4th July 2012: the Higgs is found!
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Nationalism nowadays is generally an inadequate mentality. It estranges one nation from an ever globalizing world. A world that will need to work together to accomplish great things. But I need to admit, it was a bittersweet moment when I heard that CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Geneva discovered a Higgs boson like particle with nearly 100 percent accuracy on America's Independence Day. If you aren't familiar with the latest news (and I dearly hope you are) for nearly 50 years the proposed Higgs boson particle was the most sought after discovery in science. Some have argued it would be the greatest human discovery to date.
Things became a little emotional earlier as Prof Higgs listened to the announcement Simon Pegg wonders: Prof Higgs has said: Comedian Dara O Briain explains
Scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, said its researchers observed a particle that may be the Higgs boson, a theoretical particle that could explain where mass comes from. The announcement coincides with the 36th International Conference on High Energy Physics in Melbourne. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the Higgs boson. The information is drawn from the Science Media Centre of Canada and interviews and press briefings by physicists. Q: What is it? The Higgs boson is a hypothesized elementary particle that, if confirmed, would provide the mechanism by which the other elementary particles in the universe have mass.
Scientists using the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva have announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle to very high confidence that is consistent with what we expect the Higgs particle to look like. Ye. GADS.
Higgs boson found: Scientists find 'God particle' after 40-year search in a 'momentous day for science'Discovery of particle is most important in physics in decades Leading physicists watch announcement at CERN in Switzerland End of 40-year quest for 'missing' particle Last jigsaw piece that proves our view of universe is right 'God Particle' gives particles that make up atoms their mass Prof Higgs, 83: 'I had no idea this would happen in my lifetime' By Rob Waugh and Fiona Macrae Science Correspondent PUBLISHED: 07:17 GMT, 4 July 2012 | UPDATED: 15:16 GMT, 5 July 2012 The search for the 'God particle' is over. Almost half a century after the existence of the Higgs boson – the particle that holds the universe together and gives it substance – was predicted, jubilant scientists announced that they appear to have found it.
All the signs suggest that the world's most-wanted particle is finally preparing to show its face. An unmasking will open doors to a whole new level in our understanding of the universe – and allow the origins of matter to be studied in exquisite detail. Teams from the two main detectors at the Large Hadron Collider are due to announce the latest results in their search for the Higgs boson , the crucial but elusive final piece in the standard model of particle physics, at a hotly anticipated seminar at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland, on 4 July.
By Michael Hanlon PUBLISHED: 12:16 GMT, 3 July 2012 | UPDATED: 12:23 GMT, 3 July 2012 So are we about to know the mind of God, as Stephen Hawking once put it so memorably? Is physics – Big Physics – on the verge of answering the ultimate question of Life, the Universe and Everything? For if the rumours are true, a very significant announcement indeed is to be made tomorrow morning in Geneva, one that will mark the greatest breakthrough in science’s Senior Service for decades.
<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-118965" title="LHCAltas1" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2012/07/LHCAltas11.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="440" /> Update: The live feed is now available . Scientists at CERN will announce their most recent results in the search for the Higgs boson early on July 4 — with many speculating that the discovery of the long-sought particle will finally be official. Join us here for a live feed from Europe of the event starting at 11 p.m PT tonight (2 a.m.