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New Higgs Results Bring Relief and Disappointment

Higgs to two-photon candidate event as seen by CMS in May 2012 This past July, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider announced that they had discovered a new particle that looked much like the long-sought-after Higgs boson.

November 14, 2012 — Michael Moyer

Climate Change Denier Likely to Lead Congressional Science Committee

September 2012 was the 331st consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th-century average Credit: NOAA Republican Party leaders in the House of Representatives will decide whether Representatives Lamar Smith of Texas, James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin or Dana Rohrabacher of California will succeed Ralph Hall, also of Texas, as chair of the House Committee.

November 14, 2012 — Christine Gorman

Tesla Triumphs: Electric Car Bests the Rest

Since America's love affair with cars really got rolling after World War II, nothing but a gasoline-burning internal combustion engine would do. Until now.The gearheads at Motor Trend have named the Tesla Model S the car of the year for 2013—the first time an all-electric vehicle has ever won the honor.

November 13, 2012 — David Biello

LHC Experiment Yields No Insight into Post-Higgs Physics

The giant magnets of the LHCb detector. Credit: CERN A new discovery at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva casts a shadow across a hypothetical realm of particle physics that many had hoped would be the collider’s next major exploration after the apparently successful hunt for the Higgs boson.Physicists working with the collider’s LHC beauty, or LHCb, detector have observed a new kind of particle behavior, the researchers announced November 12 at the Hadron Collider Physics Symposium in Kyoto, Japan.

November 13, 2012 — John Matson

3-D Imaging Improves Breast Cancer Screening

Image of stereoscopic 3-D mammogram viewing display; courtesy of Radiological Society of North America The mammograms most women receive are decidedly two-dimensional.

November 13, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

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