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'God Particle' Hunters Set to Bare Results Today

Physicists' understanding of the universe is at stake

(Newser) - Christmas may be about to come early for the world's physicists. Two competing teams of scientists who have been sifting through data from CERN's Large Hadron Collider will give a progress report today. Scientists caution that there won't be any firm answer on whether the Higgs boson...

Glimpse of 'God Particle' Nigh?

Scientists may be just days from spotting mysterious Higgs Boson particle

(Newser) - The Higgs boson "God particle" may or may not exist, and physicists at the Large Hadron Collider may or may not be close to spotting it, but one thing is clear: There are some very excited scientists at CERN. Rumors that the elusive particle believed to endow matter with...

Two Labs Close In on 'God Particle'

CERN, Fermilab find 'bumps' in data that could be Higgs boson particle

(Newser) - Science teams in both Europe and America are reporting promising new data in the hunt for the elusive Higgs boson particle —the so-called "God particle" believed to give mass to matter that remains the only particle predicted by the Standard Model of physics that has not yet been...

CERN Quashes ‘God Particle’ Rumors

Leaked memo just one of many, atom-smashers say

(Newser) - The atom-smashers at CERN have quelled rumors that the elusive Higgs boson "God particle" has been found. A leaked internal memo that suggested detectors at the Large Hadron Collider had found signs of the particle caused excitement when it was posted on a science blog, but CERN says nothing...

Fermilab Finds Possible 'New Particle'

It might be new version of the Higgs boson, or something else entirely

(Newser) - Fermilab may have found a brand new elementary particle. The Illinois lab will today announce a strange blip in its data that could represent either a new, unexpected form of the fabled Higgs boson particle, or some entirely new force of nature, the New York Times reports. “Nobody knows...

Scientists: We'll Find 'God Particle' by End of 2012

Machine to stay running longer than planned

(Newser) - Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider think they'll probably prove the existence of the Higgs Boson, or “ God Particle ,” within two years—and that if they can’t, it likely doesn’t exist. The machine was supposed to be shut down at year’s end, but it's been...

Collider Smashes Its Smash Record

But it's still slower than Fermilab

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider has just achieved its highest particle collision rate ever, bringing it a step closer to the major discoveries scientists have long hoped it would produce. The collider is now smashing together 10,000 particles per second, or roughly double its previous best, the BBC reports. That’...

Scientists Find Music in 'God Particle'

LHC data used to mimic sound of Higgs boson collision

(Newser) - Scientists searching for the elusive Higgs boson "God particle" have devised a way to listen for it. Data from the Large Hadron Collider have been used to predict the sounds that will be made by sub-atomic particles like the Higgs as they collide. The results are surprisingly melodic, a...

'God Particle' Might Really Be 5 God Particles

Fermilab experiment produces results standard physics can't explain

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider scientists searching for the Higgs boson "God particle" that explains the mysteries of the universe should be looking for five different particles, according to their rival atom-smashers in the US. Fermilab researchers in Illinois colliding protons and anti-protons found that the smashes yielded matter particles...

Physicists: Bird From the Future Damaged Collider

Theory says the universe is sabotaging the big experiment

(Newser) - CERN’s Large Hadron Collider is having a tough time getting on its feet—construction delays, birds, etc.—but now two physicists have a novel theory about why: The experiment is so “abhorrent” to God, or nature, that the universe is conspiring to sabotage it. When scientists get...

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$8B science project sidetracked by 'bit of baguette'

(Newser) - The enormous science project buried beneath the France-Switzerland border has seen all kinds of detours in its search for the so-called “God particle”—busted vacuum tubes, al-Qaeda moles—so the latest might not be a huge surprise: A piece of bread dropped by a bird onto an outdoor...

'God Machine' Warming Up for 2nd Startup in Dec.

Large Hadron Collider is ready to roll after a year of repairs

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider is ready to start smashing particles together again, equipment, the laws of nature, and the Almighty permitting. The $9 billion particle accelerator has been fully repaired after a short circuit put it out of action for more than a year, and should be ready to roll...

Rival Labs Fight Like Hell to Find 'God Particle'

US may catch elusive particle first while Europe does repairs

(Newser) - The US-based Fermilab is gaining ground on Europe's CERN in the race to discover the Higgs boson, the elusive prize of particle physics, reports the BBC. While the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland remains out of order, Fermilab's facility in Chicago has been cranked up. At a recent conference, the...

Supercollider 'Beautiful' So Far, Scientists Say

Data already streaming forth from effort to find answers to Big Bang questions

(Newser) - Scientists working with the massive atom-smasher buried under the French-Swiss border have already “seen some beautiful tracks coming off” the beams of protons circling the 17-mile loop, Bloomberg reports. “Things can go wrong at any time, but luckily this morning everything went smoothly,” one scientist told National ...

Huge Particle Collider Ready for Debut

Probably won't destroy universe

(Newser) - Physicists across the world will spend the wee hours of tomorrow morning watching with bated breath as the world’s most expensive science experiment gets under way, the New York Times reports. At 3:30am Eastern, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider will switch on for the first time, sending particles...

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