The Large Hadron Collider is working better than expected. And it has collected oodles of data. But have they found the Higgs, yet? We asked Scientific American’s Davide Castelvecchi, who flew to Geneva to find out.
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In September, a group of particle physicists working in Italy made a dramatic announcement. They announced results — and not just one or two outlier results but a metric truckload of results — that suggested that beams of particles known as neutrinos created at CERN in Switzerland were violating the laws of physics established by […]
Earlier this year, a paper appeared in the journal Physical Review D, entitled “First observational tests of eternal inflation: Analysis methods and WMAP 7-year results” describing analysis of 7 year long survey of the Cosmic Microwave Background — which is the afterglow of the big bang — that attempted to identify signatures of a picture […]
2011 Nobel Prize in Physics Special In 1917, Albert Einstein added a constant — a sort of ‘fudge factor’ — to his Theory of General Relativity to counteract the force of gravity and keep his Universe static — that is, not expanding, not contracting. A few years later, Edwin Hubble proved the Universe wasn’t, in […]
Particle Physics, or more accurately High Energy Particle Physics, is arguably the most elegant, the most poetic, the most beautiful branches of the physical sciences. In 1969, Robert Wilson – the man responsible for the construction of Fermilab, the National Accelerator Facility in Illinois, was called to justify the multimillion-dollar machine to the Congressional Joint […]
In recent shows we’ve been talked a bit about alternative energy technologies. Most times when people discuss the future of energy, they talk about how to generate it. Of course, that’s an important subject. But most alternative generation technologies aren’t likely to be ready for the big time for decades. What are we going to […]
Last episode we talked about the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Towards the end of this discussion, we touched on the wisdom of continuing to pursue nuclear power in the light of the events at Fukushima. The usual suspects came up. Solar power, wind power, etcetera. The main concern levelled […]
On the 11th of March this year, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale occurred off the coast of Tohoku, Japan. It was the largest recorded earthquake to hit Japan and in the top 5 anywhere in the world since 1900. It, and the tsunami that followed, killed more than 15,000 people. And it […]
What so big about nanotechnology? Does it represent a brave new world? Or is it all just marketing hype? Will it eventually enable Ray Kurzweil to email his friends a pair of pants? In short, what’s in it for us? We ask nanotech guru Tim Harper.