Disappointed physicists from the Large Hadron Collider report that what initially could have been an intriguing new particle has turned out just to be a statistical burp.
Last December, researchers at the European Center for Nuclear Research saw two readings of what could have been a new particle that might have upended the existing main physics theory. The same centre in 2012 discovered the Higgs boson or "God particle."
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The early unconfirmed new particle readings in December set the physics world abuzz. Scientists pored over more data from high-speed atom crashes while theorists tried to figure out what it all means.
At a Chicago physics conference Friday, Tiziano Camporesi, a CERN chief scientific spokesman, said more data show that what they saw was nothing, just a random statistical fluctuation.