Construction began last week on a new particle accelerator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois. The new project will power Fermilab’s flagship neutrino-studying accelerator experiment.
You might flee from words like “quarks”, “relativity” and “joule”, but you shouldn’t have to, and neither should a kid. A new children’s book from the folks at a few of America’s national labs will hopefully make the things particle physicists are talking about easier to digest.
Last year, a massive, 15.4-tonne, 15.85m wide electromagnet was successfully shipped from Long Island to Illinois. This week, it hit another milestone: It was successfully chilled to absolute zero temps after 10 years’ inactivity, proving it’s ready to solve a whole new decade’s physics mysteries.