CERN’s charming new particle discovery could open a ‘new frontier’ in physics

Scientists at CERN have announced the discovery of a new kind of particle, named Xi-cc++ (apparently pronounced ‘Ksī-CC plus-plus’). The particle was discovered at the Large Hadron Collider’s beauty experiment, or LHCb.

Particles like Xi-cc++ are predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics – the set of laws that describes the most fundamental building blocks of nature – but this is the first time scientists have been able to confirm they really exist.

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The Large Hadron Collider has awoken from ‘hibernation’ – and it’s ready to hunt new dimensions

Over the winter, the Large Hadron Collider took a well-earned break from smashing particles together at velocities approaching the speed of light.

It’s now gearing up to get back to work and, ahead of next month’s restart, CERNhas revealed exactly what went on while the LHC was “hibernating.”

During its annual shutdown, known as the Extended Year End Technical Stop (EYETS), the LHC was drained of liquid helium before engineers looked over the cooling and ventilation, vacuum, electrical and other systems.

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If ghosts were real, Brian Cox claims CERN would have found them by now

There are countless conspiracy theories surrounding ghosts and paranormal activity, and while it shouldn’t need explaining to anyone who has a scientific mind, Brian Cox has stressed why such apparitions are “inconceivable.”

Speaking on his BBC Radio 4 show The Infinite Monkey Cage, the University of Manchester professor explained that if ghosts existed, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider would have found them by now.

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How could the Large Hadron Collider unlock other dimensions?

From its beginning, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has captured the imagination of the world.

As the largest and most powerful machine on the planet, the 27km underground ring in Geneva is capable of answering questions we have never been able to ask before. By smashing subatomic particles together at speeds approaching the speed of light, it can confirm the existence of widely-predicted particles, discover new ones, and could potentially even create microscopic black holes that lead to other dimensions.

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