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  1. #1 "New particle" at the Tevatron 
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    http://arxiv.org/abs/1104.0699

    Some more info:
    http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/brea...ses-excitement

    Any thoughts on this? Most people seem to think it is a big circus about nothing very much at-all. :x


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    i think we should to wait... researchers said that they uncertain in result of experiments )))


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    There's a fairly good chance that this 'bump' is infact a new particle as the occurrence has been rated as a 3-Sigma meaning that it has a 0.1% chance of being an error.

    However, even though it is shown statistically to be a large chance of a new particle- 3-sigmas do "come and go" and so it could technically just be an error; there's usually around 1-2 "3-sigmas" every decade, what the physicists are waiting for is to see if the discovery is a 5-sigma event, giving it a chance of error of 1 x%, or (literally) 1 in a million.

    Only time, well... and the effort of data analysis, will tell...
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    There should be an official announcement in a few weeks. They need quite a bit of time to analyse all the data and interpret what it all means. The best explanation so far of what is happening (and it explains all the sigma stuff too) can be found in this Guardian article.

    The bottom line is, no discovery has been made officially yet and we are going to have to wait and see what happens. :wink:
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