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And then it falls apart, a bit like this. And then it falls apart, a bit like this. brookhavenlab

Quirky quark combination creates exotic new particle

Since the spectacular discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the gigantic particle accelerator outside Geneva, have suffered a bit of a drought when it comes…
Universe’s secrets are revealed in a dark corner in Switzerland. Universe’s secrets are revealed in a dark corner in Switzerland. timtom.ch

LHC celebrates five years of not destroying the world

Five years ago, at breakfast time, the world waited anxiously for news from CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The first nervy bunch of protons were due to be fired around the European…
Results pertaining to the Higgs boson are “consistent with its existence”. Results pertaining to the Higgs boson are “consistent with its existence”. jef safi

Higgs boson announcement – expert reaction

This expert reaction comes via the Australian Science Media Centre: CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) has this evening announced that the long-sought Higgs boson probably exists, after…
CERN’s work casts light on cloud formation, but might not have much to say about climate change. CERN’s work casts light on cloud formation, but might not have much to say about climate change. Taivasalla

Do cosmic rays influence climate? Some new results from CERN

Physicists at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) created something of an online kerfuffle last month when they sought to improve our understanding of cosmic rays and clouds. While their…
Another week, another rush to proclaim Einstein was wrong. Another week, another rush to proclaim Einstein was wrong. Martial Trezzini/AFP

Neutrinos and the speed of light? Not so fast …

The bartender says, “We don’t serve your kind in here” A faster-than-light neutrino walks into a bar … The media is champing at the bit to proclaim a discovery of faster-than-light travel by a subatomic…
Confusion and the elusive Higgs boson seem to go hand in hand. Confusion and the elusive Higgs boson seem to go hand in hand. Salvatore di Nolfi/AFP

95% chance ‘God particle’ statements are being misread by the media

A recent announcement by the research director of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) indicated the Higgs boson – often referred to as the “God particle” – has been excluded at 95% confidence…
Get to grips with the latest development in cosmic couture. Get to grips with the latest development in cosmic couture. NASA

Our new antimatter belt … all the rage in 2011

In the past week, many media outlets have reported the discovery of an antimatter “belt” circling the earth. A range of potential uses for this belt have already been floated – perhaps the most exciting…