from the urls-we-dig-up dept
The universe is just incredibly vast and full of stuff we’re only scratching the surface of detecting. Every so often, though, there are some folks who think we’ve learned it all — or that there’s not much more left to figure out. But there’s always more. The pace of technology might not advance fast enough for us to be able to continue to discover new things at the rate we’ve been doing so, but the “peak science” event probably hasn’t happened yet (or may not happen at all).
- The Higgs boson was detected in 2012, but there might be a heavier elementary particle that could disrupt the Standard Model in physics. The evidence is far from conclusive, but more data is on the way, and physicists should be able to determine if this new blip is some weird instrument fluke or a real particle in the near future. [url]
- Pessimistic physicists could argue that experimental particle physics is over — the Standard Model is verifiable, and if we can’t find more particles, it could be very difficult to come up with more explanations for things that we can never actually measure. Isn’t it convenient that physicists are recently finding more particles? [url]
- Physicists had a pretty good year in 2015. The field of physics got an upgrade to the Large Hadron Collider, more telescopes looking for gravity waves and dark matter, and recognition for over 1,300 physicists working on the understanding of neutrinos. Also, plans for a new International Linear Collider could lead to a next-generation particle accelerator — for smashing electrons and positrons — built in Japan. [url]
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