Thursday, April 7, 2011

Are scientists close to discovering a new force of nature? Latest data from U.S. atom smasher has physics community excited - 7th Apr 2011

Data from a major U.S. atom smasher may have revealed a new elementary particle, or even a new force of nature like gravity or magnetism, a lab has told AFP.

The findings could offer clues to the persistent riddle of mass and how objects obtain it - one of the most sought-after questions in all of physics.

However the 'bump' in results could just be an error. Experts say more analysis is needed over the next several months to uncover the true nature of the discovery.

The results are part of an ongoing experiment - now in its 25th year - with proton and anti-proton collisions to understand the workings of the universe.

Physicists from the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois, which operates the 'Tevatron' atom-smasher, have been studying the bump in data for more than a year.

The findings have caused a stir within the physics community. Read More