Physics

Exploring SSC: The high water mark of American science

Exploring SSC: The high water mark of American science

In the 1980s,the Department of Energy started to design what would have been the biggest science experiment in the world, the Superconducting Super Collider. Waxahachie, Texas was all set to host a particle accelerator that would have dwarfed Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collider, today’s reigning champ. Construction began in 1991, then was abruptly canceled in 1993. Today...

San Francisco: Mobile phones need radiation warning attached

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  San Francisco is set to be the first in the nation to require that retailers tell consumers how much radiation their brain will absorb from new phones. The ordinance — approved on Tuesday and now awaiting Mayor Gavin Newsom’s signature — is an attempt to err on the side of caution in the...

What holds the world together? The Cheerios effect

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Have you ever noticed how the last bits of cereal in the bowl always seem to cling to one another, making it easy to spoon up the remaining stragglers? Physicists have — and they’ve given it a name: the “Cheerios effect.” This effect isn’t exclusive to breakfast cereals, however. It also reveals itself in...