What is supersymmetry?


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These MIA superpartners are really starting to freak out some physicists. It would be a really big deal if we never saw them, because particle physics desperately needs testable theories. With no superpartners -- or at least, no way to verify them in our universe -- we'd have to find some other testable solution to some of the Standard Model holes.

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