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First ever acceleration of electrons in a proton-driven plasma wave

Turning out to be a busy August in physics. This breakthrough was just published in Nature: Nature news and the paper itself (open access, hurrah!). Really nice, extensive summary from CERN by Achintya Rao As you can see from the Nature News … Continue reading

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First measurement of the Lyman-alpha lines of anti-hydrogen

The ALPHA experiment (no relation) at the CERN antiproton decelerator has just published the first measurement of the Lyman-alpha lines of anti-hydrogen (a positron bound to an antiproton)¹.  There is an excellent summary of the measurement here, written by Ana … Continue reading

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Inside the Rad Lab

Review of Michael Hiltzik’s Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention That Launched the Military-Industrial Complex in Nature.  

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Has physics cried wolf too often, or do false alarms help build understanding?

Mistakes are embarrassing, and getting over-excited about a statistical anomaly is silly. But these things happen, and the answer to building public confidence in science is not to pretend that they don’t Last week I wrote about a possible signal … Continue reading

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