How do you animate cosmic rays? The story behind a TEDxCERN TED-Ed lesson

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CosmicRaysOn September 24, TEDxCERN was hosted by physicist Brian Cox (watch his TED Talk: “CERN’s supercollider“), and the world was welcomed to watch for free. Below, an appetite-whetter that originally ran on the TEDx Innovations Blog.


Cosmic rays. Active galactic nuclei. Nucleosynthesis. For physicist Veronica Bindi, this is everyday vocabulary. A ten-year collaborator with AMS-02 — an experiment analyzing the data coming in from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a particle detector mounted on the International Space Station — Bindi deals with dark matter, solar activity, and the ins-and-outs of time of flight particle detectors with ease.

For someone without a double-digit career in particle physics, these topics can seem a bit intimidating. Bindi believes they shouldn’t be. Which is why when she was asked if she would contribute to a series of short physics-related lessons created by TED-Ed for TEDxCERN, she was both ecstatic and a bit daunted by…

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