Superconductors face the future
Futuristic ideas for the use of superconductors, materials that allow electric current to flow without resistance, are myriad: long-distance, low-voltage electric grids with no transmission loss; fast, magnetically ...
Major budget cuts to slow world's biggest atom smasher: CERN (Update)
European budget cuts at the world's biggest atom smasher are set to slow down its quest to unlock the deepest secrets of the universe, management and staff warned on Wednesday.
High speed beams, heaps of excitement and hunting the Higgs boson
(PhysOrg.com) -- If looking for the elusive Higgs boson particle is like searching for a needle in a haystack, research published last month has made the haystack smaller.
Search for the Higgs: What’s next?
In July, the particle collider experiments at DOE’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory revealed their latest search results for the elusive Higgs particle. Based on the analyses of data collected by the ...
Experiments offer tantalizing clues as to why matter prevails in the universe
A large collaboration of physicists working at the Fermilab Tevatron particle collider has discovered evidence of an explanation for the prevalence of matter over antimatter in the universe. They found that colliding protons ...
Image: A Galactic Spectacle
A beautiful new image of two colliding galaxies has been released by NASA's Great Observatories. The Antennae galaxies, located about 62 million light-years from Earth, are shown in this composite image from ...
Conference highlights first results from the Large Hadron Collider
First results from the LHC at CERN are being revealed at ICHEP, the world's largest international conference on particle physics, which has attracted more than 1000 participants to its venue in Paris. The ...
25,000 new asteroids found by NASA's sky mapping
(AP) -- Worried about Earth-threatening asteroids? One of NASA's newest space telescopes has spotted 25,000 never-before-seen asteroids in just six months.
Shutting Off the Large Hadron Collider
On hilly parts of the Interstate highway system, road engineers provide steep-grade areas with gravel off-ramps for trucks that lose their brakes. The ramps bring the big rigs to a rough but safe halt.
Theoretical Man: A Caltech Particle Physicist Comes to Iron Man's Aid
(PhysOrg.com) -- When Iron Man can't do the job, who ya gonna call? Well, how about Caltech theoretical physicist Mark Wise? In Iron Man 2, the blockbuster science-fiction film based on the comic book superhero, ...
New high-speed integrated circuit for world's biggest physics experiment is fastest of its kind
A new high-speed integrated circuit to reliably transmit data in the demanding environment of the world's largest physics experiment is the fastest of its kind.
What are 'mini' black holes?
In films and books black holes capture unwary spaceships and planets, gobble up whole galaxies or offer portals to other parts of the Universe.
High-energy particle collisions reveal the unexpected
The nucleus of an atom is composed of protons and neutrons, which are themselves made up of elementary particles called quarks and gluons. Observing these elementary particles is difficult and typically involves ...
Different types of atoms can now be ionized within seconds, a switchover that used to take several hours
(Phys.org) —Microwaving popcorn never quite turns out right. Inevitably, some kernels remain unpopped while others burn. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory were ...