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Microscope: Higgs boson News

by Mike, 26 September 2013 | 0 comments

A table of the standard model in particle physics.

Welcome to Double Helix magazine’s Q&A section – Microscope. We take a close look at small questions full of big ideas. Q: I would like to know how a Higgs boson gives other particles their mass?

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Atoms go pear-shaped News

by Pat, 30 August 2013 | 0 comments

Diagram showing pear-shaped nucleus.

Atoms – we know that they’re small. But what do they actually look like? Recent experiments suggest that some atoms have a surprising shape. To understand what an atom might look like, we need to know what they’re made of.

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Too many positrons News

by Pat, 19 April 2013 | 0 comments

Image of a supernova remnant taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

You might not feel it, but it’s always raining – not raindrops, but cosmic rays. These high-energy particles from outer space could contain clues to some of the mysteries of the Universe.

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Quantum waving Activity

by Mike, 21 November 2012 | 0 comments

A plastic container between two chairs with a torch shining up beneath the container.

Have you ever wondered what quantum physics was all about? Grab a tray of water and learn a bit about the strangest science of the twentieth century!

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Finding the Higgs boson News

by David, 11 September 2012 | 0 comments

two pieces of scientific equipment, each with an explosion inside.

A few months ago, scientists from the Large Hadron Collider announced they had found a new particle, one that could be the Higgs boson. The Higgs particle is thought to have properties explaining how other particles have mass. But the first signs of this new particle were detected over a year ago.

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Fermions, bosons and Higgs – oh my! News

by Pat, 13 July 2012 | 0 comments

Diagram representing the subatomic collisions that may have revealed the existence of the Higgs Boson.

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have confirmed the discovery of a particle with properties that match those of the Higgs boson. The announcement has created a lot of excitement – why all the fuss?

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