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Originally posted by Daughter2
Originally posted by Fiberx
If it's the Higgs it will be insane. When you measure the subatomics they have no volume. They appear to be only a small packet of energy, yet they behave as if they have mass. It is the Higgs that is thought to give quarks and the like their mass... One needn't ponder long to dream up some major scientific and technological implications.edit on 6-4-2011 by Fiberx because: (no reason given)
What would be the implications? Free energy? Time travel? I'm not exactly sure why this is so ground breaking?
Scientists at west suburban Fermilab are abuzz today about a tiny hiccup in some experimental data. It could be nothing, or it could be a new force of nature.
The results come from the lab’s Tevatron collider – due to shut down this year for lack of funding.
The team was studying a known process whereby protons and antiprotons create two W bosons or a W and a Z boson. But, looking at collision products at energies between 120 billion and 160 billion electron volts, they found an excess in the jets of particles produced. This could be explained, they say, by a new particle similar to, but heavier than, the long-predicted Higgs boson.
In their paper, Fermilab scientist Dan Hooper and his colleagues suggest that the results could be explained by the interaction of a new particle - dubbed the Z' boson - with quarks, but not with electrons or muons.
Originally posted by DaMod
reply to post by boncho
A "New force of nature" is a bit bigger than a lake on a moon somewhere...
Of course I have to applaud them for not releasing the actual info yet.. They probably want to confirm it's validity first.
Originally posted by Griffo
Was going to make a similar thread to this the other day. It seems like the LHC also has a new particle in its sights
LHC Locking In On New Elementary Particle
Originally posted by Cuervo
Well, Newton, you had a good run, buddy... but now it's time to step aside and let the big boys play.