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Story of the Nobel-prizewinning breakthrough in astronomy depicted in ‘The Neutrino Hunters’

Here’s a thought. Every second of the day, a hundred trillion neutrinos pass through your body – fortunately without effect. It’s like drinking alcohol-free lager. Indeed, during your life, perhaps one neutrino will interact with an atom in your body, says astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana in this absorbing, elegant history of…

No new particle from Fermilab’s Tevatron: U.S. scientists

WASHINGTON — US physicists said Monday they were unable to confirm the findings of an atom-smasher experiment that was touted in April as possibly having discovered a new force of nature. The initial findings caused a buzz in the scientific community and plenty of speculation over whether the elusive Higgs-Boson…

Large Hadron Collider breaks another particle acceleration record

PARIS — The world’s biggest particle collider set a new record early Monday, a feat that should accelerate the quest to pinpoint the elusive particle known as the Higgs Boson, a senior physicist said. “Last night, a symbolic frontier was crossed,” said Michel Spiro, president of the board of the…

Fermi lab may have found new force of nature

WASHINGTON – Data from a major US atom smasher lab may have revealed a new elementary particle, or potentially a new force of nature, one of the physicists involved in the discovery told AFP on Wednesday. The physics world was abuzz with excitement over the findings, which could offer clues…

CERN collider restarts search for cosmic mysteries

GENEVA (Reuters) – CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is gearing up to resume full-speed particle collisions next month aimed at resolving key mysteries of the universe, scientists and engineers at the research center said on Monday. They reported that the giant subterranean machine was in fine shape after a 10-week…

Scientists trap ‘antimatter’ hydrogen atoms

PARIS — Scientists at CERN said they had trapped dozens of hydrogen “antimatter” atoms, a technical feat that boosts research into one of the great puzzles of particle physics. Under a theory expounded in 1931 by the eccentric British physicist Paul Dirac, when energy transforms into matter, it produces a…

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