The Data That Threatened to Break Physics
What does a rational scientist do with an impossible result?
Who Really Found the Higgs Boson
The real genius in the Nobel Prize-winning discovery is not who you think it is.
This Shape-Shifter Could Tell Us Why Matter Exists
Neutrinos can flit between states effortlessly, hinting at deep new physics.
10 Reasons Why You Can’t Live Without A Particle Accelerator
Particle accelerators can make you healthy and wealthy.
Hearing Hadrons, and Doing Research by Ear
Animation of data from collisions at the LHCCERN Several years ago, particle physicist Lily Asquith was hanging out with a few musician pals in London after a band rehearsal, doing impromptu impersonations of what she thought the various elementary particles might sound like, and encouraging the drummer to recreate them electronically. Another band member asked […]
Discovering the Expected
In the search for subatomic particles, it helps to know what you’re looking for.
The Quirky Muon Just Might Spur a Physics Breakthrough—Again
Folks in the Midwest may have been surprised to see a massive electromagnet being towed up the Mississippi River and driven through the flatlands of Illinois in July. The electromagnet was on its way from its original home at New York’s Brookhaven National Laboratory to Fermilab, near Chicago. In 2016 it’s scheduled to be the […]