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What Today's Higgs Boson Discovery Really Means

What Today's Higgs Boson Discovery Really Means
The boson series, in short and somewhat muddied recollection of the subject. Please do your own research if you want a fully accurate description, google and wikipedia are great places to start, cassiopea project has a video series on the standard model that explain it pretty well too. The term 'boson' is a concatenation of Bose-Einstein, representing physical properties which are very alien to what we normally observe. Bosons under the standard model are also force carriers, meaning these are what's responsible for the manifestation of the forces we observe in nature. Under the standard model, the mass of a (non-elementary) particle should be proportional to the amount of Higgs bosons present in that particle.

Hunting the Higgs Now Playing: CERN live webcast. The world’s most ambitious physics endeavor has delivered: On July 4th, officials from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced that two major experiments using the Large Hadron Collider, an enormous circular particle accelerator buried on the border between France and Switzerland, have found preliminary evidence of the long-sought Higgs boson, a subatomic particle at the center of one of the biggest mysteries in physics: What gives matter mass? “It’s hard not to get excited by these results,” said CERN Research Director Sergio Bertolucci. “We stated last year that in 2012 we would either find a new Higgs-like particle or exclude the existence of the Standard Model Higgs. With all the necessary caution, it looks to me that we are at a branching point: the observation of this new particle indicates the path for the future towards a more detailed understanding of what we’re seeing in the data.”

Physicists reveal compelling evidence for the "God Particle" Turtles. Turtles all the way down. More lack of knowledge time! Maybe the Higgs boson is the particle form of mass? Electromagnetism = Travels in photons (allows us to see light etc) Strong intecaction = Travels in gluons (holds protons together etc) Weak interaction = Travels in W and Z particles (radioactive decay etc) Each of these theories work pretty well on their own right and currently the Standard Model pretty nicely explains and predicts a lot of stuff. Higgs boson is (theoretically) one of the elementary particles.

Watch a Livestream of the Higgs Boson Announcement Tonight | Wired Science 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. ET). The announcement of results is expected to begin at midnight PT, featuring spokesmen from the Large Hadron Collider’s two Higgs-hunting experiments, ATLAS and CMS, followed by a press conference and question-and-answer session. Rumors have been flying for weeks already on what the LHC has found, with most pointing to a discovery of the Higgs boson with a mass of 125 gigaelectronvolts (GeV). Peter Higgs and several other physicists theorized about the Higgs boson in the 1960s, though it is only in recent decades that machines powerful enough to search for it have been built. Image: The ATLAS experiment detector at the LHC.

Elusive Higgs Particle Discovered! When scientists convinced European politicians to invest $10 billion in the 17 mile circumference Large Hadron Collider, they said that discovering the Higg’s Particle was one of their main goals. This elusive particle was predicted by Scottish physicist Peter Higgs, but never proved, and has become an important part of many theories in physics; its existence, if proved, would solidify a lot of theoretical work. So sought is it, that Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman called it a “God Particle” — much to the chagrin and continual annoyance to fellow scientists, after the public picked up that name — and others have likewise used religious terms, calling it “the holy grail” of particle physics. Physics uses a careful system that refuses to consider a thing discovered unless it meets a certain degree of probability. Having such assurance, is important, for after all, we can’t see the Higgs boson. Did you like this? Elusive Higgs Particle Discovered!

What is the Higgs boson and why does it matter? - physics-math - 13 December 2011 Read full article Continue reading page |1|2 A version of this piece was originally commissioned by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason and also appears on their website Read more: "LHC sees hint of lightweight Higgs boson" As the world awaits news of the possible discovery of the Higgs boson, there remains a lot of confusion about what it is, why we have had to work hard to find it – and why we should care. First, the short answer: If the Higgs is discovered, it will represent perhaps one of the greatest triumphs of the human intellect in recent memory, vindicating the construction of one of science's greatest theories and the most complicated machine ever built. But if the Higgs is all that is found at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a huge amount will remain to be discovered. Now for the long answer: We all know from our own experience that how heavy something feels depends on where it is located. Playing subatomic catch But why a Higgs particle?

Top 5 Implications of Finding the Higgs Boson | 'God Particle' | What Would the Discovery of the Higgs Boson Particle Mean? | Search for Higgs at the Large Hadron Collider #LHC# Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer | December 13, 2011 08:04am ET Credit: MichaelTaylor | Shutterstock Scientists announced today (Dec. 13) that they're closing in on the elusive Higgs boson, a subatomic particle that's been predicted but never detected. Now researchers at the world's largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, say they've narrowed down the mass range of the Higgs, and even see preliminary hints that it might exist. If physicists can definitively detect the Higgs boson and determine its mass, the discovery would have wide-reaching implications. Here are five of the biggest.

Revolutionary 'DNA Tracking Chamber' Could Detect Dark Matter  Perhaps the greatest and most fiercely contested race in modern science is the search for dark matter. Physicists cannot see this stuff, hence the name. However, they infer its existence because they can see its gravitational influence on the structure of galaxies and clusters of galaxies. If they’re right, dark matter must fill our galaxy and our Solar System. That’s why various groups are racing to detect this stuff using expensive detectors in deep underground caverns, which shield them from radiation that would otherwise swamp the signal. These experiments are looking for the unique signature that dark matter is thought to produce as a result of the Earth’s passage around the Sun. Indeed, a couple of groups claim to have found exactly this diurnal signature, although the results are highly controversial and seem to be in direct conflict with other groups who say they have not seen it. There’s a a straightforward way to make better observations that should solve this conundrum.

higgs Physics News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - io9 "Seriously. What's wrong with you people?" You've got to be kidding me. You're having a go at the scientists for this? I have a feeling that the vast majority of physicists would've preferred that the name "God Particle" never have been coined, and would like to give Leon Lederman a slap for it... That is, in fact, the entire point of the article. Did they really detect the Higgs Boson? Space ships..... and eventually we are all going to die when the sun explodes. Without descending into physics nerd rage, I'll simply say that the LHC ended up costing around $9 billion, in order to discover part of the fundamental nature of the universe. It's now almost done that in the first 3 years of it's operation. The Tevatron collider, a predecessor to the LHC, recently closed down near Chicago. The Iraq War, ignoring Afghanistan, cost around $784 billion, and killed around 70,000 people. The bank bailout was $700 billion. The annual profit of Walmart is $16 billion. Mayor Bloomberg of New York could have bought two LHC's. Bill Gates could have bought 6. Etc. Thanks for those stats, and proving that way of thinking wrong. I am not arguing that more money should be spent on science vs. bailouts. What I am saying is that, of the money we are spending on science, spend it where there is bang for the buck.

Facebook Dysprosium Rare earth metals and salts. The left-most metal disc is cast dysprosium metal, resting on a sheet of sublimated dysprosium. The other metal disc is scandium and the metal cylinder is gadolinium. Image Ref.(2) Data Zone Show more, including: Heats, Energies, Oxidation, Reactions, Compounds, Radii, Conductivities Discovery of Dysprosium Dr. Dysprosium was discovered in 1886 by French chemist Paul Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran when he separated dysprosium oxide from holmium oxide. Boisbaudran also discovered gallium in 1875 and isolated samarium for the first time in 1879 using fractional separation. Boisbaudran developed an intricate and time-consuming procedure for the separation of dysprosium. Fittingly he named the element dysprosium, from the Greek ‘dysprositos’ meaning ‘hard to obtain.’ Continuing to live up to its name, pure metallic dysprosium was not isolated for about another eighty years: ion-exchange chromatography finally succeeded in the 1950s. A brief introduction to the lanthanides.

physicists make new form of matter By Max McClure Within the exotic world of macroscopic quantum effects, where fluids flow uphill, wires conduct without electrical resistance and magnets levitate, there is an even stranger family of "unconventional" phenomena. These effects often defy explanation by current theoretical physics, but hold enormous promise for the development of such futuristic technologies as room-temperature superconductors, ultrasensitive microscopes and quantum computation. Much of the confusion surrounding the field is due to the sorts of materials that exhibit unconventional superconductivity. These substances are made up of strongly interacting fermions, a class of particles that are often very difficult to understand on the quantum level. Being ultracold When the thermal energy of some substances drops below a certain critical point, it is often no longer possible to consider its component particles separately. An "impossible" goal The leap presented two major challenges. Putting the gas to work 9 Share