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No Higgs Just Yet 190

gbrumfiel writes "Last month, scientists reported a number of 'excess events' that could be caused by the appearance of the long-sought Higgs boson inside the LHC. But it looks like they'll have to put the champagne back on ice. New data presented at a conference in India shows no new signs of the Higgs. The signal was probably just a statistical fluctuation."
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No Higgs Just Yet

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  • Probably (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 22, 2011 @04:28PM (#37171134)

    just a higg-up.

  • "probably just a statistical fluctuation"...or is that exactly what the Higgs Boson WANTS us to think???

    That sneaky particle...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 22, 2011 @04:40PM (#37171300)

    I did bump hunting for my PhD in particles a decade and a half ago. This is the way life goes -- you get a signal that almost has enough significance to really believe -- then it collapses when you pile in more data. If a journal is filled with papers each having a single p=0.05 result, then one out of 20 of them is reasonably expected to be wrong!

  • They need more energy credits. I know that Chairman Yang has repeatedly suggested that a series of three boreholes are completed near the capital, which would allow the commencement of discovering the secrets of pre-sentient algorithms. Once this happens, it's only a matter of building enough condensers to harvest the required food to grow a larger population of Thinkers. With a viable mind/machine interface in addition to the overwhelming benefits of telepathy in battling the the Hive drones, transcendence
  • My Bet is that the Higgs doesn't exist. It's only in the standard model to support Massless particles like Massless Neutrinos, but the Solor Neutrino Problem [] already puts serious cracks in that assumption. So my bet is that there is no such thing as a massless particle.
  • It's probably nothing... probably... but... well, no... we're well within normal bounds again. Continuing sequence.
  • ...there is no news to report regarding the higgs boson particle.
    • At what point does the lack of finding it where the models predict it "should" be become news in itself?
    • "The previous news was wrong" is news.

      Also, each day that people don't find it puts us farther away from the Higgs bosson. In a year or two the information that "researches still didn't find the bosson" will be very newsworth.

  • I'm pretty sure there's one under my couch...
  • Slashdot the bastion of brilliance, trolldom, general opinionated discourse, Not-RTFA, IANA*. Holy crap people get on the ball, with the program!

    I know you're not particle theorists but I do expect some entertainment! Where are your stones! Man up and spew some malarkey!
  • Why am I not surprised?
  • New data presented at a conference in India shows no new signs of the Higgs. The signal was probably just a statistical fluctuation."

    Has anyone considered that the Higgs may actually be just a statistical fluctuation, a mathematical artifact required to both satisfy the symmetry of the fundamental particle structure and at the same time insure the uncertain nature of... well, nature.

    I know this may sound like (and it may actually be) a silly question, but I am serious in asking it.

    We have had to learn to d

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