Matt Koopmans

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Progress report from CERN

I made it back from CERN last night, despite the “problem with radar” over London, as the attendant in the Swiss lounge had it. (It turns out a computer failed rather than the radar itself.) I was lucky - some of my colleagues had flights cancelled, and were rebooked for this morning.<p>Much of the …

Scientists Raise Doubts About Higgs Boson Discovery, Say It Could Be Another Particle

Was all the Higgs hoopla a bit premature?<p>In a new paper that has raised eyebrows around the world, an international team of scientists says there is no proof that the particle whose discovery was confirmed last year by physicists at CERN is the long-sought Higgs boson.<p>"The CERN data is generally …

Astronomers May Have Detected The First Direct Evidence of Dark Matter

Scientists in the UK may have finally found direct evidence for dark matter pouring out of our Sun.<p>Dark matter is an invisible mass of unknown …

Optimism Is the Enemy of Action

Positive thinking can hinder more than it helps by zapping people's motivation to work toward their goals.<p>It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when positive thinking became the star of the self-help industry. The idea of optimism is older than America itself (some accounts date it back to ancient Greece), …

Why We Will Never Build a Nuclear Fusion Reactor As Good As The Sun

Combine two hydrogen atoms with one oxygen and you get water, the catalyst for life. But combine four hydrogen atoms and you get a burst of energy that can destroy entire islands and did on Nov. 1, 1952. That day the US tested the first hydrogen bomb on the now-nonexistent Pacific island, Elugelab. …

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Digital Dark Matter: The Unseen Forces That Influence Innovation

<i>Editor’s note: Christian Cantrell is a software developer and science fiction writer. He has written two novels and several short stories, and his third novel will be out early next year.</i><p>Around AD 150, the Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemy compiled a model of the universe that accurately …

Researchers discover a way to tease oxygen molecules from carbon dioxide

(Phys.org) —A small team of researchers with the University of California has found a way break apart carbon dioxide molecules and get carbon atoms …

Oxygen absorbing material may allow us to breathe underwater

Using specially synthesized crystalline materials, scientists from the University of Southern Denmark have created a substance that is able to absorb …

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Newly discovered particle is both matter and antimatter at the same time

You probably think of matter and antimatter as mortal enemies, since their equivalent particles (such as protons and antiprotons) normally destroy each other on contact. However, there are now hints that the two might get along just fine in the right circumstances. Researchers claim to have …