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As every year, Google Science Fair entries are now open. Students aged 13-18 can now participate by registering online at https://www.googlesciencefair.com/en/ 

Exciting prizes are awaiting the winners.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $50,000 in scholarship funding.

The $50,000 Google scholarship is intended to further the Grand Prize winner’s education. If a team wins the prize, the scholarship’s value will be divided equally among the teammates.

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How supercooled water is prevented from turning into ice?

Water below zero degree celsius is called super cooled water. liquid water does not become completely unstable as it becomes supercooled, prior to turning into ice crystals. an energy barrier for crystal formation exists throughout the region in which supercooled water’s compressibility continues to rise.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-05-supercooled-ice.html#jCp

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 Announced

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to

François François Englert (Born: 1932

Peter W. Higgs

Peter W. Higgs (Born: 1929)

Englert and Peter W. Higgs “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider”

François Englert and Peter W. Higgs are jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 for the theory of how particles acquire mass. In 1964, they proposed the theory independently of each other (Englert together with his now deceased colleague Robert Brout). In 2012, their ideas were confirmed by the discovery of a so called Higgs particle at the CERN laboratory outside Geneva in Switzerland..

The awarded theory is a central part of the Standard Model of particle physics that describes how the world is constructed. According to the Standard Model, everything, from flowers and people to stars and planets, consists of just a few building blocks: matter particles. These particles are governed by forces mediated by force particles that make sure everything works as it should.

The entire Standard Model also rests on the existence of a special kind of particle: the Higgs particle. This particle originates from an invisible field that fills up all space. Even when the universe seems empty this field is there. Without it, we would not exist, because it is from contact with the field that particles acquire mass. The theory proposed by Englert and Higgs describes this process.

On 4 July 2012, at the CERN laboratory for particle physics, the theory was confirmed by the discovery of a Higgs particle. CERN’s particle collider, LHC (Large Hadron Collider), is probably the largest and the most complex machine ever constructed by humans. Two research groups of some 3,000 scientists each, ATLAS and CMS, managed to extract the Higgs particle from billions of particle collisions in the LHC.

Even though it is a great achievement to have found the Higgs particle — the missing piece in the Standard Model puzzle — the Standard Model is not the final piece in the cosmic puzzle. One of the reasons for this is that the Standard Model treats certain particles, neutrinos, as being virtually massless, whereas recent studies show that they actually do have mass. Another reason is that the model only describes visible matter, which only accounts for one fifth of all matter in the cosmos. To find the mysterious dark matter is one of the objectives as scientists continue the chase of unknown particles at CERN.
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“The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013”. Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2013. Web. 8 Oct 2013. <http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2013/>

JEE 2013 emerges in its final form

The Joint Advanced Board (JAB) has announced that the Advanced JEE, scheduled to be conducted on June 2, 2013, will not be subjective and will retain IIT JEE 2012 format. The test will be conducted in two sessions on the same day – each with objective-type multiple choice questions (MCQs). The difficulty level and marks allotted to Advanced JEE exam will also be similar to previous JEEs.

IIT aspirants get another chance at Boards
HRD ministry has allowed IIT aspirants a chance to appear for board exams again next year and improve their board marks. Hence, these students will get a chance to appear for JEE once again. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the state boards would make special arrangements to implement the decision.

Only 10% IITians are girls
Analyzing patterns of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) results 2012, the Joint Admission Board found that out of all the students admitted to 15 IITs, only 10% were girls. In other engineering institutes, including prestigious ones, the gender ratio is more balanced as 30-40 per cent girls got accepted.

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Have a doubt? ask website for an answer

Finding that classrooms are not the best place to deal with shy students, a physics teacher of the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom has come up with an innovative website to reach out to them and others who may have queries on the subject. To his delight the academic website has become a hit with the email attached to it flooded with an average of 25 queries daily. “Most questions relate to homework. I usually don’t take such queries seriously as my focus is more on genuine academic doubts,” says Mr Mathew Abraham who has taught physics for over 15 years. At first only his students posted questions on the website, but other students too began to use it . The website was started following a survey, which found that while many students had genuine doubts on the subject in class, they were afraid to raise them for fear of being made fun of by their classmates. Many preferred asking questions without being identified . “I could either install a box which students could put their queries into without being identified, or start a website. I thought the second option was better,” Mr Abraham says. All students have to do is use the Ask a Question link to reach the email inbox of the site administrator. The questions are answered after consulting experts or physics teachers and published on the site. The user is also intimated about the answer posted if he or she gives the correct email address while registering. If the questions need research they are posted on the site for public response through comments and mail. The posts published on the site are also linked to FaceBook at www.facebook.com/askphysics.

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