Physics stories

 
It feels like the Large Hadron Collider has just barely started doing science (and it's not even at full strength yet), but already plans are underway for its successor: the International Linear Collider, or ILC. The ILC will likely cost between $10 and $20 billion, and it's now looking like the host country will probably be Japan.
 
It must be nice having a Large Hadron Collider to mess about with. One day you're just minding your own business, running lead-proton collisions for reference in order to subtract out background noise from the lead-lead collisions that you actually care about, and then poof, you accidentally create a new form of matter called a color-glass condensate. Nice.
 
Physics doesn't lie, kids. It's bad news for fans of the Dark Knight: four physics students have proven that while the construction of the bat cape would allow Batman to glide from tall buildings, unfortunately it would do little to slow his rapid descent and eventually drop him on the pavement like a ton of bricks.
 
Electrons are generally known as "fundamental particles," meaning they're not made up of anything: you can't smash an electron to bits, because there are no bits to smash it into. Under the right circumstances, electrons can be broken up into quasiparticles, and the third one of these has just been identified: the orbiton.

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