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Physicists Polish One Model While Looking to the Next

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Science  01 Sep 1995:
Vol. 269, Issue 5228, pp. 1218-1219
DOI: 10.1126/science.269.5228.1218


BRUSSELS, BELGIUM—High-energy physicists' current explanation for the behavior of subatomic particles and forces, known as the Standard Model, is doing just fine. That was the take-home message for the 800 delegates who gathered here from 27 July to 2 August for the International Europhysics Conference on High-Energy Physics. "Mainly this was a conference of consolidation, steady progress, many very beautiful and detailed results," Christopher Llewellyn Smith, director general of CERN, the European particle physics laboratory, told Science. But while a multitude of presentations described ever more accurate tests and confirmations of the model, physicists also discussed hints that a whole new range of phenomena beyond the Standard Model is lurking just above the energies of current accelerators—and within range of the next generation of experiments.