DailyDirt: Measurements That Make You Go Hmmmm...

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Replicating experiments is an important part of science. If you can't repeat an experiment, then whatever you observed could just be a fluke. But even if measurements can be repeated reliably, it doesn't mean that they can be explained easily. Here are just a few examples of some weird measurements that physicists are still trying to explain. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Dec 2011 @ 7:04pm

    But what happens if they hadn't found the God Particle?

    Looks like they should announce something soon about finding the Higgs boson, and I just guessing that if they "announced their announcement" that it's not going to be "nope, we didn't find it. We'll have to keep looking, folks."

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Dec 2011 @ 12:53am

    Your link is broken

    The second [url] link is broken (it is missing the http:// part).

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    Pixelation, 13 Dec 2011 @ 7:47am

    Awesome date night

    "Dr. Preskill speculates that the information doesn't really vanish: it may be displayed somehow on the surface of the black hole, as on a cosmic movie screen."

    Hey Honey, fire up the popcorn maker we're goin' out!

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    Hephaestus (profile), 13 Dec 2011 @ 7:57am

    "Physicists expect to find the Higgs boson at around 120 to 125 GeV"

    In that range the universe would be unstable. Its got to be higher. Either that or the theories need to be reworked.

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    Jose_X, 15 Dec 2011 @ 1:48pm

    neutrinos too fast

    When all is said and done, this will probably serve as a way to tune the instrumentation. The instruments were upgraded recently (2008) to enable this experiment, and there are many sources of possible errors, including things like software timing assumptions that may have gone under the radar.

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