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Dec 24 2011

LHC discovers a new boson

Armin Shimerman as the Ferengi Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space 9

Sadly, it’s not the Holy Grail that is the Higgs boson, but it’s a new particle that was predicted by the Standard Model but never actually observed. It is called Chi_b (3P) and will help scientists understand better the forces that hold matter together. The as-yet unpublished discovery is reported on the Arxiv pre-print server. …

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Dec 20 2011

Can we stop calling science things “God Something”?

Let’s play a little game of quantum compare/contrast. “Oh, sure,” you object; “because quantum stuff is so easy to find and examine in situ!” But that’s pretty much exactly the point — quantum ISN’T easy to do that with. What IS easy to compare/contrast is stuff in macro — stuff at the “human size scale”. …

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