Thursday, September 11, 2008
A U.S. laboratory claims to have beat out Europe's new supercollider for the world's first observation of a new subatomic particle. The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab, Batavia, Ill.) one-upped the European Council for Nuclear Research's CERN's Large Hadron Collider by announcing the observation of the Omega b baryon, a cousin of the proton. By colliding protons with anti-protons, Fermilab became the first to observe the particle. But its discovery may yet be confirmed by CERN next spring when CERN ramps up its larger particle accelerator.
Posted by R. Colin Johnson at 5:09 AM