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A Tiny Particle’s Wobble Could Upend the Known Laws of Physics

Evidence is mounting that a tiny subatomic particle seems to be disobeying the known laws of physics, scientists announced on Wednesday, a finding that would open a vast and tantalizing hole in our understanding of the universe.


The result, physicists say, suggests that there are forms of matter and energy vital to the nature and evolution of the cosmos that are not yet known to science. The new work, they said, could eventually lead to breakthroughs more dramatic than the heralded discovery in 2012 of the Higgs boson, a particle that imbues other particles with mass.

物理学家说,这一结果表明,存在着对宇宙的性质和进化至关重要的物质和能量形式,但科学尚未了解这些形式。他们说,这项新工作最终可能带来比2012年希格斯玻色子(Higgs boson)的发现更引人注目的突破。希格斯玻色子是一种给其他粒子注入质量的粒子。

“This is our Mars rover landing moment,” said Chris Polly, a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, or Fermilab, in Batavia, Ill., who has been working toward this finding for most of his career.

“这将是我们见证历史的时刻,”伊利诺伊州巴达维亚费米国家加速器实验室(Fermilab)的物理学家Chris Polly说。他在职业生涯的大部分时间里都在致力于这一发现。

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