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Physicists finally observe ‘elusive’ Higgs decay

PARIS: Six years after tracking down the Higgs boson, the subatomic particle that confers mass on matter, physicists said Tuesday they have "at long last" witnessed it decaying into tiny bits called "bottom quarks". The predicted decay was observed at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) famous for the Nobel-capped discovery of the Higgs particle in 2012, Europe's CERN physics lab announced. "During the early preparations of the LHC, there were doubts on whether this observation could be achieved," the ATLAS scientific…

Post-Sundance, female filmmakers find Hollywood dream elusive

LOS ANGELES: Sundance, the premiere US independent film gathering, this week saw a record number of female filmmakers showcased and it has championed women for four decades, but the Hollywood success that so often comes for male directors has proven elusive. A study published this month by University of Southern California‚Äôs Annenberg Inclusion Initiative analyzed 1,100 Hollywood films from 2007 to 2017 and found that out of 1,223 directors, women accounted for only 4 percent of honorees. In contrast, women made up 37…

India, Pakistan target elusive World Cup breakthrough

COLOMBO: India downed Pakistan by seven wickets in qualifying for the 2017 Women's World Cup on Sunday but both made it to the finals where they will seek to become the first Asian champions. Pakistan were bowled out for only 67 and lost by seven wickets as India got past their target in only 22.3 overs. But Pakistan still booked their place for the World Cup in England in June and July as the fourth team from the qualifying round along with India, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Champions Australia, England, New…

Australia begin quest for elusive T20 crown

DHARAMSALA: Australia begin their latest quest Friday to clinch the elusive crown of World Twenty20 champions against a New Zealand side who are on a high after their stunning victory over tournament hosts India.