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Short Circuit Snags Giant Atom Smasher Restart

Posted March 25th, 2015 at 5:29 pm (UTC+0)
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CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has run into a bit of a snag in its plans to have its upgraded Large Hadron Collider (LHC) — the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator — up and running by this week for its second three-year run. Officials are suggesting that the delay in getting […]

Scientists Confirm Higgs Boson Discovery

Posted March 15th, 2013 at 6:25 pm (UTC+0)
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Scientists working with the world’s largest atom smasher say the mystery particle they found last summer was a Higgs boson, which is believed to give mass to everything in the universe. However, while the physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) confirm the particle is a Higgs boson, it doesn’t appear to have […]

Does ‘God Particle’ Spell End of the Universe?

Posted February 20th, 2013 at 8:11 pm (UTC+0)
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Last summer, when scientists finally cornered the elusive building block of the universe known as the Higgs boson, they apparently also discovered something else: that the universe’s days might be numbered. “It may be that the universe we live in is inherently unstable,” said Joseph Lykken, a theoretical physicist from the U.S. Department of Energy’s […]

Is There Another Higgs Boson Out There?

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 7:27 pm (UTC+0)
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Tired, and rushing to meet a looming deadline,  Dr. Pierre Savard and his colleagues didn’t realize what they’d found when they first came across a particle that looked a lot like the long-sought-after Higgs boson.  But it didn’t take long for them to realize their hard work had paid off. “When we looked at it, […]

Nailing Down the Elusive Higgs Boson

Posted July 6th, 2012 at 6:34 pm (UTC+0)
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  Although it was the Fourth of July holiday in the United States, there were plenty of fireworks in Europe, where scientists announced they’d probably found the elusive Higgs boson, a particle believed to give all objects mass. At  CERN headquarters in Geneva, two independent scientific teams – ATLAS and CMS – announced they’ve observed a […]