Proton Collisions At CERN Have Shown Unexpected Phenomena

Proton Collisions At CERN Have Shown Unexpected Phenomena

Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have observed some unusual events in a very rare type of proton collision. Collisions between protons don’t always create the same particles, and in a small number of cases, they can create a large number of uncommon bits of matter. That’s fertile ground to test theories, and physicists…

Anomalies In LHC Data Hint At Unknown Physics

Anomalies In LHC Data Hint At Unknown Physics

CERN is hard at work testing the very limit of our particle physics theory, the Standard Model, and new data analyses indicate that we are very close to seeing what lies beyond. This week, there was an announcement that the LHCb collaboration saw an anomaly in B0 meson decays. Mesons are particles made of two quarks (unlike protons that are…

Fluid With "Negative Mass" Moves Backwards When Pushed Forwards

Fluid With "Negative Mass" Moves Backwards When Pushed Forwards

Fluids are weird, no matter the context. They never behave like they’re supposed to, the naughty things – and scientists apparently quite like creating newer and quirkier versions of them all the time. To wit, the latest member of the circus is a so-called superfluid that, when pushed, accelerates backwards in the opposite direction. A…

The Large Hadron Collider Is About To Be Switched On Again

The Large Hadron Collider Is About To Be Switched On Again

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is about to be switched on again after a period of hibernation at CERN. The particle accelerator has been switched off since December 2016 while it undergoes routine maintenance, as part of the Extended Year End Technical Stop (EYETS). While it is turned off regularly, this annual shutdown has been…

This Is Why Your Shoelaces Come Untied When You Run

This Is Why Your Shoelaces Come Untied When You Run

We’ve all been there. You’re walking along, when suddenly your shoelaces come untied for some reason. Cue the awkward moment where you’ve got to find a place to stop, bend down, and nonchalantly re-lace them. Well, it turns out there’s actually some science behind the annoyance. In a peculiar but equally fascinating study from the…

Rubidium Doping Leads To New Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Rubidium Doping Leads To New Solar Cell Efficiency Record

If solar cells were Olympic athletes, this is the point where there’d be demands for drug testing. Records are falling so rapidly that, in sport, we’d know competitors had to be doping. In fact, the scientists building the world’s clean energy future are doing just that, but with exotic metals rather than illegal drugs. Professor…