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We Must Not Give Up On Answering The Biggest Scientific Questions Of All

12 Feb 2019, 15:01 UTC
We Must Not Give Up On Answering The Biggest Scientific Questions Of All
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The doubly charmed baryon, Ξcc++, contains two charm quarks and one up quark, and was first experimentally discovered at CERN. Now, researchers have simulated how to synthesize it from other charmed baryons that ‘melt’ together, and the energy yields are tremendous. To uncover yet-unrevealed truths about the Universe requires investing in experiments that have never yet been performed. (DANIEL DOMINGUEZ, CERN)Theoretical work tells you where to look, but only experiments can reveal what you’ll find.There are fundamental mysteries out there about the nature of the Universe itself, and it’s our inherent curiosity about those unanswered questions that drives science forward. There’s an incredible amount we’ve learned already, and the successes of our two leading theories — the quantum field theory describing the Standard Model and General Relativity for gravity — is a testament to how far we’ve come in understanding reality itself.Many people are pessimistic about our current attempts and future plans to try and solve the great cosmic mysteries that stymie us today. Our best hypotheses for new physics, including supersymmetry, extra dimensions, technicolor, string theory and more, have all failed to yield any experimental confirmation at all. But that doesn’t mean physics is in crisis. It means it’s ...

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