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The Ever-expanding Hunt For The Elusive Higgs
2012-03-07 14:11:54

Scientists working at the US Tevatron particle collider near Batavia, Illinois on Wednesday said they have found the strongest evidence yet for the existence of the elusive “God particle.” They said their experiments mirror those from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Europe that have narrowed the range where the Higgs boson particle could be hiding. The Higgs Boson is the missing link in the standard model of physics and is believed to be what gives objects mass, though...

2012-03-05 10:36:37

The world´s most precise measurement of the mass of the W boson, one of nature´s elementary particles, has been achieved by scientists from the CDF and DZero collaborations at the Department of Energy´s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The new measurement is an important, independent constraint of the mass of the theorized Higgs boson. It also provides a rigorous test of the Standard Model that serves as the blueprint for our world, detailing the properties of the...

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2012-01-30 05:16:30

A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) say they are close to determining whether or not anti-matter exerts a sort of "anti-gravity" in much the same what that ordinary matter exerts regular gravity. In an article published Friday, BBC News reports that, while it is well known that normal matter attracts all other matter in the universe, scientists currently do not know if anti-matter would attract other matter, or repel it. A trio of UCR experts may...

2012-01-26 13:01:48

UC Riverside physicists have launched a lab experiment to find out the answer Does antimatter behave differently in gravity than matter? Physicists at the University of California, Riverside have set out to determine the answer. Should they find it, it could explain why the universe seems to have no antimatter and why it is expanding at an ever increasing rate. In the lab, the researchers took the first step towards measuring the free fall of "positronium" — a bound state between...

2012-01-09 15:22:25

Miguel A. Cazalilla, a scientist at the CFM (a joint CSIC-UPV/EHU center) and the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), together with other four colleagues from various institutions in Europe and the United States, was recently invited to write a review article that has been just published in the prestigious journal Reviews of Modern Physics of the American Physical Society, where only leading scientists in their field of physics are invited to contribute. The article, "One...

2011-12-15 16:23:41

The combination of physics and music might usually prompt images of Brian Cox playing keyboards for D:Ream, but a new trio, consisting of a professor of physics, an internationally renowned composer and an award-winning violinist, are bringing particle physics to life through a series of classical compositions. An insight into their work, aptly named "Particle Partitas", is revealed in an exclusive video report on physicsworld.com [http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/multimedia/47845],...

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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...

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2011-05-18 05:55:00

Physicists may finally be close to answering one of the biggest mysteries in science "“ whether or not a "God particle", or Higgs boson, exists. In theory, the Higgs boson is responsible for mass, without which there would be no gravity and no universe. The notional sub-atomic Higgs particle was named after British physicist Peter Higgs, who proposed its existence in 1964. Until now, the massive energies required to extract the Higgs from the building blocks of matter have not been...

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2011-04-06 14:55:56

According to an AFP report, data from the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) may have revealed a new elementary particle, or potentially a new force of nature. The new find offers clues to the persistent riddle of mass and how objects obtain it, which is one of the most sought-after answers in all of physics. Experts, however, caution that more analysis is needed to uncover the true nature of the discovery. "There could be some new force beyond the...

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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...