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  • Just a burp: Intriguing hints of physics particle evaporate

    08/06/2016 7:23:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 6, 2016 5:31 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    Eight months after raising hopes that they may have found an intriguing new particle that cannot be explained by the existing main physics theory, disappointed scientists are saying: Never mind. It was just a statistical burp, not a breakthrough, researchers reported Friday. […] Early unconfirmed readings of a new particle in December by physicists at the center, called CERN, set the physics world abuzz. Scientists there had discovered the Higgs boson or “God particle” in 2012, and two new readings from the Large Hadron Collider made it seem as though they may had found a revolutionary new particle. …
  • String Theory Co-Founder: Sub-Atomic Particles Are Evidence the Universe Was Created

    06/20/2016 6:11:57 AM PDT · by xzins · 170 replies
    CNS ^ | June 17, 2016 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Dr. Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist at the City College of New York (CUNY) and co-founder of String Field Theory, says theoretical particles known as “primitive semi-radius tachyons” are physical evidence that the universe was created by a higher intelligence. After analyzing the behavior of these sub-atomic particles - which can move faster than the speed of light and have the ability to “unstick” space and matter – using technology created in 2005, Kaku concluded that the universe is a “Matrix” governed by laws and principles that could only have been designed by an intelligent being. “I have concluded that...
  • Why String Theory Is Not Science

    12/24/2015 6:40:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 23, 2015 | Ethan Siegel
    There are a lot of different ways to define science, but perhaps one that everyone can agree on is that it’s a process by which: 1.knowledge about the natural world or a particular phenomenon is gathered, 2.a testable hypothesis is put forth concerning a natural, physical explanation for that phenomenon, 3.that hypothesis is then tested and either validated or falsified, 4.and an overarching framework — or scientific theory — is constructed to explain the hypothesis and that makes predictions about other phenomena, 5.which is then tested further, and either validated, in which case new phenomena to test are sought (back...
  • CERN releases 300TB of Large Hadron Collider data into open access

    04/24/2016 11:40:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies ^ | 4/23/2016 | Devin Coldewey
    Cancel your plans for this weekend! CERN just dropped 300 terabytes of hot collider data on the world and you know you want to take a look. Kati Lassila-Perini, a physicist who works on the Compact Muon Solenoid (!) detector, gave a refreshingly straightforward explanation for this huge release. “Once we’ve exhausted our exploration of the data, we see no reason not to make them available publicly,” she said in a news release accompanying the data. “The benefits are numerous, from inspiring high school students to the training of the particle physicists of tomorrow. And personally, as CMS’s data preservation...
  • Potential New Particle Shows Up at the LHC, Thrilling and Confounding Physicists

    12/20/2015 12:36:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Scientific American ^ | December 16, 2015 | Clara Moskowitz
    The gigantic accelerator in Europe has produced hints of an exotic particle that defies the known laws of physics. A little wiggle on a graph, representing just a handful of particles, has set the world of physics abuzz. Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland, the largest particle accelerator on Earth, reported yesterday that their machine might have produced a brand new particle not included in the established laws of particle physics known as the Standard Model. Their results, based on the data collected from April to November after the LHC began colliding protons at nearly twice the...
  • Large Hadron Collider restarts after two-year rebuild

    04/05/2015 6:42:01 AM PDT · by John W · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 5, 2015 | Jonathan Webb
    The Large Hadron Collider has restarted, with protons circling the machine's 27km tunnel for the first time since 2013. Particle beams have now travelled in both directions, inside parallel pipes, at a whisker below the speed of light. Actual collisions will not begin for at least another month, but they will take place with nearly double the energy the LHC reached during its first run. Scientists hope to glimpse a "new physics" beyond the Standard Model. Rolf Heuer, the director-general of Cern, which operates the LHC, told engineers and scientists at the lab: "Congratulations. Thank you very much everyone… now...
  • LHC restart: 'Experimental' current blast fixes glitch

    03/31/2015 6:00:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    bbc ^ | Jonathan Webb
    The short circuit delaying the restart of the Large Hadron Collider has been fixed, after a blast of high current melted the metal particle responsible. It is now likely that the LHC will see beams of protons racing around its 27km circumference early next week. The massive machine's second run, after a two-year refit, had faced a delay of up to several weeks after the glitch was discovered ten days ago. But now only much more routine tests remain to be completed. Cern, the European organisation for nuclear research, announced on Tuesday that Run Two of the collider was "back...
  • Large Hadron Collider Just Might Melt Its Way Out of a Glitch

    03/28/2015 6:00:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Operations at the Large Hadron Collider apparently have been stymied by a little piece of metal that fell into the works, creating a short circuit — and Europe's CERN particle physics center says one of the remedies being considered is to turn up the electrical current high enough to "melt the offending object." After a two-year-long shutdown for upgrades, the world's most powerful particle accelerator was due to resume shooting beams of protons through its 17-mile-round (27-kilometer-round) ring of helium-cooled magnets this week. But the LHC's operators detected an intermittent short circuit in one of the magnet sectors, forcing them...
  • The World's Biggest Physics Experiment is about to Reboot

    03/20/2015 7:28:27 AM PDT · by EBH · 51 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 3/20/2015 | Jaime Condliffe
    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the most audacious physics experiment in human history. Now scientists are about to restart the giant particle collider for a new set of experiments. Last time, they did the almost-impossible and found the Higgs Boson. This time, they might find something even more exciting. Back in 2008, just nine days into its first run of experiments, there was a significant incident at the Large Hadron Collider. A faulty electrical connection between two magnets stopped superconducting, then melted and caused serious mechanical damage to the facility. The accident delayed use of the LHC for six...
  • Particle jets reveal the secrets of the most exotic state of matter

    03/15/2015 12:03:33 PM PDT · by samtheman · 18 replies ^ | March 11, 2015 | The Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences
    Shortly following the Big Bang, the Universe was filled with a chaotic primordial soup of quarks and gluons, particles which are now trapped inside of protons and neutrons. Study of this quark-gluon plasma requires the use of the most advanced theoretical and experimental tools. Physicists have taken one crucial step towards a better understanding of the plasma and its properties.
  • Atom smasher will renew hunt for strange particles in 2015

    01/01/2015 9:56:19 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Now, the LHC is set to return in 2015 nearly twice as powerful as its first run from 2010 to 2013. "Doubling the energy will have a huge impact on the search for new particles at LHC," said experimental particle physicist Gabriella Sciolla, of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, who works on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. "The higher the energy, the heavier the particle one can possibly produce."
  • CERN scientists discover 2 new subatomic particles

    11/19/2014 6:22:18 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 19, 2014, 7:20 AM ET | JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press
    Scientists at the world's largest smasher said Wednesday they have discovered two new subatomic particles never seen before that could widen our understanding of the universe. An experiment using the European Organization for Nuclear Research's Large Hadron Collider found the new particles, which were predicted to exist, and are both baryons made from three quarks bound together by a strong force.
  • String Theory: Now Circling the Drain

    10/30/2014 7:58:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | October 30, 2014 | Tom Hartsfield
    The largest physics experiment ever built is now testing the nature of reality. String theory, supersymmetry and other theories beyond the Standard Model are under scrutiny. More than 10,000 people have been involved. Total cost is nearing $10 billion. This, of course, is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which helped discover the Higgs Boson. Simultaneously, the ACME experiment, run by a team of less than 50, built for a few million dollars (and much, much smaller), has created a more precise test of these advanced theoeries. This experiment hinges on an extremely painstaking and precise method to picture the shape...
  • LHC upgrade to open up 'new realm of particle physics'

    04/03/2013 4:43:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 2 April 2013 Last updated at 08:19 ET | Pallab Ghosh
    Engineers have begun a major upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Their work should double the energy of what's already the most powerful particle accelerator in the world. This will enable researchers here to move on to their ultimate goal: to find evidence of "new physics", which they believe will lead to a new, more compete theory of sub-atomic physics. The discovery of the Higgs last year was the end of a successful chapter of late 20th Century physics. This was the development of the current theory in the 1960s and 70s called the "Standard Model". This theory says...
  • Behind the Higgs: A primer on a long-sought boson

    07/25/2012 4:14:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Science News ^ | July 28th, 2012 | Tom Siegfried
    In 1964, physicist Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh proposed that the infant universe (as in, perhaps a trillionth of a second old) experienced... a phase transition. In much the way an iron bar can suddenly become a magnet when cooled below a certain temperature, space itself acquired a new feature. Instead of a magnetic field, space was filled with a new forcelike field -- since named for Higgs. Other physicists worked out similar scenarios at about the same time, and later work showed how the Higgs phase transition could explain the distinct identities of two of nature's basic...
  • Fear of black hole machine triggers threats to researchers

    09/06/2008 1:07:57 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 81 replies · 313+ views
    worldnetdaily ^ | 9/6/08 | Drew Zahn
    Scientists preparing to fire up the world's largest atom smasher are being flooded with phone calls and emails – even death threats – from people worried that the Large Hadron Collider, when activated, will obliterate planet Earth.
  • 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...
  • Particle physics is at a turning point [ Higgs boson and String Theory ]

    12/17/2011 5:02:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Nature: World View ^ | Friday, December 16, 2011 | Gordon Kane
    ...The properties and mass of the LHC's Higgs boson suggest that physicists will soon find superpartners for particles, and that we have begun to connect string theory to the real world... Physicists thought that a Higgs boson, when discovered, would take this supersymmetric form, so how have we discovered one so apparently identical to the impossible standard-model version? Working out how to interpret this could be a large step towards the underlying broader theory that will extend the standard model. One explanation could come from an unexpected source: string theory or its extension, M-theory. Contrary to what you may have...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Hints of Higgs from the Large Hadron Collider

    12/18/2011 8:13:12 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    NASA ^ | December 18, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Why do objects have mass? To help find out, Europe's CERN has built the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most powerful particle accelerator yet created by humans. Since 2008, the LHC smashed protons into each other with unprecedented impact speeds. The LHC is exploring the leading explanation that mass arises from ordinary particles slogging through an otherwise invisible but pervasive field of virtual Higgs particles. Were high energy colliding particles to create real Higgs bosons, the Higgs mechanism for mass creation will be bolstered. Last week, two LHC groups reported on preliminary indications that the Higgs boson might exist...
  • 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,...