As Lawmakers Battle Over Cuts, Physicists Try to Beat the Odds


Viviana Cavaliere of the U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign may have unexpectedly discovered a new particle using a particle accelerator at Fermilab that is scheduled to close in September, if not sooner.
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Particle physics is all about probabilities. A handful of consistently unusual readings out of a hundred can count as a breakthrough finding.

So what are the odds that, after several years without any such major discoveries to report, the nation's...

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