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Searching for heavy higgs bosons with tau pairs.

A Higgs boson matching that predicted in the Standard Model was found in 2012. However, many theories such as string theory, which attempts to unite quantum mechanics and gravity, tells us there should be at least four more. ATLAS has just published a search for a second Higgs boson, with a mass between 2 and 20 times that of the first, decaying to pairs of tau leptons. In many models this search …

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Hubble Turns Thirty

On April 24th, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched onboard the space shuttle Discovery, and was deployed a day later into an orbit that takes it around the Earth once every 96 minutes. Located above the Earth's blurred atmosphere, Hubble has been taking countless stunningly beautiful pictures of planets, stars and galaxies that have kept us breathlessly admiring the beauty of space for t…

Research Updates

Revealing the Magnetic Nature of Tornadoes in the Sun’s atmosphere

In a study to be published in the Astronomy & Astrophysics journal, a collaboration between the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), the University of Warwick and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) has achieved the first three-dimensional tomography of the magnetic fields in a solar tornado and have measured their faint polarimetric signals.

The constant motions of the Sun’s surface creates giant tornados in the chromosphere a few thousand kilometers in diameter. Like their name sakes on Earth they carry mass and energy high up into …

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