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Scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced Tuesday that they have detected strong evidence of an elusive particle at the heart of all matter in the universe, providing the best proof yet of the hidden structure of the material world. "We aren't looking at the face of God, but we are deciphering his handwriting," said Thomas Muller, a UCLA physicist who was a member of the team that detected the presence of the top quark, as the subatomic particle is known.
October 7, 1993
Re "Super Collider is More Than Science," Commentary, Sept. 24: It is difficult for me not to be skeptical in the extreme as to the advisability of continuing with the superconducting super collider (SSC) at this particular time. Nina Byers and Roberto Peccei stated that more than $1.5 billion and a decade of work have been invested in this project. They claim further that "if the SSC is funded, it would cost less than $1 billion per year for the next 10 years"--only $10 billion! The physicists claim also that the SSC would help us to understand this issue of "mass" and "dark matter" and the interaction of "quarks and leptons."
May 1, 1992 | NONA YATES
Many people picture scientists as stuffy researchers who rarely venture beyond the lab. But scientists often reveal a whimsical, humorous side in their descriptions of the world. Take quarks . The name of this fundamental particle was coined by physicist Murray Gell-Mann from a phrase in James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake"--"three quarks for Mister Mark."
October 17, 1990 | From United Press International
Two American physicists and a Canadian who first detected the universe's tiniest known particles--quarks--and an American chemist who re-creates natural substances in the lab were honored today with 1990's final Nobel Prizes. Jerome I. Friedman and Henry W. Kendall of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Canadian Richard E. Taylor of Stanford University will share the $700,000 Nobel Prize in physics.
February 26, 1990 | GLENN ZORPETTE, Zorpette is associate editor of Spectrum magazine in New York City .
Aided by tremendously powerful new computers, physicists around the world are making an ambitious attempt to come to terms with the quark, which may rank as the most pervasive yet elusive entity in the universe. In groups of three, quarks are believed to make up protons and neutrons, the basic particles at the core of all atoms, from tiny hydrogen to giant uranium nuclei.
December 15, 1988 | JOAN DRAKE, JOAN DRAKE, Times Staff Writer
Question: In Germany, I've eaten a soft-type cheese called Quark. I found American Quark, but it was not smooth and creamy like the German variety. Where can I find the real thing? Answer: German Cold Cuts International, 6019 Topanga Canyon Blvd. (behind Color Tile), Woodland Hills, (818) 883-8051, carries two types of Quark, a full-fat and a low-fat version. They assure us this is the smooth, creamy cheese you're seeking.
May 7, 1988
A friend accused Niels Bohr, the late Danish quantum physicist, of being superstitious because he had a horseshoe above his office door. The physicist said he wasn't superstitious, but the horseshoe seemed to work just the same. Are our lives affected by the stars? Can the measurement of a particle affect another particle light years away? The late Carroll Righter, astrologer, said yes to the first question. Physicist Bohr said yes to the second. Who's to say a nation's destiny isn't written in the stars?
May 31, 1987 | Jack Burby, Jack Burby is assistant editor of the Times' editorial pages
We found ourselves on a recent Saturday morning in the amphitheater of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, a place on the western edge of the Stanford University campus of rolling hills, well-groomed lawns and gnarled oaks taking the sun. A pool of shimmering pink ice plant marks the guard's station and the entrance to a quadrangle of office buildings in the boxy style of many California State University campuses.
November 9, 1986 | DELTHIA RICKS, United Press International
Author James Joyce did not have theoretical physics in mind when he wrote "Finnegan's Wake" and originated the word quark. Quark, quite neatly, rhymed with the word mark and helped set the tone in a phrase of the lyrical novel considered by many critics to be a 20th-Century literary masterpiece. But Nobel physicist Murray Gell-Mann of the California Institute of Technology also liked the word.
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