- University awarded $18 million for integrated pest management program in developing countries
Virginia Tech has won a new $18 million grant for a program working to raise the standard of living of people around the world through environmentally sound agricultural practices.
- Speckled beetle key to saving crops in Ethiopia
An invasive weed poses a serious and frightening threat to farming families in Ethiopia, but scientists from a Virginia Tech-led program have unleashed a new weapon in the fight against hunger: a tiny, speckled beetle.
- Invasion of the tomato leaf-miner
A tiny invasive moth wreaks havoc on tomato crops.
- The purest of them all
Americans like water that tastes like their own spit.
- Smelling the rain
From childhood to adulthood, the smell of rain evokes memories and holds familiar sensations.
- My portfolio of alter studies
- The science of science writing
- Morning pears with a book louse
- Apple cider storytelling
- New beginnings
- A grand gathering of daddy longlegs
- A spider de-vilified
- Remembering Rougemont apple trees
- With gentleness
- Buried Treasure: Virginia Tech Programs Collaborate to Improve Potato Production in Ecuador
Working high in the Andes, Virginia Tech scientists, in partnership with Ecuadorian researchers, are helping farmers grow potato in the face of threats from climate change, erosion, and invasive species while better protecting natural resources.
Symmetry is an online magazine about particle physics and its connections to other aspects of life and science, from interdisciplinary collaborations to policy to culture. It is published by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, both national laboratories funded by the Office of Science of the US Department of Energy.
- The hunt for microscopic black holes
Finding micro black holes at the LHC would alert scientists to the existence of extra dimensions, which might explain why gravity seems so weak.
- Future LHC super-magnets pass muster
Scientists in the US LHC Accelerator Research Program have successfully tested superconducting magnets needed to increase LHC collisions tenfold.
- The march of the penguin diagrams
More than 30 years ago, a physicist honored a bet by naming a particle decay diagram after an aquatic bird.
- Three Decades of the Z
Thirty years ago this month, CERN scientists announced the discovery of the Z boson, an elusive elementary particle that transmits the weak force.
- A banner day at the LHC
An artist honors the people and science of the CMS collaboration.
- Smallest lab-made drop of liquid might cause strange particle behavior
A new result from the CMS collaboration takes a step toward revealing the origin of the mysterious ‘ridge effect.’
- Strange beauty particle decays boost matter
Physicists from the LHCb collaboration have observed CP violation in the decay of a particle made of beauty and strange quarks.
- CERN offers UN advice on bringing women into physics
In CERN’s first opportunity to engage directly with a UN organization since it gained observer status, grad students suggested ways to improve the situation of women in science.
- Research with flair at FameLab 2013
Young scientists present their research in three entertaining minutes at this year’s Swiss semifinal round of Famelab 2013, hosted by CERN.
- LHCb studies particles tipping matter-antimatter scales
The LHCb experiment at CERN reports precise new measurements—but leaves open the question of why our matter-dominated universe exists.
- Achievement Unlocked: 100 Petabytes of Data
The Large Hadron Collider goes into Long Shutdown just after reaching a significant milestone: 100 petabytes of generated data.
At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.
- Atomic flashback: A century of the Bohr model
In July 1913, Niels Bohr published the first of a series of three papers introducing his model of the atom
- Artist turns physicists into particles
Physicists at CERN took a foray into the visual and performance arts by personifying the very particles they research.
- LHC consolidations: A step-by-step guide
Watch the videos!
- Still making tracks: Eighty years of the positron
On 15 March 1933, the journal Physical Review published a paper announcing the discovery of the positron.
- Students teach at inverted school of computing
CERN School of Computing switches things up.
- Storing antimatter
How physicists at CERN store antimatter long enough to study.
- Colliders unite: Linear colliders in new partnership
The Linear Collider Collaboration announces a new partnership between two studies for next-generation particle colliders.
“100 Gallons,” a multimedia journalistic endeavor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explores how our most critical resource goes far beyond traditional power. More than fossil fuels, commerce or industry, water powers life. Content gathering for this project adheres to strict journalistic principles. Even for our centerpiece video, which takes a creative look at our everyday water usage, we photographed real people and real moments. The experimental element of “100 Gallons” is taking that creative concept presentation and using it as an interface to engage the user in an immersive exploration with a single click.
- Beyond the pale blue dot
The search for life beyond our planet is also the search for the most universal power source — water.
- Tracking water
Few of us know much about water before it comes into our daily lives and after it leaves. This Q&A with hydrologists, water quality experts, water researchers and investigative journalists provides some answers.
- Giving way
In the shadow of the Olympic Mountains, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe celebrated the long-awaited release of the river they call home.
- Dry promises
Residents of an Austin, Texas, suburb have all the modern conveniences — except one: running water.
- Collecting cloud juice cross country
Most states don’t have any statutes or regulations when it comes to collecting or harvesting rainwater. For the areas that do have something to say, the law varies from city to city.
- You’ll see stars
The Skynet robotic telescope network based at UNC-Chapel Hill can change to future of astronomic research; it’s open to anyone with the internet and the interest.
Reese Felts Digital Newsroom
- Robotics could revolutionize astronomy
Astronomy has traditionally been one of the least accessible sciences — quality research requires remote locations and even the simplest equipment is expensive. Skynet offers researchers, students and members of the public a way to bypass these hurdles.
- The snatch, grab and gone of shoplifting
Showing that shoplifting can occur anywhere, two shoplifters evaded arrest at Weaver Street Market in Hillsborough in late September.
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- ASU Dark Sky Observatory – A different kind of nightlife
While most college students prepare for illicit nighttime activities, my lab partner and I are driving down a dirt road in the middle of Ashe County along the Blue Ridge parkway towards the Dark Sky Observat