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New particle or just bad data?

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 07, 2011

Scientists at Fermilab have found a “suspicious bump” in their data from the Tevatron that may indicate the discovery of a new particle (not the Higgs boson) or a new force of nature or a mistake.

“Nobody knows what this is,” said Christopher Hill, a theorist at Fermilab who was not part of the team. “If it is real, it would be the most significant discovery in physics in half a century.”

We won’t have to wait too long to see if the bump is real…the LHC will reveal all soon.