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[Gizmodo] Alleged LHC Memo Hints Scientists Have Found the Elusive Higgs Boson

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Did scientists running the massive Large Hadron Collider finally discover what Einstein eloquently hypothesized was the "mind of God" for the last 30 years of his life? Possibly, yes, if a memo leaked this week turns out to be legitimate.

The memo, which it should definitely be noted has not been properly vetted or undergone peer review, details the discovery of the Higgs Boson, aka "God Particle," which could theoretically be the lynchpin in an equally grandiose-sounding "Theory of Everything." In the most basic of layman's terms, the Higgs is theoretically responsible for giving all particles in the Universe mass.

But—and this is the really important part—did they really find it this time?
http://gizmodo.com/#!5795167/leaked-...n-god-particle

What do you guys think?
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I think I now need new underwear.
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I'd love for it to be true, the next few years of scientific discovery and innovation will be amazing . I can't help but think of Mass Effect, we'll develop Mass Relays !
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How can they not find it it's right there infront of them.
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Hopefully its true but a random memo on the subject is about as useful an expired winning lottery ticket.
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imo there is no smallest particle or god particle, they always think they find the smallest particle thats the basis for all life only to find one thats even smaller as tech enables them to look smaller, i dont think we are even close to figuring out the universe yet when we cant even figure out how to run our planet, how long ago did they think electrons and protons were the smallest

last time i checked they were struggling to get financing so im sure this is more of a pr stunt then anything
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imo there is no smallest particle or god particle, they always think they find the smallest particle thats the basis for all life only to find one thats even smaller as tech enables them to look smaller, i dont think we are even close to figuring out the universe yet when we cant even figure out how to run our planet, how long ago did they think electrons and protons were the smallest

last time i checked they were struggling to get financing so im sure this is more of a pr stunt then anything
First of all, I don't think you have any idea what you are talking about. It isn't just about being small.

Secondly, even if smaller things exist, we still found (maybe) the next smallest one! Forward progress is great. We can't just stop looking because you think, "imo these is no smallest particle or god particle."

Thirdly, again, this is just another step forward in trying to understand this universe. There are tons of questions left to be answered if this turns out to be real. Finding this particle doesn't magically mean we understand the universe, its just one more thing that science can move out of the "maybe" column and into the, "almost certainly yes," column.

I hate that this thing gets called the God particle, since it really stirs up all sorts of crazy emotions in people when they start relating the word to the common idea of god. It's a pretty big deal for theoretical physics, but if you don't know what it is, it's not going to have any affect on your life anytime soon. Other than the affect it already has now, lol.
    
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We are now taking pre-orders for DDR3-900000000000 quantum memory...

Seriously though; hope it's true.
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Bet they did not find it.
    
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I would be a lot more convinced if it was reported by Nature or Science instead of Gizmodo.
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