As cardinals elect new pope, phyiscists find God particle.

As the usual suspects are all atwitter with the news of a new pope and his extracurricular activities, some might miss the news that science has taken yet another step in understanding the super complex mysteries of the universe with the belief that they have actually found the Higgs boson, or God particle in layman’s terms:

GENEVA – The search is all but over for a subatomic particle that is a crucial building block of the universe. Physicists announced Thursday they believe they have discovered the subatomic particle predicted nearly a half-century ago, which will go a long way toward explaining what gives electrons and all matter in the universe size and shape.

The elusive particle, called a Higgs boson, was predicted in 1964 to help fill in our understanding of the creation of the universe, which many theorize occurred in a massive explosion known as the Big Bang. The particle was named for Peter Higgs, one of the physicists who proposed its existence, but it later became popularly known as the “God particle.”

The discovery would be a strong contender for the Nobel Prize. Last July, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced finding a particle they described as Higgs-like, but they stopped short of saying conclusively that it was the same particle or was some version of it.

Scientists have now finished going through the entire set of data. “The preliminary results with the full 2012 data set are magnificent and to me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson, though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is,” said Joe Incandela, a physicist who heads one of the two main teams at CERN, each involving several thousand scientists.

Whether or not it is a Higgs boson is demonstrated by how it interacts with other particles and its quantum properties, CERN said in the statement. After checking, scientists said the data “strongly indicates that it is a Higgs boson.” The results were announced in a statement by the Geneva-based CERN and released at a physics conference in the Italian Alps.

And they did it without blowing up the planet or the universe as some predicted! What does this mean? Well, who knows? It is an important discovery because it for now validates a lot of the scientific theories while discrediting others. It will lead to a whole lot of new theoretical discussions, where some will be right, some wrong, and some will be found either right or wrong after having been the opposite for a long time. That’s how science works. Especially with the stuff we cannot observe directly or are piss poor at predicting. I thank the powers that be that this isn’t one of those consensus science items, because there is about as much science in consensus science as there is truth in a blatant lie.

Interesting times. I wonder when this will finally lead to antigravity devices and space warping so we can travel faster than light. We need to go colonize us some planets before someone else colonizes us. Despite all the Hollywood movies where invaders get repelled when they come to earth, reality is we would be their bitches. And they are not going to be benevolent and nice about it. Nobody will waste time and effort to just go say hi to their neighbors. That shit flies in the face of nature’s most important laws of natural selection and survival of the fittest. It’s going to be about resources and living space, not making nice.

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  1. Jim

    Particle physics is a fascinating field.
    Upon reading up on it, one discovers that scientists essentially pour an absolute ungodly amount of energy into an exceptionally confined area. I’ve often wondered why we put so much faith into what essentially amounts into “pulling shit out of thin air.” Seriously, that’s *exactly* what these particle accelerators do, E=mc^2. Particles are literally created from the excessive point energies created in these collisions.
    As a crash course for interested people, basically every particle (and anti-particle, and wave carrier, etc) has an “energy mass” if you will, expressed in terms of eV (electron Volts). To create specific particles, a collision must create enough point energy to fall within a specific range centered around common particle masses.
    Quarks and their associated carrier particles, gluons, do not *want* to become unbound. As such, they have huge eV values, which is why larger and larger accelerators were needed to discover them. The more fundamental the particle, the more “tightly bound” they are, as it were, resulting in higher and higher energies needed to release and/or create them.

    If most of that doesn’t make sense, don’t worry, I’ve been studying this for 20 years and *I* can’t make sense of it. :)

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  2. CM

    I thank the powers that be that this isn’t one of those consensus science items, because there is about as much science in consensus science as there is truth in a blatant lie.

    One day you should put some time aside and try to actually understand this properly.

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