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Large Hadron Collider Enables Hunt For 'God' Particle To Complete 'Theory Of Everything' When the world's most powerful subatomic particle collider begins gathering data this summer, it will be a major milestone for a number of University of Washington scientists. Physicists the world over are hoping that Atlas will help unlock some deep scientific mysteries and perhaps even lead to discovery of the Higgs boson, sometimes called "the God particle" because it is believed its discovery will refine the understanding of exactly how the universe came to be and how it functions, and how mass came to be in the first place.

The Coming Revolutions in Particle Physics
When physicists are forced to give a single-word answer to the question of why we are building the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), we usually reply "Higgs." The Higgs particle-the last remaining undiscovered piece of our current theory of matter-is the marquee attraction. But the full story is much more interesting. The new collider provides the greatest leap in capability of any instrument in the history of particle physics. We do not know what it will find, but the discoveries we make and the new puzzles we encounter are certain to change the face of particle physics and to echo through neighboring sciences.


Glimpsing the God particle For two decades John Conway has been searching for one of the most elusive things in the universe, the Higgs boson - a.k.a. the God particle - which gives everything in the cosmos its mass.

Physicists Find Way To See Extra Dimensions
Madison WI (SPX) Feb 07, 2007
Peering backward in time to an instant after the big bang, physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have devised an approach that may help unlock the hidden shapes of alternate dimensions of the universe. A new study demonstrates that the shapes of extra dimensions can be "seen" by deciphering their influence on cosmic energy released by the violent birth of the universe 13 billion years ago.

Exotic Relatives Of Protons And Neutrons Discovered. Scientists of the CDF collaboration at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced today (October 23, 2006) the discovery of two rare types of particles, exotic relatives of the much more common proton and neutron.

'Optics On A Chip' May Revolutionize Telecom, Computing In work that could lead to completely new devices, systems and applications in computing and telecommunications, MIT researchers are bringing the long-sought goal of "optics on a chip"

Weird Physics Theory: Unparticle Stuff (June 15, 2007) -- At some level, all types of matter that we usually deal with have at least one thing in common - they're made of particles. The solids, liquids, gases and plasmas that surround us are built of atoms, which are made of electrons, protons and neutrons. Protons and neutrons in turn are made of quarks. According to Harvard University's Howard Georgi, however, there's at least the theoretical possibility that some matter in the universe is not made of particles at all. Georgi has dubbed the mind-bending matter "unparticle stuff," and hopes that we may see signs of it at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a super high energy proton collider due to come online in Europe later this year.


Unified Physics Theory Explains Animals Running Flying And Swimming Durham NC (SPX) Jan 05, 2006
A single unifying physics theory can essentially describe how animals of every ilk, from flying insects to fish, get around, researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering and Pennsylvania State University have found. The team reports that all animals bear the same stamp of physics in their design.

Anatomy Of A Scientific Revolution (July 31, 2006) -- With the "Genesis of General Relativity," the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science has just published the most comprehensive study to date of the structures of a scientific revolution.

Towards A New Test Of General Relativity Paris, France (SPX) Mar 24, 2006 - Scientists funded by the European Space Agency have measured the gravitational equivalent of a magnetic field for the first time in a laboratory. Under certain special conditions the effect is much larger than expected from general relativity and could help physicists to make a significant step towards the long-sought-after quantum theory of gravity.