Among many misconceptions in the description of the proton presented in undergraduate physics lectures is the origin of the proton’s spin. When we tell students about the three quarks in a proton, we usually say […]

When Rutherford discovered the proton in 1919, the only other basic constituent of matter that was known of was the electron. There was no way that the proton could decay without violating charge conservation. Ten […]

On 26 February, a new solar power plant powering the SESAME light source in Jordan was officially inaugurated. In addition to being the first synchrotron-light facility in the Middle East region, SESAME is now the […]

The LHCb collaboration has discovered a new pentaquark particle, dubbed the Pc(4312)+, decaying to a J/ψ and a proton, with a statistical significance of 7.3 standard deviations. The LHCb data, first presented at Rencontres de Moriond […]

How big is a proton? Experiments during the past decade have called well-established measurements of the proton’s radius into question – even prompting somewhat outlandish suggestions that new physics might be at play. Soon-to-be-published results […]

On 8 April, CERN unveiled plans for a major new facility for scientific education and outreach. Aimed at audiences of all ages, the Science Gateway will include exhibition spaces, hands-on scientific experiments for schoolchildren and […]

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Ever since the 1970s, when the third generation of quarks and leptons began to emerge experimentally, physicists have asked if further generations await discovery. One of the first key results from the Large Electron–Positron Collider […]

On the morning of 21 March, at the 2019 Rencontres de Moriond in La Thuile, Italy, the LHCb collaboration announced the discovery of charge-parity (CP) violation in the charm system. Met with an impromptu champagne […]

The LHCb collaboration has released a much anticipated update on its measurement of RK – a ratio that describes how often a B+ meson decays to a charged kaon and either a μ+μ– or an […]

Physics awards  Victor F Weisskopf has been awarded the Oersted Medal, the highest award of the American Association of Physics Teachers. It is given for outstanding contributions in the teaching of physics and can rarely […]

The study of lead–ion collisions at the LHC is a window into the quark–gluon plasma (QGP), a hot and dense phase of deconfined quarks and gluons. An important effect in heavy-ion collisions is jet quenching […]

Data taking begins at Belle II • P2O targets Mediterranean Sea • FASER approved for LHC • First light for DESI • Squeezing rare kaon decays • No dark photons in NA62 • Ground breaking at PIP-II • Unnatural cross-fertilisation


New leader at Perimeter Institute • LIGO spokesperson elected • Abel prize for modern geometric analysis • Inaugural philosophy award

What a proton is depends on how you look at it, or rather on how hard you hit it. A century after Rutherford’s discovery, our picture of this ubiquitous particle is coming into focus.

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Serbia became the 23rd Member State of CERN, on 24 March, following receipt of formal notification from UNESCO. Ever since the early days of CERN (former Yugoslavia was one of the 12 founding Member States […]

Recent experimental results hint that some electroweak processes are not lepton-flavour independent, contrary to Standard Model expectations. If the effect strengthens as more data are gathered, possible explanations range from new gauge forces to leptoquarks.

Supersymmetry (SUSY) introduces a new fermion–boson symmetry that gives rise to supersymmetric “partners” of the Standard Model (SM) particles, and “naturally” leads to a light Higgs boson with mass close to that of the W […]

A world record for laser-driven wakefield acceleration has been set by a team at the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center in the US. Physicists used a novel scheme to channel 850 TW laser pulses through […]

The Japanese government has put on hold a decision about hosting the International Linear Collider (ILC), to the disappointment of many hoping for clarity ahead of the update of the European strategy for particle physics. […]

On 10 April, researchers working on the Event Horizon Telescope – a network of eight radio dishes that creates an Earth-sized interferometer – released the first direct image of a black hole. The landmark result, […]