The standard model of particle physics may be broken — an expert explains

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

As a physicist working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is “when are you going to find something?” Resisting the temptation to sarcastically reply “aside from the Higgs boson, which won the Nobel Prize, and a whole slew of new composite particles?”, I realise that the reason the question is posed so often is down to how we have portrayed progress in particle physics to the wider world.

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