Five Ways Particle Accelerators Have Changed The World Without A Higgs Boson In Sight


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-- this post authored by Graeme Burt, Lancaster University

The Large Hadron Collider is probably the world's most famous science experiment. The 27km-long ring-shaped particle accelerator beneath the edge of the Alps grabbed the world's attention in 2013 when it proved the existence of the Higgs boson particle. This helped physicists confirm that one of their key theories about the way the universe worked was correct - a huge step for science. But particle accelerators also have a big impact on our real lives. Even Christmas wouldn't be the same without them.

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What We Read Today 11 February 2016

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Bye Bye Flash!

by Felix Richter,

Google has announced yesterday that it won't be accepting flash-based ads after the end of June 2016.

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Infographic Of The Day: Water To The Rescue

Is dehydration draining your employees?

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The Cascadia subduction zone is a convergent plate boundary that stretches from British Columbia to California. Experts say a shift in the plates will cause a major natural disaster for people living along the west coast.

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11Feb2016 Market Close: US Markets End Lower As BTFDers Hope For An Up Day Tomorrow, Gold/Oil Ratio At All Time High, Yellen Not Very Convincing To Wary Investors

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Economics Professor: Negative Interest Rates Aimed At Driving Small Banks Out Of Business And Eliminating Cash

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More than one-fifth of the world's total GDP is in countries which have imposed negative interest rates, including Japan, the EU, Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden.

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06 February 2016 Initial Unemployment Claims Rolling Average Improves.

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims

The market (from Bloomberg) was expecting the weekly initial unemployment claims at 272 K to 290 K (consensus 281,000) vs the 269,000 reported. The more important (because of the volatility in the weekly reported claims and seasonality errors in adjusting the data) 4 week moving average moved from 284,750 (reported last week as 284,750) to 281,250. The rolling averages generally have been equal to or under 300,000 since August 2014.

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