Credit: Hubble Science Team
The last couple of weeks have been kind of quiet with regards to actual groundbreaking physics and astrophysics news. Still, there are a few things to relate before next week’s scheduled end of the world. In this week’s 1 Sentence Science Summaries:
- A group looking at the Hubble Ultra Deep Field found a galaxy with an (as yet unconfirmed) redshift of 11.9, making it potentially the most distant galaxy ever observed — though this is the sort of headline that tends to show up kind of often.
- The second round of $3 million prizes from Yuri Millner have been announced and the winners including Stephen Hawking, CERN, and other celebrity physicists whose reputations probably enhance the prize more than the other way around.
- The ATLAS experiment has announced that two different Higgs mechanisms produce two statistically different Higgs masses, though the smart money suggests that there probably aren’t really two different Higgs particles.
I’ll try to do a longer post later on why there may or may not be two Higgses, but in the meanwhile, feel free to keep sending me questions, news tips, and the like.