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First Female Director of CERN

Fabiola Gianotti will be the first female director-general of CERN starting on Jan 1, 2016. This is a 5-year position. She was the leader of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) from March 2009 to February 2013. … Continue reading

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Those who walk in darkness shall see a great light

I wanted to share Barbara Cannon’s opening remarks at the Nobel ceremonies. This is one of the most eloquent speeches I have ever heard. She quoted Prophet Isaiah who said “those who walk in darkness shall see a great light.” … Continue reading

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Particle Data Group (PDG)

Image credit Bookmark this link: http://pdglive.lbl.gov/Viewer.action The Particle Data Group is an international collaboration charged with summarizing Particle Physics, as well as related areas of Cosmology and Astrophysics.  

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Why so many fields?

Physicists are making heroic efforts to unify the known forces of the universe but they seem to be too liberal with the number of fields. I believe in the grand idea of “unification” in physics. In the last 150 years … Continue reading

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A recent article at “HuffPost Science” titled “Unparticle in Earth’s Mantle? Physicists Peer Inside Planet in Effort to Confirm New Particle” brought my attention to the subject of “unparticle.” The concept of “unparticle” was proposed by Harvard physicist Howard Giorgi … Continue reading

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The pause that refreshes: CERN LHC 2-year shutdown

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN was shut down on Feb 14, 2013.  LHC will be down for the next two years. This is a pause that refreshes. The entire accelerator chain at CERN will be upgraded during this … Continue reading

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All particles are God particles

Ever since CERN announced the discovery of a new particle behaving like the theorized Higgs boson on July 4th 2012, the phrase “God particle” went viral on the internet. Everyone is talking about the “God particle.” Discovery of the Higgs … Continue reading

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What is Spin?

Spin is one of the fundamental properties of elementary particles. Electron and its antiparticle positron have spin=1/2. Photon which has no antiparticle has spin 1. The elementary particles known as fermions and their antiparticles (constituents of matter) have spin=1/2 and … Continue reading

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Gravity binds us

We know how strong gravity is. Humans built powerful rockets to escape gravity. If gravity was weak we would not have to build such powerful rockets. Black holes are formed when massive stars collapse under their own weight. If gravity … Continue reading

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