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Submission + - Rumours LHC has identified two strangelets (wbillingsley.com)

williamhb writes: As you may be aware, the CERN large hadron collider performed it's first high energy collisions just the other day. The official statements are that it will take many months or even years to collect and analyse the data. However, early data already suggests some interesting findings.

Not one not one but two kinds of strangelet appear to have been created. The first turns other particles into strangelets as it contacts them. This might have caused a world-ending reaction had it not been for the second kind. Once a sufficient density of the first strangelets exists in an area, a kind of anti-strangelet appears. This exerts a strong attraction force on other particles, and causes the first strangelets to revert back to normal matter. The strong attraction force suggests this might be an unexpectedly different form of the long sought-after Higgs particle, though this is yet to be confirmed.

The scientists have informally dubbed the first strangelets as "wise particles" or "cluons" as they mimic the way knowledge is passed from person to person. The opposite strangelets' flocking behaviour and cancellation effect on wise particles has led to them being dubbed "fools".

So, today April 1st, scientists can claim to have identified Higg's Bozo.

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