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A compilation of reliable sources discussing the various discoveries of modern physics
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Symmetry Magazine

Symmetry Magazine | Modern Physics | Scoop.it

This is a magazine all about science and particle physics. It contains lots of up-to-date articles about recent advances and projects in particle physics. The most recent issue includes details on many large-scale physics projects. 

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In Brookhaven Collider, Briefly Breaking a Law of Nature - NYTimes.com

This article discusses a remarkable experiment in a particle accelerator in which, upon slamming particles together with sufficient force, scientists managed to separate protons and neutrons into their component quarks and gluons, resulting in a "quark-gluon plasma." As if this was not enough of a breakthrough, the operators of the accelerator also discovered that the behavior of the quarks was asymmetrial. In other words, the behavior of the quarks distinguished between right and left. 

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CERN - Missing Higgs

CERN - Missing Higgs | Modern Physics | Scoop.it

This article describes one of the great dilemas of particle physics: the Higgs Boson. This is a supposed energy-particle (like a photon) that gives mass to particles. The idea is that particles that interact strongly with a "Higgs field" (Higgs boson is to Higgs field as photon is to electromagnetic field) have lots of mass and particles that interact weakly with the Higgs field have little or no mass. 

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Quantum Physics

This is a relatively (no pun intended) brief article about the origins and basic concepts of Quantum Mechanics, describing fundamental concepts like photons, the planck constant, wave-particle duality, and the Uncertainty Principle. (This article requires a subscription to GALE Science in Context to view.)

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A matter of live and dead cats - Vancouver Sun

This article discusses the strange and amazing discoveries and implications of Quantum Theory, such as the "Shrödinger's Cat" dilema, the possiblity of reality splitting into multiple universes due to random events, and particles in superpositions. 

 

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Analyzing CERN's Neutrinos

Here is a write up on an experiment by a university testing to see if the results of CERN's neutrino experiment (that neutrinos can exceed the speed of light). It's a bit dense...

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CERN Test 'breaks light speed again'

CERN Test 'breaks light speed again' | Modern Physics | Scoop.it

A widely publicized experiment by CERN recently concluded that neutrinos involved in the experiment had travelled faster than the speed of light, in violation of the Theories of Relativity. This result was controversial, and widely dismissed as an equimpent error, so a refined version of the experiment was performed again. Surprisingly, it found the same result, calling into serious question the Theories of Relativity. Read this article for more information. 

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Gravitons

This is an in-depth article about gravitons, a type of quantum particle that may exist, but cannot be directly observed. Much the same way that light and other forms of electomagnetic waves are composed of photons, it is hypothesized that gravity is composed of gravitons. This article also discusses other aspects of particle physics, such as intrinsic spin and the quantum theory of gravity (more accurately, the fact that there isn't one). (This article requires a subscription to GALE Science in Context to view.)

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NASA - NASA Technology

NASA - NASA Technology | Modern Physics | Scoop.it

This is a page full of NASA's latest technological innovations such as testing components in thermal vacuums and using lasers to move objects. 

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CERN - the European Organization for Nuclear Research

CERN - the European Organization for Nuclear Research | Modern Physics | Scoop.it

CERN conducts research on various aspects of particle physics using such devices as particle accelerators and colliders. CERN is the largest physics research lab in the world, and is also the birthplace of the internet. 

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