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  • 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...
  • Durbin:Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Bill That Preserves Funding for

    04/30/2012 4:47:03 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | April 30, 2012 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    [WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which he is a member, has approved a bill that preserves essential federal funding for scientific research and development programs that will support work at two Illinois labs – Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab which together employ over 4,000 Illinoisans.  These projects were included in President Obama's FY2013 Budget and supported by Durbin.    “Science labs like Fermi and Argonne are the backbone of our nation’s scientific infrastructure and workforce.  Today’s legislation provides a fiscally responsible path that will allow them to continue existing projects, expand...
  • Elusive Higgs Boson Particle Closer Than Ever, Scientists Say

    03/07/2012 5:02:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies
    Yahoo/ ^ | March 7, 2012 | Clara Moskowitz
    New evidence makes it more likely than ever that 2012 will be the year physicists finally find the long-sought Higgs boson particle. The particle has been predicted as the explanation for why all other particles have mass. It has earned the nickname the "God Particle," largely from the popular media, though scientists haven't warmed to the name. Yet despite years of searching, scientists have yet to detect the Higgs boson directly. Now physicists at the Tevatron particle accelerator at Illinois' Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory report hints in their data that suggest the particle may exist with a mass between 115...
  • Particles Moved Faster Than Speed of Light?

    09/24/2011 6:19:59 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 56 replies
    National Geographic ^ | September 23, 2011 | Ker Than
    Neutrinos—ghostly subatomic particles—may have been observed traveling faster than the speed of light, scientists announced this week. If confirmed, the astonishing claim would upend a cardinal rule of physics established by Albert Einstein nearly a century ago. "Most theorists believe that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. So if this is true, it would rock the foundations of physics," said Stephen Parke, head of the theoretical physics department at the U.S. government-run Fermilab near Chicago, Illinois.
  • Antimatter Tevatron mystery gains ground

    07/07/2011 1:18:28 AM PDT · by shibumi · 40 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 1, 2011 | staff
    US particle physicists are inching closer to determining why the Universe exists in its current form, made overwhelmingly of matter. Physics suggests equal amounts of matter and antimatter should have been made in the Big Bang. In 2010, researchers at the Tevatron accelerator claimed preliminary results showing a small excess of matter over antimatter as particles decayed. The team has submitted a paper showing those results are on a firmer footing.
  • At Particle Lab, a Tantalizing Glimpse Has Physicists Holding Their Breaths

    04/10/2011 6:32:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 5. 2011 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are planning to announce Wednesday that they have found a suspicious bump in their data that could be evidence of a new elementary particle or even, some say, a new force of nature. The results, if they hold up, could be a spectacular last hurrah for Fermilab’s Tevatron, once the world’s most powerful particle accelerator and now slated to go dark forever in September or earlier, whenever Fermilab runs out of money to operate it. “Nobody knows what this is,” said Christopher Hill, a theorist at Fermilab who was not part of the...
  • 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....
  • Particle collider magnet self-destructs

    04/03/2007 9:35:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 644+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/07 | Alexander G. Higgins - ap
    GENEVA - A 43-foot-long magnet for the world's largest particle collider broke "with a loud bang and a cloud of dust" during a high-pressure test, and officials said Tuesday they are working to find a replacement part. The part that failed March 27 was in a super-cooled magnet designed to focus streams of protons so that they collide and allow scientists to study the results of the collision, giving them a better understanding of the makeup of matter, according to Fermilab, based in suburban Chicago, which has an accelerator of its own and is helping build one deep beneath the...
  • A lighter Higgs makes particle hunt harder

    03/13/2009 10:04:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 760+ views
    Nature News ^ | 13 March 2009 | Eric Hand
    Longer search promised after physicists exclude heavy masses for the 'God particle'. The Higgs boson particle may be lighter — and the race to find it tougher — than particle physicists had hoped, according to the latest results from the Tevatron particle accelerator at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois.Fermilab is still hunting the Higgs boson.Fermilab On 13 March, scientists there announced that they had ruled out a crucial part of the hunting ground for the 'God particle', thought to confer mass on all other matter.The results suggest that the Higgs boson is not a relatively high-mass particle,...
  • Single top quark detected

    03/13/2009 9:49:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 787+ views
    Science News ^ | March 10th, 2009 | Solmaz Barazesh
    Same techniques could be used to detect theoretical particles like the Higgs boson Physicists have identified the production of the elusive single top quark, two research teams report. Previously top quarks have been observed only when produced in pairs, as when they were initially discovered 14 years ago at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill. Now, researchers using Fermilab’s two detectors announced March 9 that they have detected single top quarks. The techniques used to find the singleton quarks could help to identify other rare particles, such as the Higgs boson, the scientists say. “What a discovery,” comments...
  • LHC Might Not Be Back Online Until 2010 or Later (Large Hadron Collider)

    12/01/2008 6:10:28 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 16 replies · 1,282+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 12/1/08 | Mark Wilson
    When the LHC first went down, it was believed that repairs could get the system up and running by April 2009. Then we saw repairs pushing the timeline back to summer 2009. But now, CERN has arrived at a fork in the road regarding LHC repairs. According to spokesperson James Gillies, the complicated repairs can be simplified into modest Plan A and Plan B approach. Plan A is a quick and dirty fix, getting the particle accelerator online as quickly as possible (late summer 2009) at the cost of operating at lower power. In this scenario, 3 of 8 pressure...
  • NASA'S Fermi Telescope Unveils a Dozen New Pulsars

    02/03/2009 9:07:48 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 385+ views
    NASA ^ | 01.06.09 | Francis Reddy NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
    GREENBELT, Md. -- NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has discovered 12 new gamma-ray-only pulsars and has detected gamma-ray pulses from 18 others. The finds are transforming our understanding of how these stellar cinders work. "We know of 1,800 pulsars, but until Fermi we saw only little wisps of energy from all but a handful of them," says Roger Romani of Stanford University, Calif. "Now, for dozens of pulsars, we're seeing the actual power of these machines."
  • Anonymous Donor Saves Last U.S. Particle Physics Lab From Going Under

    06/02/2008 8:25:55 PM PDT · by Flavius · 67 replies · 157+ views
    daily tech ^ | 6/2/2008 | Jason Mick
    article physics is one of the most intriguing scientific fields, probing the nature of the very makeup of the universe itself. However, over the last half decade, due to the growing economic crisis and various items such as war funding taking precedence in government budgets, the budget to help the U.S. stay leaders in the field of particle physics has been slipping. The U.S. currently is down to only one remaining particle physics lab, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois, associated with the University of Chicago and the lab was looking to be on the way out....
  • Fermilab to host global warming presentation

    02/28/2008 11:15:04 PM PST · by dr_lew · 29 replies · 153+ views
    Fermilab Today ^ | February 26, 2008 | Fermilab Today
    David Carlson, professor of oceanography from Oregon State University, will speak from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in Ramsey Auditorium. His free presentation, titled "Exploring the Polar Regions at a Critical Time," will offer the latest climate data from around the world. He will discuss tips on how to help slow warming. The presentation, partially sponsored by the Fermilab Friends for Science Education, is open to the public.
  • Big Bang at the atomic lab after scientists get their maths wrong

    04/08/2007 8:55:49 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 76 replies · 2,252+ views
    Times Online ^ | 4/8/07 | Jonathan Leake
    A £2 billion project to answer some of the biggest mysteries of the universe has been delayed by months after scientists building it made basic errors in their mathematical calculations. The mistakes led to an explosion deep in the tunnel at the Cern particle accelerator complex near Geneva in Switzerland. It lifted a 20-ton magnet off its mountings, filling a tunnel with helium gas and forcing an evacuation. It means that 24 magnets located all around the 17-mile circular accelerator must now be stripped down and repaired or upgraded. The failure is a huge embarrassment for Fermilab, the American national...
  • The Collider Calamity

    03/30/2006 8:00:29 AM PST · by RightWingAtheist · 68 replies · 1,404+ views
    Scientific American ^ | April 2006 | Editors of SciAm
    For decades, the big guns of American science have been the U.S. Department of Energy's particle colliders, which investigate the nature of matter by accelerating subatomic particles and smashing them together. Colliders at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered exotic particles such as the top quark and revealed phenomena that hint at new laws of physics. But this great American enterprise, like so many others, is now moving overseas. While the Europeans and Japanese build new particle accelerators, the U.S. is poised to shut down its premier colliders at...
  • It's The Little Things That Matter - Neutrinos

    03/04/2005 6:57:57 AM PST · by wallcrawlr · 12 replies · 553+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | March 4, 2005 | Larry Oakes
    SOUDAN, MINN. -- How long does it take to get from Chicago to Soudan? For tiny subatomic bits called neutrinos, 2.5 milliseconds with never a weather delay. Among the smallest known particles in the universe, neutrinos can take shortcuts straight through the Earth. Scientists hope they'll also provide a shortcut to solving some of the most intriguing mysteries of the universe. Today, at the federal Fermilab outside Chicago, U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., and other dignitaries will dedicate a $180 million project that will involve flinging trillions of neutrinos through the Earth to a massive detector in Soudan. The 6,000-ton...
  • New Director Announced for Fermilab

    11/21/2004 11:53:17 AM PST · by RightWingAtheist · 12 replies · 350+ views
    Science AP via Yahoo ^ | November 20 2004 | Unknown
    BATAVIA, Ill. - A Peruvian-born, award-winning physicist was named the new director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and he takes the helm at a critical time in energy research. After a yearlong search involving 60 candidates, the appointment of Piermaria Oddone, 60, was announced Friday by the 90-member consortium of universities that manages the lab for the U.S. Department of Energy (news - web sites). Oddone, a U.S. citizen, has been deputy director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California since 1989. He'll take over the Fermilab job July 1, replacing Michael Witherell, who will have served as Fermilab's director...
  • First Data From Deep Underground Experiment Narrow Search for Dark Matter

    05/04/2004 4:32:15 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 45 replies · 246+ views
    Fermilab ^ | May 3, 2004
    04-05May 3, 2004Media contacts:Fermilab - Mike Perricone 630-840-5678 mikep@fnal.govStanford - Dawn Levy 650-725-1944 dawnlevy@stanford.eduUC-Berkeley - Bob Sanders 510-643-6998 media contacts at other collaborating institutions, see below) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFirst Data From Deep Underground Experiment Narrow Search for Dark MatterCDMS II presents new results on Weakly Interacting Massive Particles that could make up most of the matter of our universeBATAVIA, Ill.- With the first data from their underground observatory in Northern Minnesota, scientists of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search have peered with greater sensitivity than ever before into the suspected realm of the WIMPS. The sighting of Weakly Interacting...
  • McCarthyism - The Right's Badge Of Honor

    05/20/2003 6:27:57 AM PDT · by johnqueuepublic · 68 replies · 1,567+ views
    PipeBombNews ^ | May 20. 2003 | William A. Mayer
    McCarthyism - The Right's Badge Of Honor By William A. Mayer On Monday May 5, 2003 over 4,200 pages of previously classified testimony, made before the 1953-1954 Senate Permanent Committee on Investigations, became available to the public. These hearings [although some of the thunder had already been stolen during the 1948 - 1949 Nixon chaired HUAC sessions] delved further into the charges that the Soviet Union had placed intelligence agents - spies - throughout the Democrat administrations of both FDR and Harry Truman. The Committee’s lighting rod chairman at the time was the Republican Senator from Wisconsin, Joseph P....