Leonardo Silva Brito

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Apollo 11 Mission Audio - Day 8

NASA More Confident Than Ever That We Are Not Alone

Over the past few years, astronomers have become less and less subtle about hiding their enthusiasm for the prospect that some very big discoveries are just around the corner with respect to that ultimate existential question: Are we alone?<p>A few years ago, I attended a panel about NASA’s upcoming …

Two years ago the discovery of the Higgs boson was announced. What's new?

The Large Hadron Collider, in its 27km tunnel under the Franco-Swiss border, has been under maintenance since early 2013. No particles have been colliding, and no new data have been flowing through the high-bandwidth cables spreading across the world ready to feed eager physicists with new …

The man who proved Stephen Hawking wrong

He grew up in grinding poverty and was forever in trouble at school. So how did Leonard Susskind become one of the world’s greatest physicists?<p>The day that Leonard Susskind decided he was not going to follow his father into the family plumbing business, his parents were appalled. “My father was a …

How wide is a Higgs?

The Higgs boson was discovered because it makes a bump. Specifically, when we measured the masses of lots of pairs of photons produced in collisions at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, we found they clustered around the mass of 125 GeV. This is the sign that a new particle, with a mass …

Timelapse video of a microburst

This short timelapse video of a microburst in the desert, with images every 30 seconds, makes you feel nature’s awesome power.<p>The Reno/Sparks area in …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014: the shortlist - in pictures

Celestial Dance by Dr Claus Possberg (Germany). In this spectacular image of the northern lights unfolding over a fjord, in Skjervøy, Troms, Norway, the vibrant colours are produced at various altitudes by different atmospheric gases, with blue light emitted by nitrogen and green by oxygen. Red …