Category Archives: Astrophysics

Exploring the “Higgs Portal”

The Higgs boson is unique. Does it open a door to Dark Matter? All known fundamental particles acquire mass by interacting with the Higgs boson. Actually, more correctly, they interact with a quantum field which is present even in “empty” … Continue reading

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Particle & astro-particle physics annual UK meeting

The annual UK particle physics and astroparticle physics conference was hosted by Imperial this week, and has just finished. Some slightly random highlights.

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A Dark Matter mystery explained?

A paper on the arXiv this morning offers an explanation for an intriguing, long-standing anomalous result from the DAMA experiment. According to our current best model of how the universe hangs together, the Earth orbits the Sun within a galactic … Continue reading

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Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking – review

Back in the Guardian (well, the Observer actually) with a review of Stephen Hawking’s final book . A couple of paragraphs didn’t make the edit; no complaints from me about that, but I put them here mainly for the sake of … Continue reading

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