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Stephen Hawking: 'God Particle' Could Destroy the Universe

Physicist makes wry prediction about the Higgs Boson particle

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking has already warned that aliens might wipe out the human race . Now another mild prediction: The Higgs boson or "God" particle could cause a "catastrophic vacuum delay" that undermines space-time and destroys the universe, reports the Sunday Times via CNET . How so? Well, the particle "... More »

Higgs, Englert Win Nobel Prize for 'God Particle'

Physics prize delayed by an hour

(Newser) - Five decades after they first theorized the existence of the so-called "God particle," physicists Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain won the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics today, the AP reports. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences praised the scientists' "theoretical discovery of a... More »

Scientists in Catfight to Rename Higgs

Name makes Peter Higgs a 'rock star,' fellow theorist complains

(Newser) - Amid rumors that this year's Nobel Prize for Physics will go to the Higgs boson theory, some scientists say the particle's name should be changed so that all the glory doesn't go to British physicist Peter Higgs. At a press conference last year to announce the particle'... More »

We Did Find a Higgs Boson: Scientists

Though they're still not sure if it's a simple or more 'exotic' form of Higgs

(Newser) - Just one week ago , scientists said they were achingly close to confirming that last July's discovery at the Large Hadron Collider was in fact the Higgs boson, and just had to eliminate one more possibility. They apparently did, because the AP reports that CERN today announced that "it... More »

Higgs Boson Confirmation Achingly Close

'Pretty vanilla,' says one researcher of announcement

(Newser) - Thousands of checks have scientists inching ever closer to confirming that last July's discovery at the Large Hadron Collider was in fact the Higgs boson, reports the AP . The researchers say there's still one possibility they want to eliminate before declaring they are 99.9% positive: that it'... More »

Higgs Boson Teams: We've Found a Particle

New particle looks just like long-sought boson

(Newser) - To cheers and standing ovations from scientists, the world's biggest atom smasher claimed the discovery of a new subatomic particle today, calling it "consistent" with the long-sought Higgs boson. CERN's director said the newly discovered subatomic particle is a boson, but he stopped just shy of claiming... More »

CERN Found Proof of 'God Particle': Report

...but it hasn't actually 'discovered' the Higgs boson itself

(Newser) - Get ready for some scientific fireworks on July 4: Scientists at CERN intend to announce Wednesday that they have found proof that the so-called "God particle" does indeed exist—even though they haven't actually seen it, sources tell the AP . Experts say the massive amount of data the... More »

'God Particle' Hunters Set to Bare Results Today

Physicists' understanding of the universe is at stake

(Newser) - Christmas may be about to come early for the world's physicists. Two competing teams of scientists who have been sifting through data from CERN's Large Hadron Collider will give a progress report today. Scientists caution that there won't be any firm answer on whether the Higgs boson... More »

Glimpse of 'God Particle' Nigh?

Scientists may be just days from spotting mysterious Higgs Boson particle

(Newser) - The Higgs boson "God particle" may or may not exist, and physicists at the Large Hadron Collider may or may not be close to spotting it, but one thing is clear: There are some very excited scientists at CERN. Rumors that the elusive particle believed to endow matter with... More »

Two Labs Close In on 'God Particle'

CERN, Fermilab find 'bumps' in data that could be Higgs boson particle

(Newser) - Science teams in both Europe and America are reporting promising new data in the hunt for the elusive Higgs boson particle —the so-called "God particle" believed to give mass to matter that remains the only particle predicted by the Standard Model of physics that has not yet been... More »

Scientists: We'll Find 'God Particle' by End of 2012

Machine to stay running longer than planned

(Newser) - Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider think they'll probably prove the existence of the Higgs Boson, or “ God Particle ,” within two years—and that if they can’t, it likely doesn’t exist. The machine was supposed to be shut down at year’s end, but it's been... More »

'God Particle' Buzz at Fermilab

Elusive Higgs boson signal would confirm particle physics model

(Newser) - Take that, Large Hadron Collider: Just as the particle accelerator at the Fermi national lab in Illinois was about to be retired in favor of the bigger LHC, rumor has it that the Fermi accelerator, the Tevatron, has found the long-sought Higgs boson, also known as the "God particle.... More »

Scientists Find Music in 'God Particle'

LHC data used to mimic sound of Higgs boson collision

(Newser) - Scientists searching for the elusive Higgs boson "God particle" have devised a way to listen for it. Data from the Large Hadron Collider have been used to predict the sounds that will be made by sub-atomic particles like the Higgs as they collide. The results are surprisingly melodic, a... More »

'God Particle' Might Really Be 5 God Particles

Fermilab experiment produces results standard physics can't explain

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider scientists searching for the Higgs boson "God particle" that explains the mysteries of the universe should be looking for five different particles, according to their rival atom-smashers in the US. Fermilab researchers in Illinois colliding protons and anti-protons found that the smashes yielded matter particles... More »

Physicists: Bird From the Future Damaged Collider

Theory says the universe is sabotaging the big experiment

(Newser) - CERN’s Large Hadron Collider is having a tough time getting on its feet—construction delays, birds, etc.—but now two physicists have a novel theory about why: The experiment is so “abhorrent” to God, or nature, that the universe is conspiring to sabotage it. When scientists get... More »

Breadcrumb Latest Speed Bump for Collider

$8B science project sidetracked by 'bit of baguette'

(Newser) - The enormous science project buried beneath the France-Switzerland border has seen all kinds of detours in its search for the so-called “God particle”—busted vacuum tubes, al-Qaeda moles—so the latest might not be a huge surprise: A piece of bread dropped by a bird onto an outdoor... More »

'God Machine' Warming Up for 2nd Startup in Dec.

Large Hadron Collider is ready to roll after a year of repairs

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider is ready to start smashing particles together again, equipment, the laws of nature, and the Almighty permitting. The $9 billion particle accelerator has been fully repaired after a short circuit put it out of action for more than a year, and should be ready to roll... More »

Hadron Collider Hits New Snags

CERN may run experiments through the winter to make up lost time

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider has hit more delays, ZDNet reports, with experiments using the machine unlikely to restart until at least mid-November due to the discovery of two vacuum leaks. The agency overseeing the 17-mile atom-smasher buried under the French-Swiss border may take the unorthodox step of running its “... More »

Rival Labs Fight Like Hell to Find 'God Particle'

US may catch elusive particle first while Europe does repairs

(Newser) - The US-based Fermilab is gaining ground on Europe's CERN in the race to discover the Higgs boson, the elusive prize of particle physics, reports the BBC. While the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland remains out of order, Fermilab's facility in Chicago has been cranked up. At a recent conference, the... More »

Glitch Stalls Atom Smasher

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider, the $5-billion, 17-mile experiment seeking answers to the universe’s deepest mysteries, hit a snag within hours of its Sept. 10 launch, but its overseer did not report the malfunction for a week, the Daily Telegraph reports. A 30-ton transformer in the cooling system broke, causing... More »

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