News tagged with particle physics

Explainer: What are leptons?

The giant Large Hadron Collider at CERN's lab in Europe may be closed until 2015 but experiments will still be run there in the second half of this year on much smaller synchrotrons that examined the decay ...

Jan 07, 2014
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ATLAS sees Higgs boson decay to fermions

The ATLAS experiment at CERN has released preliminary results that show evidence that the Higgs boson decays to two tau particles. Taus belong to a group of subatomic particles called the fermions, which ...

Nov 28, 2013
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SLAC-designed chips empower X-ray science

It may sound like chasing rainbows: Detecting flashes of light and energy that are invisible to the human eye and last only for a trillionth of an eye-blink. These flashes, in the form of X-rays, gamma rays ...

Nov 14, 2013
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Dramatic end of plasma crystal experiment

For seven years it delivered outstanding results for science and technology on the International Space Station, now the successful plasma crystal laboratory PK-3 Plus operated one last time. After undocking ...

Nov 04, 2013
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Newly discovered mechanism propels micromotors

Scientists studying the behavior of platinum particles immersed in hydrogen peroxide may have discovered a new way to propel microscopic machines. The new mechanism is described in The Journal of Chemical Ph ...

Oct 15, 2013
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