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Spring Break at CERN

A few weeks ago I had a trip planned to CERN. An unexpected root canal the day before my flight forced me to scrap that trip (to be accurate, it was half a root canal – the second half had … Continue reading Continue reading

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Lost Tales: The Sound of the Computing

On display: the heart of CERN computing. CERN alone cannot house all of the computer power needed to analyze LHC data. They DO house a tremendous amount of computing power, however. Some of that is on display at CERN, in … Continue reading Continue reading

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Lost Tales: My Data Lies Over the Ocean

Author’s Note: I started writing this weeks ago – mid-January – when I was actually on this trip to CERN. Only now have I found the time to polish it up and post it. Welcome to . . . LOST … Continue reading Continue reading

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Charmed, I’m sure!

There are many sides to being a physicist, some of them are good, and some bad. Recently I’ve had the chance to experience the three best reasons to be a research physicist, and they are discovery, collaboration and travel. Recently, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Bump hunting

Every now and then physics experiments surprise us with something unexpected. Today, CMS, a competing experiment, announced such a result [1], a “bump” in their distributions. Bumps are very exciting in particle physics, because they are usually easy to identify, … Continue reading Continue reading

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People DO read blogs

Just in case you needed evidence that blogging has more than just a communicative payoff, check out the August edition of “Symmetry Magazine.” It features three of our young physicists – Rozmin Daya, Tingting Cao, and Aidan Randle-Conde – showing … Continue reading Continue reading

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The life of Nicola Cabibbo

Nicola Cabibbo [1] The CERN flags flying at half mast in honor of Cabibbo. Earlier this week, Nicola Cabibbo passed away. The flags at CERN were lowered to half mast. Around the world people were discussing this man’s life and … Continue reading Continue reading

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Beautiful physics

Every now and then one of the many graphs that we make on a daily basis turns out to look very beautiful. Unfortunately the way images are rendered on the internet detracts from the beauty of the following image, but … Continue reading Continue reading

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High-Performance Computing

The success of the ATLAS Experiment will be defined by more than just the dedicated physicists who pursue research at this highest-energy frontier. It will be defined as well by the reliability and scalability of our computer systems. These massive … Continue reading Continue reading

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News from ICHEP

This past week has seen a thousand physicists meet at Paris for the International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP), widely regarded as the most prestigious high energy physics conference in the world. After gathering millions of collisions in data, … Continue reading Continue reading

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