On July 4th, 2012, the Higgs boson was presented to the world. The confirmation of its existence was a victory for the Standard Model, the theory that describes 3 of the 4 fundamental forces (the electromagnetic, weak, and strong interactions, minus gravity), and classifies all known elementary particles. From then on, all kind of new particles would be discovered, broadening our understanding of the Universe, so the physicists thought. Years have passed, and no compelling evidence for something new has been seen [yet]. But new results emerging from CERN indicate a coherent pattern of deviations from the SM predictions that might suggest the existence of a new Fundamental Force. If confirmed, it would revolutionize our understanding of how particles interact and cause a paradigm shift.
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- The results coming up from CERN point out to the existence of a 5th Fundamental and Unknown Force, on top of the four that we already know.
- These results may force us to abandon the Standard Model of particle physics, who held up for the last 60 years.
- In one year tops, our understanding of the Universe might as well be completely changed.
- Rafael Coutinho, SNSF Ambizione Fellow, University of Zurich
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