BELLA: Building a Table-Top Accelerator

BELLA: Accelerating Science by Accelerating Electrons: Berkeley Lab scientists stunned the world in 2006 when they proved they could accelerate electrons to very high energies (1 GeV, or a billion electron volts) in a distance of centimeters rather than hundreds of meters. Using the same concepts, those scientists plan to take the project to the […]

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Online Seminar: Five Ages of the Universe

Five Ages of the Universe at Fathom (University of Michigan). ‘Travel through time from the moment of the “Big Bang,” before time and space separated, to a dark, starless universe over 10100 years from now when individual atoms can be larger than our galaxy. University of Michigan physicist Fred Adams and NASA astronomer Greg Laughlin […]

Identifying Tumors with Gold Nanoparticles and ScFv Peptides

Gold nanoparticle probes may allow earlier cancer detection. ‘Using tiny gold particles embedded with dyes, researchers have shown that they can identify tumors under the skin of a living animal. These tools may allow doctors to detect and diagnose cancer earlier and less invasively Studded with antibody fragments called ScFv peptides that bind cancer cells, […]

Large Hadron Collider: Cold and Ready for Physics

CERN: LHC completes the circle. ‘At a brief ceremony deep under the French countryside today, CERN Director General Robert Aymar sealed the last interconnect between the main magnet systems in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This is the latest milestone in commissioning the LHC, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC’s superconducting main magnets […]