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Higgs boson "God particle" closer to being captured

The Higgs boson “God particle” is a sub-atomic particle that is predicted to exist, but has not yet been seen

Scientists say they are close to capturing the Higgs boson “God particle.”

The Christian Science Monitor reports that scientists at the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research announced that they have narrowed down the list of possible hiding spots for the Higgs boson (a.k.a. the God particle).

“I think we are getting very close,” said Vivek Sharma, a physicist at the University of California, San Diego, and the leader of the Higgs boson search at LHC’s CMS experiment. “We may be getting the first tantalizing hints, but it’s a whiff, it’s a smell, it’s not quite the whole thing.”

The Higgs boson is thought to be tied to a field (the Higgs field) that is responsible for giving all other particles their mass. It was proposed in 1964 by six physicists, including Peter Higgs. As the BBC reports, it is the last missing member of the Standard Model, which explains how particles interact. Because physicists don’t have a specific prediction for the mass of the Higgs boson itself, they must search a wide range of possible masses for signs of the God particle.

“With the data from this year we’ve ruled out a lot of masses, and now we’re just left with this tiny window, in this region that is probably the most interesting,” said Jonas Strandberg, a researcher at CERN working on the ATLAS experiment.

Read more about the Higgs boson “God particle” here and here.

"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" trailer debuts

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” aims to surpass its predecessor

The trailer for “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” has debuted and is promising to surpass its predecessor.

With director Jon Chu at the helm, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” is taking a grittier, more militarisitc approach than it’s predecessor. It’s also making some crucial cast changes. Bruce Willis, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Ray Stevenson will be replacing the likes of Marlon Wayans, Dennis Quaid and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, though Ray Park and Channing Tatum will be reprising their roles.

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation: will also pick up where “Rise of Cobra” left off, though Joseph Gordon-Levitt will not be reprising his role of Cobra Commander. As Screen Rant details, “Cobra Commander is now the masked leader of the terrorist organization, and his crony, master of disguise Zartan (Arnold Vosloo), has infiltrated the highest echelon of the U.S. government, posing as the president. With Cobra pulling the strings of power, and still running lawless throughout the globe, a new Joe force is tasked with saving the day.”

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” will premiere June 29, 2012.

Check out the trailer for “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” below!

Chris Paul deal rejected

Chris Paul trade rejected, Chauncey Billups to Clippers

Although it appeared yesterday that the Clippers and Hornets were close to making a deal involving trading Chris Paul, the Clippers rejected the deal and claimed Chauncey Billups instead.

The AP reports that Clippers general manager said “the cost was just too high.” In order to obtain Chris Paul, the Clippers were in talks to give the Hornets center Chris Kaman (12.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg), point guard Eric Bledsoe (6.7 ppg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 spg), small forward Al-Farouq Aminu (5.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg) and the Clippers’ unprotected 2012 draft pick via the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“There wasn’t one piece or another piece that killed this deal,” Olshey said. “The aggregate compensation that we were going to have to convey to them was just too much and it was going to hamstring our franchise in the long term.”

Instead, the Clippers used their remaining $3.5 million in salary cap room to claim Billups. The Clippers had a need for Billups since Bledsoe will be sidelined as he continues to recover from right knee surgery on Oct. 7.

“He has the ability to add a lot to our organization, on and off the court,” coach Vinny Del Negro said about Billups. “He’s not ready to retire. He has too much left in the tank.”

Read more about the rejected Chris Paul/Clippers deal here.

Tech Review: V-Moda Vibrato earbuds

V-Moda Vibrato outshine competitors

If you are under the illusion that all earbuds are made equal, you are unfortunately mistaken. You won’t realize how mistaken you are, however, until you experience the V-Moda Vibrato in-ear headphones.

The Vibratos boast some impressive specs:

  • 8mm V-MASQUE drivers for a consistent sound experience with vibrant bass, vivid mid-range and vivacious highs
  • BLISS 3.0 (Bass Level Isolating Soft Silicone) hybrid silicone fittings reduce outside noise and enhance stability, sound and comfort – patent pending
  • Durable Zinc metal construction
  • Kevlar® reinforced cable survives 60K+ bends
  • 45 degree flexible 24K gold plated plug
  • materialEDGETM combines industrial-age materials, advanced ergonomics and professional-grade acoustics

What’s most important about those specs, though, is that they translate into the user’s listening experience.

The Vibratos come with four sizes of silicone ear fittings to ensure perfect fit and noise reduction. The sound is crisp and clear without sacrificing the bass. If you enjoy listening to music while exercising, the Vibratos also come with comfortable detachable sport earhooks.

If your downfall with past pairs of earbuds has been a poorly reinforced cable, don’t worry. The Vibratos have solved that problem with a Kevlar-reinforced cable that holds up to just about anything you throw at it during normal wear and tear.

What’s more, the Vibratos are equipped with a hands-free mic with a three-button call/music function. And they come with a chic traveling case, keeping all your accessories in one spot.

Think of the V-Moda Vibratos as an investment — a solid investment for your music enjoyment that will save you from endlessly replacing $10 earbuds. Do yourself a favor and invest in the best for your ears. 

You can find out more about the V-Moda Vibratos, and order yourself a pair, here.

"Men in Black 3" trailer released

“Men in Black 3” trailer reveals time travel plot

The trailer for “Men in Black 3” has been released and it involves time travel!

Global Grind is calling “Men in Black 3” a cross between “Aliens” and “Back to the Future.” Check out the official site for “Men in Black 3” here.

“Men in Black 3” will hit theaters on Memorial Day 2012.

Check out the trailer below!

Sara Gilbert's sister appears on "The Talk"

Sara Gilbert’s sister, Melissa, asked about Sara’s sexuality

Sara Gilbert’s face was red on “The Talk” when the subject suddenly turned to her sexuality.

Sara’s sister, Melissa Gilbert, made an appearance on “The Talk” and was caught a little off guard when co-host Sharon Osbourne asked, “On the subject of love and relationships. When did you first realize that your beautiful sister loved vajayjay?”

The audience and co-hosts laughed as Sara laughed and appeared a little embarrassed. 

“You know what, I’ll put it to you this way. … I took her to dinner when she was in her teens and I sat her down and I gave her this long speech about how much I love you and it doesn’t matter and you’re my darling and blah, blah, blah and you can tell me anything. And she looked and me and she said, ‘I’m not gay.’ And I was like, ‘OK, whatever,’” Melissa said, adding that Sara admitted to it years later and that she always kind of knew.

Sara laughed the question off by asking, “Don’t we have a break coming up?”

As we reported previously, Sara Gilbert is now dating Linda Perry. You can watch Sara Gilbert, Melissa Gilbert and the rest of “The Talk” co-hosts in the video below.

Virginia Tech shooting: Fund established in memory of victim

Virginia Tech shooting: Gunman’s family apologizes to victim’s family

In true Hokie fashion, the campus community is reaching out to help the Virginia Tech shooting victim’s family.

The Virginia Tech site reports that a funeral will be held today (Monday) at 2 p.m. in honor of Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse. The funeral service will also be broadcast via webcast. 

The Virginia Tech community has created a program to raise funds and collect gifts for Crouse’s family. The program, dubbed Hokies for Crouse, is working to collect money, gifts and cards for Crouse’s family.

“It’s hard to find the words, but I think we are really showing the world that we are Hokie Nation and that we come together, especially in times of need. They deserve a Christmas miracle more than anyone,” said senior Bethany Darnley, 22.

The New York Daily News also reports that the Virginia Tech shooter’s family has made a public apology to Crouse’s family. Ross Truett Ashley’s family representative issued the following statment, saying, “The Ashley family would like to offer their condolences to the family of Officer Crouse. Officer Crouse and his family are in their prayers.”

Read more about how you can contribute to the Crouse family fund here. For more information on the Virginia Tech funeral for Crouse, go here

Read our previous coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting here.

Chris Paul to the Clippers?

Clippers reportedly close to trading for Chris Paul

Chris Paul and Clippers fans, prepare yourselves. The Clippers are reportedly close to trading for Paul.

USA Today reports that Paul, currently a point guard for the New Orleans Hornets, was originally involved in a three-tream trade that also involved Lamar Odom and was vetoed by the NBA.

Paul is slated to become a free agent after 2011-12, and will make $16.3 million this season.

As part of the Chris Paul trade, the Hornets would receive center Chris Kaman (12.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg), point guard Eric Bledsoe (6.7 ppg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 spg), small forward Al-Farouq Aminu (5.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg) and the Clippers’ unprotected 2012 draft pick via the Minnesota Timberwolves.

As USA Today reports, the addition of Paul would give the Clippers four proven scorers in the starting lineup.

Read more about Chris Paul and the Clippers here.

Alec Baldwin appears on "SNL"

Alec Baldwin makes fun of his American Airlines incident

Alec Baldwin has had the last laugh in his “Words with Friends” run-in with American Airlines.

In a cameo appearance on Saturday’s show, Baldwin appeared onstage with Seth Meyers during the Weekend Update segment. Baldwin, in costume as captain Steve Rogers, apologized to himself.

“It was awful Seth,” Baldwin said. “Which is why it was important for me to come tonight here and, on behalf of everyone at American Airlines, issue an apology to Mr. Alec Baldwin!”

“Mr. Baldwin is an American treasure, and I am ashamed at the way he was treated,” Baldwin added.

Watch the entire Alec Baldwin/American Airlines sketch below.

Lamar Odom dealt to Dallas Mavericks

Lamar Odom previously played with the Lakers

Lamar Odom has been dealt to the Dallas Mavericks.

ESPN reports that Odom will join the Mavericks after a rollercoaster of a weekend for the NBA. Originally, Odom was included in a three-team trade for Chris Paul, but the move was vetoed by the NBA. Odom was then dealt to Dallas on Sunday.

“Right now, for me, having Odom, Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, we may have the best forward trio in this league right now. And that’s exciting,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “Lamar Odom is a guy we have great respect for as a person and as an all-around player in this league. We feel he’s going to add so many different dimensions for us — length, playmaking, scoring, experience, championship experience.”

Although Dallas is excited about the trade, Odom’s former teammates are not. 

“To be honest with you, I don’t like it,” Kobe Bryant said. “It’s tough to lose Lamar. Pau (Gasol) is still here, and we’re all thankful for that. It’s hard when you’ve been through so many battles with players to just see them go somewhere else. It’s tough.”

Odom’s wife, Khloe Kardashian, has taken to Twitter in support of her hubby’s move, saying, “I am blessed and happy anywhere as long as I am with my family! God is great!! Blessed beyond words! I love ALL of my dolls!” and “I would go anywhere with my hubby!”

Read more about Lamar Odom here.