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|The reigning theory of particle physics may be flawed, according to new evidence that a subatomic particle decays in a certain way more often than it should, scientists announced. This theory, called the Standard Model, is the best handbook scientists have to describe the tiny bits of matter that make up the universe. But many physicists suspect the Standard Model has some holes in it, and findings like this may point to where those holes are hiding... What they found is that this process apparently happens more often than the Standard Model predicts it will. 'The excess over the Standard Model prediction is exciting,' BaBar spokesperson Michael Roney of the University of Victoria in Canada said in a statement. 'But before we can claim an actual discovery, other experiments have to replicate it and rule out the possibility this isn't just an unlikely statistical fluctuation.'|
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