Explaining Particle Accelerators With a Vacuum and 1,000 Foam Balls

If you know what a "Time Projection Chamber" or "Proton Synchrotron Booster" is, you're probably a physicist. And if you can explain them to non-physicists, you're a hero. This complicated glass model attempts to make understanding particle physics a little bit easier—with the help of a vacuum cleaner and 500 feet of… » 7/07/14 4:20pm 7/07/14 4:20pm

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

Particle Accelerators 101: If Only Every College Course Was Animated

Are you still scratching your head over what a particle accelerator like the Large Hadron Collider actually does? Don't feel bad, the LHC is the most complicated piece of scientific equipment mankind has ever built. And unless you're a physicist, you'll probably never understand its intricacies. But if you're… » 4/23/13 10:49am 4/23/13 10:49am

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