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Explainer: What Is Mass?

When it comes to electrons, Higgs bosons or photons, they don’t have much going for them. They possess spin, charge, mass and … that’s about it. Sometimes they only carry a vanishing amount of some of these features at that. So the mass of a particle is an important property to understand, because it goes […]

New Discovery Could Enable Portable Particle Accelerators

Conventional particle accelerators are typically gigantic machines that occupy a lot of space. Even at more modest energies, such as that used for cancer therapy and medical imaging, accelerators need large rooms to accommodate the required hardware, power supplies and radiation shielding. But a new discovery by physicists at the University of Maryland could hold […]

Particle Colliders Create World’s Tiniest Droplets

A series of experiments conducted recently at two of the most powerful particle colliders in the world—the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC)—addressed the question: How small can a droplet shrink and remain a liquid? Both colliders smash various atomic particles together at nearly the speed of light and have […]