Higgs Boson Hysteria – but no fireworks on the 4th of July

From CERN, another science press release with a “could” and “preliminary” caveat. Sigh. I expected fireworks. It is encouraging though. 5 sigma isn’t anything to sneeze at. I have to wonder though, if the fact that CERN delayed this press release (from Monday when it became known) to today, the 4th of July, wasn’t a…

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BREAKING: CERN to announce “God Particle” found

By JOHN HEILPRIN and SETH BORENSTEIN Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Scientists believe the “God particle” that might explain the underpinnings of the universe is real, and they are about to present their evidence to the world. Physicists at the world’s biggest atom smasher plan to announce Wednesday that they have nearly confirmed the primary…

Higgs Boson announcement expected from CERN today

UPDATE 5:57 AM The live webcast from CERN is overloaded but it appears that uncertainty still exists about the HB, they may have glimpsed its signal around 126 GeV – see below – Anthony “The God Particle” may have been found. Scientists in Geneva are expected to announce they have caught a glimpse of the…

Most energetic particles ever from a celestial object

Our last story was about crabs, so is this one. I’m sure we’ll figure out a way to work in lobsters soon too. From the Stanford Linear ACcellerator Lab (SLAC): Fermi’s Large Area Telescope Sees Surprising Flares in Crab Nebula Menlo Park, Calif.—The Crab Nebula, one of our best-known and most stable neighbors in the…