God Particle Faked!!!

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  1. newcastlefan

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    [h=1]Higgs results leaked - but are they real, or rumour?[/h]21:33 2 July 2012

    Physics & Math


    Lisa Grossman, reporter

    Details are leaking out about the highly-anticipated Higgs results from CERN. A story onNature's website claims that two anonymous sources at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland say both of the Higgs-hunting experiments see signals of a Higgs-like particle around 125 gigaelectronvolts.

    So is this really it? The reports are cautious. The convention in particle physics is to hold off on claiming a "discovery" until the statistical significance of the signal is five sigma, meaning the chance of producing a particular signal without a new particle is less than one in a million.

    Nature claims the signals are between 4.5 and 5 sigma. A similar report in the Guardian says the results will be at the 4 sigma level, which the newspaper calls a "definite maybe".

    CERN, for their part, are keeping a tight ship.

    "The ATLAS and CMS analyses are still underway, and until Fabiola Gianotti and Joe Incandela deliver their talks on Wednesday, anything people might have said to Nature is premature," CERN press officer James Gillies told New Scientist. Because the analyses won't be complete until Tuesday, it's possible that even if the leaked rumors are true to the best of current knowledge, it could change before the official announcement on Wednesday.

    We have our fingers crossed. New Scientist will be at CERN on Wednesday, and you can follow our live coverage as it unfolds.

    http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2012/07/higgs-results-leaked-but-are.html
     
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    First Tom and Katie split, now this!
     
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    CERN needs to focus on scientific method, not press releases
     
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    remember when neutrinos were faster than photons for like 2 weeks? :coffee:
     
  5. newcastlefan

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    i figured they might be just a bit too anxious to announce they found something, since the past month all the speculation was that there was nothing to find. If they can't find the Higgs, String Theory is basically down the drain and the standard model falls apart. The pressure on Cern must be excessive.
     
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    just like orgasms
     
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    That's It!! Scientology is holding the Higgs hostage!!
     
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    They're fighting to maintain their budget right now . . .
     
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    1.21 gigawatts
     
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    yup, all those fun toys are really super expensive to run :nocheer:
     
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    remember when the theory was that the Higgs Boson was so anti-reality that it went back in time and un-discovered itself? :jj:
     
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    sounds like global warming...