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It’s a Friday morning at IUPUI, and about 20 middle-school kids are seated in the front of a second-floor classroom. They’re dressed up in their Sunday best—dresses, polos with starched collars—it’s a big day for them. Near the back of the room, parents outnumber the chairs two-to-one; many end up sitting on the floor.

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory /

Physicists around the world were thrilled last month when news broke about a new type of subatomic particle—the so-called “tetraquark”, an unheard-of arrangement of four different types of quarks.

But last week, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, looked at their own data, and they’ve said they’ve tried and failed to find concurring evidence.

Fermilab /

Research by group of scientists led in part by an Indiana University physicist has resulted in a detection of a new kind of subatomic particle—a so-called “tetraquark.”

Quarks are among the teeniest, tiniest building blocks of matter. When quarks combine, they create protons, neutrons and other particles which make up molecules, and so on.

Sarah Fentem / WBAA

A lot of places have claimed to be the so-called “Shrimp capital of the world,” including Brunswick, Georgia, Morgan City, Louisiana, and, most recently, Mazatlán, Mexico.

More than 2000 miles north of Mazatlán, though, shrimp farmers in Indiana are working to add the Hoosier State to that list. The state is home to a growing number of what are known as “inland shrimp farms.”

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Millions of news consumers who get their information through social media are more likely to be trapped in a social bubble, says a study from the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.

Researchers studied more than 100 million web clicks and 1.3 billion social media posts from 2006 to 2010, and they found social media news consumers get their information from a less diverse range fo sources versus those who get their news through search engines.