It seems that at every turn, the Standard Model of physics reinforces its death choke around the Universe as we know it, but are physicists beginning to see data that bucks this trend? According to one experiment in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), it appears that there's a slight deviation from the "norm," hinting that the Standard Model ain't all that.
Before we go into the details of this tentative discovery, let's quickly review why some physicists are excited while others... are, well, not so much.
Top 5 Misconceptions About The LHC
A Flawed - Yet Reliable - Recipe The Standard Model is the recipe book of the Universe that's matured over decades. It explains how subatomic particles should act and predicts interactions within particle colliders such as the LHC with incredible accuracy. But it's not a perfect description of the Universe, it has some major shortfalls.
For example, the Standard Model does not explain dark matter and dark energy. Also, it has a gaping hole where gravity should be - for an all-encompassing theory of the Universe, the Standard Model is like a cake recipe that mysteriously forgets to add flour.