How Physicists Measured the Rarest Event Ever Directly Observed

This past week, scientists announced that they’d made an incredible physics observation using a vat of liquid xenon. It’s officially the rarest nuclear decay—and really, the rarest event of any kind—ever directly measured. Read More >>

New American Particle Collider Gets Thumbs Up From National Academies of Sciences

A proposed billion-dollar American particle collider has received enthusiastic backing from the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, according to a newly released report. Read More >>

Human Bone Fragment Reveals Radiation Exposure From Hiroshima Bombing

A technique originally intended for dating archaeological artefacts has been used to estimate the amount of radiation produced by the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. It marks the first time a bone fragment from a victim of the explosion has been used successfully for such an analysis. Read More >>

Scientists Have No Idea Why This Enriched Uranium Particle Was Floating Above Alaska

On August 3, 2016, seven kilometres above Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, a research plane captured something mysterious: an atmospheric aerosol particle enriched with the kind of uranium used in nuclear fuel and bombs. Read More >>

Confirmed: Lightning Causes Nuclear Reactions in the Sky

Lightning is nuts. It’s a supercharged bolt of electricity extending from the sky to the ground that can kill people. But it can also produce nuclear reactions, according to new research. Read More >>

A Pinch of Nuclear Forensics Can Change the Way We View Past Blasts

A new test developed by scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico can potentially alter what we know about the nuclear tests done as a part of the Manhattan Project. Read More >>

Students Forced Through 23-Hour-Exam Ordeal By Drunken Nuclear Physics Professor

I've had my fair share of beastly exams, but nothing quite as long as these poor Russian students had to face. A drunk professor forced students to sit through a nuclear physics oral exam that kicked off at 10am, and rambled on without break till 9am the following day -- that's hard core. Read More >>