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July 2012

  • July 23, 2012
    breaking: Precious cargo: Dark matter experiment set to move underground
    For the past two years, COUPP-4, a 4-kilogram bubble chamber experiment, has searched for signs of dark matter a mile underground at SNOLAB in Sudbury, Ontario. Now that experiment is about to get company – its big brother is moving in.
  • July 20, 2012
    breaking: Department of Energy advances Fermilab’s Mu2e experiment
    Last week, Fermilab’s planned Mu2e experiment passed the second step of the Department of Energy's five-step approval process, only about a month after the DOE’s initial review.
  • July 20, 2012
    breaking: Most sensitive dark-matter detector constrains search for WIMPs
    The XENON collaboration announced this week that they detected no signs of potential dark matter particles during the last 13 months. Their results will be used to narrow the search for the unseen particles that scientists think make up most of the matter in the universe.
  • July 18, 2012
    breaking: Large Synoptic Survey Telescope nears final design phase
    The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope just received another boost. The National Science Foundation announced today that it will advance the giant telescope to the final design stage.
  • July 18, 2012
    breaking: Decision time: Vote for your favorite Higgs
    Vote for your three favorites from a selection of the many impressive entries we received. Your top choices will appear in a gallery in the August issue of symmetry.
  • July 16, 2012
    breaking: DOE facilities receive praise from Republicans and Democrats alike
    In a strong showing of bipartisan support, both Republican and Democrat members of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment offered robust praise for the U.S. Department of Energy national scientific facilities at a hearing last month.
  • July 13, 2012
    breaking: Dark-matter experiment moves underground
    Sanford Lab celebrates the arrival of the LUX dark-matter experiment deep inside a former mine in South Dakota with today’s live broadcast of the public radio program “Innovation” from LUX’s new home at SURF, and tomorrow’s Sanford Lab science festival.
  • July 11, 2012
    breaking: Physicist by day, soul man by night
    This Sunday, guitarist Charlie Wayne played for a crowd of about 10,000 with his up-and-coming Chicago soul band. The next morning, he went back to his day job at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, where he investigates the cosmos – and answers to his given name, Dan Hooper.
  • July 10, 2012
    breaking: Google Science Fair winner visits CERN during Higgs week
    Google Science Fair winner Shree Bose could not have picked a better time to visit CERN. She was there from June 27 to July 4, the day scientists there announced the discovery of a Higgs-like boson.
  • July 9, 2012
    breaking: The statistics of scientific discovery
    In this video, Fermilab physicist explains how figuring out whether a discovery is real or just a matter of luck is similar to judging the fairness of a pair of dice. It all comes down to statistics.
  • July 4, 2012
    breaking: Photoshop contest: Where have you seen the Higgs?
    Early this morning, scientists on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider announced that they have observed a new particle that may eventually prove to be the Higgs boson. Have you spotted the mysterious particle? Submit your photographic evidence!
  • July 4, 2012
    breaking: Search for Higgs boson at Large Hadron Collider reveals new particle
    Physicists on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider announced today that they have observed a new particle. Whether the particle has the properties of the predicted Higgs boson remains to be seen.
  • July 2, 2012
    breaking: July issue of symmetry now online
    The July issue of symmetry hits virtual newsstands today, with insight into the hunt for the Higgs boson, a new accelerator test bed at SLAC, and the path less traveled.
  • July 2, 2012
    breaking: Signs of Higgs grow at Tevatron experiments, yet no discovery; all eyes on July 4 LHC announcement
    After more than 10 years of gathering and analyzing data produced by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Tevatron collider, scientists from the CDF and DZero collaborations have found their strongest indication to date for the long-sought Higgs particle.

June 2012

  • June 29, 2012
    breaking: What does it take to claim discovery of the Higgs?
    If the Higgs exists, why has discovering it taken so long – and why, if no definitive discovery is announced next week, might it continue to take even longer?
  • June 28, 2012
    breaking: Scientists discover that Milky Way was struck some 100 million years ago, still rings like a bell
    Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is a large spiral galaxy surrounded by dozens of smaller satellite galaxies. Scientists have long theorized that occasionally these satellites will pass through the disk of the Milky Way, perturbing both the satellite and the disk. A team of astronomers from Canada and the United States have discovered what may well be the smoking gun of such an encounter, one that occurred close to our position in the galaxy and relatively recently, at least in the cosmological sense.
  • June 26, 2012
    breaking: The unreasonable Tevatron: Calculating the economic impact of basic science
    During a recent symposium at Fermilab, a speaker took the stage to defend government investment in basic science. He used an odd tactic: He called particle physics unreasonable.
  • June 20, 2012
    breaking: Guests take a peek inside Tevatron experiments
    In connection with a symposium celebrating the Tevatron, Fermilab scientists gave special tours of the collider's two experiments. A reporter from Naperville Community Television Channel 17 took the opportunity to visit the detectors and filed this report.
  • June 19, 2012
    breaking: New “particle physics Bible” released
    Every two years, the international Particle Data Group releases a new edition of The Review of Particle Physics. The 2012 edition, which runs over 1,400 pages long, was released online today.
  • June 18, 2012
    breaking: BaBar data may hint at new physics
    A new crack in the Standard Model may be starting to form. Recently analyzed data from the BaBar experiment show that one type of particle decay happens more often than predicted by the Standard Model.

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