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Jul 2012

Higgs Boson: Yes/No/Maybe?

POSTED BY: DIMITRA ATRI
 
It is always good to see science covered in the mainstream media. It is equally disheartening to see misinterpretation of scientific results. I am sure you’ve been hearing a lot about the “discovery” of the Higgs Boson particle, also (unfortunately) coined as the “God particle”. If you are not a physicist, you might find difficulty in interpreting the results. So, here is a particle physics 101 so that you can make your own opinion about the results. In particle physics....
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03
Jul 2012

Astrobiology Research Focus Group Applications DUE TODAY!

POSTED BY: JULIA DEMARINES
 
Hello! If you are planning on attending the Astrobiology Graduate Student Conference (AbGradCon) in August, please consider applying for the 4th annual Research Focus Group (RFG). The research focus group is an intensive (BUT FUN) three day workshop (August 24-26th) designed to group students from different research backgrounds to come together and create a novel idea that is feasible, fundable and has scientific merit. Each group will present their proposals and will be judged by the other groups participating. The main....
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03
Jul 2012

Not My Job

POSTED BY: LEVHORODYSKYJ
 
A couple of months ago, I was at the biennial Astrobiology Science Conference. It was a busy day … I had just met up with a potential new collaborator who was interested in bringing some of the online modules we’ve been developing for our online astrobiology course, Habitable Worlds, to a South American audience (in particular, to a lay audience during a public event the following weekend). About half an hour later, I was due to meet up with my....
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03
Jul 2012

We’ll be talking a bit about the Higgs Boson this week…

POSTED BY: S. DOMAGAL-GOLDMAN
 
Below is a cartoon explaining why physicists are so excited by the chase for the Higgs Boson, and how they’re looking for it. This was made by a hero of all grad students, Jorge Cham of “PhD Comics” fame. The Higgs Boson Explained from PHD Comics on Vimeo. We’re posting this here because we’re going to be talking about the Higgs Boson later this week. Stay tuned to pb.b for more.
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