World's Longest Neutrino Beam Will Explore Why the Universe Still Exists

It may not possess the sense of overwhelming grandeur that CERN can muster, but Fermilab's new 500-mile long neutrino experiment is just as ambitious. Leveraging the most powerful accelerator-based neutrino experiment ever built in the United States, researchers hope to unravel subatomic secrets and, through them,… » 10/08/14 11:40am 10/08/14 11:40am

Physicists Want To Know If We're All Actually Living in a Hologram

Although it sounds entirely like something dreamed up in a smoke-filled dorm room, whether the entire universe is hologram is a very serious question—a question that gets at the heart of a fundamental problem in physics. A new experiment starting up at Fermilab just might hold the answer. » 8/26/14 3:05pm 8/26/14 3:05pm

Watch Fermilab's Astoundingly Massive Neutrino Detector Being Built

The Department of Energy's Fermilab is building a gargantuan detector to examine uncharged subatomic neutrinos that can blast through the earth unimpeded. The 14,000-ton detector in Minnesota will capture neutrinos shot from a cannon over 500 miles away. Watch how they build a huge catcher's mitt for subatomic… » 2/01/14 10:00am 2/01/14 10:00am

Fermilab's New Neutrino Cannon Shoots Subterranean Subatomics

Given how rarely neutrinos interact with other elementary particles, they're notoriously difficult to study and consequently, our understanding of these electrically neutral subatomic entities remains rather sketchy. However, the Department of Energy's famed Fermilab in Batavia, IL aims to unlock these particles'… » 9/24/13 11:30am 9/24/13 11:30am

Fermilab Hunts Rare Subatomic Particles With This 50-Foot Electromagnet

Just because Fermilab shut off its famous Tevartron back in 2011 doesn't mean the entire facility closed down with it. In fact, the Chicago-area physics lab is embarking on an auspicious plan to develop some of the world's most powerful proton beam technology by the end of the decade. But first, researchers have to… » 7/29/13 11:30am 7/29/13 11:30am

How Do You Shut Down the Second Most Powerful Particle Accelerator?

The Tevatron shut down yesterday. Before its duties were taken up by the the Large Hadron Collider, it accelerated highly charged particles through 4 miles of electromagnetic coil and vacuum tubes to discover the secrets of the universe. How do you turn a beast like that off? » 10/01/11 4:00pm 10/01/11 4:00pm

Fermilab's Claim of New Subatomic Particle Discredited by Rival Team

Fermilab believed they hit the motherlode this past April after findings from the Tevatron particle accelerator suggested a new subatomic particle was out there. A second, independent group has analyzed that same data and claim there is no new particle. » 6/13/11 7:00pm 6/13/11 7:00pm

Have Scientists Discovered a New Elementary Particle?

Researchers at Fermilab, who run the Tevatron particle accelerator, say they've discovered a new particle "anomaly," leading people to think they may have uncovered a new elementary particle or new force of nature. But those working on the project are playing it safe, merely stating that the data is interesting. » 4/06/11 11:20pm 4/06/11 11:20pm

Watch a 570MP, Dark Energy-Hunting Camera Be Built In Just Four Minutes

This camera weighs four tons. Its shutter and filter are both nearly five feet tall. And its job is to unlock the secrets of our universe's dark energy. Here's how they built it. » 11/12/10 1:00pm 11/12/10 1:00pm

570-Megapixel Digital Camera Is the Mother and the Father of All Cameras

Dark energy Peeping Toms rejoice, because Fermilab has created the gadget to catch it: A $35 million, car-sized digital camera, with 74 CCD sensors in it. It will take 570-megapixel photos of the Universe. » 1/13/10 9:29am 1/13/10 9:29am

Large Hadron Collider "Light" Will Half-End World In November

While we doubt the loud sex is the real reason for CERN's LHC-related woes, we are certain of one thing this morning: The "world-ending" LHC (citation: ill-informed ignoramuses) LHC will restart at half-strength in November. » 8/09/09 10:30am 8/09/09 10:30am

Postponed LHC Restart Could Wrestle "God Particle" Discovery From CERN

Scientists are racing to to discover the Higgs boson particle first. That's right – CERN isn't the only one looking, and its Large Hadron Collider might be upstaged by a U.S. accelerator yet. » 2/18/09 12:05am 2/18/09 12:05am