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More Science :: News :: January 21, 2011 :: :: Email :: Print Setting ensembles of solid-state particles into entangled pairs holds promise for quantum computation By John Matson
Fermilab is Building a 'Holometer' to Determine Once and For All Whether Reality Is Just an IllusionA Conceptual Drawing of the 'Holometer' via Symmetry
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More Science :: Nature :: December 14, 2010 :: :: Email :: Print Upgrade likely to be delayed in bid to capture Higgs particle. By Geoff Brumfiel
LEAD, South Dakota — The gold rush glow has long faded from South Dakota, but a different kind of precious material is drawing crowds to the Black Hills. An old mine that produced billions of dollars in gold may be North America's best shot at finding dark matter. Until it closed in 2002, the Homestake Mine , nestled in the town that inspired the HBO drama Deadwood , was the oldest, largest and deepest mine in the western hemisphere.
<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-44220" title="SK raft" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2010/12/SK-raft.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="443" /> A new hypothetical particle could solve two cosmic mysteries at once: what dark matter is made of, and why there’s enough matter for us to exist at all. “We know you have to have these two ingredients to the universe, both atoms and dark matter,” said physicist Kris Sigurdson of the University of British Columbia, coauthor of a paper describing the new particle.
Heavy Ion Collisions as Seen by the ALICE Experiment CERN/ALICE The milestones just keep coming over at the Large Hadron Collider. The latest: CERN researchers have glimpsed for the first time the so-called quark-gluon plasma that existed in the early universe before things cooled enough for neutrons, protons, and all the matter in the universe as we know it to form.
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco giving the keynote speech at the first edition of MIIFED. Photo: Sylvano
LAYING A TRAP: A fish-eye view of the ALPHA experiment at CERN, where anti-atoms have been created and trapped.
Dark Matter Map This is one of the most detailed maps of dark matter ever made.
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Illustration by Mike Pick
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In a mathematically perfect universe, we would be less than dead; we would never have existed. According to the basic precepts of Einsteinian relativity and quantum mechanics, equal amounts of matter and antimatter should have been created in the Big Bang and then immediately annihilated each other in a blaze of lethal energy, leaving a big fat goose egg with which to make stars, galaxies and us. And yet we exist, and physicists (among others) would dearly like to know why.