Quark matter's connection with the Higgs

(—You may think you've heard everything you need to know about the origin of mass. After all, scientists colliding protons at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Europe recently presented stunning evidence strongly suggesting the existence of a long-sought particle called the Higgs boson, thought to "impart mass to matter." But while the Higgs particle may be responsible for the mass of fundamental particles such as quarks, quarks alone can't account for the mass of most of the visible matter in the universe—that's everything we see and sense around us.

NASA Hosts Social Media Event to Welcome Endeavour to California

To welcome space shuttle Endeavour to Southern California, NASA is inviting 40 of its social media followers to a NASA Social Sept. 19-20 at the agency's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base.

Physicists create first-ever mechanical device that measures the mass of a single molecule

A team led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have made the first-ever mechanical device that can measure the mass of individual molecules one at a time.

New wave of technologies possible after ground-breaking analysis tool for nanometer devices developed

A revolutionary tool has enabled researchers to analyze nanometer-sized devices without destroying them for the first time, opening the door to a new wave of technologies.

Weighing molecules one at a time: Physicists create first-ever mechanical device that measures mass of single molecule

Scientists have made the first-ever mechanical device that can measure the mass of individual molecules one at a time.

Addressing the need for microscopic speed

Researchers at the University of Leicester have developed a new form of digital microscope which can create an image 100 times faster than regular equipment – without losing image quality.

Higgs boson provides a musical spin

A decades-long quest for the elusive Higgs boson has sparked a creative rush in music, with compositions ranging from a-capella and rap to a hypnotic symphony.

Southampton physicists join search for hidden magnetic states

Physicists from the University of Southampton were among the first researchers to use the new high magnetic-field beamline at Diamond Light Source, the UK's national synchrotron facility, to search for 'hidden magnetic states'.

Ultrathin wafer of silicon and gold focuses telecom wavelengths without distortion

(—August 23, 2012 – Applied physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have created an ultrathin, flat lens that focuses light without imparting the distortions of conventional lenses.

Simplified approach for high-power, single-mode lasers

Researchers have developed a new resonator that creates the purest, brightest, and most powerful single-mode quantum cascade lasers yet at the eight-12 micron range, a wavelength of great interest for both military and industrial use.


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