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Researchers Think Portals May Link Our Visible World With The "Dark Sector"

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Researchers Think Portals May Link Our Visible World With The "Dark Sector"

Long ago, physicists identified and categorized the components of the visible universe. Up until recently, 16 particles formed everything in the known universe. But now, thanks to the efforts of physicists at CERN working with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), we have added another particle, the Higgs boson, to the Standard Model of physics. However, there is an entire hidden — or dark — aspect of physics and our natural world for which the Standard Model just can’t account, even with the Higgs boson. To put it plainly, all of the matter that is visible is not enough for the...

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Large Hadron Collider Starts Doing Science Again

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Large Hadron Collider Starts Doing Science Again

The highest-energy collisions ever seen at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are now producing data for science. Teams at CERN, Europe's particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, have spent two years upgrading what was already the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. At 10.40 local time on June 3 they officially set the newly supercharged collider running. Physicists can now smash together bunches of protons at a record energy of 13 teraelectronvolts (TeV) and will soon collide a billion pairs of protons per second—almost double the previous rate. The machine was switched off on 14 February 2013 after an initial period—dubbed run...

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