A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication
08/02/12

Symmetry readers find the Higgs boson

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider weren’t the only ones to discover a Higgs-like particle. When we asked symmetry breaking readers to send us their own evidence of a Higgs boson, they sent a massive outpouring of creative candidates.

An illustration of coins being flipped
07/01/12

Sigma

Sigma is a unit that describes how much a set of experimental data deviates from what’s expected.

Image of physicist Jean Tran Thanh Van, creator of one of the most prestigious particle physics conferences
05/01/12

One degree of separation: the Vietnam connection

Physicist Jean Tran Thanh Van, creator of one of the most prestigious particle physics conferences, is the king of connections. His humanitarian efforts, combined with his vision of a cohesive international particle physics community, have now led him back to his home country of Vietnam.

Photograph of scientist James Wells with artist Julius von Bismarck in front of a chalkboard full of equations
03/22/12

Digital artist creates new kind of experiment at CERN

CERN's first artist-in-residence aims to challenge perceptions.

03/08/12

Daya Bay experiment makes key measurement

The Daya Bay neutrino experiment's groundbreaking measurement paves way for future discoveries.

Illustration of "Ten things you may not know about the Higgs boson" on bulletin board "WANTED HIGGS BOSON"
03/01/12

Ten things you may not know about the Higgs boson

This year, results from the Large Hadron Collider in Europe and the Tevatron in the United States will either prove or refute the existence of the Standard Model Higgs particle, a keystone in theorists’ proposed explanation for the origin of mass.

02/01/11

Global from the get-go?

Experiments in particle physics have decades of experience as thoroughly international collaborations. Can the giant accelerators that power these experiments make the leap to go global as well?

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12/03/10

Students prepare to launch particle detector into space

High school physics teacher Becky Parker and her students thought they would soon be the first to send a new type of particle-detecting microchip into outer space.

10/01/10

Treading lightly in Tokyo

It was my first morning in Tokyo. Carrying a camera, an offering of saké, and a note in Japanese that I hoped explained why I was there, I stepped into the sumo training hall to watch the day’s practice.

10/01/10

Hydrogels

For many patients with serious burn wounds, the most dreaded visitor each day is the doctor or nurse who arrives to change the bandages. But accelerator-treated bandages can create healing environment.

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