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‘God particle’ a gateway to new vision of universe

Physicists said Thursday the potential discovery of the “God particle” was a gateway to a new era that could see humanity unlock some of the universe’s great mysteries including dark matter. The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) unveiled data from the Large Hadron Collider on Wednesday “consistent with the…

Particle physics: A timeline

Following is a timeline of particle physics: 5th century BC: Greek philosopher Democritus suggests the Universe consists of empty space and of invisible and indivisible particles called atoms. 1802: John Dalton, a Quaker-educated English physicist and chemist, lays groundwork of modern theory of the elements and the atom. 1897: Electron…

Scientists suspect link between cat feces, female suicide

Women infected with a parasite spread by cat feces run a higher risk of attempting suicide, suggests a study of more than 45,000 women in Denmark published in a scientific journal this week. “We can’t say with certainty that T. gondii caused the women to try to kill themselves,” said…

Methadone linked to 30 percent of painkiller overdoses

The prescription drug methadone is linked to over 30 percent of painkiller overdose deaths, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Tuesday. “Death from opioid overdose have increased four-fold in the past decade, and methadone now accounts for nearly a third of opioid-associated…

Stephen Hawking lost a $100 bet that the Higgs particle wouldn’t be found

Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking said Wednesday the Nobel Prize should be given to Peter Higgs, the man who gave his name to the Higgs boson particle. Former Cambridge University professor Hawking also joked that the discovery had actually cost him $100 in a bet. In an interview with the…

Bees able to rejuvenate their brains: study

Are bees able to rejuvenate their brains? A team of scientists from Arizona State University and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences discovered that bees are able to reverse the effects of aging on their brains. Their study, published in the scientific journal Experimental Gerontology, shows that when aging bees…

Vertical farm in abandoned Chicago pork plant turns waste into food

Urban farming is being taken to new heights in an abandoned Chicago pork processing plant where environmentalists hope to “get off the grid” by using the waste from one crop to feed and power another. Schools of tilapia are already swimming in water cleaned by the roots of leafy greens…

Higgs-like particle found in ‘milestone’ for mankind

After a quest spanning nearly half a century, physicists on Wednesday said they had found a new sub-atomic particle consistent with the elusive Higgs boson which is believed to confer mass. Rousing cheers and a standing ovation erupted at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) after scientists presented astonishing…

CERN announces discovery of new particle in leaked video

The Cern physics laboratory near Geneva appeared to leak crucial details of its hunt for the long-sought Higgs boson particle on Tuesday when it accidentally posted a video announcing the discovery of a new particle on its website. Senior scientists at Cern are due to reveal the latest findings in…

U.S. approves over-the-counter HIV home testing kit

WASHINGTON — The United States announced Tuesday it has authorized sales of the first over-the-counter home testing kit for HIV, the virus that leads to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The OraQuick In-Home HIV test is expected to be available from October at 30,000 American retail outlets, its manufacturer said,…

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