This article on the future of physics first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 15 October 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly. On a recent visit to my mum’s place, I searched through my old stuff for something my children might like. One book that caught my eyes was (the German edition of) … Continue reading Who’s killing physics? | Cosmos Weekly Taster
Imagine taking a time-lapse photograph of a clear sky at night. The photograph will be filled with circular arcs of light that reflect the motion of the stars in the sky as the Earth rotates around its axis. These paths have been the subject of human wonder since the time of ancient civilisations, and our … Continue reading When bus timetables and particle physics collide
Muons have particle physicists in a spin as two hotly anticipated experimental results deviate from theory. This is why it matters. We find ourselves on the cusp of what could be a turning point in fundamental physics. Within weeks of each other, the Muong-2 experiment at Fermilab in the US and the LHCb experiment at … Continue reading Is the Standard Model broken?
Muons don’t seem to be obeying the standard laws of physics, which suggests we don’t yet fully understand the standard laws of physics, according to an international collaboration of scientists. The team – comprising over 200 physicists from seven countries – sent these subatomic particles zipping around an intensely magnetised track at the Fermi National … Continue reading Could muons rewrite the laws of physics?
On 6 December 2016, a high-energy particle hurtled from outer space and through an Antarctic ice sheet, where it slammed into an electron at nearly the speed of light. The enormously energetic collision created a completely different particle, which rapidly decayed into a cascade of others. This event might have gone unnoticed – if a … Continue reading W boson spotted in Antarctica
Physicists looking to up the collider energy.
A US academic finds surprising roots for a widespread public unease about the Large Hadron Collider and similar facilities. Andrew Masterson reports.
A method for locating seams of gold and other heavy metals is the unlikely spin-off of Swinburne University’s involvement in a huge experiment to detect dark matter down a mine in Stawell, Victoria. Associate Professor Alan Duffy, from Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing and a member of the Sodium iodide with Active Background REjection … Continue reading The search for dark matter finds gold
Physicists establish that electrons waste no time bashing through a barrier. Alan Duffy reports.
The Standard Model of particle physics has been confirmed many times, but it is far from complete. Alan Duffy reports.
Curious result could point to flaws in the Standard Model of particle physics. Phil Dooley reports.
The biggest particle collider in the world moves one step closer to reality. Nick Carne reports.