Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Higgs boson continues to be maddeningly well-behaved

Higgs boson continues to be maddeningly well-behaved: Today, experimentalists from CMS and the other main LHC detector ATLAS, armed with twice as much data as they had in July, told the Hadron Collider Physics symposium in Kyoto, Japan, that the number of tau particles detected has crept up. The new data can't yet rule out a deviation from the standard model but they do remove the main reason for thinking there was one in the first place... searches for new physics at the LHC have turned up empty too. Physicists presented searches for dozens of particles that would exist in a world governed by some of these new theories...
"The results really tell us that we're either not looking in the right place, or we're not looking in the right way, or maybe both..."

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