• Physics Videos Roundup: 11 January 2013

    Updated: 2013-01-11 15:24:43
    What do poop, lightening and that last bit of tomato ketchup stuck in the bottom of your bottle have in common? They all feature in this week’s video round up! Is There Poop on the Moon? ft. Smarter Every Day We are all interested in space travel, but have you ever wondered how astronauts go [...]

  • Midwest muon experiments carry on East Coast legacy

    Updated: 2013-01-10 18:00:00
    This spring, scientists at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will break ground on the buildings for a Muon Campus. The two initial experiments proposed for the campus draw on three decades of technological advances to turn muons into supersensitive probes for physics beyond the Standard Model.

  • Week 52 at the Pole

    Updated: 2013-01-10 06:00:00
    Not sure what the costume is all about, but these people are clearly running a race. Around the world that is. Well, through all the world’s time zones to be more precise. It’s an annual holiday event at the Pole. Although you could technically get through all the time zones in a small circle right around the Pole marker, the official race course is about 2 miles long and covers many of the major “sights” at the Pole.

  • Newswire: Brookhaven National Laboratory - Duke Physicist to Lead Brookhaven Lab's Nuclear and Particle Physics Program

    Updated: 2013-01-09 16:00:00
    9 January 2013. Berndt Mueller to take the helm advancing the frontiers of the Lab's physics programs UPTON, NY - Nuclear physicist Berndt Mueller has joined the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory as the new Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Nuclear & Particle Physics (NPP), effective January 1, 2013. Mueller brings world-class experience as both a scientist and a manager of major research initiatives to this key leadership position at Brookhaven Lab.

  • Newswire: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - The Farthest Supernova Yet for Measuring Cosmic History

    Updated: 2013-01-09 06:30:00
    9 January 2013. Berkeley Lab-based Supernova Cosmology Project uses Hubble Space Telescope data to discover the most distant well-measured Type Ia supernova ever found

  • The Glue that Binds Us All

    Updated: 2013-01-09 03:24:28
    Brookhaven National Laboratory search Home RHIC Science News Images Videos For Scientists News Home News Feature Archive Print By Karen McNulty Walsh Tuesday , June 12, 2012 The Glue that Binds Us All How an electron-ion collider could help unravel what makes matter stick together and what puts the spin on protons RHIC , the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven Lab , found it first : a perfect” liquid of strongly interacting quarks and gluons a quark-gluon plasma QGP produced by slamming heavy ions together at close to the speed of light . The fact that the QGP produced in these particle smashups was a liquid and not the expected gas , and that it flowed like a nearly frictionless fluid , took the physics world by surprise . These findings , now confirmed by heavy-ion experiments

  • The Physics of p+A Collisions at RHIC 07-09 January 2013

    Updated: 2013-01-09 03:24:27
    US Eastern English Login More The Physics of p+A Collisions at RHIC 7-9 January 2013 BNL Physics Building US Eastern timezone Overview Timetable Registration deadline passed Registration Form List of participants Contact Home A joint BNL-LANL-RBRC workshop to advocate and to prepare for the first polarized p+A run at . RHIC : Dates from 07 January 2013 08:30 to 09 January 2013 18:00 : Timezone US Eastern : Location BNL Physics Building : Room Large Seminar Room Additional : info This workshop is jointly sponsored by : Brookhaven National Laboratory , Los Alamos National Laboratory and RIKEN-BNL Research . Center One of the main design goals of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider RHIC at the Brookhaven National Laboratory BNL is to collide a high energy transversely polarized proton beam

  • Bosons

    Updated: 2013-01-08 16:43:38
    There are two kinds of elementary particles in the universe: bosons and fermions. Bosons don’t mind sitting on top of each other, sharing the same space. In principle, you could pile an infinite number of bosons into the tiniest bucket. Fermions, on the other hand, don’t share space: only a limited number of fermions would fit into the bucket. Matter, as you might guess, is made of fermions, which stack to form three-dimensional structures. The force fields that bind fermions to each other are made of bosons. Bosons are the glue holding matter together.

  • Baksan: No Dark Matter In A 24 Year Long Exposure Of The Sun!

    Updated: 2013-01-08 15:21:23
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  • The gift of beam: Neutron therapy restarts at Fermilab

    Updated: 2013-01-03 17:25:56
    Amid the forest of wires and machines in Fermilab's Linac Gallery is a small, windowless room accessible only through a sliding steel door. With wood-paneled walls and a couple of white, synthetic orchids in full bloom, the room seems like it belongs in a home from the 1960s and not among the complex technology of a national accelerator laboratory.

  • The discoveries continue

    Updated: 2013-01-02 16:00:15
    This is quite the time in particle physics. Some of the most exciting discoveries in a decade have been made over the past year, and the coming years promise new endeavors and new findings.

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  • US-CERN partnership to accelerate neutrino research

    Updated: 2012-12-19 15:42:07
    A new partnership between scientists from US institutions and CERN could improve results from neutrino experiments around the world. The scientists hope to use equipment at CERN to gain a more precise understanding of the process of creating a neutrino beam.

  • Newswire: CERN - The first LHC protons run ends with new milestone

    Updated: 2012-12-17 15:15:00
    Geneva, 17 December 2012. This morning CERN[1] completed the first LHC proton run. The remarkable first three-year run of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator was crowned by a new performance milestone. The space between proton bunches in the beams was halved to further increase beam intensity.

  • Newswire: International Linear Collider completes draft of its design report – handover ceremony on 15 December in Tokyo, Japan

    Updated: 2012-12-15 06:01:00
    Tokyo, 15 December. The draft of the Technical Design Report (TDR) for the planned International Linear Collider ILC was handed over to Jonathan Bagger, the chair of the International Linear Collider Steering Committee (ILCSC), at an official ceremony in Tokyo, Japan, on 15 December. This draft is the product of many years of research and development and a series of in-depth technical reviews for the ILC, the potential next-generation particle collider to complement and advance beyond the physics of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The handing over of the TDR draft marks the ILC's major step towards the completion of its final design.

  • Newswire: CERN is granted the status of observer to the United Nations General Assembly

    Updated: 2012-12-14 17:00:00
    Geneva, 14 December 2012. The United Nations General Assembly in New York today adopted a resolution granting CERN[1] observer status. This status gives the Organization the right to participate in the work of the General Assembly and to attend its sessions as an observer.

  • Week 49 at the Pole

    Updated: 2012-12-14 06:00:00
    Antarctica’s a cold continent, and all of the activities at the South Pole would not be possible without abundant sources of energy, which must be transported in. Since all supplies to the Pole come from McMurdo Station on the coast, the “South Pole Traverse” was developed as a viable option to reduce dependence on airlifts, which are routinely delayed due to inclement weather. The traverse is a compacted snow road extending almost 1000 miles from McMurdo to the South Pole. Here you can see the convoy (also referred to as the traverse) arriving with its wide loads. You might imagine its slow pace—it takes about 40 days to reach the Pole. The bottom photo clues you into the first image, the continent-shaped topper on a flagpole, not necessarily apparent from its close-up view.

  • Ironing out an astrophysics problem

    Updated: 2012-12-14 00:00:00
    Space telescopes have greatly advanced our understanding of the universe, but they have also surfaced some new and puzzling problems. Recently scientists gained insight into a mismatch between theory and observation uncovered by space telescope research by using a ground-based X-ray technology that grew out of particle physics.

  • A Moon With a View

    Updated: 2012-12-13 21:34:01
    This weekend the Seattle Times published a lovely interview with Bill Anders, one of the Apollo astronauts.  The article is full of interesting little tidbits, but I was most taken with his description of taking photos while his capsule orbited the moon: While he had been meticulously trained to photograph the moon, making pretty pictures [...]

  • DOE grants CD-1 approval to LBNE project

    Updated: 2012-12-12 16:11:23
    The Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment achieved a significant milestone this week. The US Department of Energy on Monday granted Critical Decision 1 approval to the first phase of LBNE, which includes construction of a beamline at Fermilab and a near-surface far detector at the Sanford Lab in Lead, South Dakota. One of the largest proposed neutrino experiments in the world, LBNE will send neutrinos generated at Fermilab through 800 miles of earth to the South Dakota detector.

  • Fundamental Physics Prize recognizes Higgs hunters

    Updated: 2012-12-11 17:29:23
    Many have speculated about which theorists the Nobel Committee might honor for the prediction of the Higgs boson, but it was the experimentalists involved in the search for the particle who received recognition today. 

  • Decay channel

    Updated: 2012-12-11 16:07:37
    Decay channels are the possible transformations a particle can undergo as it decays. When a particle decays, it does not break into smaller bits; its energy does. Even fundamental particles—so named because they are the basic building blocks of matter that cannot be broken into smaller parts—can decay. Many particles in the Standard Model exist for only a limited time before decaying. When a particle decays, it transforms into collections of less massive particles whose combined energy adds up to the energy of the original particle.

  • Newswire: CERN - Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation Announces Physics Frontiers and New Horizons in Physics Prizes Along with Two Special Prizes

    Updated: 2012-12-11 15:00:00
    Two $3,000,000 special Fundamental Physics Prizes have been awarded to Stephen Hawking and to seven scientists who led the effort to discover a Higgs-like particle at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. The winner of the 2013 Fundamental Physics Prize will be announced at a ceremony at CERN[1] on March 20, 2013

  • This Week’s Hype

    Updated: 2012-12-10 20:45:29
    Space.com has a new story entitled Space Bursts Provide Insight to Theory of Everything, which has been picked up elsewhere as “evidence for string theory”. For instance Physicists Find New Evidence Of A ‘Theory Of Everything’ In The Wreckage Of … Continue reading →

  • Newswire: Kavli IPMU - Strict Limit on CPT Violation from Gamma-Ray Bursts

    Updated: 2012-12-07 15:00:00
    Kenji Toma (Osaka Univ.), Shinji Mukohyama (Kavli IPMU, Univ. of Tokyo), Daisuke Yonetoku (Kanazawa Univ.) and their colleagues have used the photon polarization in three distant gamma-ray bursts detected by Japanese spacecraft as evidence that the polarization did not rotate during its long journey. This lack of rotation puts the most stringent constraints yet on the violation of a fundamental symmetry. This work is going to be published and highlighted in Physical Review Letters.

  • Media Advisory: ILC Global Design Effort - International Linear Collider to take next step

    Updated: 2012-12-06 17:00:00
    The Global Design Effort and ILC Research Directorate, the international planning team for the International Linear Collider (ILC), will hand over the draft of the ILC Technical Design Report (TDR) to its internal oversight board ILC Steering Committee (ILCSC) in an official ceremony to be held in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan on 15 December 2012 at 14:00 h JST. This marks the first step towards the completion of the final design for the ILC project.

  • Budget woes force rethink of proposed flagship physics experiment in Italy

    Updated: 2012-12-06 16:33:36
    In its infancy, the universe was made of nearly equal parts matter and antimatter. Yet matter overwhelmingly dominates today. Scientists design experiments that examine the conditions of the early universe to investigate why. An international collaboration of scientists proposed to build one such project, a particle collider that would specialize in creating B mesons, in Italy over the next several years. However, last week the Italian government withdrew funding for the project, citing the country's weakened economic state.

  • Newswire: CERN - Second Open Competition for Collide@CERN-Geneva Residency Award announced today

    Updated: 2012-12-06 15:00:00
    CERN[1] and the City and Canton of Geneva today announce the second open call for entries in the Collide@CERN-Geneva[2] award. This year, the award funded by the City and Canton of Geneva, will be made specifically in film. The competition is open to film makers and screenwriters who work in any area of film making - including documentary, fiction, drama, animation and feature film.

  • Scientists propose new projects to unravel dark energy secrets

    Updated: 2012-12-05 17:39:38
    About 5 billion years ago the universe underwent a crucial transition. The gravitational tug that pulled together the matter in the universe was overwhelmed by a different, repulsive phenomenon. As a result, the universe began to expand at an accelerating rate. Scientists have given that phenomenon a name: dark energy. However, they can say with confidence only what it does, not what it is, where it comes from, or why it’s pushing galaxies apart at an ever more rapid speed.

  • Week 48 at the Pole

    Updated: 2012-12-05 06:00:00
    There won’t be too many more shots of this South Pole marker. Each year, on the first of January, a ceremony is held in which a special new marker is placed at the spot of the current geographic South Pole. Since the polar ice sheet is continuously moving, at an approximate rate of 10 meters per year, there is no fixed spot on the icy plateau that corresponds to the actual, or geographic, South Pole. (However, there is a ceremonial South Pole location that is stable, marked by a different fixture and surrounded by the flags of the Antarctic Treaty nations.) Both spots are great for taking photos, and with the sun out 24 hours a day you can even take photos at midnight, as evidenced below.

  • Newswire: Berkeley Lab - Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Gives a Big Boost to BigBOSS

    Updated: 2012-12-04 17:25:00
    A $2.1 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to the University of California at Berkeley, through the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP), will fund the development of revolutionary technologies for BigBOSS, a project now in the proposal stage designed to study dark energy with unprecedented precision. BigBOSS is based at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

  • Crystals show promise as particle pilots in LHC

    Updated: 2012-12-03 18:47:06
    A new system that would use bent crystals to remove errant particles in the Large Hadron Collider passed a major test last month by surviving a barrage of protons at high energy.

  • Mu2E: Exploring Lepton Flavour Violation At Fermilab

    Updated: 2012-12-03 14:55:37
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  • Physics education program QuarkNet develops global reach

    Updated: 2012-11-30 18:00:00
    When Virginia high school teacher Deborah Roudebush teaches physics, she doesn't exactly follow the book. In one of her more memorable lessons, she gives her students a stopwatch and a ruler and sets a toy pig flying around the classroom. The students must use their tools to determine the speed of the pig in two different ways. "There's no set value for pig speed," Roudebush says. "I'm teaching them to develop methods and test those methods. That's how scientists do it."

  • Newswire: ASPERA - European research agencies create sustainable entity for astroparticle physics

    Updated: 2012-11-30 05:12:00
    ASPERA - Brussels - 30 November 2012. European funding agencies for astroparticle physics celebrate today the successful work of the ASPERA European funded network and the launch of the newly founded APPEC, the Astroparticle Physics European Consortium.

  • Freshening Up

    Updated: 2012-11-29 16:09:12
    You may have noticed that all the Discover blogs now have a new look. (One that is still being tweaked, so don’t expect to see my headshot up there for very long.) In fact the whole site has been updated, so there may have been some issues in page loading times and so on. All [...]

  • Week 47 at the Pole

    Updated: 2012-11-29 06:00:00
    It’s official—Sven and Carlos, IceCube’s winterovers for the past year, have left the Pole. Here they are smiling for the camera before leaving, while below you can see from Carlos’s body language as he walks toward the plane that leaving is not a happy event. Nevertheless, they’ll have countless memories from their time as winterovers, guaranteed from the many photos they took to document their experiences. Felipe, just starting his winterover duty, can add playing the drums at the Pole to his list of memories-in-progress.

  • Newswire: INFN - INFN Revises Its Flagship Project

    Updated: 2012-11-28 05:12:00
    The results of the international committee appointed by the the MIUR (Ministry of University and Research) for the costing review of the SuperB flagship project were examined yesterday by the Minister of Research, Francesco Profumo. The Minister had discussed those results with the management of the INFN and later with that of Cabibbolab.

  • Stellar black widows entrap companion stars

    Updated: 2012-11-28 00:00:00
    In its four years in orbit, the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has found a cosmos teeming with points of gamma-ray light. Newly discovered gamma-ray sources run the gamut from the expected, like supernova remnants and active galactic nuclei, to the surprising, like gamma rays from the sun or Earth-bound lightning strikes.

  • Week 46 at the Pole

    Updated: 2012-11-21 06:00:00
    A nice halo sets a peaceful scene from the Pole, but it has been anything but quiet around there these days. Planes landing and taking off. Summer people arriving, winter people leaving. Hugs and photos.

  • Newswire: SLAC - BaBar Experiment Confirms Time Asymmetry

    Updated: 2012-11-19 05:12:00
    Time's quantum arrow has a preferred direction, new analysis shows

  • CMS And ATLAS: Higgs To Tau Pairs!

    Updated: 2012-11-14 09:23:54
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  • Newswire: Berkeley Lab - BOSS Quasars Unveil a New Era in the Expansion History of the Universe

    Updated: 2012-11-13 05:10:00
    Berkeley Lab scientists and their Sloan Digital Sky Survey colleagues use quasars to probe dark energy over 10 billion years in the past

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