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Scientists Make a Key Antimatter Discovery
Decades of Work End in
Major Antimatter Discovery
new study

Decades of Work End in Major Antimatter Discovery

Scientists determine it does respond to gravity by falling

(Newser) - Earth and all the other planets are made of matter—and at the time of the Big Bang, matter and its opposite, antimatter, were created in equal amounts. In our current world, antimatter is all but impossible to find, making a big discovery regarding it equally big news. The finding...

Physicists May Have Glimpsed 'New Force in Nature'
CERN Results Have
Physicists 'Shaking'
new study

CERN Results Have Physicists 'Shaking'

They may have glimpsed a 'new force in nature,' according to new study

(Newser) - Something strange is happening in the world of physics that might herald what scientists describe in the Conversation as a "brand new force of nature." The excitement stems from the CERN research facility in Switzerland, where physicists have been smashing particles together in the Large Hadron Collider and...

CERN Scientist Suspended Over 'Unacceptable' Comments

Professor Alessandro Strumia said 'physics was built by men' during a presentation

(Newser) - A scientist with one of the world's most respected research facilities who says "physics was invented and built by men, it’s not by invitation” has been suspended over seemingly misogynistic comments he made during a presentation. Per the BBC , Professor Alessandro Strumia of Pisa University was speaking...

Someone Filmed a Fake Human Sacrifice at CERN

Esteemed Euro physics lab trying to figure out who staged creepy 'spoof'

(Newser) - "Prankster" may not be the first word that comes to mind when describing a scientist, but a group of them at Switzerland's European Organization for Nuclear Research (aka CERN) may have just elevated the term in an odd and creepy way. The Guardian reports the research organization is...

CERN Officially Distances Itself From Satan
 CERN Officially 
 Distances Itself 
 From Satan 


CERN Officially Distances Itself From Satan

LHC draws more than its fair share of conspiracy theorists

(Newser) - When CERN's Large Hadron Collider is fired up again at the end of April, physicists won't just be testing for unknown particles. They'll also be testing a new FAQ page , and it's an unusual one that distances CERN from demons and Satan. Since the LHC began...

Physicists May Have Found Another New Particle

More data is needed before hints can be confirmed

(Newser) - First, scientists experimenting with CERN's Large Hadron Collider discovered the Higgs boson . Next came the possible discovery of pentaquarks . Now scientists may have detected a new, unknown particle. Working from June to mid-November, two teams from the European Organization for Nuclear Research, aka CERN, spotted excess pairs of gamma...

Large Hadron Collider May Have Made 2nd Major Find

CERN says team has found pentaquarks

(Newser) - A new kind of subatomic particle called the pentaquark has been detected for the first time, the European Organization for Nuclear Research announced today. The lab, known by its French acronym CERN, said the findings were made by a team of scientists working on one of the four experiments at...

After 2-Year Hiatus, CERN's Collider Rolls Again

Back online after $150M upgrade aimed at sussing out dark matter

(Newser) - For the first time since 2013, protons are swirling around the Large Hadron Collider's 16.8-mile loop, as CERN brings its baby back online after a two-year, $150 million rebuild. With the "God particle" now under its belt , CERN is hoping for bigger and better things out of...

CERN Wants New Collider, 62 Miles Long

Contraption could be 4 times size of Large Hadron Collider

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider has only been in "full swing" for three years, notes a leading CERN physicist—but since planning for it began in 1983, it's already time to start thinking about what's next. In the case of the European particle physics organization, that means considering...

Dark Matter News Might Be Space Station's Finest Hour

Experiment there yields what may be the first glimpse of the stuff

(Newser) - Astronomers are plenty excited today over the news that an experiment aboard the International Space Station may have caught the first glimpse of dark matter. You know, the "mysterious substance that may hold the cosmos together," in the words of USA Today . Or the "mysterious dark matter...

We Did Find a Higgs Boson: Scientists

Though they're still not sure if it's a simple or more 'exotic' form of Higgs

(Newser) - Just one week ago , scientists said they were achingly close to confirming that last July's discovery at the Large Hadron Collider was in fact the Higgs boson, and just had to eliminate one more possibility. They apparently did, because the AP reports that CERN today announced that "it...

Higgs Boson Confirmation Achingly Close

'Pretty vanilla,' says one researcher of announcement

(Newser) - Thousands of checks have scientists inching ever closer to confirming that last July's discovery at the Large Hadron Collider was in fact the Higgs boson, reports the AP . The researchers say there's still one possibility they want to eliminate before declaring they are 99.9% positive: that it'...

CERN Wants Even Bigger Large Hadron Collider

50-mile monstrosity would study nature of gravity

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider just isn't large enough for CERN. The Geneva-based team that found the Higgs boson has set its sights on bigger and better things—emphasis on the bigger—and is now proposing replacing the current collider, which runs through 17 miles of tunnel, with a new...

Now, Even More Evidence of Higgs Boson

There's only a one-in-300 million chance it doesn't exist

(Newser) - One of the teams hunting the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider says it has pinned down the particle so conclusively that there's only a one-in-300 million chance it does not exist. When the team announced that it had discovered the Higgs on July 4, it said it...

Hawking Out $100 Over Higgs Discovery

He bet Michigan prof that particle would never be found

(Newser) - The apparent discovery of the Higgs boson particle has come at a cost to Stephen Hawking: The world-renowned physicist has lost a $100 bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that it wouldn't be found. "It seems I have just lost $100," Hawking tells the BBC . "...

Higgs Boson Teams: We've Found a Particle

New particle looks just like long-sought boson

(Newser) - To cheers and standing ovations from scientists, the world's biggest atom smasher claimed the discovery of a new subatomic particle today, calling it "consistent" with the long-sought Higgs boson. CERN's director said the newly discovered subatomic particle is a boson, but he stopped just shy of claiming...

CERN Found Proof of 'God Particle': Report

...but it hasn't actually 'discovered' the Higgs boson itself

(Newser) - Get ready for some scientific fireworks on July 4: Scientists at CERN intend to announce Wednesday that they have found proof that the so-called "God particle" does indeed exist—even though they haven't actually seen it, sources tell the AP . Experts say the massive amount of data the...

Einstein Safe: Neutrinos Do Not Break Light Speed

New experiment shows particles at identical speed with light

(Newser) - Einstein's theory apparently remains untouchable, and flabbergasted theoretical physicists can cease hyperventilating: Neutrinos do not exceed the speed of light, but they do appear to travel at the same speed as light, according to the results of a recent experiment. The new data confirm Einstein's foundational ideas and...

Fermilab Closes In on Higgs Boson

New report shows evidence matching CERN findings

(Newser) - Particle physicists are closer than ever to confirming the existence of the Higgs boson, thanks to a report this morning from Illinois' Fermilab. Two teams of physicists that used Fermilab's now-closed Tevatron particle collider and reviewed data provided by their experiments over the last few years say they've...

Einstein Wrong? Maybe Just Faulty Wiring

A simple loose cord may explain last year's controversy

(Newser) - More evidence that last year's furor over the accuracy of Albert Einstein's work got blown way out of proportion: Physicists believed they'd seen particles traveling faster than light , a phenomenon that would disprove the theory of relativity. But the controversial observations may have been the result of...

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