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  • Capsule reviews of feature films

    ALAN PARTRIDGE 2 1/2 stars. Steve Coogan imports his long-running stock comic character to the U.S. Partridge, a small-town British DJ, is a vainglorious twit. In this thin feature he gets caught up in a siege at his station that goes on far, far too...
  • Scientists hit a diamond with biggest laser in the world: Here's why

    Scientists hit a diamond with biggest laser in the world: Here's why
    Scientists are trying to determine what happens to matter when it is exposed to the immense pressures at the center of gas giant planets and stars. And to help them figure it out, they have hit a tiny sliver of a diamond with the largest laser system on...
  • Studying physics can give wayward teens a cause

    There's a great anecdote one often hears from professional dancers: As a kid, I could never sit still, they'll say. My teacher wanted to put me on Ritalin, but my parents put me in dance class. I think we ought to tell a similar story for a different...
  • Why are 600 brain scientists protesting a huge brain research study?

    You don't often see scientific researchers turning up their noses at nearly a billion and a half dollars in government funding. Still more rarely will the elite of a research field threaten to boycott a huge international project in their field en masse....
  • Fusing physics, cryptography to solve a nuclear inspection paradox

    Fusing physics, cryptography to solve a nuclear inspection paradox
    The solution to ridding nations of nuclear warheads may come from a simple puzzle involving marbles. That, at least, is what lies at the core of a warhead verification protocol designed by a Princeton University team, published this week in the...
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the Higgs boson search in 'Particle Fever'

    A behind-the-scenes look at the Higgs boson search in 'Particle Fever'
    It was the biggest experiment in the history of physics, a $10-billion project to find a subatomic particle called the Higgs boson. An army of scientists and engineers spent nearly 30 years designing and building the Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile...
  • With gold and photons, scientists offer way to turn energy into matter

    God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Then four physicists said, “We have a simple idea for turning that light into matter” – and they may set off a race to demonstrate an idea first proposed 80 years ago....
  • Report champions $1-billion effort to make U.S. a neutrino science hub

    Report champions $1-billion effort to make U.S. a neutrino science hub
    The United States should devote about $1 billion to build a neutrino experiment that would make the country a major center for particle physics on the world stage, according to a panel of experts – a plan that would involve building a high-power...
  • William & Mary students chosen for summer physics program in Europe

    William & Mary students chosen for summer physics program in Europe
    Two students at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg are among 12 U.S. undergraduates chosen for a prestigious summer research program in Europe at the world’s largest particle physics lab. Rachel Hyneman of Springfield, Va., and Will...
  • John Huizenga dies at 92; physicist helped discredit 'cold fusion'

    John Huizenga dies at 92; physicist helped discredit 'cold fusion'
    On Nov. 1, 1952, U.S. scientists detonated the first hydrogen bomb over Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific, introducing a powerful new weapon of war and, in the process, atomizing the rocky island. Air Force planes flying through the debris clouds collected...
  • Watch: Big-bang physicist learns he got it right in emotional video

    Watch: Big-bang physicist learns he got it right in emotional video
    In the video above, you can watch as a physicist learns that his theory of how the universe began was right after all — 30 years after he first proposed it.  His reaction moves from disbelief, to joy, to gratefulness, and I promise it will make...
  • 'Neutrino' author gets a big bang out of a really small thing

     'Neutrino' author gets a big bang out of a really small thing
    Sheldon Cooper, top nerd on "The Big Bang," jokes about neutrinos. So did John Updike in the witty short poem "Cosmic Gall," printed in 1960 in the New Yorker. But Canadian astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana suggests we take them seriously indeed in...