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Ireland’s particle accelerators: Out of sight, out of mind

On September 26, 2014

I am the exception in my family: I’m a scientist. There have been many professions within my family but none in the sciences. Nevertheless, many of them are fascinated by science and it was my father’s enthrallment with the sciences that began my passion into the world of discovery. As a result, I am used […]

Higgs deserves his Nobel Prize – but there’s more to physics than the fairytale lone genius

On October 11, 2013

Everyone loves a fairytale. You might think that the 2013 physics Nobel prize is a fairytale too – two theoretical physicists predicting something unimaginably small and abstruse, that turns out not only to be the cornerstone of our modern understanding of particle physics but actually true and real too. With a wait of almost 50 […]

Physics is helping save pneumonia patients’ lives in the developing world

On September 20, 2013

Pneumonia kills more children worldwide than malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis combined. This is surprising given that treatment for pneumonia is relatively simple. In rich countries survival rates are very high, but in remote areas or poor countries without access to medicine and technology, pneumonia can become deadly.

The irresistible rise of the Standard Model

On July 29, 2013

Physicists don’t take summer holidays. Instead, they go to summer conferences. This year’s conference, in Stockholm, made a splash with the announcement that two experiments at Cern’s Large Hadron Collider have made the first observation of an ultra-rare decay of the Bs meson (a particle composed oft a bottom quark and a strange antiquark). You […]