CERN set to test bounds of physics

Mar 21, 2015

CERN set to test bounds of physics

by Nina Larson

Europe’s physics lab CERN said March 12 that it had begun tests in preparation for rebooting the world’s biggest particle collider and trying to uncover new particles that could alter our understanding of the universe. “We are really excited, because we are entering a ...

Tohoku pins rebound hopes to atom smasher

| Mar 9, 2015

Tohoku pins rebound hopes to atom smasher

by Tomohiro Osaki

As the disaster-hit Tohoku region struggles to recover from the deadly tsunami four years ago, many residents have hopes for what is considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to galvanize the area’s resurrection. Chances are the region may host the International Linear Collider, a state-of-the-art research ...

Hubble captures quadruple image of distant supernova

Mar 6, 2015

Hubble captures quadruple image of distant supernova

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope and a naturally occurring cosmic magnifying lens have captured surprising multiple images of an exploding star, research published Thursday shows. The four images captured by Hubble were caused by light taking different paths around a massive galaxy cluster ...

Astronomers find giant black hole in early universe

Feb 26, 2015

Astronomers find giant black hole in early universe

A black hole 12 billion times more massive than the sun has been found in a glowing quasar that existed when the universe was just a fraction of its current age, scientists said on Wednesday. The discovery challenges currently held theories that black holes ...

Strongest biological material: limpet teeth

Feb 18, 2015

Strongest biological material: limpet teeth

Spider silk may lose its claim as the strongest known natural material after researchers found that limpet teeth are tougher. Spider silk is hailed for its strength and structure, but researchers in Britain have discovered that limpets — snaillike sea creatures with conical shells ...

Physics of food shows secrets of popcorn

Feb 12, 2015

Physics of food shows secrets of popcorn

To most people, it may be just a fun food to munch on while watching a movie. But to a couple of French investigators, popcorn is a biomechanical enigma waiting to be explained. In an unusual study published on Wednesday, engineers Emmanuel Virot and ...

Feb 1, 2015

Scientists abandon highly publicized claim about cosmic find

Scientists who made headlines last March by announcing that they had found long-sought evidence about the early universe are now abandoning that claim. New data show that their cosmic observations no longer back up that conclusion, they say. The original announcement caused a sensation ...