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Fermilab Experiment Hints At Existence of Brand-New Elementary Particle | Popular Science

Fermilab Experiment Hints At Existence of Brand-New Elementary Particle | Popular Science

Physicists working with a Fermilab neutrino experiment may have found a new elementary particle whose behavior breaks the known laws of physics. If correct, their results poke holes in the accepted Standard Model of particles and forces, and raise some interesting questions for the Large Hadron Collider and Tevatron experiments. The new particle could even explain the existence of dark matter.

Working with Fermilab’s MiniBooNE experiment — the first part of the larger planned Booster Neutrino Experiment — physicists found evidence for a fourth flavor of neutrino, according to a new paper published in Physical Review Letters. This means there could be another particle we didn’t know about, and that it behaves in a way physicists didn’t expect.

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3 Comments

  1. Interesting, but PopSci seems to be… leading the data with conclusions, and playing a bit loose with their terminology.

    • I expect New Scientist to do much the same, but anything with the title “Popular Science” I find suspect anyway. Sensationalism beats facts for selling magazines.

  2. Well, you know what that means. All of science is now invalidated! Teach creationism!

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