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11/11/20
Fermilab

A crucial section of magnets for the experiment has passed the rigorous testing necessary to ensure that each individual magnet meets the performance required for the experiment.

11/10/20
Gizmodo

The detector is simple in design—picture a box full of tiny beads hanging or suspended in midair—but the theory behind its construction amounts to a fundamental rethinking of the search for dark matter.

11/05/20
Quanta

Cora Dvorkin discovered new possibilities for what dark matter could be. Now she’s devising unorthodox ways to identify it.

10/30/20
Physics Today

Jessica Esquivel and Charles D. Brown II explain why Black physicists are vital to future progress in AI and quantum information science and engineering.

10/29/20
Argonne

Argonne National Laboratory’s solenoid facility provides powerful magnetic fields for testing.

10/28/20
Cosmos

Astronomers use DECam to get to the heart of the Milky Way.

10/27/20
Popular Science

An elaborate camera trap, buried a mile below the Black Hills of South Dakota, could reveal the makeup of the universe.

10/26/20
Fermilab

CMS physicists at Fermilab, which stores a large portion of LHC data, are experimenting with the use of NVMe, or nonvolatile memory express, solid-state technology to determine the best way to access stored files when scientists need to retrieve them for analysis.

Six questions physicists ask when evaluating scientific claims

11/17/20

Not all scientific claims are equal. How can you tell if a discovery is real?

10/06/20

Shh! These tests will enable a quieter search for dark matter

The LUX-ZEPLIN collaboration has published results showing radioactive background levels for experiment’s components, creating a library for future rare event searches.

09/29/20

How big can a fundamental particle be?

Extremely massive fundamental particles could exist, but they would seriously mess with our understanding of quantum mechanics.

09/22/20

Nature through the looking glass

Handedness—and the related concept of chirality—are double-sided ways of understanding how matter breaks symmetries.

09/17/20

Parking the LHC proton train

Particle accelerators like the LHC require intricate beam dump systems to safely dispose of high-energy particles after each run.

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.