Tweeting the Higgs

23 01 2013

Back in July two seminars took place that discussed searches for the Higgs boson at the Tevatron and the LHC. After nearly 50 years of waiting an announcement of a \(5\sigma\) signal, enough to claim discovery, was made and all of a sudden the twitter world went crazy. New Scientist presented an analysis of the tweets by Domenico et al. relating to the Higgs in their Short Sharp Scient article Twitter reveals how Higgs gossip reached fever pitch. I don’t want to repeat what is written in the article, so please take a few minutes to read it and watch the video featured in the article.

The distribution of tweets around the July 2nd and July 4th announcements (note the log scale)

The distribution of tweets around the July 2nd and July 4th announcements (note the log scale)

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[Article] The neutrino matrix: why are there three of everything?

13 03 2012
Various flavours. But also mass, unfortunately.

Various flavours. But also mass, unfortunately.

Last week’s results from the Daya Bay neutrino experiment were the first real measurement of the third neutrino mixing angle, θ13 (theta one-three). There have been previous experiments which set limits on the angle, but this is the first time it has been shown to be significantly different from zero.

Since θ13 is a fundamental parameter in the Standard Model of particle physics1, this would be an important measurement anyway. But there’s a bit more to it than that.

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(This is a great article by Jon Butterworth at the Guardian on one of my favourite topics!)

[Article] Isis lab funding shortfall “damaging UK’s research standing”

28 11 2011

Some more bad news for funding in the UK. The Isis neutron source is suffering from a shortage of funds. It’s oversubscribed and underpaid.

Hundreds of scientific experiments are being dropped by British universities because there is too little money to run one of the country’s major research facilities.

Work on high priority fields from green energy and drug design to biotechnology and microchips has been disrupted, threatening the UK’s research base and the country’s standing internationally, scientists said.

Isis neutron source (Guardian)

Isis neutron source (Guardian)

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