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  • Could this particle rewrite modern physics? Discovery of 4-quark hadron...

    04/16/2014 7:00:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Scientists at CERN have confirmed the existence of a new 'exotic' particle International team used the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) detector The particle was first detected in 2007 but it has only now been confirmed Dubbed Z(4430), the discovery challenges existing models of physics It may also indicate that a new type of neutron star, a quark star, existsIn the early 1930s, scientists were fairly confident they understood subatomic physics. That was until dozens of new elementary particles were discovered in the 1950s, forcing scientists to rewrite their models. Now a new particle, first detected in 2007 but not...
  • [Tech] Character-based web browsers

    04/05/2014 1:36:00 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 37 replies
    +1396728992 UTC | class C { public: C() {} }
    With the news about the Mozilla Foundation and the desire of many FReepers to drop the Firefox browser, there are some viable (IMHO) alternatives, both of which are character-based:Links is text WWW browser with tables and frames. It runs on Linux, Unix, OS/2 and Windows. Lynx is a text browser for the World Wide Web. Lynx 2.8.7 runs on Un*x, MacOS, VMS, Windows 95/98/NT, DOS386+ (but not 3.1, 3.11), as well as OS/2 EMX.
  • Would an antimatter apple fall upward from the earth?

    04/30/2013 8:42:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    LATimes ^ | April 30, 2013, 11:46 a.m. | Eryn Brown
    ... Theorists think that ordinary matter and antimatter, which annihilate when they come into contact with each other, were generated in equal quantities during the Big Bang. But there must be some differences between the two types of matter, they also think, because otherwise matter and antimatter would have canceled each other out completely and there would be no universe. Scientists at CERN are making atoms of antihydrogen to try to pin down what those differences might be. But they're also willing to consider the possibility that the ideas were wrong in the first place, said Joel Fajans, a professor...
  • Physicists say they have found a Higgs boson

    03/14/2013 5:32:41 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 73 replies
    AP, via Drudge ^ | March 14, 2013 | AP
    GENEVA (AP) - Physicists said Thursday they are now confident they have discovered a crucial subatomic particle known as a Higgs boson - a major discovery that will go a long ways toward helping them explain why the universe is the way it is. They made the statement following study of the data gathered last year from the world's largest atom-smasher, which lies beneath the Swiss-French border outside Geneva. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, said that what they found last year was, indeed, a version of what is popularly referred to as the "God particle."
  • Dwarf planet Eris may reveal quantum gravity

    01/25/2013 12:55:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    newscientist.com ^ | 24 January 2013 | by Ker Than
    Many galaxies appear to have stronger gravity - and thus more mass - than can be explained by their visible matter alone. Overly massive galaxies are most often attributed to dark matter, an invisible substance that interacts with matter through gravity. To date, though, no one has directly detected dark matter particles. But a well-established notion in physics could hold another explanation for their size. This says that empty space is really a frothy, turbulent sea full of virtual particles - matter and antimatter that spring in and out of existence so fast that we can't see them. Though they...
  • American Accelerator's Last Hurrah: 99.8% Certainty God Particle is Found

    07/05/2012 8:30:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 42 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | July 3, 2012 7:58 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Tevatron presents strong evidence Higgs boson was observed, but LHC needed to provide final verificationTomorrow, while America celebrates July 4, mankind worldwide may celebrate a separate momentous event -- the discovery of the legendary Higgs boson. I. Riding Into the Sunset -- Tevatron Goes Out With a Bang The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) will tomorrow hold a special press conference at 9 a.m.  The event will provide an update to the world on the progress in the search for the critical particle using the Large Hadron Collider, the largest and most expensive laboratory apparatus in history.  Many physicists...
  • "It's a boson:" Higgs quest bears new particle

    07/04/2012 7:20:50 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 4, 2012 | Reuters
    GENEVA: Scientists at Europe's CERN research center have found a new subatomic particle, a basic building block of the universe, which appears to be the boson imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs. "We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature," CERN director general Rolf Heuer told a gathering of scientists and the world's media near Geneva on Wednesday. "The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle's properties, and is likely to shed light...
  • Scientists Announce Discovery of ‘God Particle’

    07/04/2012 2:34:59 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/7/12
    A progress report from the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator has declared that the Higgs boson, dubbed the “God particle,” has been found. The discovery of the new particle is a major step toward confirming the Standard Model used in modern physics. Professor John Womersley said, “They have discovered a particle consistent with the Higgs boson… That is confirmed...."
  • Scientists find evidence of 'God particle'

    07/03/2012 4:08:54 AM PDT · by John W · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 3, 2012 | AP via Chicago Tribune
    Physicists say they have all but proven that the "God particle" exists. They have a footprint and a shadow, and the only thing left is to see for themselves the elusive subatomic particle believed to give all matter in the universe size and shape. Scientists at the world's biggest atom smasher plan to announce Wednesday that they have nearly confirmed the primary plank of a theory that could restructure the understanding of why matter has mass, which combines with gravity to give an object weight. The focus of the excitement is the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle long sought by...
  • Puny US particle punisher finds strong evidence for God particle

    07/03/2012 3:00:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    The Register ^ | 3rd July 2012 09:30 GMT | Bríd-Áine Parnell
    The US particle collider Tevatron has jumped in just ahead of the Large Hadron Collider's results announcement this week to say that their machine has found the "strongest indication to date" of the God particle. The LHC's baby American cousin stopped bashing particles off each other back in March 2001 but the scientists have kept crunching the numbers from the 500 trillion collisions produced to wring the last drops of data out. Today, the boffins said their data "strongly point toward the existence of the Higgs boson" but we're still not there yet. “It is a real cliffhanger," the DZero...
  • Higgs boson buzz hits new heights

    06/30/2012 5:40:09 AM PDT · by John W · 26 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Alan Boyle
    Has the Higgs boson finally been detected? It's almost gotten to the point that if a discovery of some sort doesn't come out of next week's update on the multibillion-dollar subatomic search, it'll be a big surprise. But how far will the announcement go, and what will it mean for the future of physics? To refresh your memory, the Higgs boson is the only fundamental subatomic particle predicted by theory but not yet detected. It's thought to play a role in endowing some particles, such as the W and Z boson, with mass ... while leaving other particles, such as...
  • APNewsBreak: Proof of 'God particle' found

    07/02/2012 6:57:03 AM PDT · by EBH · 17 replies
    AP ^ | 7/2/12 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    GENEVA (AP) — Scientists working at the world's biggest atom smasher plan to announce Wednesday that they have gathered enough evidence to show that the long-sought "God particle" answering fundamental questions about the universe almost certainly does exist. But after decades of work and billions of dollars spent, researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, say they aren't quite ready to say they've "discovered" the particle. Instead, experts familiar with the research at CERN's vast complex on the Swiss-French border say that the massive data they have obtained will essentially show the footprint of the key particle...
  • Evidence of 'God particle' found

    07/02/2012 11:40:52 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 2, 2012
    GENEVA (AP) -- Scientists working at the world's biggest atom smasher plan to announce Wednesday that they have gathered enough evidence to show that the long-sought "God particle" answering fundamental questions about the universe almost certainly does exist. But after decades of work and billions of dollars spent, researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, aren't quite ready to say they've "discovered" the particle.
  • God particle is 'found': Scientists at Cern expected to announce on Wednesday Higgs boson..

    07/02/2012 6:02:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 2, 2012 | Rob Cooper
    Scientists at Cern will announce that the elusive Higgs boson 'God Particle' has been found at a press conference next week, it is believed. Five leading theoretical physicists have been invited to the event on Wednesday - sparking speculation that the particle has been discovered. Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider are expected to say they are 99.99 per cent certain it has been found - which is known as 'four sigma' level.
  • Retest of neutrino speed suggests Einstein was right, after all

    03/19/2012 4:22:37 PM PDT · by U-238 · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3/19/2012 | By Clara Moskowi
    Six months after physicists shocked the world by announcing they'd found particles seemingly traveling faster than light, the growing scientific consensus seems to be that the results were flawed. Neutrinos are the vampires of physics. Researchers at the ICARUS project in Italy have recreated an independent version of the original Switzerland-based experiment, called OPERA, and found that their particles traveled at a respectable, sub-light speed. Though the results don't automatically disprove OPERA's findings, they add to most scientists' sense that the shocking finding was an anomaly "The evidence is beginning to point towards the OPERA result being an artifact of...
  • New Experiment Shows Neutrinos Do Not Travel Faster Than Light

    03/17/2012 11:21:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/18/2012 @ 12:17AM | Alex Knapp
    There was definitely some excitement in the physics world last Fall when the OPERA Collaboration in Gran Sasso, Italy, announced that they had measured neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light. I’ve been skeptical of this announcement since the first day, and in the intervening months since, things have been looking worse for the measurement. This culminated last month when the OPERA Collaboration admitted that the faster-than-light measurement may have been due to a simple measurement error. Now, in what may well be the final nail in the coffin for the claim that neutrinos travel faster than light, scientists...
  • Loose cable blamed for speedy neutrinos

    03/06/2012 1:16:25 AM PST · by U-238 · 41 replies
    Science News ^ | 2/23/2012 | Devin Powell
    Faulty wiring has been proposed as the glitch that caused a European physics experiment to clock particles flying faster than light. Scientists at Italy’s OPERA experiment reported in September that nearly weightless particles called neutrinos were apparently traveling from the CERN laboratory on the Swiss-French border to an underground detector in Italy, 730 kilometers away, faster than the speed of light. The apparent violation of Einstein’s theory of special relativity immediately produced a chorus of theorists offering reasons why neutrinos simply could not be going that fast (SN: 11/5/11, p. 10). “It was always clear to me that the results...
  • Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos: OPERA Confirms and Submits Results, But Unease Remains

    11/19/2011 8:49:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 17 November 2011 | Edwin Cartlidge
    New high-precision tests carried out by the OPERA collaboration in Italy broadly confirm its claim, made in September, to have detected neutrinos travelling at faster than the speed of light. The collaboration today submitted its results to a journal, but some members continue to insist that further checks are needed before the result can be considered sound. OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-Tracking Apparatus) measures the properties of neutrinos that are sent through the Earth from the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, and arrive in its detector located under the Gran Sasso mountain in central Italy. On 22 September,...
  • LHC results may solve riddle of how universe can exist

    11/15/2011 9:34:28 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 1+ views
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 15th November 2011 15:28 GMT | Lewis Page
    Top boffins at the Large Hadron Collider – mightiest particle-punisher and largest machine of any kind ever assembled by humanity – say that they may have uncovered a vital clue explaining one of the greatest mysteries of physics: namely, how is it that matter itself can exist? This is a mystery because the so-called Standard Model of physics calls for ordinary matter and antimatter to decay in very similar ways. Theory also says that equal amounts of antimatter and regular-type matter (such as that making up the Sun, the Earth, all the life upon it including us etc) should have...
  • Tevatron atom smasher shuts after more than 25 years

    09/30/2011 6:26:20 AM PDT · by lump in the melting pot · 28 replies
    BBC News Website ^ | September 30, 2011 | Paul Rincon, Science editor, BBC News website
    One of the world's most powerful "atom smashers", at the leading edge of scientific discovery for a quarter of a century, is about to shut down. The Tevatron facility near Chicago will fire its last particle beams on Friday after federal funding ran out. Housed in a 6km-long circular tunnel under the Illinois prairie, the Tevatron leaves behind a rich scientific legacy. This includes finding nature's heaviest elementary particle: the top quark. Since 1985, engineers have been accelerating bunches of proton and antiproton particles around the Tevatron's main ring at close to the speed of light, then smashing them together...
  • CERN scientists: 'Obama Money particles faster than the speed of light'

    09/23/2011 3:24:21 PM PDT · by cruise_missile · 11 replies
    9/23/2011 | cruise_missile
    Scientists said on Thursday they recorded "Obama Money" particles travelling faster than light - a finding that could overturn one of Einstein's fundamental laws of the universe. Antonio Ereditato, spokesman for the international group of researchers, said that measurements taken over three years showed Obama Money particles pumped from CERN near Geneva to Gran Sasso in Italy and had arrived 60 nanoseconds quicker than light would have done. "We have high confidence in our results. We have checked and rechecked for anything that could have distorted our measurements but we found nothing," he said. "We now want colleagues to check...
  • "The science is settled" is the most unscientific statement that anyone can ever make

    09/23/2011 8:50:54 AM PDT · by sussex · 21 replies
    order-order.com ^ | Guido Fawkes
    The likes of George Monbiot and Al Gore get pretty hysterical about global warming / cooling / dimming or whatever current theory is in vogue. “The science is settled” they scream in an attempt to block any debate. In reality physicists, as a sub-section of the scientific community, are a lot less keen on the whole carbon and climate scare racket. Scientists are not usually unanimous on any subject which is complex.
  • Tiny Neutrinos May Have Broken Cosmic Speed Limit

    09/22/2011 9:54:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 59 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 22, 2011 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    Roll over, Einstein? The physics world is abuzz with news that a group of European physicists plans to announce Friday that it has clocked a burst of subatomic particles known as neutrinos breaking the cosmic speed limit — the speed of light — that was set by Albert Einstein in 1905. If true, it is a result that would change the world. But that “if” is enormous. Even before the European physicists had presented their results — in a paper that appeared on the physics Web site arXiv.org on Thursday night and in a seminar at CERN, the European Center...
  • Particles recorded moving faster than light: CERN

    09/22/2011 12:16:56 PM PDT · by John W · 134 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 22, 2011 | Robert Evans
    An international team of scientists has recorded neutrino particles traveling faster than the speed of light, a spokesman for the researchers said on Thursday -- in what could be a challenge to one of the fundamental rules of physics. If confirmed, the discovery would overturn a key part of Albert Einstein's 1905 theory of special relativity, which says that nothing in the universe can travel faster than light.
  • CERN experiment confirms cosmic ray action (The global warmists’ dam breaks)

    09/07/2011 8:16:54 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    Calder's Updates ^ | 8-24-2011 | Nigel Calder, Jasper Kirkby
    Calder's Updates Nigel Calder takes the pulse of science, as the author of Magic Universe and Einstein's Universe. He checks predictions of the past half-century, to see how they worked out. And his hand is on the brow of frenzied climatology, as a co-author of The Chilling Stars: A Cosmic View of Climate Change.   CERN experiment confirms cosmic ray action Climate Change – News and CommentsThe global warmists’ dam breaks A graph they'd prefer you not to notice. Tucked away near the end of online supplementary material, and omitted from the printed CLOUD paper in Nature, it clearly shows...
  • Nature Journal of Science Discredits Man-made Global Warming

    09/06/2011 5:31:32 PM PDT · by saganite · 58 replies
    biggovernment.com ^ | 6 Sep 2011 | Chriss W. Street
    Nature Journal of Science, ranked as the world’s most cited scientific periodical, has just published the definitive study on Global Warming that proves the dominant controller of temperatures in the Earth’s atmosphere is due to galactic cosmic rays and the sun, rather than by man. One of the report’s authors, Professor Jyrki Kauppinen, summed up his conclusions regarding the potential for man-made Global Warming: “I think it is such a blatant falsification.” The research was conducted by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which invented the World Wide Web, built the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider, and now has...
  • Watching A Green Fiction Unravel

    08/30/2011 5:29:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 30, 2011 | Staff
    Science: Experiments performed by a European nuclear research group indicate that the sun, not man, determines Earth's temperature. Somewhere, Al Gore just shuddered as an unseasonably cool breeze blows by. The results from an experiment to mimic Earth's atmosphere by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, tell researchers that the sun has a significant effect on our planet's temperature. Its magnetic field acts as a gateway for cosmic rays, which play a large role in cloud formation. Consequently, when the sun's magnetic field allows cosmic rays to seed cloud cover, temperatures are cooler. When it restricts cloud formation by...
  • The Slowly Dying Myth of Man Made Global Warming

    08/30/2011 11:03:07 AM PDT · by Sudetenland · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Houston Conservative ^ | 8/30.2011 | Will Malven
    You can hear the desperation in their voices. The stridency of their attacks. The proponents of the failed theory of man made global warming see their golden-egg laying goose slowly being roasted. Al Gore calls skeptics "the new 'racists.'" Earlier this month, ManBearPig (Gore) launched into a tirade of obscene language attacking those who question his pet theory--a theory, by the way, which has made him quite wealthy--and before that, he compared skeptics to Nazis. Has he no shame? . . . Of course not, HE'S A LIBERAL. The degree of their stridency will tell you just how desperate the...
  • Sun Causes Climate Change Shock

    If Michael Crichton had lived to write a follow-up to State of Fear, the plotline might well have gone like this: at a top secret, state of the art laboratory in Switzerland, scientists finally discover the true cause of “global warming”. It’s the sun, stupid. More specifically – as the Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark has long postulated – it’s the result of cosmic rays which act as a seed for cloud formation. The scientists working on the project are naturally euphoric: this is a major breakthrough which will not only overturn decades of misguided conjecture on so-called Man Made Global...
  • Climate Science You Won't Hear About (Lawrence Solomon: Science getting settled)

    08/29/2011 11:34:39 AM PDT · by skimbell · 20 replies
    Financial Post ^ | Aug 26, 2011 | Lawrence Solomon
    The science is now all-but-settled on global warming, convincing new evidence demonstrates, but Al Gore, the IPCC and other global warming doomsayers won’t be celebrating. The new findings point to cosmic rays and the sun — not human activities — as the dominant controller of climate on Earth. The research, published with little fanfare this week in the prestigious journal Nature...
  • Al Gore – You Man-Made Global Warming Skeptics Are Racists!

    08/27/2011 11:20:50 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 20 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-27-11 | Curt
    What do the liberals do when they are losing the argument? Call you racist [VIDEO AT SITE] Oh please. The science is NOT settled. There is most definitely a rational basis to be skeptical of people like Mr. Gore who cry "the sky is falling" when the science just does not support it. He has made a lot of money off of the scaremongering, that in itself leads me to be skeptical. And because I'm skeptical I'm comparable to slave owners I suppose. Sigh... It gets better: Al Gore on Friday bashed the notion that climate scientists are manipulating...
  • CERN Experiment Confirms Cosmic Rays Influence Cloud Seeds

    I’ll have more on this as it develops (updated twice since the original report now), but for the short term, it appears that a non-visible light irradiance effect on Earth’s cloud seeds has been confirmed. The way it is posited to work is that the effect of cosmic rays (modulated by the sun’s magnetic variations which either allow more or deflect more cosmic rays) creates cloud condensation nuclei in the Earth’s atmosphere. With more condensation nuclei, more clouds form and vice-versa. Clouds have significant effects on TSI at the surface. Update: From the Nature article, Kirkby is a bit more...
  • CERN Generates 1PB of Data Per Second ( That is 1,000 Terabytes per second )

    06/26/2011 5:24:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    HardOCP ^ | Sunday June 26, 2011
    f you think you have gigantic storage problems with your computer data, think again. The experiments at CERN are generating a staggering 1 Petabyte of information every second of each experiment running on the Large Hadron Collider. I don’t know what they pay the IT staff there, but I’m sure it isn’t nearly enough. "To analyse this amount of data you need the equivalent of 100,000 of the world’s fastest PC processors. CERN provides around 20 per cent of this capability in our datacentres, but it’s not enough to handle this data," he said.
  • Antimatter Trapped for Amazingly Long 16 Minutes

    06/05/2011 9:40:13 PM PDT · by NYFreeper · 22 replies
    LiveScience ^ | June 05, 2011 | LiveScience
    Antimatter, an elusive type of matter that's rare in the universe, has now been trapped for more than 16 minutes — an eternity in particle physics. In fact, scientists who've been trapping antihydrogen atoms at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva say isolating the exotic particles has become so routine that they expect to soon begin experiments on this rare substance. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/06/05/antimatter-trapped-for-amazingly-long-16-minutes/#ixzz1OSzvDI4k
  • Antiatoms, All Out of Energy and Ready for Work

    06/06/2011 7:27:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 5 June 2011 | Adrian Cho
    Enlarge Image Out with a bang. In this artist's rendition, an antihydrogen atom rattles around the ALPHA trap before escaping to create a pair of pions. Credit: CERN/ALPHA collaboration Just 6 months ago, physicists reported that they had trapped atoms made of antimatter for a fraction of a second. Now, the same team has held on to individual atoms of antihydrogen, each of which consists of an antiproton bound to a positron, for up to 15 minutes. That's long enough for an atom to lose all of its internal energy and settle into its least-energetic "ground state," a prerequisite...
  • Antimatter atom trapped for first time, say scientists

    11/17/2010 2:08:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/17/10 | Jason Palmer
    Antimatter atoms have been trapped for the first time, scientists say. Researchers at Cern, home of the Large Hadron Collider, have held 38 antihydrogen atoms in place, each for a fraction of a second. Antihydrogen has been produced before but it was instantly destroyed when it encountered normal matter. The team, reporting in Nature, says the ability to study such antimatter atoms will allow previously impossible tests of fundamental tenets of physics. The current "standard model" of physics holds that each particle - protons, electrons, neutrons and a zoo of more exotic particles - has its mirror image antiparticle. The...
  • Proof of extra dimensions possible next year: CERN

    11/16/2010 5:24:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 15, 2010 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Scientists at the CERN research center say their "Big Bang" project is going beyond all expectations and the first proof of the existence of dimensions beyond the known four could emerge next year. In surveys of results of nearly 8 months of experiments in their Large Hadron Collider (LHC), they also say they may be able to determine by the end of 2011 whether the mystery Higgs particle, or boson, exists. Guido Tonelli, spokesman for one of the CERN specialist teams monitoring operations in the vast, subterranean LHC, said probing for extra dimensions -- besides length, breadth, height...
  • Angels or Demons? Will CERN's LHC Experiments Point to the Existence of Another Universe?

    09/12/2010 6:57:57 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 9/11/10 | Casey Kazan
    Could the elusive Higgs boson finally be in sight? Earlier this summer, physicist Tommaso Dorigo of the University of Padua wrote about talk of a tentative hint of the Higgs at the Tevatron, a particle accelerator at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. "It reached my ear, from two different, possibly independent sources, that an experiment at the Tevatron is about to release some evidence of a light Higgs boson signal. Some say a three-sigma effect, others do not make explicit claims but talk of a unexpected result," wrote Dorigo. The blog post was low on detail but...
  • The strange case of solar flares and radioactive elements

    08/25/2010 8:59:18 AM PDT · by decimon · 81 replies
    Stanford University ^ | August 23, 2010 | DAN STOBER
    When researchers found an unusual linkage between solar flares and the inner life of radioactive elements on Earth, it touched off a scientific detective investigation that could end up protecting the lives of space-walking astronauts and maybe rewriting some of the assumptions of physics.> Checking data collected at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island and the Federal Physical and Technical Institute in Germany, they came across something even more surprising: long-term observation of the decay rate of silicon-32 and radium-226 seemed to show a small seasonal variation. The decay rate was ever so slightly faster in winter than in summer....
  • Higgs boson discovery rumours false, say Tevatron scientists (ARG!)

    07/13/2010 10:02:44 AM PDT · by Psycho_Bunny · 9 replies
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 13 Jul 2010 | Tom Chivers
    Rumours that the Higgs boson - sometimes called the 'God particle' - has been detected by the Tevatron particle accelerator have been denied. A spokesman for the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory told the Telegraph: "The rumour of evidence for the Higgs boson is just that: a rumour, with no factual basis. "Beyond that, we don't comment on rumours."
  • Missing piece found in particle puzzle: scientists...

    06/01/2010 4:08:50 PM PDT · by TaraP · 23 replies · 707+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 1st, 2010
    Research scientists announced on Monday they had identified the missing piece of a major puzzle involving the make-up of the universe by observing a neutrino particle change from one type to another. Science The CERN physics research center near Geneva, relaying the announcement from the Gran Sasso laboratory in central Italy, said the breakthrough was a major boost for its own LHC particle collider programme to unveil key secrets of the cosmos. According to physicists at Gran Sasso, after three years of monitoring multiple billions of muon neutrinos beamed to them through the earth from CERN 730 kms (456 miles)...
  • A New Clue to Explain Existence

    05/17/2010 10:08:26 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 13 replies · 624+ views
    NY Times ^ | 05/17/10 | Dennis Overbye
    Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are reporting that they have discovered a new clue that could help unravel one of the biggest mysteries of cosmology: why the universe is composed of matter and not its evil-twin opposite, antimatter. If confirmed, the finding portends fundamental discoveries at the new Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva, as well as a possible explanation for our own existence.
  • The LHC starts regular operations at 7TeV [Black Hole Alert!]

    03/30/2010 7:39:31 AM PDT · by Duke C. · 1 replies · 379+ views
    Mar. 30, 2010 | John Timmer
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  • LHC particle-punisher in record 7 TeV hypercollisions

    03/30/2010 6:48:52 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 20 replies · 855+ views
    The Register ^ | 30th March 2010 11:45 GMT | Lewis Page
    Earth apparently still here: Tinfoilers omelette-visaged It's official: as this is written, the most powerful particle collisions ever achieved by the human race are taking place inside the great subterranean detector caverns of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). An initial hiccup this morning saw an overly-jumpy automatic protection system quench a magnet and dump one of the beams, but boffins at the colossal 27-km machine's controls fought back to re-establish a ring of lightspeed 3.5 tera-electron-volt (TeV) protons in the affected magno-doughnut in time for lunch.
  • Collider to begin science quest

    03/29/2010 11:10:45 PM PDT · by Viiksitimali · 15 replies · 1,023+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 30 March 2010
    The Large Hadron Collider is about to start the work that could lead to the discovery of fundamental new physics. Scientists working on the European machine will later attempt to smash beams of proton particles together at unprecedented energies.
  • Geneva atom smasher sets record for beam energy

    03/21/2010 2:58:35 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 410+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 3/20/2010 | AFP via Yahoo News
    Operators of the world's largest atom smasher on Friday ramped up their massive machine to three times the energy ever previously achieved, in the run-up to experiments probing the secrets of the universe. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, said beams of protons circulated at 3.5 trillion electron volts in both directions around the 27-kilometer (17-mile) tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider under the Swiss-French border at Geneva. The next major development is expected in a few days when CERN starts colliding the beams in a new round of research to examine the tiniest particles and forces within...
  • Record Set for Speedy Protons

    03/20/2010 9:03:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 221+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 19, 2010 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    The world’s largest particle accelerator is feeling its oats. Scientists at CERN, the European nuclear research agency, announced Friday morning that they had accelerated beams of protons at the accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, to energies of 3.5 trillion electron volts. That is a new record, three times the energy of any other machine on earth, and means that the collider, after 15 years and $10 billion, is on the verge of beginning to do physics experiments.
  • Geneva atom smasher sets record for beam energy

    03/19/2010 8:50:51 AM PDT · by Abathar · 15 replies · 415+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Mar 19, 2010 | Alexander Higgins
    GENEVA – Operators of the world's largest atom smasher on Friday ramped up their massive machine to three times the energy ever previously achieved, in the run-up to experiments probing the secrets of the universe. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, said beams of protons circulated at 3.5 trillion electron volts in both directions around the 27-kilometer (17-mile) tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider under the Swiss-French border at Geneva. The next major development is expected in a few days when CERN starts colliding the beams in a new round of research to examine the tiniest particles and...
  • Big Bang experiment may reveal dark universe: CERN

    03/08/2010 12:53:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 268+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/8/10 | Robert Evans
    GENEVA (Reuters) – Dark matter, which scientists believe makes up 25 percent of the universe but whose existence has never been proven, could be detected by the giant particle collider at CERN, the research center's head said Monday. Rolf-Dieter Heuer told a news conference some evidence for the matter may emerge even in the shorter term from mega-power particle collisions aimed at recreating conditions at the "Big Bang" birth of the universe some 13.7 billion years ago. "We don't know what dark matter is," said Heuer, Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research on the Swiss-French border near Geneva....
  • World's most powerful atom smasher restarts: CERN

    02/28/2010 2:09:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 856+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/28/10 | AFP
    GENEVA (AFP) – Scientists have restarted the world's most powerful atom-smasher overnight, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said Sunday, as they launch a new bid to uncover the secrets of the universe. "The LHC is on its way again. First beam of 2010 circulated in each direction by 04.10 CET (0310 GMT)," said CERN in a tweet on its website on Sunday. The 3.9 billion euro (5.6 billion dollars) Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was shut down in December to ready it for collisions at unfathomed energy levels. It was run for a few weeks after being successfully revived...