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The positive and sometimes unexpected impact of particle physics is well documented, from physicists inventing the World Wide Web to engineering the technology underlying life-saving magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) devices. But sometimes the raw power of huge experiments and scientific ambition draw the recognition of those seeking only the most extreme and impractical achievements on…

No one credits heavy drinking with making people smarter – the mind-numbing effects are well documented. Odds are that if you haven’t experienced this personally, you’ve witnessed it in the foolish antics of others. The clear correlation between rapidly diminishing intelligence and rising alcohol consumption is no secret. But the long-term effects may go deeper…

RHICrolled: Get Low

This is the first in an occassional series about Brookhaven’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, or, as it’s affectionately called, RHIC. Lil John has a theme song for RHIC’s latest experimental run. Sorry, sorry! I couldn’t resist. RHIC’s actual ditty of the moment goes more like this. (Clean version, of course, RHIC doesn’t want any soap…

Fall into the (pseudo)gap

Despite their name, “high-temperature” superconductors require pretty darn cold conditions — all far below freezing temperatures, some near absolute zero (-273 degrees Celsius) — to operate without energy loss. As a result, they’re not practical for everyday uses like more efficient power transmission — that is, unless you have a stockpile of liquid helium or…

Nanomaterials Revealed

Thanks to the smart nano detectives out there who took a stab at solving yesterday’s picture puzzle. Mystery image #1, aka the “Nano Vortex,” shows the different magnetization directions of an arrangement of nickel and nickel oxide. Captured by Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) scientist Yimei Zhu, this photo reveals the local distribution of electromagnetic…

A Clarification

Based on some of the (many) comments spurred by the appearance of PepsiCo on ScienceBlogs, we want to clarify Brookhaven’s involvement on this site. In April, Brookhaven was invited by ScienceBlogs editors to join the community as an institutional blogger, along with the Weizmann Institute of Science and the SETI Institute (and later, CERN and…

Science from the Sky

If you’re American, chances are you’ll be looking up this weekend for a spectacle of physics. But you also can look down from above — way, way above — to see the homes of some of the greatest physics experiments on Earth. Brookhaven’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) is probably one of the most visible…

A little more than one year ago, on the day of its groundbreaking ceremony, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) construction site was nothing more than a whole lot of dirt. Today, it’s…well, take a look for yourself.

Where can scientists collide gold ions at close to the speed of light; take photos of some of the smallest materials known to humans; decipher the structure of proteins vital to everyday life; illuminate the brains of drug and food addicts; and test materials developed for fuel cells and other clean energy technologies – all…