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  1. Science

    Peter W. Higgs and François Englert Win Nobel Prize in Physics for the Higgs Boson

    The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics is being awarded to Peter W. Higgs and François Englert for their work on theorizing the Higgs boson particle. The Higgs boson has been in the news a lot over the last few years, but Higgs and Englert's work theorizing it took place in the 1960's. It's about time, Nobel Committee.

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  2. Science

    Handy Video Explains Why the Large Hadron Collider Shut Down, Shows the Repairs Being Made

    The Large Hadron Collider shut down last month for what is expected to be a two year period of upgrades and repair. Since the field of particle physics and the giant machines used to study it can be pretty complex, CERN released a short video explaining part of what will be going on in the LHC's downtime. Turns out that even though the LHC won't be operating, it's going to be a very busy place.

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  3. Science

    It’s (Mostly) Official: That’s A Higgs Boson, Alright

    After almost a year of suspense as physicists at CERN sifted through figures, parsed data, and double and triple checked their math, this morning saw the team behind the discovery of the Higgs boson finally confident enough to officially announce to the world that they had, in fact, really found a Higgs boson. The only thing that's uncertain now is which Higgs boson they've found, because come on, it wouldn't really be physics without at least one question left unanswered.

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  4. Science

    The End Is Nigh Billions of Years Away: Higgs Discovery Might Suggest Universe is Finite

    The scientific community got pretty excited with the discovery of a Higgs-like particle last year, but it turns out it's not all smiles and high fives. Apparently the Higgs boson was the missing piece in a subatomic calculation that could predict a Universe-ending catastrophic event in the future. How worried should you be? Depends on how many billions of years into the future you've made plans, but chances are pretty solid that you'll be long dead before this happens. So will the Earth. Smile! Everything ends!

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  5. Science

    Paralympic Opening Celebrates Science, Includes Higgs Boson Discovery

    The opening ceremony for the 2012 Paralympic Games was held last night in London and included references to some very important scientific discoveries. This ranged from the Big Bang to what was apparently a representation of the recent discovery of what many are calling the Higgs boson particle. It's a bit hard to tell, though, given that the elusive particle was apparently represented by a bunch of silver umbrellas.

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  6. Science

    Check Out The Higgs Boson As Music, An Ode to Science

    At this point, you must know that the Higgs Boson has been found, and you might even know what that means, but do you know what the Higgs Boson sounds like? Well now you can, thanks to Domenico Vicinanza, who immediately set to sonifying the ATLAS data on the new particle. The tune is surprisingly catchy and listenable, although it's immediately obvious it was not generated by any sort of being with an ear for melody. Think of it as an ode to science.

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  7. Science

    A Quick, Simple Explanation of the Higgs Boson [Video]

    At this point, you probably know that yesterday, we found the Higgs Boson (or at least a particle that looks an awful lot like it's the Higgs Boson). You probably don't know exactly what that means, in the grand scheme of things. Fortunately, a timely little short from MinutePhysics sums up the whole situation nicely, and will tell you everything you need to know if you want to use your newly-gained knowledge of particle physics to wow your friends. You could probably just make stuff up, but this way is probably a little bit better.

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  8. Science

    Stephen Hawking: CERN Discovery Will Win Higgs Nobel Prize, Lost Me $100

    Yesterday's announcement that CERN discovered a "Higgs-like" particle will surely be one of the most talked about scientific discoveries of the age. For most physicists, it means exploring a new channel of particle physics. However, for famed scientists Stephen Hawking, it meant something far more personal: Losing a $100 bet with University of Michigan physicist Godon Kane.

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  9. Science

    CERN Confirms Discovery of New “Higgs-like” Particle

    After keeping the physics world on pins and needles for days, scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN announced that they had discovered a particle which appeared to fit the profile of the long-sought Higgs boson. Though this is a celebratory moment, CERN researchers stress that there is still much to learn about this new "Higgs-like" particle.

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  10. Science

    Leaked CERN Video Confirms New Particle, Does Not Confirm Higgs Boson

    Well, this is strange. According to several news outlets, a video was accidentally posted to the CERN website and featured an announcement that the Large Hadron Collider had indeed discovered a new particle. Now things get stranger: CERN's press office says that not only was this never meant to be posted online, but is one of many videos produced in anticipation of different outcomes.

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  11. Science

    CERN Invites Higgs Boson Namesake to Press Conference on July 4: Is This What You Think it is?

    At this point, those of us on the Internet are pretty used to non-news coming out of the Higgs boson hunt at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. It usually fits the same pattern: We found something interesting, but still haven't found the Higgs boson, see you next year. However, this week's press conference is reported to have the Higgs boson's namesake in attendance. Things just got interesting.

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  12. Science

    The Large Hadron Collider Finds Its First New Particle

    The Large Hadron Collider, one of the key tools being used in the search for the Higgs Boson, has found its first new particle since being put into operation back in 2009. No, it's not the Higgs boson. The new particle is Chi_b (3P), a more excited state of the Chi particles we already knew existed. New kid on the block Chi_b (3P) should help researchers develop a more complete understanding of the strong nuclear force and to fill in the holes in the Standard Model in general; there are still a lot of holes in the Standard Model.

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  13. Science

    Scientists See Tantalizing Hints of the Higgs Boson, but it Remains Elusive

    The most exciting quest in modern physics has been the search for the Higgs boson, a hypothetical particle thought to be responsible for imbuing matter with mass. Today, scientists working on experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider called CMS and ATLAS have said that while a major breakthrough is still in the offing, they've made tremendous progress in the search for what some call the "God particle."

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  14. Science

    CERN Has A Choir?

    Did you know that scientists sometimes do things other than science? That they don't always just pipette things all day, or sit with computer readouts projected improbably across their faces? Sometimes they write songs. And sometimes they get together in four part harmony and sing those songs. And with roughly eight thousand scientists working at the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator to draw from it's actually not at all surprising that they managed to find enough talented people to rewrite an old satirical song to be about the poor scientists who labor in search of the Higgs Boson. Video below, natch.

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  15. Weird

    Today in Insane Rumors: Taliban Training Monkeys for Terrorism

    Well now: Here is an insane rumor which -- spoiler alert -- is not at all true. People's Daily Online, the website of the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China, claims that the Taliban is training "monkey terrorists" to "use the Kalashnikov, Bren light machine gun and trench mortars ... [to] identify and attack soldiers wearing U.S. military uniforms."

    Here's the fiendish part of the Taliban's scheme which is not real: Not only would armed and dangerous monkeys be fighting on the wrong side of the War Against Terror, but animal lovers would pressure the U.S. government to withdraw troops from the country, because the prospect of injuring Kalashnikov-toting monkeys is far more upsetting to them than any other concern one could possibly raise about the war in Afghanistan. According to People's Daily, which is not the Chinese edition of Weekly World News, "A senior U.S. military source confirmed the existence of the Taliban monkey soldiers, military experts call armed monkeys 'monkey terrorists.'"

    But there's only one hitch to this untrue rumor which cites as its primary evidence unnamed sources and "media outlets" and the above badly Photoshopped picture of a terrorist monkey: It isn't true.

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