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Puny US particle punisher finds strong evidence for God particle
The Register ^ | 3rd July 2012 09:30 GMT | Bríd-Áine Parnell

Posted on 07/03/2012 3:00:11 AM PDT by Olog-hai

The US particle collider Tevatron has jumped in just ahead of the Large Hadron Collider's results announcement this week to say that their machine has found the "strongest indication to date" of the God particle.

The LHC's baby American cousin stopped bashing particles off each other back in March 2001 but the scientists have kept crunching the numbers from the 500 trillion collisions produced to wring the last drops of data out.

Today, the boffins said their data "strongly point toward the existence of the Higgs boson" but we're still not there yet.

“It is a real cliffhanger," the DZero experiment co-spokesperson and physicist at the Laboratory of Nuclear and High Energy Physics in Paris, Gregorio Bernardi, said in a canned statement.

"We know exactly what signal we are looking for in our data, and we see strong indications of the production and decay of Higgs bosons in a crucial decay mode with a pair of bottom quarks, which is difficult to observe at the LHC. We are very excited about it."

However, the Tevatron researchers admitted it would be up to the LHC to properly "discover" the so-called God particle. Scientists are very careful about announcing a discovery, preferring to be absolutely sure before they say anything, which has led to endless strong evidence for the Higgs boson, but no certainty. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; Reference; Science
KEYWORDS: cern; higgsboson; lhc; particlecollider; stringtheory; tevatron
Hulk like puny particle punisher! Hulk smash big particles, maybe Hulk smash LHC too! (OK, enough of that.)
1 posted on 07/03/2012 3:00:20 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

They did away with the Space Program and kept this?


2 posted on 07/03/2012 3:57:31 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer
I thought they shut down Tevatron last year in the fall.

What they should have gone ahead with was the SSC, but the Clinton administration killed that one.
3 posted on 07/03/2012 4:06:13 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
“We have developed sophisticated simulation and analysis programs to identify Higgs-like patterns. Still, it is easier to look for a friend’s face in a sports stadium filled with 100,000 people than to search for a Higgs-like event among trillions of collisions.”
Call in Michael Mann. He's your man.

If anyone can find anything in data, Michael can.

4 posted on 07/03/2012 4:06:13 AM PDT by samtheman (The Trillion Dollar ObamaCareTax definitely is a tax; just ask the US Supreme Court.)
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To: KevinDavis; annie laurie; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks Olog-hai. Tevatron and Higgs Boson keywords (minus one; sorted):


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5 posted on 07/03/2012 5:09:33 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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