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Originally posted by Maxmars
Such news, if true, will truly be an embarrassment to those industrial interests that funneled (and continue to funnel) billions upon billions of tax-payer funds into the CERN project. They insisted that no other facility could achieve such a goal.
Oh the ironic counter-intuitive lesson that teaches... throwing massive amounts of revenue at a problem doesn't necessarily guarantee success.
Originally posted by buddhasystem
I think you need to stop here and ponder a little on why (if true) it took FNAL such a long time to produce a "rumor of a hint of possibility". The answer is, discovery potential at FNAL was always there but was extremely low due to energies available. If indeed true, they can collect marginal statistics at best, and have no way of really studying Higgs in much detail. And there is a whole host of other phenomena that we may discover at LHC that we couldn't probe at FNAL.