The Large Hadron Collider Accelerated ‘Atoms’ With Electrons for the First Time

You can feasibly put anything inside the world’s largest physics experiment, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, so long as it can be vaporised. You could even stick a sandwich in there. But for the first time, scientists have accelerated an atomic nucleus with electrons still attached. Read More >>

IBM Is Teaming Up With a Bunch of Quantum Computing Startups

Quantum computers are currently best at doing a subset of tasks that regular computers can also do, except in a more expensive, esoteric, and inaccurate way. But this won’t be the case for much longer, as the field of quantum computing continues to hit new milestones. And a new partnerships between IBM and some promising startups could help quantum computers reach their full potential sooner. Read More >>

Scientists Discover Long-Sought Evidence of First Stars Forming

When you sweep across the FM radio band, you don’t always hear music—mostly, you hear static. Lots of this ambient noise is actually garbled signals from throughout the Milky Way. If you had perhaps the most sensitive FM receiver on Earth, you might pick up the tiniest dip in volume: a signal that comes not from our galaxy, but from the earliest stars in the Universe. Read More >>

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This Freaky CG Title Sequence is So Beautiful I Can’t Stop Watching

Forget the uncanny valley and not-quite-perfect CG humans freaking you out, this title sequence for London’s recent OFFF digital arts festival will make you so uncomfortable you’ll want to burn your laptop. But at the same time the animation is so beautiful you might find yourself watching it two or three times instead. Read More >>

The Teenagers Hunting for the Universe’s Secrets

Four British schoolboys had just been called from the classroom. They were ten days away from their A-level exams, the ones that determine the direction the rest of their lives would take, but they’d been interrupted from their studies to discuss the deepest secrets of the universe—their work hunting for the magnetic monopole at the Large Hadron Collider. Read More >>

CERN Physicists Have Unveiled a Batch of New Exotic Particles

Scientists working at CERN have found four new “tetraquark” particles comprised of the same four subatomic building blocks. These exotic particles don’t last very long, and they probably don’t play an important cosmological role, but the discovery reveals the surprising diversity of the tetraquark family. Read More >>

Hadron Collider Finds New Bit of Cosmological Lego

The LHCb experiment team at the Large Hadron Collider says it's found a new group of particles, calling this batch the pentaquarks -- another previously hypothesised set of elements of the universe that has been confirmed as real by the clever Swiss pipers. Read More >>

Large Hadron Collider Back in Action and Collidier Than Ever

Scientists at the CERN facilities are once again trying to look at the miniature Lego bricks that God used to build the universe one boring rainy weekend, with the Large Hadron Collider returning to action after a 27-month shutdown for maintenance. Read More >>

Did We Really See Light Acting as a Particle and a Wave at Once?

Several weeks ago, the internet lit up with the colourful image shown above and in full below, accompanied by headlines claiming that physicists had accomplished the extraordinary: we'd finally managed to see light as both a particle and a wave at the same time. But...this isn't exactly true. Read More >>

Scientists Prove Sub-Atomic Particles Could Accelerate Themselves

At school, we are taught from the works of Isaac Newton that no object can change its speed unless an external force acts upon it. For the most part he's right. But now a team of physicists has demonstrated that sub-atomic particles could, in fact, accelerate themselves, without any force applied whatsoever. Read More >>

Stephen Hawking Sad About Higgs Boson Discovery and Would’ve Prefered Something More “Exotic”

Professor Stephen Hawking has two reasons to be sad about the discovery of the Higgs boson particle earlier this year -- it lost him a $100 bet and he would've been happier if a more "exotic" and fanciful solution to the problem of the mass of the universe had been discovered. Read More >>

Behold: Adorable Hand-Drawn GIFs That Explain Higgs-Boson

You hear about the Higgs-Boson all the time, but do you know what it is? If the answer is no, fear not: It's complex and confusing. Luckily, the New York Times has a beautiful, animated explainer to break it down for you in layman's terms. [New York Times] Read More >>

Science Disappoints Again, as New “Tractor Beam” Only Moves Minute Polystyrene Balls

The good news is they've made a better kind of tractor beam. The bad news is it's rubbish, only managing to line up minuscule polystyrene balls suspended in water. That wouldn't even make the cut as a Voyager episode. Read More >>

Large Hadron Collider Does the Job — Higgs Boson Particle Discovered

The Large Hadron Collider has been busily zapping very small things into other things for quite some time, in the hope of finding the prophesied Higgs boson particle. And now it looks like it actually has, with CERN announcing the discovery of the "heaviest boson ever found." Read More >>