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Higgs hunt may stop short of naming “God particle”

Higgs hunt may stop short of naming “God particle”

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider are likely to announce the most convincing evidence of the Higgs boson particle to-date at the CERN event on Wednesday, but not name it as such over an abundance of caution. Although official word isn't expected to come until tomorrow, insiders involved in the research tell Nature that "in practice you would have to be monstrously sceptical not to be convinced by what we have now" with the evidence signal likely to be confirmed at between 4.5 and 5 sigma.

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Fermilab successfully catches neutrino gun’s 500 mile shot

Fermilab successfully catches neutrino gun’s 500 mile shot

It's nerve-wracking stuff, spending most of a decade building a huge, expensive neutrino particle detector but having to wait until it's up and running before you know if it works. Happily for Fermilab, the NOvA detector has just recorded its first evidence of oscillating neutrinos, proving the massive investment into the 50 feet tall, 50 feet wide, and 200 feet long scientific instrument does indeed do what the team at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory hoped it would.

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LHC is active again; proton beams online and firing

LHC is active again; proton beams online and firing

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is back in action today, firing proton beams around its 27-kilometer track. The LHC has been out of active commission for two years for upgrades, maintenance, and consolidation. The most recent delay was due to a short-circuit. Its repairs didn't take as long as originally anticipated, but were tedious because the parts in need of repair operate at temperatures near absolute zero. So, the device had to be slowly thawed and then painstakingly re-frozen before it could begin operation again.

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CERN hides LEGO in Street View for “virtual scavenger hunt”

CERN hides LEGO in Street View for “virtual scavenger hunt”

The server racks and computer shelves of CERN might not be the first place you'd expect to find LEGO lurking, but the CERN Computing Centre team was ready with some Easter Eggs when the Google Street View cameras came calling. Google took its photo-documenting systems round the European Organization for Nuclear Research earlier this year, allowing Google Maps users to navigate the corridors virtually. However, in among the Higgs Bosons there are some hidden gems a little easier to find: aliens, gorillas, and more, all made of LEGO.

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First ever webpage restoration underway on 20th anniversary of open WWW

First ever webpage restoration underway on 20th anniversary of open WWW

CERN may be best known for its hunt for the Higgs Boson, but a team at the organization are also tracking down internet history, working to restore the first ever website to its original URL and server. The project, which will see the European Organisation for Nuclear Research restore World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee's first page to info.cern.ch, requires rebuilding the site pretty much from scratch, as no screenshots of the original exist.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 5th, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 5th, 2012

This week we've had a fabulous holiday and are ramping up to see the barrage of updates that will pour out from tech groups across the USA in a glorious return to form. Meanwhile something undeniably important has happened - scientists working at CERN are 99.99997% (that's not just an estimate) sure that they've found the God Particle, aka Higgs boson. This discovery and nearly-proven theory has implications that will bring on a whole new era of scientific discovery, and it's happened in our lifetime! While everything else sort of pales in comparison to this news, you'll also want to see some of the more human-sized posts we've got up, including our Orange San Diego review.

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Large Hadron Collider restarts stronger than ever

Large Hadron Collider restarts stronger than ever

Scientists hunting the Higgs boson have reactivated the Large Hadron Collider, waking the slumbering proton smasher from its winter slumber, and coaxing it to faster speeds than ever before. Running in 2011 at 3.5 TeV (teraelectronvolts) in each direction - for a total collision speed of 7 TeV - the new running speed is 8 TeV, ostensibly a small step up but one which the team at CERN says will have a significant impact on the potential for discovering new particles.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: March 7, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: March 7, 2012

Today is going to be all about whatever Apple has to present to us at their big "see and touch" event starting at 10AM PST, and we'll be showing it all off via our liveblog at live.slashgear.com/ as well as in our brand new Apple Portal. Will we see a fantastically high definition iPad HD, an iPad 3rd generation also known as iPad 3, complete with Verizon's LTE and the newest tip for the elusive device, Haptic texture? We'll see very, very soon! Meanwhile there's still a whole lot of news coming down from the mountain this morning, so have a look!

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