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  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • John Huizenga dies at 92; physicist helped discredit 'cold fusion'

    John Huizenga dies at 92; physicist helped discredit 'cold fusion'
    On Nov. 1, 1952, U.S. scientists detonated the first hydrogen bomb over Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific, introducing a powerful new weapon of war and, in the process, atomizing the rocky island. Air Force planes flying through the debris clouds collected...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 'Neutrino' author gets a big bang out of a really small thing

    Sheldon Cooper, top nerd on "The Big Bang," jokes about neutrinos. So did John Updike in the witty short poem "Cosmic Gall," printed in 1960 in the New Yorker. But Canadian astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana suggests we take them seriously indeed in...
  • What exactly is a Higgs boson? An explanation for the rest of us

    If you’ve heard the news about the Nobel Prize in physics, you might be asking yourself: What is a  Higgs boson anyway? If you know one thing about the Higgs boson, it’s probably that it’s called the “God particle.” Leon...
  • Maurice Goldhaber dies at 100; noted nuclear and particle physicist

    Maurice Goldhaber dies at 100; noted nuclear and particle physicist
    Maurice Goldhaber, one of the pioneers of modern physics whose experiments helped create the current understanding of how the world works, died May 11 at his home on Long Island, N.Y., after a short illness. He had celebrated his 100th birthday less...
  • So close to the God particle: Scientists say 'stay tuned'

     
    Physicists have detected hints of the long-sought Higgs boson but have not yet amassed enough data for definitive proof of discovery of the so-called God particle, scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, said Tuesda...