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The Bridge From Nowhere | Getting Something from Nothing

Following Aristotle’s intuition, physicists today conceive of nothing as the ultimate state of symmetry—a relentless sameness that precludes the differentiation one would need to define any “thing.” Indeed, as physicists run the cosmic film in reverse, tracing deep history back in time, they see the disparate shards of reality reunite and coalesce into an ever-growing symmetry, a symmetry that signifies an origin—and a nothing. 59 more words

Education

New ATLAS Higgs Paper Posted to ArXiv

A new Higgs measurement from ATLAS is out on the arXiv now. The paper presents the result of a measurement looking for the process H→ZZ*→4ℓ, where Z* is a virtual Z boson, since the Higgs isn’t heavy enough for H→ZZ to be possible. 158 more words

Science

From Fermilab- "Frontier Science Result: CDF Testing the Higgs boson's spin and parity with CDF


Fermilab is an enduring source of strength for the US contribution to scientific research world wide.

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Tom Junk and Andy Beretvas… 518 more words

Basic Research

Lone Ranger, or, The Boson Speaks

Lone Ranger, or, The Boson Speaks

That which has no substance
enters where there is no space.
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No signs of a lone Higgs particle have been detected in previous experiments. 556 more words

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Mike's World

AN ESSAY ON REALITY
Eastern religions and new age practitioners want to convince you that the reality we know is an illusion. Just because the entity I know as “Me, Myself and I” is brought into being by the same force that makes every bit of matter vibrate doesn’t mean I am a dream. 1,425 more words

From Fermilab: "Got a minute? Which Higgs did we find?


Fermilab is an enduring source of strength for the US contribution to scientific research world wide.

August 14, 2014

Really short, but is sums up the swtate of Higgs reseach. 73 more words

Basic Research

Particle Fever highlights the human side of a scientific process

I would think most physicists cringe when they hear someone mention “The God Particle” while referring to the Higgs boson. I do, at least a little bit, but at the same time I understand the value in making science a little more sexy. 275 more words

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