Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Anticipation began building two weeks ago, after NPR quoted Mars rover Curiosity mission chief scientist John Grotzinger as saying that the rover had recently gathered data "for the history books." Was the anticipation worth it? Is there really new information that will go down in history? Denton Ebel knows a lot about the solar system, meteorites and outer space in general. He’s chair of the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Physical Sciences.
Monday, December 03, 2012
In this 1954 talk, J. Robert Oppenheimer surmises that today's pressing questions "will be transmuted before they are answered" and that "the very process of discovery will shatter the concepts that we today use to describe our puzzlement."
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Caltech physicist Sean Carroll explains the greatest scientific achievement of our time—finding the Higgs boson, the key to understanding why mass exists. In The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World, he not only explains the importance of the Higgs boson but also the Large Hadron Collider project itself.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
It was announced this morning that this year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics are Serge Haroche and David Wineland "for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems."
Monday, September 10, 2012
"Hey kids," said physicist Tadashi Tokieda, "Wanna see a magic trick?" He pulled out a Slinky and did something that amazed the kids, & their dad Steve Strogatz. Steve, along with Neil deGrasse Tyson, explains what the gravity-defying Slinky trick reveals about the nature of all things great and small (including us).
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Lisa Randall, Professor of Physics at Harvard University, and author of Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World and Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions, talks about the new discoveries in field of physics, including new evidence for the existence of the Higgs boson. She’ll explain what it is and why it matters. Her most recent book is the Kindle Single Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Early this month, researchers at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, announced that they found convincing evidence of a new particle called the Higgs boson. Sometimes called the “god particle,” the Higgs boson gives mass to the elementary particles that make up the universe. Brian Greene, Professor of Mathematics and Physics and author of The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, and Kyle Cranmer, Assistant Professor of Physics at New York University, help us decipher what the Higgs is and why it matters, and explain how the Large Hadron Collider works.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Jim Holt, essayist, critic, and author of Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story, discusses his new book, which investigates the age-old mystery of why is there something rather nothing.
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Scientists reporting from the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland say they have discovered a new particle consistent with the Higgs Boson. The particle has been the subject of a 45 year hunt to explain how matter attains its mass.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
On Wednesday, scientists from the CERN lab in Switzerland will announce the latest evidence about the existence of Higgs Boson particle, otherwise known as the "God particle." Dr. Michio Kaku discusses the basics of the Higgs Boson particle and what makes Wednesday's announcement so significant.
Monday, June 11, 2012
The physics journal Physical Review A has recently published a paper whose lead author is only 18-years-old. Ari Dyckovsky recently graduated from high-school, but his recent work on quantum entanglement may set the stage for the next generation of quantum computers.
Thursday, May 31, 2012