Slashdot has the best write-up of this news:
“‘The Telegraph is running a story about a new Unified Theory of Physics. Garrett Lisi has presented a paper called ‘An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything’ which unifies the Standard Model with gravity — without using string theory. The trick was to use E8 geometry which you may remember from an earlier Slashdot article. Lisi’s theory predicts 20 new particles which he hopes might turn up in the Large Hadron Collider.'”
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Their are a number of live links to the concepts mentioned in the quote above that you have access to by following the link to Slashdot.
No idea if this is going to verify or not, but it’s: 1. a reminder that string theory may not be the be-all-end-all of particle physics, and 2. real science lets folks make testable claims which can verify their ideas.
Update: This paper has been panned by a number of people already – and may have been put into the “crank” bin by the publisher of Physics Journal to which it was submitted. (Thanks Ruidh)