Inventing Particles

Here we explore how easy it is to invent a particle to explain experimental results.

New results have squashed the hope that the hints of a new particle detected by the Large Hadron Collider would confirm the existence of something extremely exotic, such as a new Higgs, or even the theoretical Graviton. Instead, the intriguing data 'bump' turns out to be nothing more than a statistical fluctuation. Physicist Jonathan Butterworth of UCL discusses whether this false alarm affects the LHC's chances of finding something else. - bbc Blow to the LHC "bump", Crow intelligence, Robot mudskippers, Royal Society book prize, BBC Inside Science - BBC Radio 4