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ATLAS experiment at LHC

RUMOR HAS IT  Scientists are anxious to learn whether the Large Hadron Collider experiments, ATLAS (shown) and CMS, have detected a new particle. Online rumors suggest hints of the particle are evaporating, but researchers say it’s too soon to tell.

illustration of quasiparticle collider

PARTICLE IMPERSONATOR Scientists have made the first quasiparticle collider, which smashes together faux-particles that appear in solids. In this illustration, quasiparticles (red and blue lines) collide head-on in a solid material (grid of spheres) releasing a burst of light.

illustration of particle collisions at LHC

LHC AWAKENS A collision of two protons creates a shower of particle debris in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. The LHC began taking data on May 9 for the first time this year.

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