CERN’s antimatter experiment turns up first ever trapped beam of anti-hydrogen, ready for study. Or evil.
Until we can manage to make renewable energy sources pay off, nuclear power is arguably (and feel free to argue this) one of the cleanest and safest methods of energy generation there is. One of the biggest problems is the dangerous spent fuel, but there may be a solution to that: particle accelerators.
Neutrinos barely have any mass at all, but in conclusive proof that all things are relative, some are hella fat while others are wicked thin. Since they're hard to measure, we have no idea which ones are which, but a fancy new neutrino detector in Minnesota will start solving the problem with the largest plastic structure ever built.
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.
Yes, we've probably found the Higgs boson. Hooray! But in order to explore the properties of this new particle, we're gonna need a whooole bunch of 'em, and the Large Hadron Collider isn't really designed for that. Maybe what we really need is a completely new collider: a "Higgs factory."
The nerdosphere is abound with rumors that one of the most ambitious scientific experiments in history may finally have yielded some tangible results. The Higg Boson particle, aka the "God Particle," may have been found, which would not only validate the Large Hadron Collider, but shake up particle physics, too.