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ALMA discovers comet factory

Astronomers using the new Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have imaged a region around a young star where dust particles can grow by clumping together. This is the first time that such a dust trap has been clearly observed and modelled. It solves a long-standing mystery about how dust particles in discs grow to larger sizes so that they can eventually form comets, planets and other rocky bodies. The results are published in the journal Science on 7 June 2013.


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Agilent congratulates team at CERN for measuring what many thought immeasurable

Agilent Technologies Inc. offers its congratulations to the team at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, more commonly known as CERN, for discovering — at 99.9999 percent confidence — what is almost certainly the long-sought Higgs boson, an elementary particle that had been predicted to exist for theoretical reasons. Agilent is proud to have provided technology that played a part in this landmark discovery.


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