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  • Yes, That Was Definitely the Higgs Boson Discovered at LHC

    06/24/2014 5:04:33 PM PDT · by equalator · 17 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 6-22-2014 | Joshua A. Krisch
    Based on data obtained from the Large Hadron Collider, the CMS Collaboration at CERN provided evidence for the first time that the particle assumed to be the Higgs Boson decays into fermions, a broad class of particles that includes many atoms and nuclei. "We made this big discovery back in 2012—we confirmed the particle, its [lack of] spin, everything was consistent," says Marcus Klute, a professor of physics at MIT a coauthor on the study. "What was missing were the fermions."
  • Clinton killed the Higgs boson search (19 years ago today)

    10/31/2012 7:49:42 AM PDT · by fishtank · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | Oct. 31, 1993 | NY Times
    Article at link.
  • The Higgs Boson and the Big Bang (Institute for Creation Research)

    09/04/2012 8:36:01 AM PDT · by fishtank · 13 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Sept. 2012 | Jake Hebert
    The Higgs Boson and the Big Bang by Jake Hebert, Ph.D. * Scientists from Europe’s CERN research center presented evidence on July 4, 2012, for a particle that is likely the Higgs boson, the last remaining elementary particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics.1 Does this discovery have relevance for the creation-evolution controversy? Particles can generally be classified into two categories, according to the quantum mechanical rules that they obey: fermions and bosons. The Higgs particle is called a boson because it falls into the second category. Evidence for the Higgs boson was obtained from data collected at...
  • 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...."
  • 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.
  • Search for God Particle is nearly over, as CERN prepares to announce findings

    12/04/2011 6:23:01 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | December 1, 2011 | Nick Collins
    The Higgs boson is a theoretical particle which scientists believe gives mass to everything in the universe, and is a key component of the Standard Model of physics. While finding it in its expected form would confirm common theories on how atoms are put together, identifying a number of Higgs bosons with different masses or disproving the particle entirely would overturn many assumptions of modern physics.
  • 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...
  • Could the Higgs boson explain the size of the Universe?

    09/21/2011 7:26:02 AM PDT · by decimon · 23 replies
    EPFL ^ | September 21, 2011 | Nicolas Guérin
    The Universe wouldn’t be the same without the Higgs boson. This legendary particle plays a role in cosmology and reveals the possible existence of another closely related particle. The race to identify the Higgs boson is on at CERN. This Holy Grail of particle physics would help explain why the majority of elementary particles possess mass. The mysterious particle would also help us understand the evolution of the Universe from the moment of its birth, according to a group of EPFL physicists. If their theory is verified with data from the Planck satellite, it would clear up several questions about...
  • 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...
  • Physicists Say Can Find No Sign of 'God Particle'

    12/06/2001 4:46:03 AM PST · by Darth Reagan · 134 replies · 1,022+ views
    Reuters / Yahoo ^ | December 5, 2001
    Physicists Say Can Find No Sign of 'God Particle' LONDON (Reuters) - After years of searching and months of sifting through data, scientists have still not found the elusive sub-atomic particle that could help to unravel the secrets of the universe, a science magazine said on Wednesday.The Higgs boson, the missing link which could explain why matter has mass and other fundamental laws of particle physics, is still missing -- and physicists fear it may not exist.``It's more likely than not that there is no Higgs,'' John Swain, of Northeastern University in Boston, told New Scientist magazine.Scientists have been searching ...
  • Desperately seeking the Higgs boson

    01/15/2007 1:57:53 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 316+ views
    Manila Times ^ | Sunday, January 14, 2007 | Rony V. Diaz
    Particle physics is in the doldrums. Since 1974 it has not made any major advance except to add to the particle zoo and to tweak the Standard Model. String theory has claimed the attention many young physicists, eager for both fresh challenges and new intellectual adventures. But save for a daunting set of equations, string theory to this day is devoid of even a scintilla of direct observational evidence. For these reasons, a lot is riding on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that was completed last year and will begin full operation this year... It’s the world’s biggest particle accelerator...
  • 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...
  • Standard model gets right answer for proton, neutron masses

    11/22/2008 10:22:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,653+ views
    Science News ^ | November 20th, 2008 | Ron Cowen
    Correct calculation strengthens theory of quark-gluon interactions in nuclear particles When it comes to weighty matters, quarks and gluons rule the universe, a new study confirms. One of the largest computational efforts to calculate the masses of protons and neutrons shows that the standard model of particle physics predicts those masses with an uncertainty of less than 4 percent. Christian Hoelbling, affiliated with the Bergische Universtät Wuppertal in Germany, the Eötvös University in Budapest and the CNRS in Marseille, France, and his colleagues report their findings in the Nov. 21 Science. Nearly all the mass of ordinary matter consists of...
  • Large Hadron Collider rival Tevatron 'has found Higgs boson'

    07/12/2010 4:13:37 PM PDT · by TaraP · 90 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | June 12th, 2010 | Tom Chivers
    Rumours are emerging from the rival to the Large Hadron Collider that the Higgs boson, or so-called "God particle", has been found. Tommaso Dorigo, a physicist at the University of Padua, has said in his blog that there has been talk coming out of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, that the Higgs has been discovered. The Tevatron, the huge particle accelerator at Fermi - the most powerful in the world after the LHC - is expected to be retired when the CERN accelerator becomes fully operational, but may have struck a final blow before it becomes obsolete....
  • 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."
  • Midnight in the Garden of My Hate Mail

    04/08/2009 4:16:13 PM PDT · by Captain Kirk · 18 replies · 1,355+ views
    I was the guest on C-SPAN’s “In Depth” program on Sunday, April 5. Afterward, the volume of my e-mail messages rose substantially as people wrote to me to express their opinion of my performance or to ask me questions. Although many of these messages sent approbation, for which I am grateful, others, like most of the people who called in during the program, were less than complimentary. I had a foreboding that one of these messages might contain, shall we say, a bit of denunciation when I saw that its subject line read “You’re a fucking STUPID and VAPID.” In...
  • First particles injected into Large Hadron Collider atom smasher

    08/21/2008 7:43:56 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 56 replies · 130+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 8/21/08 | Jad Marrouche
    The first particles have been injected into the biggest atom smasher on the planet, marking the start of the countdown to probing the secrets of the universe. Scientists are pushing ahead with powering up the machine, shrugging off speculative fears that it could destroy all life on Earth by sucking it into a black hole. Starting up the biggest scientific experiment ever built is not as simple as flipping a switch.
  • Atom-smashing lab says experiment to start end-June [scofs at fear of black hole destroying Earth]

    05/27/2008 12:53:48 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 32 replies · 295+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 5/27/08 | AFP
    European particle physics laboratory CERN is set to launch its gigantic experiment which hopes to throw light on the origins of the universe within a month, the laboratory's head said Tuesday. If things go according to plan, the greatest experiment in the history of particle physics could unveil a sub-atomic component, the Higgs Boson, known as "the God Particle." The "Higgs," named after the eminent British physicist, Peter Higgs, who first proposed it in 1964, would fill a gaping hole in the benchmark theory for understanding the physical cosmos. Other work on the so-called Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could explain...
  • Veteran physicist hopes secret of universe lies underground

    04/07/2008 9:18:54 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 15 replies · 267+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | 04/07/08 | Patrick Baert
    British scientist Peter Higgs, whose work is the cornerstone of modern physics, said Monday he is putting champagne on ice in the hope a new experiment confirms his theories on how the universe works. Higgs, a veteran professor at Edinburgh University, told journalists in a rare interview that he hopes a vast experiment in the tunnels deep underground the CERN laboratory on the Franco-Swiss border could finally prove the existence of an elusive and unstable particle to which he has lent his name. The so-called "Higgs Boson" has been dubbed the 'God Particle' because so many have searched for it...
  • No sign of the Higgs boson

    04/10/2007 8:48:56 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 422+ views
    New Scientist ^ | December 5, 2001 (note the year) | Eugenie Samuel
    From the masses and interactions of other particles that we know exist, physicists calculated that the Higgs is most likely to have a mass (or energy) of around 80 gigaelectronvolts (GeV). If particle accelerators smash particles together at that energy or higher, it should be possible to make one. This is what members of the Electroweak Working Group at CERN were doing for the 5 years until LEP (the Large Electron Positron Collider) closed down last year. Since then they've been sifting through the data they gathered--and found nothing. They rule out most possible masses for the Higgs, including the...
  • Discovery Prospects at the Large Hadron Collider

    04/25/2006 7:21:47 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 32 replies · 631+ views
    Brookhaven National Laboratory ^ | 23 April 2006 | Staff (press release)
    Will scientists ever find the elusive Higgs particle, the last of the fundamental particles predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics and postulated to play a major role in how fundamental particles get their masses? Are there undiscovered particles “beyond” those described by the Standard Model? Experiments expected to begin next year at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a new particle accelerator at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), will take up the search and explore other intriguing questions about matter in our universe. Ketevi Assamagan, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, has...
  • The Mysteries of Mass

    06/30/2005 8:58:05 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 81 replies · 2,303+ views
    Scientific American ^ | July 2005 (that issue) | Gordon Kane
    Physicists are hunting for an elusive particle that would reveal the presence of a new kind of field that permeates all of reality. Finding that Higgs field will give us a more complete understanding about how the universe works. Most people think they know what mass is, but they understand only part of the story. For instance, an elephant is clearly bulkier and weighs more than an ant. Even in the absence of gravity, the elephant would have greater mass--it would be harder to push and set in motion. Obviously the elephant is more massive because it is made of...
  • Taking a chance on physics

    08/27/2004 6:42:39 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 21 replies · 685+ views
    PhysicsWeb ^ | 25 August 2004 | Belle Dumé
    What are the chances of physicists finding the Higgs boson at CERN or intelligent life on Titan by the end of the decade? Six-to-one for the Higgs and not very likely for life on Titan according to New Scientist magazine and bookmakers Ladbrokes, who have joined forces to offer the public the opportunity to gamble on a range of scientific projects. "Physics bets are not just the preserve of big names like Stephen Hawking," says Valerie Jamieson of New Scientist, "now everyone can join in". Last month Hawking, who is famous for placing bets on physics with colleagues and co-workers,...
  • Top Quark Measurements Give ‘God Particle’ New Lease on Life

    06/10/2004 4:00:48 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 23 replies · 382+ views
    University of Rochester ^ | 09 June 2004 | Staff
    Researchers from the University of Rochester have helped measure the elusive top quark with unparalleled precision, and the surprising results affect everything from the Higgs boson, nicknamed the “God particle,” to the makeup of the dark matter that comprises 90 percent of the universe. The scientists developed a new method to analyze data from particle accelerator collisions at Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory, which is far more accurate than previous methods and has the potential to change the dynamics of the Standard Model of particle physics. Details of the research are in today’s issue of the journal Nature. “This is a...
  • The God Particle and the Grid

    04/03/2004 9:56:45 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 11 replies · 300+ views
    Wired ^ | April 2004 | Richard Martin
    <p>The physics lab that brought you the Web is reinventing the Internet. Get ready for the atom-smashing, supercomputing, 5-gigabits-per-second Grid Economy.</p> <p>200 feet underground, a proton does 17-mile laps at nearly the speed of light. Guided by powerful magnets, it zooms through a narrow, circular tunnel that straddles the Switzerland-France border. Then a tiny adjustment in the magnetic field throws the proton into the path of another particle beam traveling just as fast in the opposite direction. Everything goes kerflooey.</p>
  • 'God particle' may have been seen

    03/11/2004 4:45:23 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 123 replies · 732+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | Wednesday, 10 March, 2004 | By Paul Rincon
    A scientist says one of the most sought after particles in physics - the Higgs boson - may have been found, but the evidence is still relatively weak. Peter Renton, of the University of Oxford, says the particle may have been detected by researchers at an atom-smashing facility in Switzerland. The Higgs boson explains why all other particles have mass and is fundamental to a complete understanding of matter. Dr Renton's assessment of the Higgs hunt is published in Nature magazine. "There's certainly evidence for something, whether it's the Higgs boson is questionable," Dr Renton, a particle physicist at Oxford,...
  • ENEMIES OF THE STATE: Why the U.S. Is Hated

    07/16/2002 10:31:56 AM PDT · by jodorowsky · 35 replies · 535+ views
    Uncommon Knowledge web site ^ | July 2002 | Hoover Institute
    Uncommon Knowledge #702: ENEMIES OF THE STATE: Why the U.S. Is Hated In a 2002 Gallup poll, only 22% of the people questioned in ten Muslim nations viewed the United States favorably. Why does the United States foster such hatred in the Islamic world in particular? Is it our foreign policy—our support of Israel and of repressive Arab regimes in the Mideast? Or is it our culture? Does globalization spread American values that are simply antithetical, thus disruptive, to the traditional Islamic view of society? Just what should we do to win this struggle for the hearts and minds of...