The Higgs boson is running out of places to hide

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    After several years of nail-biting delays and breakdowns, the Large Hadron Collider, one of the few science experiments to become a household name, got underway in March of 2010. The search for the Higgs boson, the elusive “God particle” that would resolve several problems in the Standard Model of particle physics, was front-page news.

    But in the last 18 months, as the LHC has scanned through various energies, the Higgs has not showed itself. And at a conference in Mumbai on August 22, CERN scientists revealed news that set the physics community humming: in the energies so far explored, there’s a 95% probability that the Higgs doesn’t exist. Amir Azcel, writing in a guest blog at Scientific American, explains these numbers, considers the tumult in particle physics that will occur should the Higgs prove no more than theoretical, and asks whether Stephen Hawking has just won his infamous bet against the Higgs:

    A few years ago, celebrated British physicist Stephen Hawking was widely reported in the press to have placed a provocative public bet that the LHC (along with all particle accelerators that preceded it) would never find the Higgs boson, the so-called “God particle” believed responsible for having imbued massive particles with their mass when the universe was very young.

    At the LHC, the “God Particle” is Running Out of Places to Hide | 80beats | Discover Magazine
     
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    Haven't you posted this before?
     
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    Granny says dey gonna blow the world up...
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    CERN scientists narrow search for Higgs boson
    Fri, Nov 25, 2011 - CERN physicists have moved the focus of their search for the Higgs boson, the particle many think gave the universe form after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago, to a narrow band on the mass spectrum, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
     
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    This is a really exciting time in physics.

    The LHC is going to be upgraded next year to be even better and by 2020, they plan to make it 10 times more powerful.

    I think we are on the verge of some major new discoveries.
     
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    If we retained that mentality throughout the ages we'd have no technological advancement.

    Do you have any idea how much seemingly intangible research has benefited mankind, and all of the industries it has created?

    Quantum Physics is one such field. We would be nowhere near where we are today as a technologically advanced species if it were not for scientists studying in fields that people couldn't imagine the worth of on a practical level.

    The same could very well be said for the research conducted at CERN.

    I really can't stand the anti-science types.
     
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    Tevatron still revealing particle physics info...
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    Idled Atom-Smasher Yielding Data Months After Shutdown
    December 01, 2011 - The Tevatron Accelerator at the U.S. government's Fermi National Laboratory in suburban Chicago once led the world in studying what happens when subatomic particles are thrown together at nearly the speed of light. But CERN’s new Large Hadron Collider in Europe has taken the lead in this exotic science. U.S. officials took the aging Tevatron Accelerator offline in September, ending a 30-year career in particle physics.
     
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    Granny wonderin' who lost it?...
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    Have scientists at the LHC found the Higgs or not?
    12 December 2011 - Could this be the moment that physicists know in their hearts they have found the Higgs particle?
     

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