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.
Claudia Marcelloni De Oliveira/CERN
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.
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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.