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Doorway to the Universe

Driving by the Serin Physics Laboratory on Frelinghuysen Road in Piscataway, one might glance at the grey, rectangular structure and consider it just another building on the Busch Campus of Rutgers University.

Inside it, however, are research teams grappling with some of the most intriguing mysteries of our universe, contributing to a growing body of knowledge about our world, the nature of matter and how we came to be.

The Rutgers research community contributed to three of the 10 major discoveries in physics for 2012 as noted by Physics World magazine, including: the observance of a new particle in the universe — the Higgs-boson (also referred to as the “God Particle”); communication using neutrinos; and the discovery of galaxy cluster motion.

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