CERN stories

 
When CERN announced the discovery of a new particle last week, it was very, very careful to not explicitly call that particle the Higgs boson, instead citing "strong evidence" for the discovery of "a particle consistent with the Higgs boson." Now we know why: a new analysis suggests that CERN's data may show an "impostor" particle, and not the Higgs.
 
Early this morning, CERN held a press conference to announce the latest results from its quest to find the Higgs boson, the very last unobserved particle that makes up the Standard Model of physics. The announcement included "strong indications for the presence of a new particle," but is it the Higgs? We'll take you through it from start to finish.
 
Eureka! Quarkonium! We've found it! While it's not a Higgs boson or anything, it's still pretty cool that the Large Hadron Collider has finally found something that's both brand new and named after everyone's second-favorite Ferengi.
 
Those weird faster-than-light neutrinos that CERN thought they saw last month may have just gotten slowed down to a speed that'll keep them from completely destroying physics as we know it. In an ironic twist, the very theory that these neutrinos would have disproved may explain exactly what happened.
 
Nothing can travel faster than light. It's one of the fundamental constants of our universe, and as such, it's kind of a big deal. We've got a bit of an issue here, then, since scientists at CERN have just announced that they've spotted some subatomic particles blowing past the light speed barrier. Physics, we have a problem.

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