Physicists Confirm Discovery of the Higgs Boson

Physicists announced today that they have officially discovered the elusive Higgs boson. Since unveiling their near-discovery in July 2012, physicists working at CERN had referred to the particle as “Higgs-like,” unsure if it was the actual Higgs or a particle similar to it. Readings indicated the “Higgs-like” particle at 125 gigaelectronvolts (GeV). They’ve since had nearly a …

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CERN’s Large Hadron Collider Is About To Take A Nap

LHC. Nap TiME!

Everyone hoping for CERN to create microsingularities will have to wait a while longer, as the Large Hadron Collider will soon be shutting down until 2015. A two-year downtime period will begin in February, when engineers will steadily warm the accelerator up to room temperature and begin necessary maintenance and upgrades, which will last until …

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Ends Of The World: Time Traveling Tourists

See The Future

There’s always a lot of speculation about what will happen when the first time machine is switched on. Most physicists, if they believe time travel is possible, suggest that its user will only be able to travel as far back in time as when the machine was first created and initialized. Like wormholes, or Kerr …

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Woman Tries (And Fails) To Shut Down Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider As It Prepares To Eat Earth

A German woman has failed to successfully shut down CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), after taking her case to court and claiming that the particle accelerator would generate a black hole, swallowing Earth into oblivion. Her claim went before a German court on Tuesday, where it was rejected citing “no evidence to doubt the correctness of …

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UK Scientists Hope To “Mimic” Black Holes In Lab

A Shredded Galaxy

Before the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN finally began operation, there was a small movement to shut the project down, out of fear that scientists would inadvertently create a black hole that would swallow the entire planet. This obviously didn’t happen, and probably won’t. Now, however, perhaps we should cast our gaze over to …

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LHC Experiments Venture Into The Primordial Universe

The ALICE, ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN will reveal new findings in their exploration of the primordial universe today. They’ll do so at the Quark Matter 2012 conference in Washington, DC. Together, the projects have accumulated a plethora of new results, including new measurements of “the kind of matter that probably existed in the …

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“Particle Consistent With The Higgs Boson” Discovered At CERN

Observation Of Potential Higgs Boson

Today, the crackpot scientists at CERN revealed the detection of something resembling the Higgs boson. Or, if you want, a detection consistent with a Standard Model Higgs. That’s a far cry from several media reports claiming a definitive “discovery,” but something’s there. Whether it’s actually the Higgs or an entirely new particle is unclear. What …

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