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Wits scientists to probe for new particle

Wits University scientists are excited about getting closer to understanding “dark matter”, the institution said on Wednesday. The High Energy Physics Group at Wits recently established the “Madala hypothesis”, in describing a new

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Wits researchers help hunt new particle

Scientists are exploring the possibility of a new particle, the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Physics said on Thursday. This was because of new results from the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organisation of Nuclear Research, Prof Bruce Mellado said. The

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Will physicists ever be bang on?

There was a bang, we think. About 14bn years ago, a tiny singularity — a point smaller than a pinhead and containing all the matter in our universe – exploded. We’re pretty sure. If we accept that the universe started with a bang – an “if” that is infinite and expanding at about 70km per second per megaparsec as you

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Star wars as SA battles for SKA

The fierce battles between SA and Australia normally reserved for the rugby field and cricket pitch have spilled over into the realm of science. With the national teams resting, the media and politicians have been kicking insults across the Indian Ocean over the hosting of one of the world’s largest and most important scientific endeavours

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Peering back into the Big Bang

In the beginning, just before the Big Bang, scientists believe the entire universe was packed into a tiny ball of mass just 10-38cm wide. To put that in context, an atom is many, many times that size. This tiny ball of mass exploded and grew over the last 13bn years