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.



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