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It’s a fairly silent night as the Large Hadron Collider shuts down for the holidays. Particle physicists at CERN today presented the first results since the LHC was switched back on for its second run, but had no discoveries to report.

Instead, early hints of new physics from the end of the LHC’s first run seemed to drop away. But there is one glimmer of hope: a glimpse of a possible new particle.

With rumours of new particles flying around earlier in the week, physicists were crammed into the main lecture hall at CERN – the location of the announcement of the Higgs boson discovery in 2012. But this time there were no early Christmas presents.

Researchers from the CMS and ATLAS experiments presented their initial findings based on data taken since the LHC was switched back on in April this year.

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