The “adventures-in-clean-air” series continues. Big-city life has its advantages and benefits but it also has its drawbacks. So, it is with the last in mind, that there are times when the part of us that ... Read more
I have been waiting for an article like this to be published. It’s finally arrived!! Anecdotal experiences from my very own life has evolved the following pet theory: presence of an antigen during a non-related ... Read more
A newly discovered molecule increases appetite during fasting — and decreases it during gorging. The neuron-exciting protein, named NPGL – apparently aims to maintain body mass at a constant, come feast or famine. An evolutionary ... Read more
Individuals with a slender lower face are about 25 percent more likely to be left-handed. This unexpected finding (abstract) was identified in 13,536 individuals who participated in three national surveys conducted in the United States. ... Read more
Worry — it does a body good. And, the mind as well. A new paper by Kate Sweeny, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, argues there’s an upside to worrying. “Despite its negative ... Read more
Using new gene-editing technology, researchers have rewired mouse stem cells to fight inflammation caused by arthritis and other chronic conditions. Such stem cells, known as SMART cells (Stem cells Modified for Autonomous Regenerative Therapy), develop into ... Read more
The far-flung corners of intergalactic space are lonely places, barren of much else but atoms. In these vast expanses between the galaxies, only atoms — a haze of hydrogen gas left over from the Big ... 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 […]
Many people mistakenly think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated Sept. 16. Cinco de Mayo actually celebrates the Mexican victory […] The post Celebrating the History Behind Cinco de Mayo appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
Fetching close to $1,500 per pound, ivory ranks fourth in black-market traded items just behind illegal drugs, weapons, and humans. Governments across the globe are […] The post New technique may help authorities quickly ID real and fake ivory products appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
It’s the final Sunday of spring break 2017, and at the top of a hilly neighborhood street in the Maryland suburbs, a cluster of teenagers […] The post Rad rides mom and dad used to cruise memory lane at top speed appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
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.