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  • Capsule reviews of feature films

    AND SO IT GOES 1 1/2 stars. Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton team for the first time in a wincingly sappy three-quarter-life rom-com about a Scrooge-like widower and a wifty lounge-singing widow and the unexpected appearance of a cute-as-a-button...
  • Why are 600 brain scientists protesting a huge brain research study?

    You don't often see scientific researchers turning up their noses at nearly a billion and a half dollars in government funding. Still more rarely will the elite of a research field threaten to boycott a huge international project in their field en masse....
  • Scientists hit a diamond with biggest laser in the world: Here's why

    Scientists hit a diamond with biggest laser in the world: Here's why
    Scientists are trying to determine what happens to matter when it is exposed to the immense pressures at the center of gas giant planets and stars. And to help them figure it out, they have hit a tiny sliver of a diamond with the largest laser system on...
  • Particle physics: The ghosts and the machine

    Particle physics: The ghosts and the machine
    Deep beneath the plains of Illinois, in a man-made cavern filled with racks of scientific equipment, someone has spray-painted a white circle onto the bare rock wall. Stand in front of it and you are standing in the path of the most powerful beam of...
  • Fusing physics, cryptography to solve a nuclear inspection paradox

    Fusing physics, cryptography to solve a nuclear inspection paradox
    The solution to ridding nations of nuclear warheads may come from a simple puzzle involving marbles. That, at least, is what lies at the core of a warhead verification protocol designed by a Princeton University team, published this week in the...
  • Report champions $1-billion effort to make U.S. a neutrino science hub

    Report champions $1-billion effort to make U.S. a neutrino science hub
    The United States should devote about $1 billion to build a neutrino experiment that would make the country a major center for particle physics on the world stage, according to a panel of experts – a plan that would involve building a high-power...
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the Higgs boson search in 'Particle Fever'

    A behind-the-scenes look at the Higgs boson search in 'Particle Fever'
    It was the biggest experiment in the history of physics, a $10-billion project to find a subatomic particle called the Higgs boson. An army of scientists and engineers spent nearly 30 years designing and building the Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile...
  • Watch: Big-bang physicist learns he got it right in emotional video

    Watch: Big-bang physicist learns he got it right in emotional video
    In the video above, you can watch as a physicist learns that his theory of how the universe began was right after all — 30 years after he first proposed it.  His reaction moves from disbelief, to joy, to gratefulness, and I promise it will make...
  • With gold and photons, scientists offer way to turn energy into matter

    God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Then four physicists said, “We have a simple idea for turning that light into matter” – and they may set off a race to demonstrate an idea first proposed 80 years ago....
  • William & Mary students chosen for summer physics program in Europe

    William & Mary students chosen for summer physics program in Europe
    Two students at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg are among 12 U.S. undergraduates chosen for a prestigious summer research program in Europe at the world’s largest particle physics lab. Rachel Hyneman of Springfield, Va., and Will...
  • Rare tiny neutrinos may have huge implications for astronomy

    Together, they contain a tiny fraction of the mass of a single electron. But the 28 neutrinos from deep space detected by an icy observatory beneath the South Pole promise a revolution in the study of the universe, scientists said Thursday. The...