QM Physicists in major new particle physics facility in Europe

Italy has approved a new international particle physics experiment: SuperB. This announcement was made on the last day of a SuperB workshop held at Caltech in December 2010. This major new facility will cost 500M Euros to build and will be dedicated to the search for signs of new physics at high energy in a complementary way to the brute force approach of the LHC. SuperB will use the subtleties of quantum mechanics to perform high precision measurements and detect the effects of heavy particles that would be un-detectable at the LHC. A second part of the programme will perform precision tests of the so-called Standard Model of Particle Physics.

VISTA into the Blue Lagoon

VISTA into the Blue Lagoon

The international telescope consortium VISTA, led by Queen Mary astronomers, has been exploring the Milky Way using infra-red radiation, opening new windows into the core regions previously obscured by dust. The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius has recently been mapped, showing fine detail in this active star-formation area and expanding our knowledge of how our galaxy formed. More information can be found here.

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