November 17, 2012

Physics: Now What's Left to Discover?

Ethan Siegel, ScienceBlogs

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Earlier this week, evidence was presented measuring a very rare decay rate — albeit not incredibly precisely — which point towards the Standard Model being it as far as new particles accessible to colliders (such as the LHC) go. In other words, unless we get hit by a big physics surprise, the LHC will become renowned for having found the Higgs Boson and nothing else, meaning that there’s no window into Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Particle Physics, Particle Accelerator, Physics, Higgs Boson, Standard Model


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