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Higgs Boson theory earns Nobel for Physics

John Kerr posted in on October 9th, 2013.

The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to the theorists who predicted the Higgs Boson particle 50 years before it was actually confirmed to exist. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was today awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding […]

Nobel Prize for Physics – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on October 10th, 2012.

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Serge Haroche and David J. Winelan. The Laureates independently invented and developed ground-breaking methods for measuring and manipulating individual particles while preserving their quantum-mechanical nature, in ways that were previously thought unattainable. The official Nobel announcement and background on the award winning research can be […]

Russell Brown on the Higgs

John Kerr posted in on July 6th, 2012.

Media commentator Russell Brown reflects on the CERN Higgs announcement on his Hard News blog on the Public Address network. An excerpt (read in full here): Higgs Live! I watched CERN’s webcast of the Higgs Boson announcement last night – not because I claimed to understand the detail of a presentation to what was, after […]

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Experts on speeding neutrino experiment results

Peter Griffin posted in on February 24th, 2012.

From the UK SMC: Prof Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics at the University of Surrey who promised to eat his boxers on live TV if neutrinos were shown to travel faster than light, said: “The OPERA scientists are showing great integrity in announcing these potential faults in their measurements, so let’s wait and see. But […]

CERN results hint at Higgs Boson – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on December 14th, 2011.

In a seminar held at CERN today, physicists presented the latest results of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson – hinting at the possible nature of the elusive particle.  According to the researchers, it’s too early to say whether their experiments have discovered the Higgs boson, but the tentative findings of have been […]

The Higgs Boson – background information

John Kerr posted in on December 14th, 2011.

Our colleagues at the Canadian Science Media Centre have kindly put together the following backgrounder on the Higgs Boson. What is it? The Higgs boson is a hypothesized elementary particle that, if confirmed, would provide the mechanism by which the other elementary particles in the universe have mass. Elementary particles are the smallest fundamental units […]

Speed camera needed for neutrinos?

John Kerr posted in on September 23rd, 2011.

Physicists have said – in a paper and in a seminar at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) – that subatomic particles known as neutrinos can break the the speed of light Albert Einstein held up as a cosmic speed limit 106 years ago.  They said the neutrinos raced from a particle accelerator outside […]

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