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UW-Madison puts out bids for universal good

By Jeff Moore

UW-Madison has out for bids ME4/2 Skewclear® Cable Assemblies for CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) which will be used on the Compact Muon Solenoid, a large general purpose detector in the Large Hadron Collider near Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

Recently, Cern scientists reporting from the LHC have claimed the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson, an elusive theoretical particle that has been the subject of a 45-year hunt to explain how matter attains its mass.

Professor Rolf Heuer, director-general of CERN, said: “As a layman I would now say I think we have it. We have a discovery — we have observed a new particle consistent with a Higgs boson. But which one? That remains open.”

A confirmation that this is the Higgs boson would be one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the century; the hunt for the Higgs has been compared by some physicists to the Apollo program that reached the moon in the 1960s.

Jeff Moore is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He’s been called a boson before.

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