Higgs

I’ll have more to say about this later (I’m blogging this on an iPhone on the National Mall), but it appears that the Higgs boson had been found by the Large Hadron Collider. We just took a huge step in our attempts to understand the universe.

Update: Explanations from Phil Plait. I had 2.9 sigma in the pool.

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  1. Dave D

    Wake me up when time travel or warp drive is a reality….

    It’s been so long since I took physics (minored in it in undergrad), that I can’t even remember what these particles are or do. So busy just keeping up in my current field (polymer chemistry). Learning about relativity and quantum mechanics literally changed my worldview back in the day.

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    Learning about relativity and quantum mechanics literally changed my worldview back in the day.

    We can know that it did, but not how….

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  3. georgebalella

    When he was a young professor all the other professors used to laugh and call Higgs a bozo… hmm…umm true story!

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  4. Section8

    Cool shit, and how lucky is it we’re living in the age to witness the answers to such questions. And no, I’m not going to get into some discussion about government funding for this stuff as I’m not against it.

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  5. Seattle Outcast

    I feel like getting some fish and naming them “up”, “down”, “top”, “bottom”, “charm”, and “strange”…..

    You have to appreciate the amount of whimsy that was floating around the world of particle physics at the time…

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  6. salinger

    Mulitple countries have a stake and take the risks, the alternative (your article) was us (US TaxPayers) solely footing the bill.

    So you don’t see this as a blow to US exceptional-ism?

    Here’s a list of countries and their contribution to the project taken from one of your links:

    Germany – 144,0 Mio€
    France – 111,2 Mio€
    United Kingdom – 106,5 Mio€
    Italy – 83,4€
    Spain – 61,8€
    The Netherlands – 34,7 Mio€
    Switzerland – 21,8 Mio€
    Poland – 20,7 Mio€
    Belgium – 20,1 Mio€
    Sweden – 20,0 Mio€
    Norway – 18,3 Mio€
    Austria- 16,3 Mio€
    Greek – 13,5 Mio€
    Denmark – 12,8 Mio€
    Finland – 11,2 Mio€
    Czechia – 8,4 Mio€
    Portugal – 8,2 Mio€
    Hungary – 5,6 Mio€
    Slowakia – 3,9 Mio€
    Bulgaria – 1,6 Mio€

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  7. sahrab

    So you don’t see this as a blow to US exceptional-ism?

    Noop.

    Your source complains that we didnt (solely) fund something that would be a benefit to all. Either way it woud be shit soup for the US. The US solely funds the 1980 variation of the LHC, and then either :
    (*) Gives away the results (at tax payers expense)
    (*) Tries to recoup the costs from the results. With little complaint from the rest of the world (because history tells us that would never happen)

    Here’s a list of countries and their contribution to the project taken from one of your links:

    See what happens when you actually read the information provided in a link. Isnt it refreshing?

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  8. salinger

    See what happens when you actually read the information provided in a link. Isnt it refreshing?

    How predictable – thanks sarhab, I just won a bet with a friend hanging out here today by your finding a way to take a non-partisan post and turn it into a personal insult. I’m off to collect some frozen Greek yogurt – have a swell day.

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  9. sahrab

    If the Higgs Boson was discovered through the interaction of the LHC, how would it have occurred naturally when there was nothing of mass to create such a thing?

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  10. blameme

    How predictable – thanks sarhab, I just won a bet with a friend hanging out here today by your finding a way to take a non-partisan post and turn it into a personal insult. I’m off to collect some frozen Greek yogurt – have a swell day.

    Your friend sucks for a few of reasons:
    1. Betting you regarding people you know well but he knows nothing of – never bet against house money
    2. Frozen yogurt as a bet? Turn in your man card
    3. Poor taste in people (just kidding. sort of)

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  11. blameme

    Wonder if he meant man yogurt?

    If so, please disregard my agreeing with SO about that being good on a hot summer day. TIA

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  12. Mississippi Yankee

    How predictable – thanks sarhab, I just won a bet with a friend hanging out here today by your finding a way to take a non-partisan post and turn it into a personal insult. I’m off to collect some frozen Greek yogurt – have a swell day.

    Doesn’t that make your friends dick awfully cold?

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  13. HARLEY

    IF anything, we will learn a bit how gravitation really works, and hopefully, find a way to bend the rules in our favor.
    One thing that im sad about is the Super Conducting Super Collider, that was being built in Texas,a white Elephant science project for sure, was axed by the Dem’s mainly for being in a republican state, and for being massively over budget and behind schedule. IF that project was completed, maybe the SCSC would have won the race…… I guess there is a bit of pride lost in this. Overall Humanity gains…

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  14. salinger

    You guys going into 8th grade after summer vacation?

    First – why do you assume my friend is male?
    Second a frozen yogurt place is little further than half way on a century ride we took yesterday.
    Third – I fell in love with Greek yogurt with honey drizzled on it when I was working in Athens a couple months back.

    Thanks for the laugh.

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  15. Mississippi Yankee

    First – why do you assume my friend is male?

    Because then it would be little more than a yeast infection… and that’s just nasty.

    I fell in love with Greek yogurt with honey drizzled on it when I was working in Athens a couple months back.

    For business or just sowing lefty propaganda?
    Which may explain a lot of their financial problems.

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  16. sahrab

    I fell in love with Greek yogurt with honey drizzled on it when I was working in Athens a couple months back

    You discovered your love for man yogurt in Greece?

    isnt that ironic

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  17. blameme

    You guys going into 8th grade after summer vacation?

    I figured 8th grade humor would fit right in with someone with an 8th grade level economics understanding.

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