What's the deal with CERN right now?

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In summary, CERN is a research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world and focuses on studying the fundamental particles and forces of the universe. It has recently been in the news for the discovery of the Higgs boson particle, made possible by the Large Hadron Collider. This 27-kilometer long circular particle accelerator allows scientists to study particle collisions and gather data about the universe's building blocks. CERN's research has practical applications in fields such as medical imaging and renewable energy. Safety is a top priority for CERN, with extensive precautions and rigorous review processes in place.
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Just curious.

Does anyone have the "inside scoop" about whether they have found any particle's yet beyond the Higgs at the LHC? By other particles, I'm talking about super-symmetry.

Thanks in advance,
 
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Short answer, we need more data to verify a "suspicious" bump in the (diphoton?) spectrum.
See the High energy forum, there are at least 2 topics there with comments by 2 members that are knowledgeable to clarify some of the aspects.
 

What is CERN and what do they do?

CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is a research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. Their main focus is to study the fundamental particles and forces that make up our universe.

Why is CERN currently in the news?

CERN is currently in the news due to the recent discovery of the Higgs boson particle, also known as the "God particle". This discovery was made possible by the Large Hadron Collider, a powerful particle accelerator located at CERN.

What is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and how does it work?

The LHC is a 27-kilometer long circular particle accelerator located underground at CERN. It accelerates particles to nearly the speed of light and then smashes them together, allowing scientists to study the resulting collisions and gather data about the fundamental building blocks of our universe.

What are the potential practical applications of CERN's research?

CERN's research has led to many practical applications, such as the development of medical imaging technologies and the creation of the World Wide Web. It also has the potential to lead to breakthroughs in renewable energy, environmental sustainability, and other fields.

How does CERN ensure the safety of their experiments?

CERN takes extensive precautions to ensure the safety of their experiments, both for the scientists working at the facility and for the surrounding environment. The LHC is constantly monitored and safety systems are in place to prevent any accidents or damage. Additionally, all experiments must go through a rigorous review process to ensure they are safe and ethical.

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