Particle physics isn’t going to die — even if the LHC finds no new particles

Particle physics isn't going to die — even if the LHC finds no new particles

An illustration of events recorded with the CMS detector in 2012 show characteristics expected from the decay of a Higgs boson (dashed yellow lines) to a pair of photons (green towers).Credit: Thomas McCauley/CMS Collaboration Ten years ago, on 4 July 2012, scientists around the world celebrated the momentous news that researchers had found evidence supporting … Read more

Explained: What is the Large Hadron Collider, now ready to seek answers to fundamental questions of particle physics?

Explained: What is the Large Hadron Collider, now ready to seek answers to fundamental questions of particle physics?

The world’s most powerful particle collider, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), will begin smashing protons into each other at unprecedented levels of energy beginning July 5. Scientists will record and analyze the data, which are expected to throw up evidence of “new physics” — or physics beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics, which explains … Read more

Explained: What is the Large Hadron Collider, now ready to seek answers to fundamental questions of particle physics?

Explained: What is the Large Hadron Collider, now ready to seek answers to fundamental questions of particle physics?

The world’s most powerful particle collider, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), will begin smashing protons into each other at unprecedented levels of energy beginning July 5. Scientists will record and analyze the data, which are expected to throw up evidence of “new physics” — or physics beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics, which explains … Read more

Physicists Are Startled by This Magnetic Material That ‘Freezes’ When Heated

Physicists Are Startled by This Magnetic Material That 'Freezes' When Heated

When disordered magnetic materials are cooled to just the right temperature, something interesting happens. The spins of their atoms ‘freeze’ and lock into place in a static pattern, exhibiting cooperative behavior not usually displayed. Now for the first time, physicists have seen the opposite. When fractionally heated, the naturally occurring magnetic element neodymium freezes, turning … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope images are so beautiful they bring scientists to tears

James Webb Space Telescope images are so beautiful they bring scientists to tears

NASA’s acclaimed $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope was launched on 25 December 2021, in replacement of the Hubble Space telescope. Nearly seven months after its launch has finally produced images that are, according to NASA, a portrayal that includes the deepest-field views of the universe ever captured! The images expected to be released publicly … Read more

NASA’s CAPSTONE Now Heading to the Moon

NASA's CAPSTONE Now Heading to the Moon

Conceptual image of CAPSTONE in orbit around the Moon.Image: NASA An important milestone has been reached in the newly launched CAPSTONE mission, as the tiny probe, moving in excess of 24,000 miles per hour, has escaped low Earth orbit and begun its four-month trek to the Moon. CAPSTONE, short for Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology … Read more