Feeling heartbroken from a recent breakup? Just believing you’re doing something to help yourself get over your ex can influence brain regions associated with emotional regulation and lessen the perception of pain. That’s the takeaway ... Read more
Using an atomic quantum simulator, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have achieved the first-ever direct observation of chiral currents in the model topological insulator, the 2-D integer quantum Hall system. Topological Insulators ... Read more
When animals hunt or forage for food, they must constantly weigh whether the chance of a meal is worth the risk of being spotted by a predator. The same conflict between cost and benefit is ... Read more
The unpredictable annual flow of the Nile River is legendary, as evidenced by the story of Joseph and the Pharaoh, whose dream foretold seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine in a ... Read more
Social media has greatly changed how all sorts of companies can interact with their audiences and customers. A new study suggests that even brands dedicated to positive social change tend to use social media as ... Read more
Economic progress in many developing countries is often accompanied by increased air pollution and this, in turn, is contributing to higher levels of depression, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health ... Read more
A powerful network of telescopes around the Earth is attempting to create the first image of a black hole, an elusive gravitational sinkhole that Albert Einstein first predicted in 1915. The UChicago-led South Pole Telescope ... Read more
The LHC normally collides protons into each other. If two protons travelling in opposite directions pass very close to one another within CMS or ATLAS, however, photons radiated from each proton can collide and produce new particles. Precision spectrometers situated on either side of CMS experiment, and a similar project taking shape at ATLAS, will […]
Lead ion collisions (F Ronchetti/CERN) Three decades since the first ultra-relativistic collisions were produced at CERN, the field of heavy-ion physics is still a hot topic. High-energy heavy-ion and proton-proton collisions provide a unique system with which to investigate the dynamics of matter in the early universe and to probe fundamental predictions of quantum chromodynamics. […]
(Image: Daniel Dominguez/ CERN) During the past two years there has been a burst of activity in next-to-next-to-leading order (NNLO) calculations to make sure theory keeps up with experiment. Underpinning the prediction of LHC observables are perturbative computations of cross-sections, and NLO corrections have already been calculated for a large class of these processes relevant […]
The 52nd Rencontres de Moriond conference is taking place in La Thuile, Italy, from the 18 March to 1 April. The first week, which ran until 25 March, was devoted to the theme "Electroweak interactions and unified theories", and the second session is based on the theme of “QCD and high energy interaction”. The four main […]
Rickard Ström CLIC test facility (Image: Maximilien Brice/ CERN) This March saw the annual workshop of the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) at CERN, gathering 220 collaborators from over 26 countries to discuss the latest status of the CLIC accelerator and detector studies. Two collaborations exist to study the feasibility of a future electron-positron linear collider […]
Section of the SESAME Main Accelerator Ring (Image credit: Bennett, Sophia Elizabeth/CERN) The latest issue of Accelerating News has been published and is now available to read online. In this issue: CESSAMag delivering impact – Completed at the end of 2016, the CESSAMag fulfilled all of its objectives. Accelerator Fault Tracking at CERN – AFT […]
Katarina Anthony Determination of the relative strange-to-light quark fraction (Rs). Bands: Present result and its uncertainty contributions from experimental data, QCD fit, and theoretical uncertainties. (Image: ATLAS Collaboration/CERN) New precision measurements of the W and Z boson cross sections show the proton contains more strange quarks than previously believed. The protons collided by the LHC […]
The latest issue of Accelerating News is now online and available to read. In this issue: A year of success for HL-LHC - The HL-LHC project achieved several important milestones in 2016. Moedas on SESAME and science diplomacy - EU Commissioner for R&I on SESAME as a model for science diplomacy. LINAC4 reaches target energy of 160 MeV - CERN's […]
a clear enhancement around the Bc+ mass in the D0 and K meson invariant mass spectrum. The contribution of the Bc+→D0K+ decay, shown as the red Gaussian distribution, is observed with a statistical significance of 5.1σ (Image: CERN) The LHCb collaboration presented several new results at the 9th International Workshop on the CKM Unitarity Triangle (CKM2016), which took place last week […]
Virginia Greco Participants to the CERN-hosted Design Characteristics of a Novel Linear Accelerator for Challenging Environments workshop, held on 7-8 November 2016. On 7-8 November 2016, CERN hosted a workshop on the Design Characteristics of a Novel Linear Accelerator for Challenging Environments. At this event, 70 experts in various fields relating to radiotherapy for cancer […]
Asian elephants are critically endangered and their habitat in the wild is rapidly disappearing, but Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists are working to make sure […] The post Earth Optimism: Elephants appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
Is it foolish to be optimistic about our environment and its future prospects? Every day, we hear dire warnings about the health of the planet […] The post The Argument for Environmental Optimism: Opinion by Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
The Panamanian golden frog is critically endangered and may be functionally extinct in the wild. While the global amphibian crisis is the result […] The post Saving the Panamanian Golden Frog appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
This Earth Day weekend in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian is convening the first Earth Optimism Summit. The three-day event, taking place April 21–23, will look […] The post Earth Optimism: Smithsonian’s “Agua Salud” Project restores degraded land with forest appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
Extinct in the wild for more than 35 years, scimitar-horned oryx are back in their native habitat thanks to international collaboration and the power of […] The post Earth Optimism: Oryx appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
The Smithsonian is celebrating Earth Day this month by hosting the first Earth Optimism Summit from April 21 to 23 in Washington, D.C. Its goal […] The post The Smithsonian’s history is right in line with Earth Optimism appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
Whales from both poles migrate long distances to breed in tropical waters. Smithsonian scientist Hector M. Guzman and Fernando Félix at the Salinas Whale Museum […] The post Whale tagging in Southeast Pacific provides data for species protection appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
Orchids make up 10 percent of the world’s plant species; more than 50 percent of native orchids in North America are listed as threatened or […] The post Orchids and Fungus: A Conservation Connection appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
Photographer Ashley Gilbertson first saw Cpl. Kirk Bosselmann as the archetypal U.S. Marine. “In Fallujah, he was this tobacco-chewin’ hard-ass Marine, scout sniper, the whole […] The post An unflinching gaze into the human face of battle at the National Portrait Gallery appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
Smithsonian scientists have discovered two new gecko species—the Lenya banded bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus lenya) and Tenasserim Mountain bent-toed gecko (C. payarhtanesnsis)—in the little-studied lowland forests […] The post Smithsonian Scientists Discover Two New Gecko Species in Vanishing Myanmar Rainforest appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.