ananyo writes: Today the two main experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, submitted the results of their latest analyses. The new papers (here https://cdsweb.cern.ch/collection/CMS%20Papers?ln=en and here https://cdsweb.cern.ch/collection/ATLAS%20Papers?ln=en) boost the case for December’s announcement of a possible Higgs signal. Physicists working on the In the case of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, have been able to look at another possible kind of Higgs decay, and that allows them to boost their Higgs signal from 2.5 to 3.1. Taken together with data from the other detector, ATLAS, Higgs overall signal now unofficially stands at about 4.3.
mvar writes: Space tourists will have the chance to strap in and fly to orbit beginning in 2013, as the company that sent up the first space tourists comes back from hiatus. Space Adventures reached an agreement with the Federal Space Agency of the Russian Federation (FSA) and Rocket Space Corporation Energia to offer three seats on the Soyuz spacecraft bound for the International Space Station, beginning in 2013. Each flight will be short duration, approximately 10 days, and will contribute to the increase of launch capacity to the ISS. Tickets are pricey, however, starting at $20 million.