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[SD] Hint of Elusive Higgs Boson: An Update from the Large Hadron Collider

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ScienceDaily (Aug. 15, 2011) — The physics world was abuzz with some tantalizing news a couple of weeks ago. At a meeting of the European Physical Society in Grenoble, France, physicists -- including some from Caltech -- announced that the latest data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) might hint at the existence of the ever-elusive Higgs boson.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0815193631.htm

Exciting indeed!
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Can't wait for more!
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Very exciting I can sense Star-Trek coming to life sooner than expected with the way technology keeps speeding along
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Explain it to me like I'm a 5 year old?

wut?
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The Higgs Boson imparts mass to particles. If it exists, then the theories that predicted it are valid. If it does not exists, then things get real.
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Explain it to me like I'm a 5 year old?

wut?
Scientific theory may or may not be just a theory.
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I dont think they will ever find this elusive particle anytime soon, these articles are usually to get people excited so they will get more money for grants. But thanks anyway.
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Well, Fermilab tried running that one out to the bitter end.

Personally I'm rooting for no Higgs because it would mean a serious re-examination of how the weak interaction can be unified with the electromagnetic absent the Higgs mechanism which mixes the pure electromagnetic and weak neutral bosons into the photon and the Z0.
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Well, Fermilab tried running that one out to the bitter end.

Personally I'm rooting for no Higgs because it would mean a serious re-examination of how the weak interaction can be unified with the electromagnetic absent the Higgs mechanism which mixes the pure electromagnetic and weak neutral bosons into the photon and the Z0.
But perhaps the re-examination could lead to the unification of the 4 basic forces. Physics needs to be turned on its head every now and then to make big leaps in progress. Now we just need to find the graviton
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The real kicker is that the Glashow-Weinberg-Salam electroweak theory in the 1960s plus the Higgs mechanism is what was used to predict the masses of the W+/- and Z0 and bam, when the experimentalists went to go find them, there the particles were.

So one asks, how can a theory that predicts massive gauge bosons so well predict another boson which has, so far, been deucedly hard to find?



Guess we'll find out.
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