BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Fourteen years ago, conflicting reports of unusual subatomic particles called anomalons generated a controversy among particle physicists so divisive that it practically squelched all investigation into the subject. Despite adamant assertions to the contrary from some of the world's most renowned physicists, a lone researcher at the University at Buffalo contended that the anomalous behavior was possible only under very specific conditions. But in the mid-1980s, a high-energy accelerator powerful enough to generate those conditions and provide undeniable scientific proof did not exist. In the feverishly competitive world of high-energy physics, the UB physicist was forced to delay for more than a decade the experiments that he hoped would prove experimentally what he had long believed to be true.
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