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Explained: What is the Large Hadron Collider, now readying to seek answers to fundamental questions of particle physics?

The world’s most powerful particle collider, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), will begin smashing protons into each other at unprecedented levels of energy beginning July 5. Scientists will record and analyze the data, which are expected to throw up evidence of “new physics” — or physics beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics, which explains …

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CERN Physicists Release Most Up-To-Date Results on Higgs Boson’s Properties

On July 4, 2012, physicists from the ATLAS and cms collaborations at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider announced the observation of a higgs boson at a mass of around 125 gigaelectronvolts. Ten years later, and with the data corresponding to the production of a 30-times larger number of Higgs bosons, the ATLAS and CMS researchers have …

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Happy birthday, Higgs boson! What we do and don’t know about the particle

On 4 July 2012, physicists at CERN, Europe’s particle-physics laboratory, declared victory in their long search for the Higgs boson. The elusive particle’s discovery filled in the last gap in the standard model — physicists’ best description of particles and forces — and opened a new window on physics by providing a way to learn …

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Higgs boson, discovered 10 years ago, continues to fascinate

Ten years ago, jubilant physicists working on the world’s most powerful science experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, announced the discovery of the Higgs boson — a particle that scientists had been searching for since 1964, when its existence was first predicted . “For particle physicists, the higgs boson was the missing piece …

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Large Hadron Collider revs up to unprecedented energy level

The world’s largest and most powerful particle collider started back up in April after a three-year break. Ten years after it discovered the Higgs boson, the Large Hadron Collider is about to start smashing protons together at unprecedented energy levels in its quest to reveal more secrets about how the universe works. The world’s largest …

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10th anniversary of the Higgs Boson discovery: What have we learned from the ‘God Particle’?

Many Americans will mark the country’s birthday today, but physicists and science nerds will also celebrate the tenth anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs Boson – also known as the ‘God Particle’ – on July 4. You may not be familiar with physicist Peter Higgs, who first predicted the existence of the new particle …

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Astronomer Says New Webb Space Telescope Images “Almost Brought Him to Tears”

The evolution of infrared astronomy, from Spitzer to WISE to JWST. Credit: Andras Gaspar The scientific and astronomical communities are eagerly waiting for Tuesday, July 12th, to come around. That is the day when[{” attribute=””>NASA promises to release the first images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)! According to a previous statement by …

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The Earth’s magnetic poles (probably) aren’t about to flip, scientists say

The Earth’s geomagnetic field, which scientists have been warning about for hundreds of years, isn’t about to suddenly flip over after all, according to a new study. It now looks like the magnetic North Pole will remain in the north and the magnetic South Pole will stay in the south — at least for a …

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The Largest Alcohol Molecule Found in Space Yet May Be The Key to Star Formation

There’s alcohol up in space. No, it’s not bottles of wine discarded by careless astronauts; rather, it’s in microscopic molecular form. Now researchers think they’ve discovered the largest alcohol molecule in space yet, in the form of propanol. Propanol molecules exist in two forms, or isomers, both of which have now been identified in observations: …

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