Physics

Researchers on a scientific quest to understand Higgs Boson

The search for a mysterious subatomic particle can certainly involve some enormous tools, not to mention a multitude of scientists. The effort to find the elusive "Higgs boson" includes over 5,800 scientists from 56 countries! It's a subatomic particle that gives other particles, such as quarks and electrons, their mass.

NASA Selects Contract for Procurement Services

NASA has selected Brandan Enterprises, Inc. (BEI) of Knoxville, Tenn., for agencywide contract-closeout and procurement-support services, effective Feb. 1, 2013.

Dark matter detector nearing activation in SD mine

Scientists hoping to detect dark matter deep in a former South Dakota gold mine have taken the last major step before flipping the switch on their more than $300 million experiment.

Soviet Space Flights Were Designed for Maximum Effect---Even if That Meant Fudging

Amy Shira Teitel is a freelance space writer whose work appears regularly on Discovery News Space and Motherboard among many others. She blogs about the history of spaceflight at Vintage Space, and tweets at @astVintageSpace.

This month marked the 55th anniversary of the first living being launched into orbit. It wasn’t a simple fruit fly or bean sprout, but a stray dog from the streets of Moscow.

Soviet Space Flights Were Designed for Maximum Effect---Even if That Meant Fudging

Amy Shira Teitel is a freelance space writer whose work appears regularly on Discovery News Space and Motherboard among many others. She blogs about the history of spaceflight at Vintage Space, and tweets at @astVintageSpace.

This month marked the 55th anniversary of the first living being launched into orbit. It wasn’t a simple fruit fly or bean sprout, but a stray dog from the streets of Moscow.

Time-Reversal Violation Is Not the “Arrow of Time” | Cosmic Variance

Looks like the good folks at the BaBar experiment at SLAC, feeling that my attention has been distracted by the Higgs boson, decided that they might be able to slip a pet peeve of mine past an unsuspecting public without drawing my ire. Not so fast, good folks at BaBar!

Researchers use shock tube for insight into physics early in blasts

(Phys.org)—Sandia's one-of-a-kind multiphase shock tube began with a hallway conversation that led to what engineer Justin Wagner describes as the only shock tube in the world that can look at how shock waves interact with dense particle fields.

Human brain, internet, and cosmology: Similar laws at work?

(Phys.org)—The structure of the universe and the laws that govern its growth may be more similar than previously thought to the structure and growth of the human brain and other complex networks, such as the Internet or a social network of trust relationships between people, according to a new paper published in the science journal Nature's Scientific Reports.

Finding rainbows on the nanoscale may lead to better solar cells and LED-displays

New research may lead to improved solar cells and LED-displays. Researchers have demonstrated in detail how to separate colors and create 'rainbows' using nanoscale structures on a metal surface.

NASA's Recently Returned Station Commander Williams Available for Interviews

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, who returned to Earth Sunday after four months on the International Space Station, will be available for live satellite interviews from 6-7 a.m. CST Friday, Nov. 30.

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