It's particle-hunting season! NYU scientists launch Higgs Hunters Project

New York University scientists and their colleagues have launched the Higgs Hunters project, which will allow members of the general public to study images recorded at the Large Hadron Collider and to help search for previously unobserved particles.

Particles, waves and ants

Animals looking for food or light waves moving through turbid media – astonishing similarities have now been found between completely different phenomena.

Atoms colder than outer space are the key to futuristic nano-sensors

Experts at The University of Nottingham have secured a £6 million grant to build a research facility to prototype a new generation of tiny nano-sensors.

Beyond geometry: Shape entropy links nanostructures with emergent macroscopic behavior in natural and engineered systems

( —Shape has a pervasive but often overlooked impact on how natural systems are ordered. At the same time, entropy (the probabilistic measure of the degree of energy delocalization in a system) – while often misunderstood as the state of a system's disorder – and emergence (the sometimes controversial observance of macroscopic behaviors not seen in isolated systems of a few constituents) are two areas of research that have long received, and are likely to continue receiving, significant scientific attention.

NASA Coverage Set for Fifth SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station

The fifth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Tuesday, Dec. 16, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 1:15 p.m. EST.

Cracking the mystery of droplet evaporation

Curtin University scientists have modelled the effects of droplet size and velocity on evaporation to better understand the refining process of heavy oil.

Study details laser pulse effects on behavior of electrons

By solving a six-dimensional equation that had previously stymied researchers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln physicists have pinpointed the characteristics of a laser pulse that yields electron behavior they can predict and essentially control.

Van der Waals force re-measured: Physicists verify nonlinear increase with growing molecular size

Van der Waals forces act like a sort of quantum glue on all types of matter. Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, experimentally determined for the first time all of the key details of how strongly the single molecules bind to a surface. They demonstrated that the forces do not just increase with molecular size, but that they even grow disproportionately fast. Their findings could help to improve simulation methods for chemistry, physics, biology, and materials science.

Image of the Year: Our Sun Lets Out a Roar

A sunspot nearly 80,000 miles across was seen in 2014 — the largest in 24 years.

Rosetta's Comet Rendezvous Makes Space History

A 4-billion-mile journey ended this year when Rosetta reached Comet 67P.


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