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Matthew McCullough is not panicking. The “new physics” that many physicists assumed would be seen at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)—in the form of new particles—hasn’t shown up. But McCullough, a theoretical physicist working at CERN, sees opportunity in being jilted by Nature. He thinks that this perceived setback could spur a revolution, with physicists scratching some of their most cherished assumptions about the Universe and starting over. In the end, they may find a new fundamental theory that works like “clockwork.” Physics spoke to McCullough to find out whether he thinks new physics might still be uncovered at the LHC and, if so, where in the data it might be hiding.

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