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“The God Particle”
CERN may have found exotic Higgs ‘impostor’ particle

CERN announced the discovery of a new particle last week, it was very, very careful to not explicitly call that particle the Higgs boson, instead citing “strong evidence”.

The God Particle is only a marketing term may have contributed to increased media interest, many scientists dislike it, since it overstates the particle’s importance, not least since its discovery would still leave unanswered questions about the unification of Quantum chromodynamics, the electroweak interaction and gravity, as well as the ultimate origin of the universe.



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The HIGGS BOSON is a massive scalar elementary particle predicted to exist by the Standard Model in particle physics. At present there are no other known fundamental scalar particles in nature.

The Higgs boson is the only Standard Model particle that has not been observed. Experimental detection of the Higgs boson would help explain the origin of mass in the universe.

The Higgs boson would explain the difference between the massless photon, which mediates electromagnetism, and the massive W and Z bosons, which mediate the weak force. If the Higgs boson exists, it is an integral and pervasive component of the material world.



The Standard Model of particle physics is a theory of three of the four known fundamental interactions and the elementary particles that take part in these interactions. These particles make up all visible matter in the universe.

Every high energy physics experiment carried out since the mid-20th century has eventually yielded findings consistent with the Standard Model.

Still, the Standard Model falls short of being a complete theory of fundamental interactions because it does not include gravitation, dark matter, or dark energy. It is not quite a complete description of leptons either, because it does not describe nonzero neutrino masses, although simple natural extensions do.

• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Model


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The HIGGS BOSON is a massive scalar elementary particle predicted to exist by the Standard Model in particle physics. At present there are no other known fundamental scalar particles in nature.
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Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said it would release more than 10,000 tons of contaminated water that was about 100 times more radioactive than legal limits.

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Bluefin Tuna in Action

“Bluefin tuna from the northern Pacific Ocean travel south from Canada to Guam first, then to the Philippines and Taiwan before turning north to Japan,” stated Pingtung County Commissioner Tsao Chi-hung

Northern shrimp are hauled aboard a shrimp boat. (Credit: Aldric D’Eon, Read More>>>)
The tiny creatures, eaten in shrimp rolls and shrimp salad, occupy a pivotal role in the oceanic food chain and may serve as early indicators.


“TEPCO officials said Sunday that radiation in leaking water in Unit 2 was 10 million times above normal – a report that sent employees fleeing. But the day ended with officials saying that figure had been miscalculated and the level was actually 100,000 times above normal, still very high but far better than the earlier results.” Source: Read More>>>>

TEPCO retracts radioactivity test result
Tokyo Electric Power Company has retracted its announcement that 10 million times the normal density of radioactive materials had been detected in water at the Number 2 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The utility says it will conduct another test of the leaked water at the reactor’s turbine building.

The company said on Sunday evening that the data for iodine-134 announced earlier in the day was actually for another substance that has a longer half-life.

The plant operator said earlier on Sunday that 2.9 billion becquerels per cubic centimeter had been detected in the leaked water.

It said although the initial figure was wrong, the water still has a high level of radioactivity of 1,000 millisieverts per hour.

Workers were withdrawn from a reactor building, a major setback for the effort to avert a catastrophic meltdown, and radiation spreads to Boston, California, Washington, Pennsylvania and Las Vegas all reporting positive readings

“Radiation hits have been found in California, Washington and Pennsylvania, according to the DPH. All those positive readings are part of the nation’s RadNet radioactive monitoring system. The Las Vegas’ Atomic Testing Museum this week also reported detecting low levels of radiation, the Associated Press is reporting this afternoon. Positive readings have also been made in Colorado and Hawaii.” Source: Boston Herald News Paper Reports
DPH = Department of Public Health

The levels detected are far below levels of concern.

Daily Data Summary
Source: RadNet – EPA
Last updated on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 17:41:02.

As the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has said, we do not expect to see radiation at harmful levels reaching the U.S. from damaged Japanese nuclear power plants. As part of the federal government’s continuing effort to make our activities and science transparent and available to the public, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will continue to keep all RadNet data available in the current online database. EPA is working with its federal partners and has deployed additional monitors to Hawaii, Alaska, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

EPA is utilizing this existing nationwide radiation monitoring system, RadNet, which continuously monitors the nation’s air and regularly monitors drinking water, milk and precipitation for environmental radiation. The RadNet online searchable database contains historical data of environmental radiation monitoring data from all fifty states and U.S. territories.

EPA will provide daily data summaries of our radiation air monitoring efforts. We will continue to keep all RadNet data available in the current online database.

March 27, 2011

As of 8:30am (EDT) EPA’s RadNet radiation air monitors across the U.S. show typical fluctuations in background radiation levels. The levels detected are far below levels of concern.

March 26, 2011

As of 12:00pm (EDT) EPA’s RadNet radiation air monitors across the U.S. show typical fluctuations in background radiation levels. The levels detected are far below levels of concern.

As of 8:00am (EDT) EPA’s RadNet radiation air monitors across the U.S. show typical fluctuations in background radiation levels. The levels detected are far below levels of concern.


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Tokyo’s tap water contains twice as much radioactive iodine than deemed safe for infants, officials said Wednesday, sparking food safety fears as plumes of smoke forced employees to evacuate the country’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant yet again. Source of information provided by france24.com

“Engineers are trying to stabilise a six-reactor nuclear plant in Fukushima, 250 km (150 miles) north of the capital, nearly two weeks after an earthquake and tsunami battered the plant and devastated northeast Japan, leaving nearly 26,000 people dead or missing.

Tokyo’s 13 million residents were told not to give tap water to babies under 1 year old after contamination hit twice the safety level this week. But it dropped back to allowable amounts on Thursday.”


“The purpose of robots is to do those dull, dirty and dangerous missions — so dangerous is certainly what we’re talking about here,” says Tim Trainer, a vice president at iRobot, an American firm that has sent four of its robots to the company that owns the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

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  • Reefbot

    Reefbot, 2010

    ReefBot is a Pittsburgh-based team of individuals committed to developing and using underwater robotic technology for the purpose of ocean exploration, education, and coral reef conservation.
    Learn more…

  • Red Rover

    Red Rover, 2010

    Red Rover is a lunar rover being developed by Carnegie Mellon and spin-off Astrobotic Technology for the Google Lunar X-Prize. Learn more…

  • Scarab

    Scarab, 2007

    Scarab is prototype rover for lunar polar exploration. Its unique configuration allows it to adjust body posture for ascent and descent of craters and to position a coring drill for soil sampling. Learn more…

  • Boss

    Boss, 2007

    Boss won the DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007. Learn more…


    DEPTHX, 2006

    The DEPTHX vehicle is a hovering AUV designed for exploration of flooded caverns and tunnels. Learn more…

  • Terrascout

    Terrascout, 2005

    TerraScout is developing fundamental technology for autonomous outdoor vehicles to navigate outdoors. These scouts assist their human counterparts by providing eyes and ears in dangerous locations. Learn more…

  • H1ghlander

    H1ghlander, 2005

    H1ghlander competed in and finished 3rd in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. Learn more…

  • Zoë

    Zoë, 2004

    Equipped with specialized sensors, Zoe roams the Atacama desert in search of life. Just like its predecessor Hyperion, Zoe has an array of solar cells to collect energy from the sun and plan its day to maximize science returns while maintaining battery levels. Learn more…

  • SandStorm

    SandStorm, 2004

    High-performance off-road navigator for racing in the DARPA Grand Challenge in the California desert. Learn more…

  • Ferret

    Ferret, 2004

    The Ferret mine mapping robot can be lowered down a borehole and produce three-dimensional maps using sonar and laser range finders that can then be used to assess mine conditions. Learn more…

  • Cave Crawler

    Cave Crawler, 2004

    Cave Crawler is smaller, lighter, faster, and more mobile than its Groundhog predecessor. In addition, it is equipped with two integrated sensor modules (developed by the Subterranean Robotics group) that perform SLAM in addition to sensory output. Learn more…

  • Blackbear

    Blackbear, 2004

    Robotic Mule for the Army. Learn more…

  • Yogi

    Yogi, 2003

    Yogi is an automated golf cart that serves as a testbed for autonomous navigation. Learn more…

  • Robocrane, Bullwinkle, Xavier

    Robocrane, Bullwinkle, Xavier, 2003

    Cooperative robots for autonomous assembly of structures. Learn more…

  • Hyperion

    Hyperion, 2003

    A robot for characterizing the limits of life in desert environments. Learn more…

  • Guideway Inspection

    Guideway Inspection, 2003

    Guideway inspection system in operation at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

  • Groundhog

    Groundhog, 2003

    Robot for subterranean mapping and exploration. This robot mapped several deep mines in the wake of an accident at the Quecreek mine that left 9 miners trapped. Learn more…

  • Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle, 2003

    Coordinated Mobile Manipulation for manufacturing and assembly.

  • Enviroblimp

    Enviroblimp, 2002

    Developed to investigate the use of a solar-powered dirigible for collection of environmental data. Learn more…

  • Skyworker

    Skyworker, 2001

    An assembly, inspection and maintenance robot for orbital structures. Learn more…

  • McArthur

    McArthur, 2001

    Testbed for navigation in unstructured outdoor terrain.

  • Hyperion

    Hyperion, 2001

    A solar powered rover that proved the concept of Sun-Synchronous navigation in the Canadian high Arctic. Learn more…

  • Meteorite Search

    Meteorite Search, 2000

    A winterized Nomad searched for and classified meteorites in Antarctica. Learn more…

  • Pioneer

    Pioneer, 1999

    Radiation-hardened remote reconnaissance system for structural analysis of Reactor 4 at Chornobyl. Learn more…

  • Autonomous Excavator

    Autonomous Excavator, 1999

    Designed to autonomously and efficiently dig and load trucks. Learn more…

  • Nomad

    Nomad, 1997

    Robot for autonomous exploration of planet-like deserts. It pioneered spherical vision and long-range navigation. Shown here in the Chilean Atacama desert. Learn more…

  • Tesselator

    Tesselator, 1994

    Developed to inspect and waterproof the tiles underneath the space shuttle. Learn more…

  • T3

    T3, 1994

    This autonomous excavator was the first to use a bucket for robotic digging. It can sense how much dirt it is moving and how to dig around buried rocks.

  • Dante II

    Dante II, 1994

    A tethered walking robot for science missions in active volcanoes, explored the Mt. Spurr volcano in Alaska. It was used to sample high-temperature, gas samples from the fumaroles on the crater floor. Learn more…

  • BOA

    BOA, 1994

    An automated system that safely and economically removes asbestos insulation from old pipes. It packages waste into barrels for easy disposal. Learn more…

  • Houdini

    Houdini, 1993

    Houdini cleans up hazardous materials from waste filled tanks. It transforms itself to a small, streamlined shape for entering a tank, then expands to a large, stable shape for heavy work. Learn more…

  • Demeter

    Demeter, 1993

    Demeter autonomously mows hay and alphalpa. It navigates with GPS and uses camera vision to differentiate cut and uncut crops. Learn more…

  • Neptune

    Neptune, 1992

    Neptune articulates magnetic tracks to roam the interiors of fuel storage tanks. It evaluates deterioration in floors and walls using acoustic navigation and corrosion sensing. Learn more…

  • Navlab II

    Navlab II, 1992

    This automated HUMMER pioneered trinocular vision, WARP computing, and sensor fusion to navigate offroad terrain.

  • Dante I

    Dante I, 1992

    Dante rappels mountainsides using a spherical laser scanner and foot sensors. It entered the crater of Antarctica’s Mt. Erebus but did not reach the lava lake. Learn more…

  • Ambler

    Ambler, 1990

    Ambler is a walking robot that enables energy-efficient overlapping gaits. Developed as a testbed for research in walking robots operating in rugged terrain. Learn more…

  • Pipe Mapping

    Pipe Mapping, 1988

    Mobile pipe mapping computes magnetic and radar data over a dense grid to infer the depth and location of buried pipes. This outperforms hand-held pipe detectors.

  • Locomotion Emulator

    Locomotion Emulator, 1988

    This chassis steers and propels all wheels so that it can spin, drive, or spin while driving. Its software can emulate a tank, car or any other wheeled machine.

  • Remote Work Vehicle

    Remote Work Vehicle, 1986

    The Remote Work Vehicle was developed for a broad agenda of clean-up operations like washing contaminated surfaces, removing sediments, demolishing radiated structures, applying surface treatments, and packaging and transporting materials.

  • NavLab I

    NavLab I, 1986

    Pioneered high performance outdoor navigation. NavLab deployed racks of computers, laser scanners, and color cameras providing cutting-edge perception in its time.

  • REX

    REX, 1985

    REX was the world’s first autonomous digging machine. It sensed and planned to excavate without damaging buried gas pipes. This robot used a hypersonic air knife to erode soil around pipes.

  • Terregator

    Terregator, 1984

    Terregator pioneered exploration, road following and mine mapping. It was the world’s first rugged, capable, autonomous outdoor navigation robot. Learn more…

  • CoreSampler

    CoreSampler, 1984

    This vehicle drilled core samples from the walls of the Three Mile Island basement to determine the depth and severity of radioactive material that soaked into the concrete at the site.

  • Remote Reconaissance Vehicle

    Remote Reconaissance Vehicle, 1983

    First vehicle to enter the basement of Three Mile Island after a meltdown in March 1979. This vehicle worked four years to survey and clean up the flooded basement.