Wednesday, 4. July 2012

What is the Higgs boson? - Video

John Ellis answer the question What is the Higgs boson? in preparation for the press conference following the seminar on LHC 2012 results on the Higgs boson searches, due on July 4 2012 at CERN

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Higgs boson discovery: now the real work begins

Scientists at Cern are confident they have found the 'God particle', but months and years of analysis lie ahead

The search for the arcane, theoretical particle known as the Higgs boson has drawn on the world's largest scientific instruments and occupied thousands of researchers over more than two decades. The discovery – or probable discovery – at Cern, the particle physics lab near Geneva, will go down as a triumph of science, engineering and collective hard graft. Now the real work begins.

Months and years of analysis lie ahead to confirm that the particle is the elusive Higgs boson. If so, physicists want to know whether it is the simplest kind of particle put forward in physicists' theories, or something more unusual – and more exciting.

guardian.co.uk CERN observes new fundamental particle – what comes next? cern.ch/press

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EU-Parlament beschließt ACTA-Aus

Das Europäische Parlament hat das internationale Abkommen zum Schutz des Urheberrechts heute endgültig abgelehnt. Nach massiven Protesten auf den Straßen und im Internet stimmten die Abgeordneten in Straßburg mit einer großen Mehrheit von 478 Stimmen gegen den ACTA-Vertrag, der damit vorerst gescheitert ist. Die EU-Kommission müsste das Abkommen mit den zehn Unterzeichnerstaaten neu verhandeln, um es zu retten.

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"Gottesteilchen"? Neues Elementarteilchen entdeckt

Seit 40 Jahren fahnden Physiker nach dem Higgs-Boson, das wegen seiner zentralen Rolle in der Urknalltheorie auch „Gottesteilchen“ genannt wird. Bei der mit Hochspannung erwarteten Pressekonferenz am Kernforschungszentrum CERN ist am Mittwoch ein neues Elementarteilchen präsentiert worden. Nach Ansicht des Forscherteams könnte es sich dabei um das viel gesuchte „Gottesteilchen“ handeln: „Es ist ein vorläufiges, aber ein sehr überzeugendes Ergebnis“, sagte der führende CERN-Wissenschaftler Joe Incandela.

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Higgs boson announcement live: Cern scientists discover subatomic particle

12.09pm: Ian Sample has this thought for us:

Stephen Hawking bet Gordy Kane (UMICH) $100 that the Higgs would never be found at Cern. Wonder if he's conceded defeat? #Higgs #ichep2012

— Ian Sample (@iansample) July 4, 2012

12.03pm: The science community seems agreed: this is a big moment. But many, like Heuer, are cautioning that this could be just the beginning.

Dr Roberto Trotta, Lecturer in Cosmology at Imperial College London, has this to say, according to the Science Media Centre.

guardian.co.uk wired.com Latest update in the search for the Higgs boson (alternative) nature.com
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Higgs boson-like particle discovery claimed at LHC

Cern scientists reporting from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have claimed the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson.

The particle has been the subject of a 45-year hunt to explain how matter attains its mass.

Both of the Higgs boson-hunting experiments at the LHC see a level of certainty in their data worthy of a "discovery".

bbc.co.uk

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Merkel schwimmt auf einer medialen nationalbesoffenen Welle - Kollegen, ihr habt versagt!

„Europe’s Most Dangerous Leader“ hat das britische Magazin New Statesman Angela Merkel unlängst genannt, und im Blattinnern avancierte die deutsche Kanzlerin gleich zur „gefährlichsten Person der Welt“.

Das Resumee der gut recherchierten Story liest sich am Ende dann so: „Auf Grund ihres Realitätsverlustes und ihrer Versessenheit auf Austeritätspolitik zerstört Merkel das europäische Projekt, sie stürzt Deutschlands Nachbarn in Armut und die Welt in eine globale Depression. Man sollte sie stoppen.“

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Governments Using Anonymous to Cover Hacking Tracks

Governments around the world could be hiding behind the Anonymous name in order to carry out cyber-attacks against other government's websites according to a security expert.

In April, almost 500 Chinese websites, including some Chinese government sites, were defaced, with Anonymous China taking the blame and listing the 485 affected sites on Pastebin, along with email addressed and other personal data stolen in the attack.

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Among the messages posted on the defaced websites was: "Dear Chinese government, you are not infallible, today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall." While news of the defacement was widely reported in the western media, it was never officially confirmed by the Chinese, with government officials denying the attack had even taken place.

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ACLU-NJ Launches Smartphone App That Lets Users Secretly Record Police Stops

Jersey’s branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has taken its mission of policing the police to smartphones.

The ACLU has released an app called “Police Tape” that lets users secretly record police stops.

The ACLU’s Alexander Shalom said the app is easy to use.

newyork.cbslocal.com Stop-and-Frisk Watch App

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