The end of supersymmetry?

Supersymmetry is the periodic table of particles, predicting how quarks, leptons, and force particles could come together to form new pieces of the universe. Those magnet-loving experimentalists over at the Large Hadron Collider have been hard at work smashing atoms to see if they can find the elusive predicted… » 3/06/14 3:38pm 3/06/14 3:38pm

Yes, electrons are perfectly round -- and that's a problem

Bad news, everyone! New measurements show that electrons are perfectly round. This is a problem because it means something's still seriously wrong with a critical theory that's supposed to tell us why the universe exists. » 12/20/13 4:00pm 12/20/13 4:00pm

This physics grad student made a mind-blowing Bohemian Rhapsody cover

Question: What do you get when you mix a cappella, sock puppets, string theory and Queen? Answer: The geekiest (and astonishingly good, musically speaking) cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody" EVAR. Easily the greatest physics-themed cover of the classic we've ever heard. Seriously. The thing's a masterpiece. » 9/17/13 9:20am 9/17/13 9:20am

What's so super about Supersymmetry?

The headline discovery out of the LHC was, of course, the Higgs Boson. But the LHC is no one-trick pony. The search is on to find hints of Supersymmetry. What's that, you ask? In this week's column, we'll find out. » 9/28/12 8:00am 9/28/12 8:00am

What do electrons look like? Now we know.

If you've ever looked at a model of the atom, you'd probably guess that electrons are spherical. But these elementary particles are actually slightly egg-shaped...and proving that could mean trouble for one particular model of subatomic physics. » 5/25/11 5:30pm 5/25/11 5:30pm

The Large Hadron Collider may soon prove supersymmetry theory is wrong

Supersymmetry holds that all the subatomic particles we know have counterparts that are almost exactly the same, only much, much heavier. But the Large Hadron Collider hasn't found any supersymmetric particles yet, and they're running out of places to hide. Will we have to come up with a new model for subatomics? » 3/01/11 4:00pm 3/01/11 4:00pm

The Undiscovered Particles on the Edge of Known Physics

Yesterday, we presented a comprehensive guide to the world of subatomic particles, exploring all the known elementary and composite particles. But now it's time to put certainty to one side and explore the wild, mind-bending world of undiscovered particles. » 9/17/10 4:00pm 9/17/10 4:00pm