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What happens to Higgs bosons? Here’s a clue

It’s been six years since physicists at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, but they’re just now confirming what most of the mysterious subatomic particles do when they decay. They’re transformed into bottom quarks, they … Continue reading

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Electron ion collider gets thumbs up from experts

A report from the National Academies endorses the idea of building a large-scale electron ion collider to probe the next level of subatomic mysteries. Such a collider would smash electrons into beams of protons or heavier ions — in contrast with the Large Hadron Collider, which … Continue reading

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Physicists add top-quark twist to Higgs boson’s tale

Experiments at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider have produced hard-to-come-by evidence of interactions between the Higgs boson and top quarks. The findings, announced today at a conference in Bologna, Italy, “give a strong indication that the Higgs boson has a key role in the … Continue reading

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Our view of black holes may change … again

After decades’ worth of mystery, it feels as if physicists are finally closing in on the nature of black holes, thanks to Nobel-winning breakthroughs like the first detections of black hole mergers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory. But Columbia University … Continue reading

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Number crunchers are on the trail of dark energy

Big data just might give astronomers a better grip on the answer to one of the biggest questions in physics: Exactly what’s behind the mysterious acceleration in the expansion rate of the universe, also known as dark energy? And that … Continue reading

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Freeman Dyson’s brain is still going strong at 94

Alien megaspheres … rockets powered by nuclear bombs … freeze-dried life in outer space: These are just some of the ideas that have flowered in the brain of physicist Freeman Dyson, and he’s not done yet. Dyson, who turned 94 last … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking’s ‘Final Theory’ gets published

Weeks after the death of British physicist Stephen Hawking, his final research paper on the nature of our universe and its place in the wider multiverse was published today in the Journal of High-Energy Physics. Now it’s up to his co-author, … Continue reading

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