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Higgs Boson 'God' particle discovered


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#1    Saru

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:56 AM

Hadron Collider scientists have confirmed that they have discovered the elusive Higgs Boson particle.

Telegraph said:

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.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:05 AM

I can hear the nerd-gasms happening all around the world as we speak.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:26 AM

I bet geeks worldwide blew their god-particles in their pants when they read this..


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:33 AM

Is there any technology that we can gain from this?

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 10:46 AM

View PostCoffey, on 04 July 2012 - 09:33 AM, said:

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).


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:02 AM

View PostZaraKitty, on 04 July 2012 - 09:05 AM, said:

I can hear the nerd-gasms happening all around the world as we speak.
I did :blush:  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.


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:25 AM

Well, a great find. Looking forward to more news on this as time goes on.


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:49 AM

OOOh yes....nerd-gasm....  ahhhh.   LOL  You never know what you might get from pure science like this, maybe we will at last get a the long awaited Star Trek replicator.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 12:46 PM

Well done lads, can we now send the same team off to find Bigfoot?

Edited by Junior Chubb, 04 July 2012 - 01:02 PM.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 12:46 PM

Its a good thing they are not 100% sure as wasn't there some kind of hooey about the world ending if the god particle was found. :w00t:

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 12:48 PM

View PostHawkLord, on 04 July 2012 - 12:46 PM, said:

Its a good thing they are not 100% sure as wasn't there some kind of hooey about the world ending if the god particle was found. :w00t:

I think people were afraid the LHC would create a black hole or something that would gobble up the Earth. :lol:


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 01:06 PM

You know what I don't buy it.  I don't think found it.  I think there trying to cover there butts for wasting time and money.
Anyone else notice there not 100% sure they found it??
just sayin :P


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 01:07 PM

View PostJaygatz, on 04 July 2012 - 01:06 PM, said:

You know what I don't buy it.  I don't think found it.  I think there trying to cover there butts for wasting time and money.
Anyone else notice there not 100% sure they found it??
just sayin :P
Thats called science.


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 01:09 PM

View PostJaygatz, on 04 July 2012 - 01:06 PM, said:

You know what I don't buy it.  I don't think found it.  I think there trying to cover there butts for wasting time and money.
Anyone else notice there not 100% sure they found it??
just sayin :P

Why would they cover their butts? Just about everything in science is funded by other means. Why would this be any different?

I highly doubt they're going to say they're 99.9% certain, then next week be all "LOL JK". Give them a chance atleast to get **** sorted out before they present us with facts.


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 01:15 PM

View PostJaygatz, on 04 July 2012 - 01:06 PM, said:

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% :P  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.

Edited by ranrod, 04 July 2012 - 01:33 PM.





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