Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday... In the City

Monday in the city ... somewhere during the night, Time Warner cable must have gone down in my area, as the message on Safari this morning read "You are not connected to the internet". By the time I got up, everything was working, I just had to reload Safari. One can only hope it stays that way. Wherever you are, I hope you are keeping cool. The city is quiet today. Clients who came here this weekend reported that the city was empty. For now Crystalinks stats remain low, the NASA website remains down and there is little to blog for now.

Looking for the Higgs

Tevatron scientists announce their final results on the Higgs particle   PhysOrg - July 2, 2012
After more than 10 years of gathering and analyzing data produced by the U.S. Department of Energy's Tevatron collider, scientists from the CDF and DZero collaborations have found their strongest indication to date for the long-sought Higgs particle. Squeezing the last bit of information out of 500 trillion collisions produced by the Tevatron for each experiment since March 2001, the final analysis of the data does not settle the question of whether the Higgs particle exists, but gets closer to an answer. The Tevatron scientists unveiled their latest results on July 2, two days before the highly anticipated announcement of the latest Higgs-search results from the Large Hadron Collider in Europe.

US sees stronger hints of Higgs   BBC - July 2, 2012
Hints of the Higgs boson detected last year by a US "atom smasher" have become even stronger, scientists have said. The news comes amid fevered speculation about an announcement by researchers at the Large Hadron Collider on Wednesday. Finding the particle would fill a glaring hole in the widely accepted theory of how the Universe works. This 30-year hunt is reaching an end, with experts confident they will soon be able to make a definitive statement about the particle's existence.

Higgs Discovery: CERN May Confirm 'God Particle' July 4   Huffington Post - July 2, 2012
Scientists working at the world's biggest atom smasher plan to announce Wednesday that they have gathered enough evidence to show that the long-sought "God particle" answering fundamental questions about the universe almost certainly does exist.