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Top articles of 2020

Catch up on our 10 most popular articles of the year.

08/24/20

LHC creates matter from light

Scientists on an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider see massive W particles emerging from collisions with electromagnetic fields. How can this happen?

06/09/20

How do neutrinos get their mass?

Neutrinos don’t seem to get their mass in the same way as other particles in the Standard Model.

12/15/20

Physics at tiniest scale could explain ‘impossible’ black holes

Until recently, scientists had never detected black holes in the “mass gap”—now, particle physicists are exploring ideas beyond the Standard Model that could explain them.

11/10/20

Meet the kaon

Nearly 75 years after the puzzling first detection of the kaon, scientists are still looking to the particle for hints of physics beyond their current understanding.

08/13/20

A new view of the Higgs boson

Scientists know the Higgs boson interacts with extremely massive particles. Now, they’re starting to study how it interacts with lighter particles as well.

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.

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.

05/15/20

The invisible Higgs bosons

Experimentalists and theorists search for Higgs bosons escaping as dark matter.

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.

02/11/20

What we know about dark matter

Although scientists have yet to find the spooky stuff, they aren’t completely in the dark.