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Nature of universe is still a mystery to Nobel winners

WASHINGTON — They won the Nobel Prize for changing our understanding of the universe, but their discovery left an even larger mystery — what is this dark energy that is propelling the universe to expand so fast? US astronomer Saul Perlmutter, 52, and his one-time competitors Adam Riess and Brian…

Trio win Nobel Physics Prize for supernovae research

Researchers Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess of the United States and US-Australian Brian Schmidt won the 2011 Nobel Physics PrizeTuesday for their research on supernovae, the Nobel jury said. “They have studied several dozen exploding stars, called supernovae, and discovered that the universe is expanding at an ever-accelerating rate,” it said, adding that their discovery had…

Fermi lab may have found new force of nature

WASHINGTON – Data from a major US atom smasher lab may have revealed a new elementary particle, or potentially a new force of nature, one of the physicists involved in the discovery told AFP on Wednesday. The physics world was abuzz with excitement over the findings, which could offer clues…

CERN collider restarts search for cosmic mysteries

GENEVA (Reuters) – CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is gearing up to resume full-speed particle collisions next month aimed at resolving key mysteries of the universe, scientists and engineers at the research center said on Monday. They reported that the giant subterranean machine was in fine shape after a 10-week…

Physics professor: Oil leak could last for years

Physics professor Michio Kaku has some bad news: oil could gush from the leaking BP deepwater well for years. After six methods for stopping the leak failed, BP is now trying a seventh method: “cut and cap.” Underwater robots are attempting to trim the pipe connected to the blowout preventer…

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