A quark like no other: Searching for 'bottom quark'
2 hours ago
A University of Iowa physicist is at the forefront of the search for a missing particle that could prove whether the Higgs boson—believed to give mass to all matter—exists.
Laser-driving of semimetals allows creating novel quasiparticle states
Jan 17, 2017
Studying properties of fundamental particles in condensed matter systems is a promising approach to quantum field theory. Quasiparticles offer the opportunity to observe particle properties that have no realization in elementary ...
Self-assembling particles brighten future of LED lighting
Jan 16, 2017
Just when lighting aficionados were in a dark place, LEDs came to the rescue. Over the past decade, LED technologies—short for light-emitting diode—have swept the lighting industry by offering features such as durability, ...
How the insights of the Large Hadron Collider are being made open to everyone
Jan 13, 2017
If you visit the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) exhibition, now at the Queensland Museum, you'll see the recreation of a moment when the scientist who saw the first results indicating discovery of the Higgs boson laments she ...
Stanford physicist suggests looking for dark matter in unusual places
Jan 13, 2017
For decades, particle physics has been the domain of massive colliders that whip particles around at high speeds and smash them into one another while teams of thousands observe the results. These kinds of experiments have ...
Theoretical model reveals how droplets grow around tiny particles on a surface
Jan 11, 2017
A mathematical model that predicts how water condenses around tiny particles could help to improve chemical industrial processes, including the production of drug tablets, fertilizers and catalysts.
New active filaments mimic biology to transport nano-cargo
Jan 10, 2017
Inspired by micro-scale motions of nature, a group of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, in Chennai, India, has developed a new design for transporting colloidal ...
Alaska volcano Q&A: Eruptions have high-flying consequences
Jan 08, 2017
A remote volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands has erupted 10 times in less than a month, and experts say more eruptions are possible.
Study finds a link between drought and air quality in the western wilderness
Jan 06, 2017
Many people head to the mountains in the summer to get above the haze of the cities and valleys. A new study finds that the haze could be catching up.
Giant atoms could help unveil 'dark matter' and other cosmic secrets
Jan 06, 2017
The universe is an astonishingly secretive place. Mysterious substances known as dark matter and dark energy account for some 95% of it. Despite huge effort to find out what they are, we simply don't know.