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Zachary Marshall | USLHC | USA

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Meta-Blogs and New Physics (?)

Hi there!

First, hello to the MIT Tech Review who made me famous for about 15 seconds this month. That’s one of my Facebook comment replies Singhal is pointing at (below) – and hi there Facebook users! It struck me when I saw that how strange the spread of information is, and how much information we read in a heavily digested format in a typical day…

Meanwhile, the LHC is running as normal. No news is good news, for the moment. If you want to hear about some (possibly) exciting physics, I highly recommend the NYT article on a possible hint of new physics from the Tevatron. They do a pretty good job explaining things there, so I won’t confuse you any further. There does seem to be something to it – and now the race is on to find what’s out there at the LHC!! Physicists or the very brave can read the full article here. Notice that their result is “evidence,” not “discovery” (or “observation”). That means they’re 99.7% sure the result is new physics – to claim discovery, they’d have to be 99.9999% sure (ok, there needs to be a little more mathematical definition of “sure” to make that precise, but I hope it gives you some idea of what I mean).

Note: Fixed my evidence / observation mix up. Thanks for the careful reading…

–Zach

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