Season 2 at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has officially begun, following the 3rd June 2015 announcement of ‘stable beams’.
A career in science can take you to some of the strangest places. A mountain top in the middle of the Atacama desert, perhaps, or down the deepest mine in Britain…. But the Chelsea Flower Show?
In October 2013 a team of researchers at the UK’s leading exoplanet detection program, WASP (the Wide Angle Search for Planets), found 11 new exoplanets - sending the tally over a thousand. SuperWASP uses two robotic observatories (one based on La Palma in the Canary Islands, the other in South Africa), operating continuously, to examine both hemispheres of the sky.
100 years ago (8 April 1911) the phenomenon of superconductivity was first observed by Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes at the Leiden Cryogenics Laboratory in the Netherlands. Since this discovery, superconductivity has become the underpinning technology for many of the world's most important international science experiments, with STFC instrumental in the developments.
A momentous event took place in November 2014, when a team of European scientists and engineers succeeded in performing the first controlled ‘touch down’ on a comet. At the time, comet 67P was 300 million miles away, and not visible from Earth. Signals to and from the Rosetta spacecraft were subject to a 25 minute delay.
Neat…orderly…beautiful even – the theory of ‘supersymmetry’, or SUSY for short, is a scientist’s dream. It tidies up many loose ends left by the so-called Standard Model of particle physics.
Call it Nature’s perfect practical joke. Call it the ultimate riddle posed by particle physics. Whichever way you look at it – if you could actually look at it – so-called ‘dark matter’ is a real cosmic enigma.
4th July 2012 was a day to go down in the history of science. Before the eyes of the world, Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Science (CERN), announced the discovery of the Higgs boson.
On 12th November 2014, ESA received confirmation that Rosetta’s Philae lander had successfully landed on comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko (often referred to simply as 67P, CG or Chury). The beginning of Philae’s up-close-and-personal science projects on the comet is the latest important milestone in Rosetta’s 12 year, deep space journey.
The world will be watching closely as scientists and engineers try something that hasn’t been done before – a controlled ‘touch down’ on a comet.