articles tagged: particle physics
why gravity is the force you think you understand, but actually don’t
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why gravity is the force you think you understand, but actually don’t

If you think you know how gravity works, you’re probably wrong. While we can explain what it does, figuring out how has been a multi-decade long exercise in frustration and dead ends.

how fixing particle colliders’ discarded data problem could bring us a better internet
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how fixing particle colliders’ discarded data problem could bring us a better internet

Particle colliders have a huge, seldom discussed problem when trying to record experimental data. Solving it could help us find ground breaking new physics and give us a more reliable internet.

world of weird things podcast: why we need particle colliders
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world of weird things podcast: why we need particle colliders

Particle colliders seem like an ideal example of esoteric, purely curiosity-driven science. But we’ve actually been enjoying the fruits of their discoveries for decades now.

how gravity and lasers are helping us learn more about the universe
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how gravity and lasers are helping us learn more about the universe

The best way to understand the fabric of space and time might just involve a fifth state of matter and falling for a really long time...

how studying falling antimatter can eventually help us treat cancer
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how studying falling antimatter can eventually help us treat cancer

CERN wants to investigate how antimatter falls by creating and dropping anti-hydrogen atoms, adding to our understanding of particle physics and its applications.

antarctic ice shows us a glimpse of what may lie beyond the standard model
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antarctic ice shows us a glimpse of what may lie beyond the standard model

Particle physicists have been stuck confirming the same patterns of particle creation and decay. Now, they coud have a chance to study something brand new.

why you owe your existence to quantum mechanics
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why you owe your existence to quantum mechanics

When you're trying to start carbon-based life, not just any carbon isotope will do and the one you need wouldn't even exist without a quirk of quantum mechanics.

looking for the ghosts of dark matter past…
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looking for the ghosts of dark matter past…

Unfortunately, the Higgs particle doesn't explain the origins of dark matter, sending cosmologists looking for new particles to help fill in the blanks.

an open letter to the standard model
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an open letter to the standard model

Particle physicists managed to confirm virtually everything about the Standard Model. Now they're stuck with very little wiggle room to explain some of the universe's oddest mysteries.

peeking at dark matter during a tidal strip show
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peeking at dark matter during a tidal strip show

It turns out that one of the best ways to learn about dark matter is to turn out the lights, lean back, and closely watch a little gravitational galaxy on galaxy action.

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