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Hadron Collider Reveals Long-Sought Particle

It could open up new research into matter

(Newser) - Scientists have found an extra-charming new subatomic particle they hope will help further explain a key force that binds matter together, reports the AP . Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe announced Thursday the fleeting discovery of a long theorized but never-before-seen type of baryon. Baryons are subatomic particles... More »

Scientists Hunt for Smallest Objects in Existence

Superstring theory could help us measure one

(Newser) - The tiniest thing in the universe is not a grain of sand, as people once thought, nor a proton or neutron, or even a quark or electron—as small as they all are. In fact, experts today balk at naming any point-like object "the smallest" because of a theoretical... More »

Large Hadron Collider Observes First New Particle

Chi-b (3P) will help scientists understand nuclear forces

(Newser) - It’s no God particle, but it’s exciting nonetheless: For the first time since it opened in 2009, the Large Hadron Collider has made a clear observation of a new particle. Chi-b (3P), as it is called, will help scientists gain a better understanding of the strong nuclear forces... More »

25 Biggest Scientific Discoveries

From the unfathomably small to the mind-blowingly huge, the most significant breakthroughs

(Newser) - The invention of the wheel was pretty good. Fire, even better. But what has science done for us lately? USA Today lists the top 25 scientific discoveries; here are the top 10:
  1. Accelerating universe
  2. Human genome
  3. Climate accord
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