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2010-06-15 12:45:00

According to a new study, there may be multiple versions of the elusive "God particle," or Higgs boson. The Higgs boson particle is the primary goal for the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment near Geneva. However, recent studies from the LHC's U.S. rival suggest physicists could be hunting for five particles, not one. The data points to new laws of physics beyond the current accepted theory, known as the Standard Model. The Higgs boson is the sub-atomic particles that...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'