Astronomers capture first image of a black hole

The image reveals the black hole at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. The Event Horizon Telescope—a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international co... Continue reading

All hands on deck

Some theorists have taken to designing their own experiments to broaden the search for dark matter. From a young age, Philip Schuster knew he wanted to go into particle physics. As an undergraduate, he became involved in a number of r... Continue reading

DESI lenses see first light

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument will begin operation later this year. On April 1 the dome of the Mayall Telescope near Tucson, Arizona, opened to the night sky, and starlight poured through the assembly of six large lenses that wer... Continue reading

Considering the whole student

Meet three scientists connected by the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-PhD Bridge Program. Students come into science from a variety of backgrounds, facing a variety of circumstances. The Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-PhD Bridge Program, a... Continue reading

Why LHC physics is like ‘Starcraft’

Video games and physics have more in common than you might think. Freya Blekman, a professor of physics at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium, has a special chair for when she plays Starcraft. “It’s a designer chair,” she says. “I ... Continue reading

To PhD or not to PhD

Respondents to Symmetry’s survey about what it’s like to earn a PhD in particle physics or astrophysics offer their views of the experience. In the mid-1980s, Nigel Smith was a graduate student at Leeds University. He was interested i... Continue reading

LHCb discovers matter-antimatter asymmetry in charm quarks

A new observation by the LHCb experiment finds that charm quarks behave differently than their antiparticle counterparts. Scientists on the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN have discovered a new way in which matter... Continue reading

‘Entangle’ exhibit fuels imagination with physics

A Swedish university tapped the founding director of CERN’s artist-in-residence program to curate a new art exhibit inspired by physics. The day before the public opening of Entangle / Physics and the Artistic Imagination at Bildmusee... Continue reading