What began with one man in a patent office and the insight that mass and energy are the same has culminated at the largest particle collider ever built, employing 2400 full-time employees and 10,000 visiting scientists: CERN
has announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, a major vindication for the Standard Model of particle physics. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee
on Jul 4, 2012 -
Roman ingots to shield particle detector.
"Around four tonnes of ancient Roman lead was yesterday transferred from a museum on the Italian island of Sardinia to the country's national particle physics laboratory
at Gran Sasso on the mainland. Once destined to become water pipes, coins or ammunition for Roman soldiers' slingshots, the metal will instead form part of a cutting-edge experiment to nail down the mass of neutrinos." [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Apr 16, 2010 -
Particle accelerator experiments show that the neutron
has a negatively charged exterior, a positively charged middle, and a negative core. Abstract
from Physical Review Letters.
posted by russilwvong
on Sep 20, 2007 -