The Tevatron particle collider shut down in September of 2011. Once the highest-energy collide in the world, it is survived by its descendants, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven, and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
Scientists at west suburban Fermilab are already working to scrutinize a potential scientific discovery widely believed to be impossible. European physicists announced last week they clocked something traveling faster than the speed of light.
Scientists love a quest, and so does the media. Just about every field has some “holy grail” or other. A database search for just the last six months shows about a thousand instances of this phrase popping up in relation to science.
Scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory said this week a "bump" in their data may be evidence of a new subatomic particle — one that could change our understanding of modern physics.Emphasis on "could.