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03/31/20
Nature

Many major facilities have essentially shut down, but some are soldiering on.

03/31/20
CERN Courier

Acknowledging that the COVID-19 outbreak threatens the lives and health of hundreds of thousands of people, and affects the everyday lives of millions, the CERN Council has now agreed that it would not be appropriate to release the ESG update.

03/30/20
Fermilab

We’ve paired off eight elite kinds of magnets to battle for the win. Learn about each of the magnets then vote for your favorites in our Twitter polls (in thread).

03/30/20
New York Times

His work at Princeton and Bell Labs deepened science’s understanding of magnetism, superconductivity and the structure of matter.

03/30/20
Quanta

Three progressively heavier copies of each type of matter particle exist, and no one knows why. A new paper by Steven Weinberg takes a stab at explaining the pattern.

03/30/20
Nature

Alyssa Frederick defended her thesis remotely before the coronavirus outbreak began. Here’s how.

03/26/20
Scientific American

New analyses question whether mysterious gamma-ray and x-ray light in the galaxy actually stems from an invisible mass

03/26/20
Berkeley Lab

Satya Gontcho A Gontcho sets her sights high—on millions of distant galaxies and quasars that will be mapped in 3D by the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument.

Dark matter decoys

04/07/20

The ADMX experiment trains scientists to deal with real signals—by creating fake ones.

Big ideas, big picture

Broaden and deepen your understanding of particle physics and astrophysics.

02/11/20

What we know about dark matter

Although scientists have yet to find the spooky stuff, they aren’t completely in the dark.

08/20/19

With open data, scientists share their work

There are barriers to making scientific data open, but doing so has already contributed to scientific progress.

07/23/19

Massless particles can’t be stopped

If a particle has no mass, how can it exist?

07/09/19

The 9 percent difference

A discrepancy between different measurements of the Hubble constant makes scientists question whether something is amiss in our understanding of the universe.

05/07/19

A universe is born

Take a (brief) journey through the early history of our cosmos.

04/23/19

Falsifiability and physics

Can a theory that isn’t completely testable still be useful to physics?

02/04/20

On background

Physicists deal with background in their experiments in two ways: by reducing it and by rejecting it.

01/28/20

Fine-tuning versus naturalness

When observed parameters seem like they must be finely tuned to fit a theory, some physicists accept it as coincidence. Others want to keep digging.

01/23/20

When kids interview scientists

Science Storytellers brings together two groups of innately curious individuals: scientists and children.

01/21/20

The other dark matter candidate

As technology improves, scientists discover new ways to search for theorized dark matter particles called axions.

01/16/20

Drag racing and black hole physics

The first undergraduate on the Event Horizon Telescope to receive junior collaborator status thrives in the unknown.

01/14/20

The persevering physicist

To both understand the universe and improve equity, inclusion and diversity in physics, Brian Beckford looks to one word: respect.

01/09/20

Expanding a neutrino hunt in the South Pole

A forthcoming upgrade to the IceCube detector will provide deeper insights into the elusive particles.

01/07/20

Vera Rubin, giant of astronomy

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will be named for an influential astronomer who left the field better than she found it.

12/19/19

Particle physics for preschoolers

Particle physics might seem too complex for young children, but educators are finding enthusiasm and understanding even among the Sesame Street set.

12/17/19

New physics, naughty and nice

Grab your cocoa or pumpkin spice—as today we examine what’s naughty and nice.

12/12/19

Neutron star particles go under the LHC microscope

Researchers on the ALICE experiment are uncovering the properties of elusive hyperon particles hypothesized to be found inside neutron stars.

12/10/19

Physics books of 2019

Symmetry writer Mike Perricone takes us through a selection of this year’s new popular physics books.

12/05/19

Humans of physics

Enormous scientific collaborations are made up of hundreds upon thousands of individuals, each with their own story.

12/03/19

A matter of interpretation

Deaf scientist Giordon Stark works to ensure the field of physics research is accessible to all.

12/02/19

After a transplant, a physicist takes on heart failure

Physicist Avi Yagil partnered with the doctors who gave him a new heart to bring techniques from particle physics into the evaluation of heart-failure patients.

11/26/19

Get to know 10 early-career experimentalists

Junior faculty in experimental particle physics and astrophysics talk about how they got into physics, their favorite parts of the experimental process and how they spend their time outside the lab.