For something so hard to find, the Higgs boson has been absolutely everywhere for the last few years. But despite it trending on Twitter, and even having its own iPhone app, most people still ask, “What exactly is it?”
Astronomers have identified a micro-quasar in our neighbouring Andromeda galaxy, making it the first to be found outside the Milky Way.
The discovery should shed new light on how these objects shaped the first galaxies, billions of years ago.
Higgs boson found … probably
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva have announced the discovery of a new elementary particle consistent with the Higgs boson. The announcement, given to a packed auditorium at CERN and broadcast live over the Internet, was met with standing ovations from scientists across the world.
Chinese astronauts reach orbiting space lab
China’s Shenzhou 9 rocket – which last week became the first Chinese mission to carry a female astronaut – has successfully docked with the orbiting Tiangong-1 station 340 km (210 miles) above the Earth. The arrival of the three crewmembers marks the first time anyone has boarded the station since its launch in 2011, and makes China only the third country to ever achieve a manned space docking.
Two more place cards at the Periodic Table
Scientists have officially named two elements whose discoveries were announced last year. Element 114, first detected in 1999 by scientists at Russia’s Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), will be called Flerovium (symbol Fl) after the Institute’s founder, Georgy Flyorov. Element 116 will become Livermorium (symbol Lv) in honour of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California, which teamed up with the JINR to discover the element.