Category Archives: Particle Physics

Dark Energy, and Matter, Surveys

A quickie, too long for a tweet… If you want to know more about the Guardian’s No.1 big science question , you could do a lot worse than listen to the podcast of my UCL colleagues Ofer Lahav and Chamkaur … Continue reading

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Is there any such thing as “nothing”?

That’s a question I got on twitter just now after the Feynman gig from @elainepixie. I said (broken down into 140 character chunks): One definition of “nothing” is “vacuum”, by which physicists mean “lowest energy state”. That exists. But in … Continue reading

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Should we change the Higgs boson’s name?

I wrote this piece on the blog about Higgs boson naming, and was then asked to write something for g2. This appeared on the web here (not in the usual Life & Physics slot, hence this post so I can … Continue reading

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Ask a grown-up: is there anything smaller than an atom?

And another non-”Life & Physics” article posted here so I can find it. One of the Guardian Weekend “Ask a grown-up” series. Most common response: “You did better than Sir Ranulph Fiennes”…

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Why does the Higgs decay?

Higgs bosons might be being produced at CERN right now, but we can’t keep them. Lily Asquith explains… here.

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My three least favourite quarks

Also at The Guardian. Quarks are what dragged me into this mess. I’ve done about 50 hours work in the last 4 days and have run out of clean cutlery. My fridge contains only an empty tub of hummus and … Continue reading

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My favourite particle: the muon

Post by Mark Lancaster. Also at The Guardian. In 1900, shortly after the electron and radioactivity were discovered, Lord Kelvin famously remarked: “There is nothing new to be discovered in physics. All that remains is more and more precise measurement” … Continue reading

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Told you so…

At The Guardian.

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Rumours of the Higgs at ATLAS

At The Guardian.

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Large Hadron Collider sets world record beam intensity

At The Guardian.

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