaboration announced that it has seen its first neutrinos in the experiment's newly built detector. “It's...Show More Summary

Gravitational waves and where to find them

Advanced LIGO has just begun its search for gravitational waves. For thousands of years, astronomy was the province of visible light, that narrow band of colors the human eye can see. In the 20th century, astronomers pushed into other kinds of light, from radio waves to infrared light to gamma rays. Show More Summary

Next up: A turbocharged LHC

Physicists are already preparing upgrades that will increase the physics reach of the Large Hadron Collider in the next decade. Even though the Large Hadron Collider is at the peak of its performance, currently smashing protons at aShow More Summary

The particle physics personality quiz

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} What topic in particle physics are you destined to study? Take the quiz to find out! Would you rather go for a hike in the woods alone or go rafting with a group of friends? Hike alone Raft with friends You’ve won a million dollars. Show More Summary

Where's my hoverboard?

Real, levitating hoverboards do exist, thanks to quantum mechanics and the interplay between superconductors and magnetic fields. Today is the future.  Specifically, it’s the day to which Marty McFly and Emmett “Doc” Brown travel inShow More Summary

Symmetry gets a new look

Welcome to the Symmetry redesign! Notice something different? Today marks the launch of a brand new Symmetry magazine. We’ve simplified and updated our webpages to help you find what you’re looking for, to guide your attention to our...Show More Summary

Frightfully smart jack-o’-lanterns

These physics-themed jack-o’-lanterns come with extra brains. There are no tricks, only treats, when you add science to your annual pumpkin-carving festivities. That’s why we at Symmetry created designs featuring spooky versions of important...Show More Summary

Q&A with Fermilab's first artist-in-residence

Symmetry sits down with Lindsay Olson as she wraps up a year of creating art inspired by particle physics. How did you end up at Fermilab? LO: In March 2014 I had an exhibition of my work at North Park College. Several members of the Fermilab art committee attended my talk. Show More Summary

From the lab to the classroom

Physicist Jennifer Gimmell shares her love of physics with her students. While she was earning her PhD in particle physics, Jennifer Gimmell spent her time developing data analyses. Now she spends her days developing the next generation...Show More Summary

Is the universe getting bigger or am I getting smaller?

Physicist Jim Pivarski explains ways to think about the expansion of space. It is a well-established fact that the universe is expanding. It grows without center, like an inflating raisin cake, but an infinite raisin cake filling all of space in all directions. Show More Summary

Xenon, xenon everywhere

It’s in the air we breathe, but it’s not so easy to get ahold of 10 metric tons of xenon in its liquid form. So, you want to buy some xenon to try to detect dark matter deep underground. Not a problem. There’s a market for that, with...Show More Summary

A measurement to watch

Finding a small discrepancy in measurements of the properties of neutrinos could show us how they fit into the bigger picture. Physics, perhaps more so than any other science, relies on measuring the same thing in multiple ways. Different...Show More Summary

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