What do you get when you revive a beautiful 20-year-old physics machine, carefully transport it 3,200 miles over land and sea to its new home and then use it to probe strange happenings in a magnetic field? Hopefully you get new insights into the elementary particles that make up everything. The Muon g-2 experiment, located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, has begun its quest for those insights. On May 31, the 50-foot-wide superconducting electromagnet at the center of the experiment saw its first beam of muon particles from Fermilab’s accelerators, kicking off a three-year effort to measure just what happens to those particles when placed in a stunningly precise magnetic field. The answer could rewrite scientists’ picture of the universe and how it works. Image credit: Fermilab
Staffa and Fingal’s cave, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. Photos taken last week, when we had the chance to spend a few hours on the island.
Staffa is an entirely volcanic island, probably best known for its
unique geological features such as the many caves and the unique shape
of the basalt columns which are also found in the Giant’s Causeway and
Rathlin island in Northern Ireland and, closer by, on the island of Ulva.
It consists of a basement of tuff, underneath colonnades of a black
fine-grained Tertiary basalt, overlying which is a third layer of
basaltic lava lacking a crystalline structure. By contrast, slow cooling
of the second layer of basalt resulted in an extraordinary pattern of
predominantly hexagonal columns which form the faces and walls of the
My week in pictures: July 10th - July 16th // This week was yet another wild one so I didn’t have a chance to take any particularly entertaining photos. However it was a week in which I: caught up with some old friends, posted a new video, had a job interview, hardly posted on my socials because I was so anxiously awaiting results day to see if I met the 3.5 GPA requirement to transfer into my dream degree, and um.. oh yeah, FOUND OUT I GOT A 4.0 GPA!!! 😭 That happened. It’s been three days and I’m still in disbelief. It’s definitely been a long, emotional and arduous journey but I worked my ass off, and I’m actually so, so pleased with myself. Thank you all for your continuous support, and for the kind messages on my post the other day. I had no idea that many of you cared and I was absolutely overwhelmed with love. You guys rock!!! 💗 Now I just have to wait and see if I got accepted to transfer!!