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

A new analysis underscores how hard it is to explain away dark matter.


The new collection of 200 additional software packages make most ATLAS software open and reinforces ATLAS’s commitment to open science.

New York Times

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