A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication

February 2012 issue of symmetry available


Our February issue runs the gamut from the proud 30-year-legacy of the Tevatron Collider to the latest popular physics sensation: faster-than-light neutrinos.

Why was this controversial neutrino result such an immediate popular hit?  As Judy Jackson writes in "Do You Know Why I Pulled You  Over?":

 The neutrino story had all the elements to produce a global sensation: Einstein, the speed of light, breaking the speed of light, Einstein mistaken, and time travel. The only thing missing was a cataclysmic black hole, although some stories made an attempt to work it in. The story couldn't miss.

In other stories:

Bucking particle-physics tradition, researchers working with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope's main instrument make all their data public.

Using particle accelerators to mellow radioactive waste.

A gallery of quilts inspired by the Large Hadron Collider. 

Weighing the W boson

A commentary from Jim Siegrist director of the DOE's Office of High Energy Physics, on new strategic planning iniatives for particle physics with intense beams and advanced accelerator R&D.

From accelerator to patient: Radioisotopes for medicine

The Cosmic Microwave Background explained  in 60 seconds.

Plus Signal to Background and highlights from our blog.



Latest news articles
The Guardian

To study the stuff of the universe, you have to block it out, and that is exactly what a bold project in regional Victoria is trying to do.

New York Times

The work of Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi “demonstrate that our knowledge about the climate rests on a solid scientific foundation,” the committee said.

Black Hills Pioneer

As the Sanford Lab prepares a proposal to become formally recognized as a Department of Energy User Facility, scientists from all over the world met virtually to discuss a myriad of future experiments.


Hints of a previously unknown, primordial form of the substance could explain why the cosmos now seems to be expanding faster than theory predicts.