UFO Buster Radio News – 390: CERN’s New Collider, LHC Finds New Particle, and Center of The Solar System Not The Sun

Manny/ July 1, 2020/ From Manny

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CERN approves 62-mile long, $23 billion successor to Large Hadron Collider
Link: https://www.techspot.com/news/85717-new-super-collider-approved-cern-62-miles-long.html

At over 16 miles in length, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is an incredible feat of human engineering, but a new super-collider that’s been approved by Cern makes the LHC look small in comparison. With a circumference of over 62 miles, the Future Circular Collider (FCC) would be four times bigger and six times more powerful than the current particle-smashing machine and cost $23 billion dollars.

The FCC’s $23 billion cost will require investment from EU member states and Cern participants, along with a commitment to continue funding into the 2050s. Cern may also need to turn to other nations for financial help, including the US, China, and Japan.

The new super-collider would also allow scientists to study more precisely how Higgs bosons decay—some theorize that they decay into dark matter particles.

The current Large Hadron Collider is in the process of being upgraded and is due to restart in May next year, running until the end of 2024. Its final run is expected to begin at the end of 2027.

Higgs Boson

The story goes that Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman (died October 2018 at age 96) referred to the Higgs as the “Goddamn Particle.” The nickname was meant to poke fun at how difficult it was to detect the particle. It took nearly half a century and a multi-billion dollar particle accelerator to do it.

The Higgs is the particle which gives other particles their mass, making it both centrally important and seemingly magical. We tend to think of mass as an intrinsic property of all things, yet physicists believe that without the Higgs boson, mass fundamentally doesn’t exist.

THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER JUST DISCOVERED A BRAND-NEW PARTICLE
Link: https://futurism.com/the-byte/large-hadron-collider-discovered-brand-new-particle

Physicists at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider just discovered a brand-new kind of subatomic particle — and its composition is a baffling world-first.

The yet-unnamed particle is the first — that we know of — to be entirely made up of the same kind of quark, which is a building block for subatomic particles.

“Today’s discovery opens another exciting chapter in this scientific book, allowing us to study our theory of matter particles in an extreme case,” spokesperson Chris Parkes said in the release.

“Today’s discovery opens another exciting chapter in this scientific book, allowing us to study our theory of matter particles in an extreme case. This particle is an extreme case—it is an exotic-hadron, containing four quarks rather than the two or three in conventional matter particles, and the first to contain heavy quarks.

“Studying an extreme system allows scientists to stress-test our theories. Through the study of this particle, and the hope that we will discover further particles in this class in this future, we will test our theory of how quarks combine which also governs protons and neutrons.”

The LHC is most famous for its measurements that led to the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson particle, the last missing piece of the Standard Model of particle physics. The Higgs boson, along with the associated Higgs field, is the origin of the mass of all subatomic fundamental particles.

The search for the Higgs boson was not the only reason this facility was built. More broadly, the LHC was built to study deep scientific questions. For example, why are the laws of nature the way they are? How did the universe come into existence? And does the universe have to be the way it is?

SCIENTISTS SAY THEY’VE FOUND THE EXACT CENTER OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Link: https://futurism.com/the-byte/scientists-found-exact-center-solar-system

For the first time, scientists have managed to find our solar system’s precise center of gravity down to about 100 meters — a flabbergastingly precise measurement on the scale of our vast solar system.

Slight Drift

With all those gravitational tugs — especially Jupiter’s particularly strong pull — accounted for, the real center of gravity in our solar system lies just above the Sun’s surface, according to research published in The Astrophysical Journal.

“Using the pulsars we observe across the Milky Way galaxy, we are trying to be like a spider sitting in stillness in the middle of her web,” NASA astronomer Stephen Taylor said in a press release. “How well we understand the solar system barycenter is critical as we attempt to sense even the smallest tingle to the web.”

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