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    The New York Times CompanyDennis Overbye4/7/2111 min
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    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      1 month ago

      See ya later, Standard Model!

      Scientists having fun:

      To avoid human bias — and to prevent any fudging — the experimenters engaged in a practice, called blinding, that is common to big experiments. In this case, the master clock that keeps track of the muons’ wobble had been set to a rate unknown to the researchers. The figure was sealed in envelopes that were locked in the offices at Fermilab and the University of Washington in Seattle.

      In a ceremony on Feb. 25 that was recorded on video and watched around the world on Zoom, Dr. Polly opened the Fermilab envelope and David Hertzog from the University of Washington opened the Seattle envelope. The number inside was entered into a spreadsheet, providing a key to all the data, and the result popped out to a chorus of wows.

      • sjwoo1 month ago

        “There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

        There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

        • Douglas Adams
        • bill
          Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
          4 weeks ago