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SLAC Summer Institute Featured Collaborative Mini-projects

For the 41st annual Particle Physics & Astrophysics Department’s SLAC Summer Institute (SSI), organizers introduced a successful new feature.

In addition to hearing the traditional program of high-level physics lectures and enjoying the social events, the particle physics graduate students formed teams to work on one of four mini-projects during the two-week institute held July 8–19. They reported their findings on the penultimate day.

KIPAC Theorists Weigh In on Where to Hunt Dark Matter

Now that it looks like the hunt for the Higgs boson is over, particles of dark matter are at the top of the physics "Most Wanted" list. Dozens of experiments have been searching for them, but often come up with contradictory results.

SLAC Physicists Comment on CERN Announcement Hinting at Higgs

Spokespersons for CMS and ATLAS, the two biggest experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, announced yesterday that both experiments have found strong hints in their data of something that could be a low-mass Higgs boson – and added that they are well-situated to give a more definitive answer by the end of next year. But, as pointed out by SLAC physicist and ATLAS collaboration member Charlie Young, the salt shaker is still on the table.

How Slow is Slow? EXO Knows!

Cooks think of watched pots. Handymen grumble about drying paint. Kids dread the endless night before Christmas morning.

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