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A Crash Course in Particle Physics
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A Crash Course in Particle Physics

Science has come a long way since the 1860s, when we thought everything in the world was made from just over 80 elements. Today, scientists are studying subatomic particles and their interactions.

How did we get from a limited table of elements to the Standard Model and particle accelerators? Watch this crash course starring Brian Cox to find out.

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The Coolest Little Particles in Nature

The Coolest Little Particles in Nature

Maybe you've heard of quarks and the Higgs boson. But what about sparticles and neutrolinos? Check out the "tiny particles that leave physicists drooling." More...

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LiveScience
A Crash Course In Particle Physics: Part 2

A Crash Course In Particle Physics: Part 2

Step inside the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and continue your crash course of the forces of nature at the subatomic level with Brian Cox. More...

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A Boy and His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie

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Quarked! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe

You'll find games and videos here, not to mention quarks with personalities and much else to help you understand the smallest things ever discovered. More...

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University of Kansas
Sized Matter: Perception of the Extreme Unseen

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Scientists discovered the characteristics of subatomic particles, but they had no way to graphically represent them... That is, until Jan-Henrik Andersen created this visual system. More...

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The Particle Physics Song

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"Higgs, Higgs, glorious Higgs. The theory told them these thingumajigs were so fundamental and not accidental..." Let the CERN Choir introduce you to the work of particle physicists. More...

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The Standard Model of Particle Physics

The Standard Model of Particle Physics

Particle physics seeks to understand the laws and structures of the universe — all the way down to its smallest subatomic particles. More...

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How do you get a job thinking about the forces and particles that make up the universe? A theoretical particle physicist explains. More...

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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Building a Cloud Chamber: Why Muons Should Not Be There

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We can only detect particles called muons on Earth because time slows down for them. And when we say "we," we mean everyone — you included. Yes, you can detect muons. Here’s how. More...

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Electrons, Protons, and Neutrons: Standard Model of Particle Physics

Electrons, Protons, and Neutrons: Standard Model of Particle Physics

We hear about electrons, protons, and neutrons, but what are they, really? And how do they produce the complexity around us? This video makes particles eerily beautiful. More...

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Higgs Boson Researchers Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics

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Find out more about Peter Higgs and Francois Englert. Then read the release from the Royal Swedish Academy about their work and 2013 joint award. More...

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Your aim in this game? Pretend you're a particle of matter — a quark — struggling to survive just after the Big Bang, when matter and antimatter are battling to rule the universe. More...

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People in Physics: Kelly Chipps

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Meet "Nuclear Kelly," a musician, blogger, and nuclear physicist who smashes nuclei in her search to find ways to measure the reactions that take place in stars. More...

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Strange Charm: A Song About Quarks

Quarks make up everything that we know exists. Get the details in this quirky quark song. More...

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