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Physicists worldwide are majorly bummed to learn that the new particle discovered this year that supposedly meant a big change in the way we understand the building blocks of our universe is merely “the simplest -- and most boring -- variety of Higgs boson.”

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Adlene Hicheur, a 35-year-old Algerian-born nuclear physicist who worked in Switzerland’s CERN laboratory, was sentenced to five years in prison by a French court for "criminal association with a view to plotting terrorist attacks" on a French barracks with al-Qaida’s North African affiliate.

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Remember the announcement that shocked the physics world last September? Scientists claimed to have measured a neutrino traveling faster than the speed of light -- a feat that would have undone Einstein, if, that is, the measurement proves not to have been the result of a bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer, as researchers now suspect.

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Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider buried deep beneath the Swiss-French border made history Monday, smashing two proton beams traveling at near light speed into each other The LHC, also known as the big bang machine, is the largest machine on Earth and (continued).

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Could a scientific experiment 14 years and $8 billion in the making produce a tiny black hole that could eat the Earth? Or reduce the planet to a dead mass of "strange matter"? Two critics say yes and have sued in federal court to stop the Large Hadron Collider from smashing protons together this summer.

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