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2011-06-11 08:40:14

Data that hinted at the possible discovery of a new sub-atomic particle has been rejected after cross-checks failed to find support for the initial observation, according to a recent BBC News report. Researchers working on the CDF experiment at the US Tevatron "atom smasher" announced in May that they had detected exciting hints of a possible unanticipated particle. But in a separate experiment --called DZero -- cross-checks of the data lacked any good evidence of the findings. The DZero...

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...

2010-10-27 13:23:51

An expert panel said today that the lifetime of the Tevatron "particle smasher" should be extended by three years. This extension will allow the particle smasher in Illinois to continue its hunt for the Higgs boson particle. The panel proposes the facility should continue to operate until 2014, helping it to outrace the Large Hardon Collider (LHC) in finding the elusive particle. The Higgs, also known as the God particle, is a sub-atomic particle crucial to theories of physics. The High...

2010-08-11 13:07:13

This month physicist Juan Collar and his associates are taking their attempt to unmask the secret identity of dark matter into a Canadian mine more than a mile underground. The team is deploying a 4-kilogram bubble chamber at SNOLab, which is part of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory in Ontario, Canada. A second 60-kilogram chamber will follow later this year. Scientists anticipate that dark matter particles will leave bubbles in their tracks when passing through the liquid in one of these...

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...

2010-07-14 13:20:00

Physicists have denied rumors that a U.S. atom smasher has detected the elusive Higgs boson. A spokesman for the lab that operates the Tevatron accelerator denied scientists had made a discovery there. The Tevatron, based at Fermilab in Illinois, is the U.S. rival to Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC).  An Italian particle physicist made the rumors public through a blog post. However, a spokesman for the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) told BBC News, "There is not...

2010-06-28 12:00:00

Scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) said they have moved a step closer to reaching their goal of unlocking the mysteries of the Universe. The LHC has produced a record-breaking particle collision rate, which is about double the previous rate. According to physicist Andrei Golutvin, the collider is now generating about 10,000 particle collisions per second. The LHC is the world's highest-energy particle accelerator and is located in a 16 mile tunnel under the...

2008-09-12 10:50:00

University of Michigan physicists played a leading role in the discovery of a new particle, the Omega b baryon, which is an exotic relative of the proton. It was detected for the first time in a particle accelerator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois, Fermilab has announced. The heavy particle is scarce today, but scientists believe it was abundant soon after the Big Bang. "This discovery helps us understand how matter was formed in the universe. It shows the...