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2013-10-08 23:18:42

University of Maryland scientists played a significant role in the world-wide scientific collaboration that discovered the Higgs boson particle, confirming the theoretical work of François Englert and Peter Higgs and leading to their winning of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. College Park, Md. (PRWEB) October 08, 2013 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences today awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 to François Englert and Peter Higgs to recognize their work developing the...

Einstein's 134th Birthday
2013-03-14 14:34:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Albert Einstein, almost unanimously considered the greatest physicist since Sir Isaac Newton, would have turned 134 today. His legacy can still be seen in modern society — in the revelations being made by physicists around the world and by his theories that they are still struggling to comprehend. "I am convinced that (God) does not play dice." Perhaps the most prominent contemporary example of Einstein´s legacy is...

New Technique Could Reveal High Detail Of Earth's Composition
2013-02-22 10:50:16

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a new study recently published in the journal Science, a research team from Amherst College and The University of Texas at Austin has described a new technique that might one day reveal the composition and characteristics of the deep Earth in never before seen detail. There's just a tiny little hitch in the new technique. It relies on a fifth force of nature that has not yet been detected. Current physics theories hold that there...

Is The Universe Infinite? Not Likely, Say Physicists
2013-02-19 14:23:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) told reporters the universe may not be infinite after all. Joseph Lykken, a theoretical physicist with FNAL in Batavia, Illinois, spoke to reporters at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in Boston, saying recent calculations show its "bad news" for the future of the universe. "It may be that the universe we live in is inherently...

Supersymmetry Physics Theory Fails Important Test
2012-11-12 16:48:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are on the verge of squashing an important physics theory known as supersymmetry (SUSY). The Supersymmetry theory helps to explain some of the inconsistencies in the traditional theory of subatomic physics. New observations reported at the Hadron Collider Physics conference in Kyoto, Japan are not consistent with many of the most likely models of the theory. Researchers had...

2012-06-21 23:37:27

Key experiment in nuclear physics Stable tin, as we know it, comprises 112 nuclear particles — 50 protons and 632 neutrons. The neutrons act as a kind of buffer between the electrically repelling protons and prevent normal tin from decaying. According to the shell model of nuclear physics, 50 is a "magic number" that gives rise to special properties. Tin-100, with 50 protons and 50 neutrons, is "doubly magic," making it particularly interesting for nuclear physicists. Shooting...

Potential Cracks In The Standard Model Of Particle Physics
2012-06-19 05:02:58

Recently analyzed data from the BaBar experiment may suggest possible flaws in the Standard Model of particle physics, the reigning description of how the universe works on subatomic scales. The data from BaBar, a high-energy physics experiment based at the U.S. Department of Energy´s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, show that a particular type of particle decay called “B to D-star-tau-nu” happens more often than the Standard Model says it should. In this type...

2012-05-24 21:01:08

Excitons form Bose-Einstein condensate Physicists have trapped and cooled exotic particles called excitons so effectively that they condensed and cohered to form a giant matter wave. This feat will allow scientists to better study the physical properties of excitons, which exist only fleetingly yet offer promising applications as diverse as efficient harvesting of solar energy and ultrafast computing. "The realization of the exciton condensate in a trap opens the opportunity to study...

New Particle Reported By LHC Scientists
2011-12-22 11:44:46

Scientists said on Thursday that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has turned up a heavier variant of a sub-atomic particle first discovered 25 years ago. The researchers said the Chi-b(3P) was uncovered in the debris from colliding protons.  It is a boson particle like the Higgs and the photon, which are particles that help form the nucleus of atoms. The Chi-b(3) comprises of two heavy particles, the beauty quark and its antiquark.  These are bound together by a "strong" force,...

2011-12-13 22:00:44

Towards a better understanding of subatomic particles using a new cold-atom setup A team of scientists have made it easier to study atomic or subatomic-scale properties of the building blocks of matter (which also include protons, neutrons and electrons) known as fermions by slowing down the movement of a large quantity of gaseous atoms at ultra-low temperature. This is according to a study recently published in EPJ D´ as part of a cold quantum matter special issue, by researchers...