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The Experiments Most Likely to Shake Up the Future of Physics | WIRED

The current era of particle physics is over. When scientists at CERN announced last July that they had found the Higgs boson – which is responsible …

From fertiliser to Zyklon B: 100 years of the scientific discovery that brought life and death

Several hundred scientists from across the globe will gather in Ludwigshafen, Germany, next week to discuss a simple topic: "A hundred years of the synthesis of ammonia." As titles go, it is scarcely a grabber. Yet the subject could hardly be of greater importance, for the gathering on 11 November …

Element of the week: darmstadtium

We're getting close to the end of the chemical elements, my peeps! Are you excited? Are you wondering what I plan to do next? Do you have suggestions for what you wish me to next focus upon?<p>This week, we meet the element darmstadtium, which has the atomic symbol, <b>Ds</b>, and the atomic number <b>110</b>. …

Watch the November 3 total solar eclipse online

Relatively few people got to see the totality – when moon covered the sun completely – in the solar eclipse of Sunday, November 3. But there were …

Einstein's Real Breakthrough? Quantum Theory

In <i>Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian</i>, theoretical physicist A. Douglas Stone writes that whereas Einstein is best known for his theory of relativity, his truly revolutionary idea was the development of quantum theory — an idea that escaped many of the age's most brilliant …

Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …

Element of the week: meitnerium

This week's element is meitnerium, which has the atomic symbol, <b>Mt</b>, and the atomic number, <b>109</b>. This element is named in honour of physicist and mathematician Lise Meitner who correctly explained an experiment where uranium underwent nuclear fission to produce other, smaller, elements. For rational …

The most distant galaxy yet

It’s the most distant, and therefore the earliest, yet discovered. It’s seen as it was just 700 million years after the Big Bang.<p>University of Texas …