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2011-12-13 19:15:48

Today's announcement from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN points to promising signs for the existence of the Higgs boson. Weizmann Institute scientists have been prominent participants in ATLAS, one of the two experiments to produce results in the search for this elementary particle. Prof. Giora Mikenberg was the ATLAS Muon Project leader for many years and now heads the Israeli LHC team. Prof. Ehud Duchovni heads the Weizmann Atlas group as well as a small group looking for SUSY...

Physicists Abuzz Over Potential Discovery of the ‘God Particle’
2011-12-13 12:23:27

The global science community is all abuzz this week as physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland announced that they may have caught a glimpse of the so-called ℠God Particle´, the subatomic particle that may explain the existence of the material universe as we know it. Experts believe that the Higgs boson particle – named for the British theoretical physicist Peter Higgs who first hypothesized its existence in the 1960s – may be the...

Higgs Boson Sighting Announcement A Day Away
2011-12-12 13:19:37

Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) are expected to present preliminary evidence of finding the elusive Higgs boson particle. The Higgs, or "God particle", has never been observed by experiments before and is a fundamental particle. It is one of the basic building blocks of the Universe and is also the last missing piece in the leading theory of particle physics.  The Higgs explains why other particles have mass. Scientists at the Large Hadron...

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2011-09-21 13:22:45

  The Universe wouldn´t be the same without the Higgs boson. This legendary particle plays a role in cosmology and reveals the possible existence of another closely related particle. The race to identify the Higgs boson is on at CERN. This Holy Grail of particle physics would help explain why the majority of elementary particles possess mass. The mysterious particle would also help us understand the evolution of the Universe from the moment of its birth, according to a group...

Higgs May Be Detected As Early As Christmas
2011-09-02 12:30:05

  Researchers at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) said that the hunt for the Higgs particle is well ahead of schedule, according to BBC News. They said earlier this year they would either discover the Higgs or confirm is does not exist by the end of 2012. The Higgs Boson is the particle that in the physics "Standard Model" allows other particles to have mass. The discovery or elimination of the particle is one of the LHC's major objectives, and it may come as early as...

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2011-07-23 05:40:00

Scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) may have gotten their first look at the so-called "God particle" -- the fabled massive elementary particle known as the Higgs boson -- according to BBC News reports published Friday. According to BBC Science Correspondent Ian Sample, officials at the Geneva-based particle physics laboratory announced the possible discovery during the 2011 Europhysics Conference on High-Energy Physics...

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2011-05-06 11:22:33

Researchers use the NSF-supported Ranger supercomputer to explore alternative particle theories As the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) ramps up the rate and impact of its collisions, physicists hope to witness the emergence of the Higgs boson, an anticipated, but as-yet-unseen, fundamental particle that scientists believe gives mass to matter. The Higgs boson is a central component of the "standard model," a theory that defines the relationships between the forces of the universe. But, what if...

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2011-02-28 13:05:00

Researchers working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) said they expect to discover the elusive Higgs boson particle by the end of 2012. If the LHC does not show any evidence of the mysterious particle during this run, physicists said that they may have to significantly alter their views of physical laws. The Higgs boson particle explains why other particles have mass, but it has not yet been observed by physicists. The LHC is housed in a 16-mile long tunnel under the French-Swiss border....

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2011-01-11 05:55:00

The search for the elusive Higgs boson particle appears on track to become a one-horse race this year, after the United States' Tevatron accelerator was denied an extension to remain operating through 2014. The Tevatron particle smasher will now conclude its operations this year, after which Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will have a clear shot at searching for the particle, a vital part of current theories of physics, BBC News reported. The Tevatron facility is operated by the Fermi...

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2010-07-23 06:29:26

The Tevatron accelerator "atom smasher" may get three extra years of usage in order to continue its hunt for the elusive God particle. Physicists at the Tevatron -- based in Batavia, Illinois and operated by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) -- are hoping to keep the accelerator operational until 2014, as they think the Higgs boson is within their grasp. The Higgs boson is a sub-atomic particle considered crucial to the current theory of particle physics. The Tevatron is...


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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.'