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Physics Today Photo 2019-03-21 13:41

Born on this day in 1866 in Cold Spring, New York, American astrophysicist Antonia Maury was known as a “master morphologist of stellar spectra.” Maury was exposed to science at a young age, in part because her grandfather, John William Draper, and uncle, Henry Draper, were both promin...

A small detector could strike big in the search for dark matter

A relatively inexpensive experiment has won fast-track approval from CERN to search for dark photons and other weakly interacting particles that could constitute dark matter. The FASER detector will be housed in an abandoned tunnel near one of the Large Hadron Collider's proton-smashing sites.

Soap-bubble pioneer is first woman to win prestigious maths prize

Congratulations to Karen Uhlenbeck, the winner of the prestigious Abel Prize for mathematics. She is the first woman to win the $700,000 award. The prize cites "the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry, and mathematical physics." Her reach into physics has...

Ernest Lawrence’s brilliant failure - Physics Today 2019-03-18 20:20

For two decades after World War II, companies spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to develop color televisions. Their brilliant failure only began to fade during the 1960s because of the gradual refinement of vacuum tubes and electronics. Some of the best tubes originated from an unexpect...

Focus: Muons Reveal Record-Breaking Thunderstorm Voltage

The electric potential of a thunderstorm has been measured at 1.3 billion volts in a new study. That's an order of magnitude greater than the previous record. The measurement was obtained by analyzing the flux of muons, which are produced when cosmic rays interact with molecules in the atmosphere.

Column: The collider question - Physics Today 2019-03-14 19:33

There are several proposals under consideration around the world to build new particle accelerators that are even more powerful than the Large Hadron Collider. Aside from weighing the finances, the science community has also grappled with the question of whether there's enough of a physics case ...

Physics Today Photo 2019-03-13 13:34

Born on this day in 1899 in Middletown, Connecticut, John Hasbrouck Van Vleck was a Nobel Prize–winning physicist and a pioneer of modern magnetism. After earning his bachelor’s degree in 1920 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his PhD in 1922 from Harvard University, Van Vleck accep...

Venus is not Earth’s closest neighbor - Physics Today 2019-03-12 15:43

Which planet is nearest to Earth? The conventional wisdom is that it's Venus—and indeed, no other planet ever gets closer. But the answer is tricker if you want to know which planet is closest to Earth on average, or which is closest most frequently over time. Using a novel combination of ca...

The World Wide Web and High‐Energy Physics

Today we're celebrating the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, which was proposed by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in March 1989. The web's original application was high-energy physics, as the particle physics laboratory needed a way to store and retrieve its vast compilation of engineering a...
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