symmetry magazine

dimensions of particle physics

dimensions of particle physics

A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication



June 2008

  • June 2, 2008
    breaking: Yasaman Farzan: Young scientist builds neutrino physics in Iran
    Just four years after earning her PhD, Yasaman Farzan, winner of a Young Scientist Prize from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, is already having an impact on the next generation of theoretical physicists in Iran.
  • June 1, 2008
    breaking: Must read: Brian Greene on the value of science
    We don't need a lot of introduction here: Just read the op-ed piece in today's New York Times by Brian Greene. He tackles the issue of why science is so much more than a subject in school that most people didn't really get into.

May 2008

  • May 30, 2008
    breaking: Will the LHC be Twitterized?
    Folks at the Large Hadron Collider have always been at the cutting edge of communication technology. But now, we regret to say, NASA has leap-frogged ahead: its newly landed MarsPhoenix is communing and answering questions from the public via Twitter.
  • May 30, 2008
    breaking: Particle physics summer schools from home
    If you're interested in getting a little deeper into some physics this summer but can't make it to one of the summer schools, why not "attend" a summer school remotely by watching along over the Web?
  • May 29, 2008
    breaking: P5 report presented to HEPAP
    The much-awaited P5 report (Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel) was presented today to HEPAP (High Energy Physics Advisory Panel).
  • May 29, 2008
    breaking: SPIRES to become INSPIRE
    By combining the successful SPIRES database with the Invenio digital library technology developed at CERN, a new service called INSPIRE will offer the functionalities and quality of service which the high-energy physics user community has grown to expect from SPIRES.
  • May 28, 2008
    breaking: Kavli astrophysics prize to Schmidt and Lynden-Bell
    The first Kavli prizes were announced today in Oslo, Norway. Fred Kavli established the prizes as a rival to the Nobel prizes but in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. Each prize is US$1 million shared between the winners.
  • May 28, 2008
    breaking: A new Hawking paper
    Heavyweights of cosmology, Hawking, Hartle, and Hertog, have a new paper out which describes how the proposal that the universe have no boundaries actually places great constraints about how the universe could have evolved in the context of the nearly limitless possibilities of string theory.
  • May 27, 2008
    breaking: Weather throws rare factor into research
    Fermilab always has been a magnet for severe weather. The laboratory sits near a tornado-prone swath of Illinois and its 6800 acres of prairie and mostly low-level buildings offer little to slow or divert high winds.
  • May 23, 2008
    breaking: Fermilab benefits from $5 million donation
    In an upbeat all-hands meeting at Fermilab today, director Pier Oddone announced that a $5 million donation from an anonymous donor in combination with a number of early retirements and resignations will help allow Fermilab to cease their furloughs (in which all staff had to take approximately 10% of their time off with no pay) at the end of May.
  • May 23, 2008
    breaking: Are commercial computing clouds ready for high-energy physics?
    Now that Web "cloud" computing and data storage are available through Amazon and the like, is it time for high-energy physicists to ditch their traditional, custom-built computing grids in favor of commercial services?
  • May 22, 2008
    breaking: Running for public office
    The latest issue of Nature has a story about the workshop that SEA ran for scientists. About 75 scientists showed up for the workshop and heard from congressional staffers, political advisors, and representatives of scientific societies about why and how to run for public office.
  • May 22, 2008
    breaking: Physics rebounds in post-Katrina New Orleans
    Three years ago, Katrina made landfall as a strong category 3 hurricane, sufficient to breach the levee system and inundate 80% of the city. Physicists in New Orleans faced unusual challenges both in the immediate aftermath and following their eventual return.
  • May 21, 2008
    breaking: Learning by drawing
    For generations, teachers have conveyed complicated concepts by drawing sketches on a board. Now college science students are being asked to draw the sketches and explain the concepts themselves, as a way to help them learn at a deeper level.
  • May 20, 2008
    breaking: The tau lepton original paper
    The Physical Review Letters milestone for 1974 was the paper that provided first evidence for the tau lepton. That original paper is now available free to read. The work later earned Martin Perl of SLAC the Nobel Prize in Physics.
  • May 19, 2008
    breaking: Detective aims radar gun for big bang movie
    What better way to illustrate the concept of redshift than with that bane of speedy motorists, the radar gun? That's how a crew for the National Geographic Channel wound up filming a radar-gun-wielding detective at Fermilab earlier this month.
  • May 16, 2008
    breaking: Oops: More physics degrees, not fewer, since Sputnik
    An influential National Academies report states that almost twice as many US physics bachelor's degrees were awarded in 1956, the last graduating class before Sputnik, than in 2004. But an item in today's issue of Science calls that statement "dead wrong."
  • May 16, 2008
    breaking: The J/Psi particle original papers
    As part of Physical Review Letter's 50-year anniversary, the American Physical Society has now made the original discovery papers for the J/Psi particle freely available.
  • May 15, 2008
    breaking: Code crackers wanted!
    A little over a year ago, the Fermilab Office of Public Affairs received a curious letter in code. If you have a cryptological bent, perhaps you'd take a crack at this code.
  • May 15, 2008
    breaking: Woman power at the LHC
    CERN's Paola Catapano interviewed 10 women who are working on the Large Hadron Collider, which is scheduled to start up later this year. She asked each of them a version of this question: Has being a woman been an obstacle in your career?