New measurement of the mass of a strange atomic nucleus achieves very high precision
An international team of physicists working at the Institute of Nuclear Physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany has measured the mass of a 'strange' atomic nucleus with the aid of ...
How does an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider work?
It's not every day my Twitter feed is full of people talking about flat-tops, squeezing and injections, but then Wednesday 3 June was not an average day for the Large Hadron Collider.
Smaller and cheaper particle accelerators?
Traditionally, particle accelerators have relied on electric fields generated by radio waves to drive electrons and other particles close to the speed of light. But in radio-frequency machines there is an ...
Physicist's Nobel Prize up for auction; $325,000 minimum bid (Update)
A retired experimental physicist has put up his 1988 Nobel Prize for auction, and the minimum bid is $325,000.
Best of Last Week – World record for tabletop accelerator, mystery of Earth's water source and roller coaster strokes
Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider smashes record for polarized proton luminosity
The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a powerful particle accelerator for nuclear physics research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, just shattered its own record for ...
How we recreated the early universe in the laboratory
One of the all-time great mysteries in physics is why our universe contains more matter than antimatter, which is the equivalent of matter but with the opposite charge. To tackle this question, our international team of researchers have managed to create a plasm ...
World record for compact 'tabletop' particle accelerator
Using one of the most powerful lasers in the world, researchers have accelerated subatomic particles to the highest energies ever recorded from a compact accelerator.
Best of Last Week – Halting photons, a peer review problem and circadian clock shifting from e-readers
What will we find next inside the Large Hadron Collider?
The Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest scientific experiment, is due to restart this month after two years of downtime for maintenance and upgrading. There's no doubt that having played its role in the d ...
Best of Last Week – quantum information accurately transfered, better wind turbines and study of porn's impact on brain
The Wild West of physics
Call it macro-micro physics: the study of the huge paired with the study of the very, very small.
New magnet at Fermilab achieves high-field milestone
Last month, a new superconducting magnet developed and fabricated at Fermilab reached its design field of 11.5 Tesla at a temperature nearly as cold as outer space. It is the first successful twin-aperture ...
US scientists celebrate the restart of the Large Hadron Collider
Earlier today, the world's most powerful particle accelerator began its second act. After two years of upgrades and repairs, proton beams once again circulated around the Large Hadron Collider, located at ...