Monthly Archives: February 2012

Putting the OPERA Affair in Perspective

Jon Butterworth has an excellent editorial in The Guardian that puts the whole FTL fiasco in its proper light….. Advertisements

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How a Supernova Gave Birth to Neutrino Astronomy 25 Years Ago Today

On February 23, 1987, the astronomy world was abuzz. Astronomers Ian Shelton and Oscar Duhalde at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile noticed that a bright new point of light had appeared in the Large Megellanic Cloud. It did not … Continue reading

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Not a Big Shocker

Regarding those supposed FTL neutrinos detected by the OPERA Collaboration: BREAKING NEWS: Error Undoes Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results – ScienceInsider UPDATE: More authoritative sources are reporting the possibility of TWO distinct sources of experimental error having been identified: Flaws found in … Continue reading

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The Standard Model Lagrangian

UPDATE: The second installment is up: The latest installment of “Minute Physics” (a video series which I absolutely adore) tackles a rather Herculean task: explaining the Standard Model of Physics in a minute. It is, of course, a VERY high-level overview, and … Continue reading

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Best…Textbook…Ever!

For quite some time, I’ve been looking for a good introductory text on the Standard Model, something accessible to advanced undergrads or beginning grad students to bridge the gap between typical undergrad Modern Physics texts and the more advanced texts … Continue reading

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