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Following is a summary of current science news briefs. Hopes fade of Higgs particle opening door to new realms soon

Reuters Science News Summary

Following is a summary of current science news briefs. Hopes fade of Higgs particle opening door to new realms soon

Reuters Science News Summary

Following is a summary of current science news briefs. Hopes fade of Higgs particle opening door to new realms soon

Hopes fade of Higgs particle opening door to new realms soon

* Reports to conference give no hint of "New Physics" * Event horizon seems pushed back to beyond 2015 * New particle seen as "garden variety" By Robert Evans GENEVA, March 8 (Reuters) - Scientists' hopes that last summer's triumphant trapping of the particle that shaped the post-Big Bang universe would quickly open the way into exotic new realms of physics like string theory and new dimensions have faded this past week.

Particle looking "more and more" like Higgs: scientists

The subatomic particle whose discovery was announced amid much fanfare last year, is looking "more and more" like it could indeed be the elusive Higgs boson believed to explain why matter has mass, scientists said Wednesday. But in the latest update, physicists told a conference in La Thuile, Italy, that more analysis is needed before a definitive statement can be made.

Subatomic calculations indicate finite lifespan for universe

* Calculations based on estimates of particle's mass * Universe stable for at least tens of billions more years By Irene Klotz BOSTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Scientists are still sorting out the details of last year's discovery of the Higgs boson particle, but add up the numbers and it's not looking good for the future of the universe, scientists said Monday.

Scientists sense breakthroughs in dark-matter mystery

For decades, the strange substance called dark matter has teased physicists, challenging conventional notions of the cosmos. Today, though, scientists believe that with the help of multi-billion-dollar tools, they are closer than ever to piercing the mystery -- and the first clues may be unveiled just weeks from now.

Higgs Boson collider closes for revamp

The particle collider that gave scientists a glimpse of what may be the Higgs Boson shut down Thursday for a two-year revamp that will allow it to pursue the quest with renewed vigour. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), straddling the border between France and Switzerland, has been working non-stop for three years to find the elusive "God Particle". The boson is theorised to explain the mysteries of mass.

Higgs Boson collider closes for revamp

The particle collider that gave scientists a glimpse of what may be the Higgs Boson shut down Thursday for a two-year revamp that will allow it to pursue the quest with renewed vigour. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), straddling the border between France and Switzerland, has been working non-stop for three years to find the elusive "God Particle". The boson is theorised to explain the mysteries of mass.

After Higgs Boson, scientists prepare for next quantum leap

Seven months after its scientists made a landmark discovery that may explain the mysteries of mass, Europe's top physics lab will take a break from smashing invisible particles to recharge for the next leap into the unknown. From Thursday, the cutting-edge facilities at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) will begin winding down, then go offline on Saturday for an 18-month upgrade.
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