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visualization of ATLAS experiment

HIGGS SLEUTHS  Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider are using their new higher-energy data to study the Higgs boson. This visualization of the ATLAS experiment shows an event possibly containing a Higgs boson produced in combination with two top quarks, one of many new processes scientists are looking for.

White dwarf stars

COOL STARS   White dwarf stars (circled) cool as they age. Scientists have found that pulsating stars known as variable white dwarfs cool faster than expected. The discrepancy could be explained by hypothetical particles called axions carrying energy away from the star.

illustration of LHCb proton collision

QUARK QUIRK  New data from the Large Hadron Collider’s higher-energy proton collisions show that particles made of b quarks flew off at angles more often than expected. Scientists from the LHCb experiment, which observes the aftermath of proton collisions in its detector (visualization shown), reported the result August 4.

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