physics

In the face of environmental change and persistent public health issues, how do we develop more resilient sustainable food systems? In the era of big data and massive cybersecurity breaches, what are the keys to super-speed computing and real data encryption? These questions, and more, are at the heart of the two research initiatives selected […]

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Three Indiana University professors have received $2.1 million to develop a computational model of acetaminophen-induced liver failure — the leading cause of liver failure in the United States — using advanced microscopic and computational technologies that allow scientists to see into the liver of a living animal. James A. Glazier, director of IU’s Biocomplexity Institute […]

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Want to build a comet? Or a volcano? Take your pick on Saturday, Oct. 26, when IU Bloomington’s astronomy, chemistry, geological sciences, mathematics, and physics departments host their annual open houses. The day-long event includes fundamental experiments designed to thrill — think pumpkins flying out fifth-floor windows and lots of electromagnetic sparks, informative presentations on dark […]

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Taking data from cosmic rays for the first time, the international NOvA experiment — with the fingerprints of Indiana University researchers all over it — began recording its first three-dimensional images last week, moving closer to the day  when physicists can begin measuring neutrino energies. “We’re not measuring neutrinos yet, but this marks a milestone […]

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The announcement that scientists have observed a new particle that may be the elusive Higgs boson spelled success for researchers at Indiana University Bloomington who have worked for years on a massive experiment that detected the particle. On July 4 in Geneva Switzerland, representatives of two experiment teams, ATLAS and CMS, said that they had […]

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I admit it: I do not really understand what a neutrino is, much less a quark, muon, lepton, antimatter, or for that matter, any of the fundamental concepts of high-energy, particle physics. But I deeply admire the people who do, including the dedicated scientists who inhabit Fermilab, a sprawling prairie campus west of Chicago that […]

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Next to a metal shop in the IU Bloomington School of Fine Arts’ McCalla building, behind a sliding glass door, sit three revolutionary machines. These machines — two monstrous printers and a CNC Wood Router — are cutting-edge tools of 3-D printing, meaning a three-dimensional object may be printed in tangible, life-size versions. “We’re at […]