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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on the Franco-Swiss border has made its first clear observation of a new particle since opening in 2009.
It is called Chi-b (3P) and will help scientists understand better the forces that hold matter together. The as-yet unpublished discovery is reported on the Arxiv pre-print server. The LHC is exploring some of the fundamental questions in "big physics" by colliding proton particles together in a huge underground facility. Detail in the sub-atomic wreckage from these impacts is expected to yield new information about the way the Universe is constructed. The Chi-b (3P) is a more excited state of Chi particles already seen in previous collision experiments, explained Prof Roger Jones, who works on the Atlas detector at the LHC. "The new particle is made up of a 'beauty quark' and a 'beauty anti-quark', which are then bound together," he told BBC News. "People have thought this more excited state should exist for years but nobody has managed to see it until now
Problem is most of these articles can only be fully understand by a very few people.
I still think the LHC could be what ends our world as like you said: Even the scientist don't really know what there dealing with.
the Standard Model is thought to be one of the ugliest theories to be proposed in all of modern physics. It has over 19 free parameters, 3 sets of redundant particles, 36 different types of quarks and anti-quarks, and a motley collection of gluons, leptons, Higgs, Yang-Mills particles, etc. To me, it is like taking Scotch tape, and wrapping up an aardvark, platypus, and a whale, and calling this natures finest evolutionary achievement.
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As a wave/matter theorist all we propose is that what you actually perceive as matter is actually the expression of a wave form.
Sounds like Quantum Mechanics.
'Dark matter' is a theoretical - and controversial - substance which is undetectable by telescopes on earth, but thought by some scientists to account for up to three quarters of the mass of the whole universe. That theory received another blow today, as scientists detected a very low mass, faint star in a star cluster for the first time. The result means that the overall mass of such 'globular clusters' could well be explained without having to resort to dark matter.
The clusters could simply be made up of faint stars we haven't detected yet.
Until now, the overall mass of globular clusters - measured by their gravitational effects on nearby galaxies - could not be explained other than with dark matter, which has not yet been proven to exist.
'A significant proportion of globular clusters can now be explained through the presence of previously undetected, faint stars,' says Jetzer.
Even the most powerful hi-tech telescopes are barely able to record remote low-mass and thus faint stars.
An astrophysicist from the University of Zurich has now detected a low-mass star in globular cluster M22 (pictured) for the first time.
The star was 'seen' using a strange gravitational effect called microlensing.
The result indicates that the overall mass of globular clusters might well be explained without enigmatic dark matter.
Until now, it was merely assumed that low-mass and therefore extremely faint stars must exist.
But even the most modern telescopes find them almost impossible to detect.
Together with a Polish-Chilean team of researchers, Swiss astrophysicist Philippe Jetzer from the University of Zurich has now detected the first low-mass star in the globular cluster M22 indirectly.
The dwarf star has less than a fifth of the mass of our Sun.
The measurements were carried out on the ESO VLT 8-meter telescope with adaptive optics at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.
Hints of the star were first detected by two Polish astronomers in 2000 - they noticed that the brightness of a nearby star increased for 20 days.
The astronomers thought that the effect might be due to a nearby, undetected star 'warping' light with its gravity field - an effect known as 'gravitational microlensing'.
The University of Zurich's Jetzer is a microlensing specialists - and his measurements confirmed that there was a tiny, faint star passing in front.