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Hypothetical particle hints have disappeared?


From John Timmer at Ars Technica:

Toward the end of last year, the people behind the Large Hadron Collider announced that they might have found signs of a new particle. Their evidence came from an analysis of the first high-energy data obtained after the LHC’s two general-purpose detectors underwent an extensive upgrade. While the possible new particle didn’t produce a signal that reached statistical significance, it did show up in both detectors, raising the hope that the LHC was finally on to some new physics.

This week, those hopes have officially been dashed. Physicists used a conference to release their analysis of the flood of data that came out of this year’s run. According to their data, the area of the apparent signal is filled by nothing but statistical noise.More.

See also: Physics to crack wide open? Of course, in this post-modern world, there’s an alternative to admitting we are completely lost—make up the missing data. (Rob Sheldon)

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