Archive for February, 2012

Majorana fermions sighted in nanowire

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment

As reported on Nature News, the elusive quantum particles have finally have been detected in a solid state system, nanoscience pioneer Leo Kouwenhoven claimed at the APS March meeting.

See also this follow-up story.

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OPERA statement on faster-than-light neutrinos

February 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Faster than light neutrino measurement had two possible errors. Official OPERA statement at Nature’s news blog.

Fermilab detector may be recycled into new experiment

February 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Physicists raid Tevatron for parts at Nature; especially laying claim to parts of CDF (the Collision Detector at Fermilab).

Duplicate grants lead to fraud charge

February 7, 2012 Leave a comment

An article about the prosecution of Craig Grimes for grant fraud looks at the problem of duplicate funding; and asks why science funding agencies don’t have checks in place to prevent the problem.

Neutron measurements behind schedule

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment

All three of the leading efforts to measure the electric dipole moment of the neutron have run into technical difficulty, I report this week for Nature.