It was a crushing blow for scientists, who had such high hopes.
Scientists thought they had just made a massive breakthrough with the Large Hadron Collider after discovering a mysterious “bump” that they thought might indicate a new type of particle. Instead, new results from the LHC have seen that bump disappear, and those hopes have disappeared along with it.
Scientists thought they had stumbled upon a total paradigm shift in physics, as this new type of particle could change our understanding of the universe. But at a recent conference in Chicago, David Charlton of Birmingham University revealed that the latest LHC results were a disappointment, going so far as to call it a “pity,” according to a BBC report.
Scientists had such high hopes because the bump was picked up by not one, but two different LHC detectors. Unfortunately, it was just a rather amazing coincidence.
Still, all is not lost. The scientists compare the LHC to like being transported to another planet. Even if one discovery turned out to be nothing, there’s still a whole lot to explore and a whole lot they may yet uncover.
The CERN LHC is buried deep underground in Europe and allows scientists to smash particles together, breaking down physics and helping them understand the Big Bang itself. It was the machine that helped them find the elusive Higgs boson, also known as the “God particle.”