Stanford Accelerator Conference The sessions on superconductivity at the IXth International Conference on High Energy Accelerators, held at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre from 2–7 May, were somehow rather frustrating. For many years, the potential […]

Two spiral galaxies In this Hubble Space Telescope image, which was released as part of the telescope’s 27th anniversary this year, two very different looking spiral galaxies are visible. The closely neighbouring galaxies – NGC 4302 on the […]

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Two loops in context The article “The two-loop explosion” ( CERN Courier April 2017 p18 ) summarises the current status of precision theory predictions for scattering processes at the LHC, driven by the impressive performance of the LHC experiments. While […]

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While supersymmetry has not yet appeared at the Large Hadron Collider, a new analysis predicts that it should appear as an emergent phenomenon in condensed-matter physics. Shao-Kai Jian of Tsinghua University in China and colleagues […]

Machine learning applied to ordinary English can identify content corresponding to human biases, according to a new study. Aylin Caliskan of Princeton University and colleagues used a word-embedding method that represents each word in a […]

Preserved tick In what seems like a step closer to Jurassic Park, combined with some good fortune, a blood-engorged tick trapped in amber 15–45 million years ago has turned out to contain perfectly preserved mammalian blood cells, likely […]

The Belle II detector in place On 11 April, the Belle II detector at the KEK laboratory in Japan was successfully “rolled-in” to the collision point of the upgraded SuperKEKB accelerator, marking an important milestone for the international B-physics community. The […]

The Esplanade des Particules CERN has begun major work to create a new visitor space called Esplanade des Particules, to welcome the ever-growing numbers of visitors to the laboratory each year. The project, undertaken in conjunction with the Etat […]

On 27 April, CERN and the American Physical Society (APS) signed an agreement for the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3). Under the agreement, high-energy physics articles published in three leading […]

Push most objects and they will accelerate in the direction they were pushed. Not so for objects with a negative effective mass, which do the exact opposite by accelerating against an applied force. This counter-intuitive […]

Expensive, large-scale projects are familiar in physics, astronomy, space exploration and, more recently, genetics. Now chemistry may join the ranks of big science. Martin Burke of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has proposed a $1 billion, […]