On first looking into the Large Hadron Collider


by Jamieson Findlay, guest contributor The European home for big-horizon science is, fittingly, surrounded by an impressive mountainscape. To the north is the Swiss range of the Jura Mountains; to the south, the French Alps. On a clear day, you can see the radiant face of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak, beckoning to tourists and […]

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Bringing quantum mechanics to the Canadian public

By Lauren Borja, Physics and Astronomy Co-Editor In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, a traveling exhibit on quantum mechanics and technology is touring science centers and museums across the nation. QUANTUM: The Exhibition explains these concepts in an easy-to-understand and hands-on way. From Vancouver to Halifax—with stops in Calgary, Saskatoon, Kitchener, and Ottawa—people of all […]

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Method to the madness: validating spooky action using starlight

By Kaitlin Williams, for the second season of the New Science Communicator series. Two quantum particles in an initial entangled state fly hundreds of thousands of meters apart. A measurement is taken on the first particle, and immediately, the knowledge of the first particle’s measurement has influenced the value of the second particle. This surreal […]

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Could space travel hold the key to saving the earth?

Photo Earthrise by Apollo 8 astronauts

 Sonya Neilson, Physics and Astronomy Co-editor In 1968, NASA’s Apollo 8 mission became the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon. Lunar module pilot William Anders was watching the grey moonscape drift past when suddenly a sliver of blue light appeared on the horizon. That sliver of blue rose above the cratered surface and resolved […]

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The longer the path… the shorter the travel time?

By Danielle St. Jean, for the second season of the New Science Communicators Series “On a harsh desert evening, Baal Shem Tov, an 18th century Polish rabbi, was travelling with his new students. Having ridden at a full canter all day, the horses gasped for air yet their hooves continued to make an energetic beat […]

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