Category Archives: Physics

SM under scrutiny & Résonaances

It turns out that at the LHCb, the hints of violation of lepton flavour universality just got stronger. For years now, measurements of the decays of a certain family of composite particles have shown slight deviations from the Standard Model. … Continue reading

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The upcoming muon g-2 results

The Muon g-2 experiment is one of the last places where there is a reasonable hope of finding discrepancies with the Standard Model of Particle Physics. This Science Magazine article describes what this is all about and why it is … Continue reading

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New measurement of Universe’s expansion

The Atacama Cosmology Telescope just released its measurements of the cosmic microwave background. The inferred expansion rate of the universe agrees with the ones of previous Planck missions. This is interesting insofar as the question of the rate of the … Continue reading

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The road to a bigger collider?

News were making the rounds on Friday that the CERN council unanimously decided that in their research strategy they’re placing (most but not all) their bets on the Future Circular Collider (FCC), the 100km circumference proton-proton collider that would reach … Continue reading

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XENON experiment excess & Résonaances

News came out just today that the XENON experiment, an underground lab in Italy looking for dark matter particles, saw a 3.5sigma excess in their data. Physicists right now are on a spectrum ranging from cautiously hyped to pessimistic due … Continue reading

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Evidence for CP-violation in neutrinos

The news has made the rounds that the T2K experiment in Japan discovered evidence for an asymmetry in the behaviour of neutrinos and antineutrinos. The violation of this symmetry (CP-symmetry) seems to be almost as large as possible which is … Continue reading

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Physics & Maths items

I want to keep the tradition alive that this is an ‘interdisciplinary’ blog, i.e. to post about stuff I don’t understand, i.e. physics and math. The first item is an interesting ongoing real life experiment in the sociology of science. … Continue reading

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Recently in physics & the linguistic blogosphere

While everyone has to stay at home, here are some good reads from the linguistic blogosphere to dispel boredom: José-Luis Mendívil wrote an open letter to Martin Haspelmath on his blog Philosophy of Linguistics about innateness and building blocks of … Continue reading

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2019

2019 is nearing its end so I thought this is a good reason to look back on what this year has brought us with regard to all things physics, linguistics and sci-comm. Quanta magazine has, as usual, nice overviews of … Continue reading

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Physics items

This month clearly has been a black hole month. Not only did we see the first (highly processed) image of a black hole, LIGO detected five potential events in April after starting their new run. What’s potentially exciting is the … Continue reading

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