At CERN today, home of the Large Hadron Collider, particle physicists announced the most recent (and most tantalizing) results in their search for the Higgs Boson. They haven't nailed down the elusive particle quite yet, but they're closer than ever before, and they may now know just exactly where it's hiding.
Creating light is something that's usually done with a light switch, right? But what if you didn't have a light switch? A team of Swedish physicists were presented with such a conundrum, so they've gone and convinced a bunch of photons to spontaneously create themselves out of nothingness.
Bill Nye. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Pamela Gay. Lawrence Krauss. Phil Plait. If you're not totally geeking out right now, I don't know what the heck is wrong with you. These luminaries all got together at TAM11 in July to talk about Our Future in Space, and the video is worth watching if you like science. SCIENCE!
Those weird faster-than-light neutrinos that CERN thought they saw last month may have just gotten slowed down to a speed that'll keep them from completely destroying physics as we know it. In an ironic twist, the very theory that these neutrinos would have disproved may explain exactly what happened.
Nothing can travel faster than light. It's one of the fundamental constants of our universe, and as such, it's kind of a big deal. We've got a bit of an issue here, then, since scientists at CERN have just announced that they've spotted some subatomic particles blowing past the light speed barrier. Physics, we have a problem.
It's not very likely that you'll be around to witness the end of time for yourself, but physicists have helpfully devised an experiment to simulate it using metamaterials.
The hopes of going back in time and visiting the jurassic era to escape a T-Rex and warping into the future to save the world from Skynet will never happen. Chinese physicists have just proved that time traveling is out of the realm of possibility (at least in this universe).
After sorting through some 500,000,000,000,000 fatal and extremely messy accidents between protons and anti-protons, scientists at Fermilab have picked out 25 which prove the existence of a previously undetected particle: the neutral Xi-sub-b. And it's full of strange.
Those greedy scientists, they just can't learn to share. Instead of going out and getting two little glass spheres, they're trying to use a trick of quantum mechanics to take one little glass sphere and make it exist in two places at the same time.
The Large Hadron Collider over in Europe may be making all the physics headlines as of late, but the U.S. Department of Energy is trying to scrape together between one and two billion dollars to build a particle physics lab deep in an abandoned gold mine underneath South Dakota.