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10/14/20
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From Oct. 26-31, a series of Dark Matter Day events will highlight the global search for dark matter, which, together with dark energy, makes up about 95% of the mass and energy in our universe. 

10/06/20
Wired

 

In theory, the particles could reveal whether a reactor is building up plutonium for weapons. US energy experts are starting to take the idea seriously.

10/06/20
Reuters

Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez have won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics.

10/06/20
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Three Laureates share this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for their discoveries about one of the most exotic phenomena in the universe, the black hole. 

10/05/20
Fermilab

If Betelgeuse went supernova, detecting the emitted neutrinos would present a unique opportunity to investigate the properties of these particles.

10/02/20
Science

Seven years ago, the US particle physics community hammered out its current research road map and rallied around it. Thanks to that unity—and generous budgets—the Department of Energy has already started on almost every project on the list.

10/01/20

Defining the next decade of US particle physics

The “Snowmass” process seeks to identify the most promising questions to explore in future research.

09/22/20
Wired

After repurposing facial recognition and deepfake tech to study galaxies and the Higgs boson, physicists think they can help shape the responsible use of AI.

Japan’s KAGRA searches the sky for gravitational waves

10/29/20

The newly operational KAGRA will bump the number of gravitational-wave observatories to four, which will allow scientists to better triangulate the source of ripples in space-time.

09/15/20

The neutrino painter

In this stop-motion video, Symmetry writer Zack Savitsky imagines an artist whose supplies have taken on some of the properties of neutrinos.

09/10/20

A robot ballet

Humans and robots work together in a carefully choreographed dance for the Mu2e experiment.

09/01/20

How big is a neutron star?

Astrophysicists are combining multiple methods to reveal the secrets of some of the weirdest objects in the universe.

08/25/20

A bit of MAGIC

The MAGIC telescope’s first observation of a gamma-ray burst gave astronomers surprising new insight into the phenomenon.

08/18/20

Long-lived particles get their moment

Scientists on experiments at the LHC are redesigning their methods and building supplemental detectors to look for new particles that might be evading them.

08/11/20

Physics in a second language

Three physicists share their experiences learning and communicating physics in a foreign language: English.

08/04/20

Taking a risk on theoretical physics

Even world-famous theorist Juan Maldacena wasn’t sure at first whether he should pursue a PhD in physics.

07/30/20

Boosting the representation of Black students

A study conducted by the TEAM-UP task force provides a road map for doubling the number of African Americans obtaining bachelor’s degrees in physics and astronomy.

07/28/20

What dark matter is (probably) not

No one knows for sure what dark matter is. But we know we need something to explain what we see in the universe, and we’ve crossed a few ideas off of our list.

07/21/20

Behind the scenes of the CMS experiment’s 1000th paper

What does it take to publish a scientific analysis in one of the world’s largest experiments?

07/14/20

CONNIE gets closer to picturing reactor neutrinos

A collaboration of the Americas aims to take the first pioneering images of low-energy neutrinos and provide new data to shed light on the mysterious identity of dark matter.

07/07/20

Making science more equitable, starting with 101

A new collaborative project aims to make introductory STEM courses successful for everyone.

06/30/20

Hundreds of hadrons

Hadrons count among their number the familiar protons and neutrons that make up our atoms, but they are much more than that.

06/16/20

The stories a muon could tell

The discovery of the muon originally confounded physicists. Today international experiments are using the previously perplexing particle to gain a new understanding of our world.

06/09/20

How do neutrinos get their mass?

Neutrinos don’t seem to get their mass in the same way as other particles in the Standard Model.

05/26/20

The sourdough starter physics family

A sourdough family started at Fermilab by a graduate student visiting from Texas A&M has continued to expand and flourish.