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Submission + - America Used To Dream Big: New Documentary Takes Us Inside Fermilab ( 2

pigrabbitbear writes: "The hunt for the Higgs boson, that most elusive particle of physics, the one that gives other particles mass, came closer to an end on July 4. Experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator, revealed evidence of the particle. But the LHC didn’t do it alone. The search has been a massive, costly and unprecedented international effort that began thousands of miles away, at another atom smasher located underneath the Illinois prairie.

When the Tevatron opened in 1983 at Fermi National Laboratory, outside Chicago, it was the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, designed to smash protons and antiprotons together in order to see what makes up the universe. After its discovery in 1995 of the top quark, the most massive subatomic particle, the Tevatron would begin the search for the Higgs. When the LHC came online in 2009, scientists at the Tevatron’s two experiments, CDF and DZero, would join physicists at their European counterpart in the meticulous hunt. At times, it seemed that America’s biggest science experiment might even beat the LHC to the punch."


Submission + - Searching for Higgs in America: An Interview with Fermilab's Rob Roser (

pigrabbitbear writes: "It was an overflow crowd to watch the presentations at 2am on the morning of July 4th, I would say close to 400 in total, which is remarkable. The group certainly consisted of many scientists that work on either the Tevatron or LHC experiments. But there were many other people, many young ones that recognized that this could be and was a seminal moment and wanted to be part of it."

Submission + - Why America's Higgs Party Won't Be a Blowout (

pigrabbitbear writes: "Tomorrow, when the world hears a giant announcement about the Higgs boson from scientists at Europe’s CERN laboratory, they might not notice its American accomplice. On Monday, the Fermi National Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, or Fermilab, announced its best evidence yet for the existence of the Higgs, the particle theorized to give matter its mass. In its particle collision experiments, a significant “bump” is hard to see against the noise of other particles, and Fermilab has found a bump in the data with a probability of 1 in 550 that it’s not an error. It’s not a smoking gun for the Higgs — something like that will have to come out of CERN’s experiments — but it’s something."

Submission + - A Simple Explanation of How to Catch a Higgs Boson (

pigrabbitbear writes: "In December, scientists at CERN moved closer to nabbing the Higgs, the particle that is thought to explain what gives everything mass. Or to not finding it at all. In his latest video update, Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln fills us in and shows how the Large Hadron Collider (and until November, Fermilab’s Tevatron) searches for the Higgs in the debris of massive particle collisions."

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