By making a very precise measurement of the muon g-2 value
the results to its predicted value, researchers at Fermilab hope to uncover evidence of new, undiscovered particles and forces. This continues work done at Brookhaven National Laboratory
a decade ago. To do so, Fermilab needs their 50-ft ring magnet
and its fragile, precisely assembled
superconducting coils. After six months of planning, the magnet was slowly hauled
on an eight-axle trailer
through the streets of Long Island, loaded onto a barge, and tugged down the Atlantic coast and into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will go
up the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to the Mississippi and then through Illinois waterways before it's trucked again through suburban Chicago. Fermilab has a photo and video gallery
and is posting updates
. [more inside]
Rumor Sweeping World's Science Community that CERN's LHC has Detected the Higgs Boson -The "God Particle"
The controversial rumor is based on what appears to be a leaked internal note from physicists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 17-mile-long particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland. It's not certain at this point if the memo is authentic, or what the data it refers to might mean — but the note has sent the physics community into full buzz mode.
Many thought the secrets of the universe would be revealed by the LHC
in Switzerland, but the lower powered Brookhaven Collider
briefly violated the laws of physics
- Lighthearted chats at the CERN laboratory
with "a bit of particle physics thrown in". Featuring visits from British satirists and comedians, including Chris Morris
and Kevin Eldon
Quantum Mechanics: Myths and Facts (pdf)
, a recently-updated paper on the Cornell arXiv
peer-review site. By Hrvoje Nikolić of the Rudjer Bošković Institute in Croatia. [more inside]
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. Warning: three Youtube links and only the third is really cool, but at least they're all pretty short.