articles tagged: particle physics
why you owe your existence to quantum mechanics
# science

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…
# science

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
# space

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.

what alcohol can tell us about the fate of the universe
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what alcohol can tell us about the fate of the universe

Alcohol isn't just the cause of and answer to most of life's problems, it also tells us something fundamental about the nature of all matter.

why yes virginia, there is a higgs boson
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why yes virginia, there is a higgs boson

The existence of the Higgs boson has been confirmed and the Standard Model is upheld yet again. Now what?

are neutrino beams the wi-fi of the future?
# tech

are neutrino beams the wi-fi of the future?

Can we improve the throughput of a wi-fi signal with neutrinos instead of radio signals? A team of researchers thinks so.

why a missing higgs boson won’t derail physics
# science

why a missing higgs boson won’t derail physics

It would be amazing for the LHC to find the Higgs boson. It would be even more interesting if it doesn't.

making quark-gluon soup with an atom smasher
# science

making quark-gluon soup with an atom smasher

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider may have reached temperatures at which matter itself begins to melt, and found a peek at new insights into the future of computing.

strange matter, doomsday and you
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strange matter, doomsday and you

A supercollider-induced doomsday has been cancelled for the same reason as the previous one, and the one before that.

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