A team of researchers from four American universities says the key to reducing harmful greenhouse gases (GHG) in the short term is more likely to be found on the dinner plate than at the gas ... Read more
Fruit juice has been marketed (and in some cases, recommended by physicians) as a healthy, natural source of vitamins and calcium. Kids like the way it tastes — in fact, children and adolescents continue to ... Read more
Microbial biofilms—dense, sticky mats of bacteria that are hard to treat and can lead to dangerous infections—often form in medical equipment, such as flexible plastic tubing used in catheters or in tubes used to help ... Read more
While studying the underpinnings of multiple sclerosis, investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital came across important clues for how to treat a very different disease: cancer. In a paper published in Science Immunology, a group ... Read more
It appears inevitable that technology is increasingly taking over our lives. However, it seems that it can also help us avoid ageing and age-related disease, in a way that has not been described before. We ... Read more
Deep in the foggy, moss-covered forests of Southern Vietnam, herpetologists uncovered one of the smallest species of horned mountain toads. The name of the new amphibian (Ophryophryne elfina) derives from European mythology and translates to ... Read more
Scientists have made an important step in understanding the organisation of nerve cells embedded within the gut that control its function — a discovery that could give insight into the origin of common gastrointestinal diseases, ... 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 […]
Even in its final days at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” drew sold-out crowds to witness the exhibition’s colorful […] The post Preparing the Hirshhorn’s blockbuster Kusama show: Q&A with curator Mika Yoshitake appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
Two decades ago, the Smithsonian Latino Center began telling the stories of the millions of Latinos who have contributed to the vast ongoing saga of America. Insider spoke with the Center's director about SLC's mission and its plans for the future. The post ¡Feliz aniversario! The Smithsonian Latino Center enters its third decade appeared first […]
If you’ve seen the movie Jurassic Park, you know that amber played a significant role in rebuilding a lost world: A mosquito trapped within its […] The post Resin from shipwreck hints at trade routes and botany of ancient Asia appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
Time-lapse captured at the Hirshhorn Museum of Yayoi Kusama’s The Obliteration Room, on view in “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.” In Yayoi Kusama’s “The Obliteration Room,” […] The post Adding 750,000 dots to The Obliteration Room appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
US Airways Flight 1549 crashed into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. Learn how the events of that day unfolded and what happened to […] The post Where is the Miracle on the Hudson Plane today? appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
In the Victorian era, whimsical seed cards like this one featuring a monocle-wearing carrot man were all the rage, inspiring people not just to buy […] The post A New Kind of Carrot Top appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
Rough, thick oil pigments layered upon the surface of Harvey Dunn’s 1918 painting “The Sentry” amplify the jagged fatigue in the eyes of a solitary […] The post Battlefield artworks offer harsh, intimate window onto the devastation of WWI appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
The United States was in part shaped by the dreams and contributions of immigrants who sought a better life for themselves and their families. Thanks […] The post “Tracing American Journeys” Chronicles Experiences of 17 Immigrant Entrepreneurs appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
For the first time in nearly 140 years, three paintings by the legendary but mysterious Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro (1753–1806) have been reunited at the […] The post Reuniting an Enigmatic Artist’s Paintings appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.