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LHC Data Continues To Disagree With Supersymmetry 196

decora writes "Pallab Ghosh of the BBC reports on another piece of evidence hitting the beleaguered Supersymmetry community. Scientists at the Lepton Photon conference in Mumbai, India confirmed that extra levels of B-Meson decay have not been found in the LHC beauty experiment. Coming on the heels of a March report in Nature, this news seems to reinforce what many have suspected all along. Dark Matter is probably not explainable through massive shadow particles like squarks and selectrons, and for all practical purposes, the Supersymmetric Extension of the Standard Model of Physics is dead."
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LHC Data Continues To Disagree With Supersymmetry

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  • by tyrus568 ( 644456 ) on Sunday August 28, 2011 @12:21AM (#37232148)

    So I clicked on the wikipedia link for supersymmetric extension and tried to read the first three paragraphs.

    I encountered these: "supersymmetric partners, the weak scale, the hierarchy problem, quantum corrections, a fermionic superpartner, superparticles, squarks, gluinos, neutralinos, sleptons, R-parity, explicit soft supersymmetry breaking operators, large flavor changing neutral currents and electric dipole moments."

    I always knew I wanted to be diagonal in flavor space to make the new CP violating phases vanish.

    There is something deeply disturbing in the heads of physicists...

  • by 0123456 ( 636235 ) on Sunday August 28, 2011 @12:53AM (#37232270)

    Every technical field has its jargon that's incomprehensible to outsiders. It doesn't mean the people who use it are crazy. Complex problems require complex descriptions; not everything can be reduced to a sound bite.

    But particle physics in particular seems to have vanished up its own asshole in the last couple of decades Every problem seems to be solved by inventing a new particle which will show up if only we spend ten times as much on the next machine.

  • by NoNonAlphaCharsHere ( 2201864 ) on Sunday August 28, 2011 @01:37AM (#37232416)
    Slept-ons are emitted when a futon decays.
  • by Forty Two Tenfold ( 1134125 ) on Sunday August 28, 2011 @01:58AM (#37232480)

    Hans-Peter Dürr

    Otherwise known as Herr Durr.

  • by adamofgreyskull ( 640712 ) on Sunday August 28, 2011 @06:45AM (#37232746)
    This is an incredibly relevant [youtube.com] comedy sketch from Armstrong and Miller...

    Presenter:Science now and Britain's Einsteins are a-go-go over a new theory which is thought will revolutionise our understanding of Life, the Universe, and, pretty much, everything else. Heterotic supersymmetry is said to combine elements of String theory with a new take on...now hang on...[reading] "Quantum chromodynamics". Try saying that when you've had a few. And it's the brain-child of Professor Alan King. Er, Professor King, good morning.
    Physicist: Good morning.
    Presenter:Can you just..briefly...take us through this new theory of yours? In laymans terms.
    Physicist: No.
    Presenter:All I'm after is just a...a...a...broad stroke..explanation if you like.
    Physicist:Um...there isn't one.
    Presenter:O.k....well what if you were to..to..take us through the whole thing...starting with the real basics and just working our way up.
    Physicist:Oh! O.k...I can do that. It will take quite a long time.
    Presenter:How long?
    Physicist:11 years.
    Presenter: [finger to ear]Ok, I'm just being told we don't have quite that long. Professor, some of our viewers are quite smart...perhaps there's someone watching who's...capable of understanding your theory?
    Physicist:There isn't.
    Presenter:How can you be so sure?
    Physicist:Well, Graham's on holiday and Chung Yao's dead.
    Presenter:Professor King, thank you!
    Physicist:My pleasure.

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