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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. The matter we can see is Newtonian, meaning it follows Newton's laws of physics. One of the more interesting properties of bosons occurs when cooled into a condensate, they no longer have deterministic volume, meaning even if you had millions of particles in this state they would still measure out to have the same volume as a single particle, in effect all occupying the same position in space. The only way to really know how many you have is to measure the forces, more on this next.

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Integral challenges physics beyond Einstein Integral challenges physics beyond Einstein Gamma-ray burst 30 June 2011 ESA’s Integral gamma-ray observatory has provided results that will dramatically affect the search for physics beyond Einstein. It has shown that any underlying quantum ‘graininess’ of space must be at much smaller scales than previously predicted. ics team proposes a way to create an actual space-time crystal ( -- Earlier this year, theoretical physicists Frank Wilczek, of MIT put forth an idea that intrigued the research community. He suggested that it should be possible to construct a so called space-time crystal by adding a fourth dimension, movement in time, to the structure of a crystal, causing it to become an infinitely running clock of sorts. At the time, Wilczek acknowledged that his ideas on how to do so were inelegant, to say the least. Now another international team led by Tongcang Li has proposed a way to achieve what Wilczek proposed using a far more elegant process. They have posted a paper on the preprint server arXiv describing what they believe is a real-world process for creating an actual space-time crystal that could conceivably be carried out in just the next few years. Taking Wilczek’s original idea, but not his method for creating a real world example, Li et al, suggest that to create a space-time crystal all that’s needed is a better ion trap.

Atoms Reach Record Temperature, Colder than Absolute Zero Absolute zero is often thought to be the coldest temperature possible. But now researchers show they can achieve even lower temperatures for a strange realm of "negative temperatures." Oddly, another way to look at these negative temperatures is to consider them hotter than infinity, researchers added. 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 Eric Weinstein may have found the answer to physics' biggest problems Two years ago, a mathematician and physicist whom I've known for more than 20 years arranged to meet me in a bar in New York. What he was about to show me, he explained, were ideas that he'd been working on for the past two decades. As he took me through the equations he had been formulating I began to see emerging before my eyes potential answers for many of the major problems in physics. It was an extremely exciting, daring proposal, but also mathematically so natural that one could not but feel that it smelled right.

Carl Sagan's Cosmos Welcome to YouTube! The location filter shows you popular videos from the selected country or region on lists like Most Viewed and in search results.To change your location filter, please use the links in the footer at the bottom of the page. Click "OK" to accept this setting, or click "Cancel" to set your location filter to "Worldwide". The location filter shows you popular videos from the selected country or region on lists like Most Viewed and in search results. To change your country filter, please use the links in the footer at the bottom of the page. Imaging Breakthrough: See Atomic Bonds Before and After Molecular Reaction For the first time, scientists have visually captured a molecule at single-atom resolution in the act of rearranging its bonds. The images look startlingly similar to the stick diagrams in chemistry textbooks. Until now, scientists were only able to infer molecular structures. Using atomic force microscopy, the individual atomic bonds — each a few ten-millionths of a millimeter long — that connect the carbon molecule’s 26 carbon and 14 hydrogen atoms are clearly visible.

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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.