Subatomic Particle Discovery

Monday July 18, 2011: Something is going on with the LHC - searching for the Higgs Boson when antimatter became matter in the beginning. Thoughts:

5 days later ...

Large Hadron Collider results excite scientists   BBC - July 23, 2011
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has picked up tantalizing fluctuations which might - or might not - be hints of the sought-after Higgs boson particle. But scientists stress caution over these "excess events", because similar wrinkles have been detected before only to disappear after further analysis. Either way, if the sub-atomic particle exists it is running out of places to hide, says the head of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which runs the LHC. He told BBC News the collider had now ruled out more of the "mass range" where the Higgs might be. The new results are based on analyses of data, gathered as the vast machine smashes beams of protons together at close to light speeds. Scientists from two different experiments (Atlas and CMS) based at the LHC are scouring the wreckage of these collisions.

Could the Big Bang have been a quick conversion of antimatter into matter?   PhysOrg - July 19, 2011

Suppose at some point the universe ceases to expand, and instead begins collapsing in on itself (as in the Big Crunch scenario), and eventually becomes a supermassive black hole. The black holeŐs extreme mass produces an extremely strong gravitational field. Through a gravitational version of the so-called Schwinger mechanism, this gravitational field converts virtual particle-antiparticle pairs from the surrounding quantum vacuum into real particle-antiparticle pairs. If the black hole is made from matter (antimatter), it could violently repel billions and billions of antiparticles (particles) out into space in a fraction of a second, creating an ejection event that would look quite similar to a Big Bang.

Higgs boson 'hints' also seen by US lab   BBC - July 24, 2011
A US particle machine has seen possible hints of the Higgs boson, it has emerged, after reports this week of similar glimpses at Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) laboratory. The Higgs boson sub-atomic particle is a missing cornerstone in the accepted theory of particle physics. Researchers have been analyzing data from the Tevatron machine near Chicago. The hints seen at the Tevatron are weaker than those reported at the LHC, but occur in the same "search region".

Physicists Discover New Subatomic Particle   Live Science - July 21, 2011
High-speed collisions at a giant atom smasher have produced what physicists say is a new particle, a heavier relative of the familiar neutron. The particle is called the neutral Xi-sub-b. When it's formed in the Fermilab Tevatron particle accelerator in Batavia, Ill., the neutral Xi-sub-b lasts just a mere instant before decaying into lighter particles. Scientists at Fermilab uncover these ephemeral particles by racing particles around a 4-mile (6.3 km) ring at near light speed. When the particles collide, the outpouring of energy disintegrates them into other particles. Earlier this year, Fermilab scientists thought they'd discovered another never-before-seen particle. That discovery turned out to be a fluke, however.

Earth's Magnetic Field and Time

Quote from the Syfy Channel movie "Super Eruption" about Yellowstone erupting. "The super eruption of Yellowstone created a massive disturbance in the Earth's magnetic field leaving a marker on the curvature of space-time itself". It made me wonder if the eruption of a supervolcanic can alter space-time. Is this why I see a volcano going off at the end of this program paralleling the end of the Atlantean program? I guess we'll know soon enough.


Where is Albert Einstein when you need him?

I bet Nikola Tesla would know where I'm going with this.

Then we have H.G. Wells ...

Magnetic Portals Connect Sun And Earth   Science Daily - November 2, 2008