It is possible that in the data yet to come some new particle eventually shows up. But particle physicists are nervous. It’s not looking good – besides a few anomalies that are not statistically significant, there is no evidence for anything out of the normal. And if the LHC finds nothing new, there is no reason to think the next larger collider will. In which case, why build one? That the LHC finds the Higgs and nothing else was dubbed the “nightmare scenario” for a reason. For 30 years, particle physicists have told us that the LHC should find something besides that, something exciting: a particle for dark matter, additional dimensions of space, or maybe a new type of symmetry. Something that would prove that the standard model is not all there is. But this didn’t happen. Sabine Hossenfelder, “How the LHC may spell the end of particle physics” at BackRe(Action)
And, she adds, particle physicists have reacted “Largely by pretending nothing happened.” She wonders whether the $10
Well, provided there is no “anti-science” taxpayer revolt, the money will surely be found. Otherwise, uncomfortable questions would start to be a
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Our universe understood at last: An expanding bubble in an extra dimension! The authors hope that their work will “pave the way for methods of testing string theory.” That could come in handy, you never know.