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September 24, 2015
The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory — or Fermilab — announced that a 680-ton superconducting magnet is secure in its new home and nearly ready for a new era of discovery in particle physics. This achievement follows the delicate, 3,200-mile... Read more
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June 4, 2015
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European research facility, on June 2 started recording data from the highest-energy particle collisions ever achieved on Earth. Its operators announced they had achieved “stable beams,” or trains of proton... Read more
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May 28, 2015
A team led by David Cobden at the University of Washington have conducted the most precise and controlled measurements yet of the interaction between the atoms and molecules that comprise air and the type of carbon surface used in battery electrodes... Read more
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April 29, 2015
University of Washington physicists are part of a team that made a step forward in their efforts to pin down the mass of a neutrino, an elusive subatomic particle that played a role in the formation of the universe. A paper published this month in... Read more
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April 10, 2015
One of the longest-running and weirdest examples of a crowdfunded scientific experiment is finally reaching the end of the road, and the results will come as a disappointment to anyone who wishes the "Back to the Future" movies could really happen:... Read more
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March 26, 2015
UW Physics Associate Professor Xiaodong Xu and collaborators have built a new nanometer-sized laser — using the thinnest semiconductor available today — that is energy efficient, easy to build and compatible with existing electronics. Read more
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November 20, 2014
As you might guess from the name, dark matter is quite elusive. Its particles make up about one-quarter of the mass of the universe and as much as 85 percent of all matter. But it apparently does not interact with light or other matter and so it’s... Read more
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October 13, 2014
Do you ever wonder about the meaning of life, and in particular your life? Well, of course you do, but maybe you should ease up on the angst. There are academics who say you don't have a life. You're just an app. This disconcerting idea has been... Read more
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September 2, 2014
Scientists have developed what they believe is the thinnest-possible semiconductor, a new class of nanoscale materials made in sheets only three atoms thick. The University of Washington researchers have demonstrated that two of these single-layer... Read more
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August 8, 2014
The Atlas particle detector at the Large Hadron Collider has become pretty famous in the last few years, since it helped lead physicists to finally discover an important subatomic particle. So some University of Washington students got the idea of... Read more