"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." - Albert Einstein
Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:56 AM
Hadron Collider scientists have confirmed that they have discovered the elusive Higgs Boson particle.
Scientists say it is a 5 sigma result which means they are 99. 999% sure they have found a new particle. Finding the Higgs plugs a gaping hole in the Standard Model, the theory that describes all the particles, forces and interactions that make up the universe.
Is there any technology that we can gain from this?
I don't see it in the foreseeable future. Not all discoveries lead to consumer products either. Some lead to greater understanding and help us refine our models, hypotheses, and theories. Some practical device might come, but it's hard to tell when. Quantum Mechanics, for instance, got it's beginnings in the 1920's but a consumer product which used its principles didn't show up until the 1980's (the cell phone). Same goes for General Relativity introduced in 1916 (as far as a practical product in the home). Maybe in 2072 we'll have some product such as an anti-gravity skateboard (waaaay behind the back to the future timeline).
I can hear the nerd-gasms happening all around the world as we speak.
I did Though I didn't think they would find it (I know it's not confirmed by enough sources yet but looks pretty solid). I thought they found something similar, but not THE higgs boson. In terms of rejoicing, you can say that followers of the standard model are doing that. You gotta hand it to Higgs and his team, they predicted this 60 years ago and it came to pass.
Anyone else notice there not 100% sure they found it??
Science doesn't deal in absolutes. The current number is 99.99994% certain it's not an error. If a scientist was asked what are the chances humans exist, they wouldn't answer 100% Absolutes are a matter of Religion.
Now they need more experiments at the energy levels that yielded the boson and figure out more about it (such as the spin). All the data is open for the world to inspect, analyze and see if there are different conclusions based on it. Extremely unlikely though.