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Carlo Rubbia giving a lecture with a colorful PowerPoint slide on the screen behind him.
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A Call for Courage as Physicists Confront Collider Dilemma

August 7, 2019

Carlo Rubbia, leader of the bold collider experiment that in 1983 discovered the W and Z bosons, thinks particle physicists should now smash muons together in an innovative “Higgs factory.”

Sau Lan Wu at CERN, 2018
Q&A

Three Major Physics Discoveries and Counting

July 18, 2018

Sau Lan Wu spent decades working to establish the Standard Model of particle physics. Now she’s searching for what lies beyond it.

Particle trails
particle physics

How the Hidden Higgs Could Reveal Our Universe’s Dark Sector

September 26, 2017

The universe has not cooperated with physicists’ hopes. In desperation, many are looking for new ways to search for surprises at the Large Hadron Collider.

LHC Collision Events - Visualization
Abstractions blog

The Math That’s Too Difficult for Physics

November 18, 2016

How do physicists reconstruct what really happened in a particle collision? Through calculations that are so challenging that, in some cases, they simply can’t be done. Yet.

Signatories of a bet placed in 2011.
Abstractions blog

Supersymmetry Bet Settled With Cognac

August 22, 2016

The absence of supersymmetry particles at the Large Hadron Collider has settled a 16-year-old bet among physicists.

particle physics

What No New Particles Means for Physics

August 9, 2016

Physicists are confronting their “nightmare scenario.” What does the absence of new particles suggest about how nature works?

Physics

A New Theory to Explain the Higgs Mass

May 27, 2015

Three physicists have proposed a new solution to one of the deepest mysteries in particle physics: why the Higgs boson has such a tiny mass.

particle physics

‘Penguin’ Anomaly Hints at Missing Particles

March 20, 2015

A statistical anomaly in the signal from rare particle decays at the Large Hadron Collider offers hope that new discoveries might be around the corner.

LHC tunnel
supersymmetry

As Supersymmetry Fails Tests, Physicists Seek New Ideas

November 20, 2012

As the elegant theory of supersymmetry continues to fail experimental tests, physicists debate whether to change course and what the future holds for particle physics.