There's a 'new boson' in the universe
week in review Scientists discover the "God particle," while Facebook users discover an e-mail black hole. Also: Apple scores twin legal victories.
week in review Scientists believe they have found the "God particle," also known as the Higgs boson.
The leaders of the experiments running through the giant Large Hadron Collider (LHC) said that their two teams had, which has until now been theoretical rather than a sure thing. The Higgs boson is thought to be responsible for mass in the otherwise-already-proven standard model of physics.
The scientists say they have more than "five-sigma" certainty that the particle they saw was the Higgs boson, which means they are 99.99999 percent sure of their conclusions. The revelation comes days after U.S. scientists working at Fermilab said their experiments with Tevatron, a less powerful particle accelerator that was otherwise similar to the LHC, had strongly suggested that the high-mass particle did exist.
Facebook said a bug can reset your contacts' e-mail addresses to its new and largely unwelcome @facebook.com mailbox -- overwriting the original address info in the process.
On that day, the FBI will be shutting down the temporary DNS servers it used to assist DNSChanger victims.
Google offers concessions to European antitrust regulators as it tries to settle in an ongoing antitrust probe over its business practices.
In a new report, Twitter provides statistics on government and other requests for user data, copyright takedowns, and content removal.
The addition of an extra second to the world's atomic clocks was apparently too much for some popular Web sites and software platforms to take.
Preliminary injunction granted to Apple will go into effect once the iPhone maker posts a bond of nearly $96 million.
Server bug generated DRM code that caused some recently updated apps to crash when users tried to launch them.
Kim DotCom accuses Vice President Joe Biden of masterminding the government's indictment of MegaUpload. Maybe, maybe not. But the politics behind the crackdown remain intriguing.
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