Atomic and Molecular Physics News
Astronaut Scott Kelly Completes His First Space Walk
Mission accomplished. Commander Scott Kelly and his American co-worker, Dr. Kjell Lindgren, completed their first-ever space walk today lasting seven hours and 16 minutes as they completed a series of upgrades to the outside of the International Space Station, NASA officials said. First up was the
Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded for Theories on Mass, Tied to Higgs Boson
François Englert and Peter Higgs Clinch Prize for Theories on Why Particles Have Mass
Antimatter: Next Holy Grail for Physics
The apparent discovery of the Higgs boson was hailed as a historic milestone, but for particle physicists it mainly marks the beginning of a new search. Rival teams at CERN in Switzerland are trying to decipher the secrets of antimatter. If they succeed, the laws of physics will have to be
First Photo on Internet Marks 20-Year Anniversary
First Photo to Be Uploaded to Internet Was of Amateur Singing Group in 1992
Stephen Hawking Makes a Big Bang
Stephen Hawking, the British physicist, has had plenty to say about the big bang theory, which made him a natural for “The Big Bang Theory.” The TV sitcom, not the beginning of the universe. If you missed Thursday night’s episode, CBS has posted the full...
Higgs Boson: Rumors Erupt of 'God Particle' Announcement
This could be the announcement we've all been waiting for. As soon as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) revved up its supercooled electromagnets in 2008 -- which promptly "quenched" (read: broke down in a very expensive way) and then restarted the following year -- it's been the one piece of news the
Space exploration priority, NASA chief says
The United States will continue to lead in space exploration despite the end of the space shuttle program, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said Friday during an appearance at the National Press Club. The space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch for the last time July 8. After that U.S.
Endeavour crew hooks up $2 billion cosmic ray detector
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. —The International Space Station's signature science experiment, a $2 billion particle physics detector, is securely attached to the outpost. Endeavour astronauts Thursday morning lifted the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer from the shuttle's payload bay and attached it to the
Friday shuttle launch drawing sky-high interest
The nation's eyes are on the space shuttle launch Friday as gravely injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords sends her strapping astronaut husband Mark Kelly into space. This next-to-last shuttle flight, unremarkable but for an endearing love story of a congresswoman and an astronaut, is drawing
Who Owns the Sun? Spanish Woman Lays Claim
If you're in your car late at night, you may happen upon a radio commercial for the "International Star Registry," an Illinois operation that allows you to "name a star" in the sky for a loved one's birthday, Valentine's Day,...