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  • BICEP2 All Over Again? Researchers Place Higgs Boson Discovery in Doubt

    11/20/2014 2:26:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 20, 2014 | Tim Reyes
    At the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Europe, faster is better. Faster means more powerful particle collisions and looking deeper into the makeup of matter. However, other researchers are proclaiming not so fast. LHC may not have discovered the Higgs Boson, the boson that imparts mass to everything, the god particle as some have called it. While the Higgs Boson discovery in 2012 culminated with the awarding in December 2013 of the Nobel Prize to Peter Higgs and François Englert, a team of researchers has raised these doubts about the Higgs Boson in their paper published in the journal Physical...
  • Maybe it wasn't the Higgs particle after all

    11/09/2014 4:21:25 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | November 07, 2014 | blogger
    Last year CERN announced the finding of a new elementary particle, the Higgs particle. But maybe it wasn't the Higgs particle, maybe it just looks like it. And maybe it is not alone. Many calculations indicate that the particle discovered last year in the CERN particle accelerator was indeed the famous Higgs particle. Physicists agree that the CERN experiments did find a new particle that had never been seen before, but according to an international research team, there is no conclusive evidence that the particle was indeed the Higgs particle... "The CERN data is generally taken as evidence that the...
  • Shocking! CERN may not have discovered elusive Higgs Boson particle after all

    11/08/2014 6:14:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    Tech Times | ^ | November 8, 8:28 PM | Jim Algar,
    Particle physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research announced 2 years ago they had discovered the Higgs particle, considered the foundation particle in the Standard Model of Particle physics, and a Nobel Prize was awarded to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for their work on the theory of the Higgs boson. Now, though, researchers at the University of Southern Denmark's Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology suggest that while the CERN scientists did discover a unique new particle, there's no conclusive evidence of it being the Higgs boson. The Higgs could explain data obtained by CERN scientists using...
  • Higgs Theorists Win Physics Nobel in Overtime

    10/10/2013 4:12:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 8 October 2013 | Daniel Clery
    Wikimedia Commons, ULBPhysics laureates. Peter Higgs (left) and François Englert. The most eagerly anticipated and potentially controversial Nobel Prize for physics in many years was awarded today—following a nail-biting hourlong delay—exactly according to the expected script: The winners are Peter Higgs and his fellow theorist François Englert for, essentially, predicting the Higgs boson. The winners were much heralded following last year’s discovery of the Higgs by physicists at the CERN particle physics lab near Geneva, Switzerland, using its Large Hadron Collider (LHC).That finding put in place the last piece of the puzzle to complete the standard model of fundamental particles...
  • Higgs boson scientists: The universe should have collapsed

    06/23/2014 10:58:16 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    Daily Digest News ^ | 6-24-2014 | Ryan Johnson
    Last year’s discovery of the Higgs boson was thought to answer a number of questions regarding how particles derive their mass. Now, however, it seems the discovery of the elusive particle is raising more questions than answers. Physicists at King’s College in London now say they have recreated conditions for the Big Bang now with the information from the discovery of the Higgs boson, and they report that the universe should have expanded too quickly and collapsed.
  • God Particle, the Higgs Boson, Could Be Found in 2012

    07/27/2011 1:31:53 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 26, 2011 | John Heilprin
    Scientists hoping to puzzle out how the Universe began will find a long-sought theoretical particle — or rule out that it exists — by the end of 2012, the director of the world's largest atom smasher predicted Monday. Rolf Heuer, director of the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, said his confidence was based on the latest findings from the $10 billion proton collider under the Swiss-French border. "I would say we can settle the question, the Shakespearean question — 'to be or not to be' — end of next year," he told reporters at a major physics conference in...
  • Higgs boson: What's it for? I have no idea, says Prof

    07/06/2012 5:29:33 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 70 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/6/2012 | Simon Johnson
    Professor Peter Higgs admits he has "no idea" what the discovery of the Higgs boson will mean in practical terms. The British physicist whose theories led to the discovery of the Higgs boson has admitted he has “no idea” what practical applications it could have. Prof Peter Higgs said the so-called ‘God particle’, which is the building block of the universe, only has a lifespan of a millionth of a millionth of a millionth of a millionth of a second. He refused to be drawn on whether the discovery proved there was no God, stating the name ‘God particle’ was...
  • String Theory: Now Circling the Drain

    10/30/2014 7:58:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | October 30, 2014 | Tom Hartsfield
    The largest physics experiment ever built is now testing the nature of reality. String theory, supersymmetry and other theories beyond the Standard Model are under scrutiny. More than 10,000 people have been involved. Total cost is nearing $10 billion. This, of course, is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which helped discover the Higgs Boson. Simultaneously, the ACME experiment, run by a team of less than 50, built for a few million dollars (and much, much smaller), has created a more precise test of these advanced theoeries. This experiment hinges on an extremely painstaking and precise method to picture the shape...
  • Stephen Hawking warns God particle has potential to 'end world' [Universe in DANGER!]

    09/08/2014 10:30:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 113 replies
    timesofindia.indiatimes.com ^ | Sep 8, 2014, 12.32 PM IST | Staff
    LONDON: Stephen Hawking has recently warned that the God particle or Higgs boson has the potential to obliterate the universe. The 72-year-old cosmologist said Higgs boson could become unstable at very high energy levels, which would lead to a "catastrophic vacuum decay" causing space and time to collapse and that there would not be any warning to the danger, the Daily Express reported. Speaking in the preface to a new book called Starmus, the Cambridge-educated scientist said that the Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become mega-stable at energies above 100bn giga-electron-volts (GeV). However, Hawking did also...
  • The Universe Shouldn't Be Here, According to Higgs Physics

    07/03/2014 11:34:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Live Science ^ | 06/23/2014 | Tia Ghose
    The universe shouldn't exist — at least according to a new theory. Modeling of conditions soon after the Big Bang suggests the universe should have collapsed just microseconds after its explosive birth, the new study suggests. "During the early universe, we expected cosmic inflation — this is a rapid expansion of the universe right after the Big Bang," said study co-author Robert Hogan, a doctoral candidate in physics at King's College in London. "This expansion causes lots of stuff to shake around, and if we shake it too much, we could go into this new energy space, which could cause...
  • Could the universe collapse TODAY? Physicists claim that risk is ‘more likely than ever’…

    12/14/2013 11:01:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:58 EST, 14 December 2013 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    The universe could be about to collapse, and everything in it—including us—will be compressed into a small, hard ball. The process may already have started somewhere in our cosmos and is eating away at the rest of the universe, according to theoretical physicists. The mind-bending concept has been around for a while, but now researchers in Denmark claim they have proven it is possible with mathematical equations. …
  • Update on the universe: Top scientists gather in Dallas to dissect space, matter, time

    12/07/2013 8:34:53 PM PST · by gooblah · 27 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | December 7 2013 | Anna Kuchment
    An idea hatched around a Dallas swimming pool 50 years ago has blossomed into one of the world’s most prestigious scientific conferences. Starting Sunday, more than 450 experts on gravity, black holes and the newly discovered Higgs boson — the subject of this year’s Nobel Prize in physics — will gather at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Dallas to discuss the newest findings and most pressing mysteries in their fields
  • Nobel-Winning Physicist Rebukes Atheist Extremists

    10/13/2013 11:40:21 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 18 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 13, 2013 | JP
    The atheist community hailed last year’s scientific confirmation of the existence of the Higgs boson, for which the British theoretical physicist Peter Higgs was co-recipient this past week of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Higgs had theorized, all the way back in 1964, that there must be something that gives subatomic particles their mass, which enables them to form atoms, which, in turn, form molecules, all of which is integral to creation as we know it. That something turned out to be the Higgs boson. And its discovery, declared Dan Barker, co-president of the so-called Freedom From Religion Foundation, an...
  • Higgs Boson, Key to the Universe, Wins Nobel Physics Prize

    10/08/2013 6:58:33 AM PDT · by lbryce · 45 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | October 8, 2013 | Simon Johnson and Johan Ahlander
    Britain's Peter Higgs and Francois Englert of Belgium won the Nobel Prize for physics on Tuesday for predicting the existence of the Higgs boson particle that explains how elementary matter attained the mass to form stars and planets. The insight has been hailed as one of the most important in the understanding of the cosmos. Without the Higgs mechanism all particles would travel at the speed of light and atoms would not exist.
  • New Physics Complications Lend Support to Multiverse Hypothesis

    06/03/2013 5:18:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    Scientific American ^ | June 1, 2013 | Natalie Wolchover and Simons Science News
    The spectacular discovery of the Higgs boson in July 2012 confirmed a nearly 50-year-old theory of how elementary particles acquire mass, which enables them to form big structures such as galaxies and humans. “The fact that it was seen more or less where we expected to find it is a triumph for experiment, it’s a triumph for theory, and it’s an indication that physics works,” Arkani-Hamed told the crowd. However, in order for the Higgs boson to make sense with the mass (or equivalent energy) it was determined to have, the LHC needed to find a swarm of other particles,...
  • A Second Higgs Boson? Physicists Debate New Particle

    04/14/2013 4:33:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 13 April 2013 Time: 11:51 AM ET | Stephanie Pappas,
    The discovery of the Higgs boson is real. But physicists are cagey about whether the new particle they've found will fit their predictions or not. So far, the data suggest that the Higgs, the particle thought to explain how other particles get their mass, is not presenting any surprises, physicists said here today (April 13) at the April meeting of the American Physical Society. But that doesn't mean that it won't in the future — or that there might not be other Higgs bosons lurking out there. "There's a large number of theoretical models that predict, actually, that this Higgs...
  • Second Higgs boson? Physicists debate new particle

    04/13/2013 4:04:48 PM PDT · by John W · 18 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | April 13, 2013 | Stephanie Pappas
    DENVER — The discovery of the Higgs boson is real. But physicists are cagey about whether the new particle they've found will fit their predictions or not. So far, the data suggest that the Higgs, the particle thought to explain how other particles get their mass, is not presenting any surprises, physicists said here Saturday at the April meeting of the American Physical Society. But that doesn't mean that it won't in the future — or that there might not be other Higgs bosons lurking out there. "There's a large number of theoretical models that predict, actually, that this Higgs...
  • Prof Peter Higgs: Boson is not ‘God’ particle (offended by name because he’s atheist)

    04/09/2013 1:30:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | Monday 8 April 2013 00:00 | Clare McKim
    Scots scientist Professor Peter Higgs has urged the public to stop calling the Higgs boson the “God particle”—because he is an atheist. The scientist came up with the theory of a sub-atomic particle, since dubbed the Higgs boson, which would explain the mystery of how things have mass. But he wants people to stop referring to it as the “God particle” because he does not believe the particle holding the physical fabric of the universe together is the work of an almighty creator. …
  • Hopes fade of Higgs particle opening door to new realms soon

    03/20/2013 1:47:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 8, 2013 12:28pm EST | Robert Evans
    Scientists’ hopes that last summer’s triumphant trapping of the particle that shaped the post-Big Bang universe would quickly open the way into exotic new realms of physics like string theory and new dimensions have faded this past week. Five days of presentations on the particle, the Higgs boson, at a scientific conference high in the Italian Alps point to it being the last missing piece in a 30-year-old cosmic blueprint and nothing more, physicists following the event say. “The chances are getting slimmer and slimmer that we are going to see something else exciting anytime soon,” said physicist Pauline Gagnon...
  • In praise of … Higgs boson

    03/15/2013 1:00:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Thursday 14 March 2013 | Editorial
    The vanishingly small speck whose spin has been confirmed as being Higgs-like ought to be regarded with aweImage removed,...see article website Traces of proton collisions at Cern during the search for the Higgs boson. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty ImagesIt is a subatomic point where hard science meets myth and mystery, so much about the Higgs boson gets mangled in the telling. It is not, as is sometimes claimed, the sole source of matter's heft – Einstein taught us that mass and energy are two sides of the same coin, so there is (ahem) no such massive hole for a tiny particle...
  • Higgs Boson Positively Identified

    03/15/2013 12:12:53 AM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 14 March 2013 | Adrian Cho
    Enlarge Image Plainly. An event display shows a Higgs candidate decaying to four electrons in the ATLAS detector. New measurements confirm that the Higgs is a Higgs. Credit: ATLAS Collaboration/CERN Eight months ago, physicists working with the world's biggest atom smasher—Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC)—created a sensation when they reported that they had discovered a particle that appeared to be the long-sought Higgs boson, the last missing piece in their standard model of particles and forces. Today, those researchers reported that the particle does indeed have the basic predicted properties of the standard model Higgs boson, clinching the identification....
  • Physicists say they have found a Higgs boson

    03/14/2013 5:32:41 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 73 replies
    AP, via Drudge ^ | March 14, 2013 | AP
    GENEVA (AP) - Physicists said Thursday they are now confident they have discovered a crucial subatomic particle known as a Higgs boson - a major discovery that will go a long ways toward helping them explain why the universe is the way it is. They made the statement following study of the data gathered last year from the world's largest atom-smasher, which lies beneath the Swiss-French border outside Geneva. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, said that what they found last year was, indeed, a version of what is popularly referred to as the "God particle."
  • Higgs boson having an identity crisis

    12/26/2012 7:34:06 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    New Scientist ^ | December 13, 2012 | Michael Slezak
    ...The latest results from the ATLAS detector at the LHC suggest that when we look at its decay into two photons, we find that the new boson's mass is about 3 gigaelectronvolts greater than when calculated from its decay into particles called Z bosons. Albert De Roeck, one of the key Higgs hunters at ATLAS's sibling detector, CMS, finds this puzzling. "The results are barely consistent," he says... The ATLAS team also announced new results from analysing the Higgs boson's rate of decay into pairs of photons. The standard model of particle physics predicts exactly how often this should happen....
  • Still Looking Like the Higgs

    11/16/2012 9:57:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 15 November 2012 | Adrian Cho
    Credit: CERN Still too soon to know. That's the latest word from particle physicists working with the world's largest atom smasher—Europe's Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland—as they try to figure out whether the particle they discovered in July is precisely the long-sought Higgs boson or something a tad different. The key question is whether the new particle decays into combinations of familiar particles at the rates that physicists' standard model predicts. So far, the measured decay rates generally match expectations, but the statistical uncertainties are too large to say anything conclusive, physicists working with the gargantuan particle detectors known...
  • Behind the Higgs: A primer on a long-sought boson

    07/25/2012 4:14:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Science News ^ | July 28th, 2012 | Tom Siegfried
    In 1964, physicist Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh proposed that the infant universe (as in, perhaps a trillionth of a second old) experienced... a phase transition. In much the way an iron bar can suddenly become a magnet when cooled below a certain temperature, space itself acquired a new feature. Instead of a magnetic field, space was filled with a new forcelike field -- since named for Higgs. Other physicists worked out similar scenarios at about the same time, and later work showed how the Higgs phase transition could explain the distinct identities of two of nature's basic...
  • At Long Last, Physicists Discover Famed Higgs Boson

    07/12/2012 12:46:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 4 July 2012 | Adrian Cho
    Enlarge Image Twin peaks. Both the CMS (top) and the ATLAS (bottom) detectors see evidence of the Higgs boson decaying into a pair of photons in the form of a peak in a so-called mass plot. The agreement of the two peaks and other data clinch the discovery of the Higgs. Credit: CMS and ATLAS collaborations MEYRIN, SWITZERLAND—The long wait is over. Today, physicists working with the world's largest atom smasher here at the European particle physics laboratory, CERN, reported that they have discovered the long-sought Higgs boson—the last missing bit in their standard model of fundamental particles and...
  • The ‘God Particle’ and God (Without God, major scientific discoveries have no meaning)

    07/10/2012 7:06:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/10/2012 | Dennis Prager
    They found the “God particle.” That was the headline splashed all over America’s news media. It turns out that the name actually derives from substituting “God particle” for “goddamn particle,” the original name some scientists had given the elusive particle. But the media adopted the former nomenclature. Why? Because otherwise the bulk of humanity would not pay attention. Physicists went nuts. And no one can blame them. For decades, they have searched for the particle that may explain why there is any mass in the universe. And 10 billion dollars was spent on the machine that probably proved its existence....
  • Evidence of Higgs Boson 'God Particle' Disproves Religion or Supports Creation?

    07/08/2012 6:10:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/08/2012 | By Nicola Menzie
    Scientists in Switzerland announced on July 4 that they had finally made remarkable progress in their search for the Higgs Boson particle, a particle physicists believe holds the answer to how the universe came into being. Some have suggested that the "God particle," as it is also called, could put an end to arguments supporting creationism, while others insist the hunt to prove the Big Bang theory actually complements the biblical account. Here are some facts about the 40-year project and what its most recent "discovery" may mean. WHAT'S THE FUSS AND ALL THE EXCITEMENT ABOUT? Two teams of scientists...
  • American Accelerator's Last Hurrah: 99.8% Certainty God Particle is Found

    07/05/2012 8:30:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 42 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | July 3, 2012 7:58 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Tevatron presents strong evidence Higgs boson was observed, but LHC needed to provide final verificationTomorrow, while America celebrates July 4, mankind worldwide may celebrate a separate momentous event -- the discovery of the legendary Higgs boson. I. Riding Into the Sunset -- Tevatron Goes Out With a Bang The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) will tomorrow hold a special press conference at 9 a.m.  The event will provide an update to the world on the progress in the search for the critical particle using the Large Hadron Collider, the largest and most expensive laboratory apparatus in history.  Many physicists...
  • "It's a boson:" Higgs quest bears new particle

    07/04/2012 7:20:50 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 4, 2012 | Reuters
    GENEVA: Scientists at Europe's CERN research center have found a new subatomic particle, a basic building block of the universe, which appears to be the boson imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs. "We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature," CERN director general Rolf Heuer told a gathering of scientists and the world's media near Geneva on Wednesday. "The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle's properties, and is likely to shed light...
  • Scientists Announce Discovery of ‘God Particle’

    07/04/2012 2:34:59 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/7/12
    A progress report from the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator has declared that the Higgs boson, dubbed the “God particle,” has been found. The discovery of the new particle is a major step toward confirming the Standard Model used in modern physics. Professor John Womersley said, “They have discovered a particle consistent with the Higgs boson… That is confirmed...."
  • God Particle is 'Found': Scientists at Cern Expected to Announce Higgs Boson Has Been Discovered

    07/03/2012 10:58:39 AM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Mail Online ^ | July 1, 2012 | Rob Cooper
    Full Title:God Particle is 'Found': Scientists at Cern Expected to Announce on Wednesday Higgs Boson Particle Has Been Discovered Scientists at Cern will announce that the elusive Higgs boson 'God Particle' has been found at a press conference next week, it is believed. Five leading theoretical physicists have been invited to the event on Wednesday - sparking speculation that the particle has been discovered. Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider are expected to say they are 99.99 per cent certain it has been found - which is known as 'four sigma' level. Peter Higgs, the Edinburgh University emeritus professor of...
  • Scientists find evidence of 'God particle'

    07/03/2012 4:08:54 AM PDT · by John W · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 3, 2012 | AP via Chicago Tribune
    Physicists say they have all but proven that the "God particle" exists. They have a footprint and a shadow, and the only thing left is to see for themselves the elusive subatomic particle believed to give all matter in the universe size and shape. Scientists at the world's biggest atom smasher plan to announce Wednesday that they have nearly confirmed the primary plank of a theory that could restructure the understanding of why matter has mass, which combines with gravity to give an object weight. The focus of the excitement is the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle long sought by...
  • Puny US particle punisher finds strong evidence for God particle

    07/03/2012 3:00:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    The Register ^ | 3rd July 2012 09:30 GMT | Bríd-Áine Parnell
    The US particle collider Tevatron has jumped in just ahead of the Large Hadron Collider's results announcement this week to say that their machine has found the "strongest indication to date" of the God particle. The LHC's baby American cousin stopped bashing particles off each other back in March 2001 but the scientists have kept crunching the numbers from the 500 trillion collisions produced to wring the last drops of data out. Today, the boffins said their data "strongly point toward the existence of the Higgs boson" but we're still not there yet. “It is a real cliffhanger," the DZero...
  • APNewsBreak: Proof of 'God particle' found

    07/02/2012 6:57:03 AM PDT · by EBH · 17 replies
    AP ^ | 7/2/12 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    GENEVA (AP) — Scientists working at the world's biggest atom smasher plan to announce Wednesday that they have gathered enough evidence to show that the long-sought "God particle" answering fundamental questions about the universe almost certainly does exist. But after decades of work and billions of dollars spent, researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, say they aren't quite ready to say they've "discovered" the particle. Instead, experts familiar with the research at CERN's vast complex on the Swiss-French border say that the massive data they have obtained will essentially show the footprint of the key particle...
  • God particle is 'found': Scientists at Cern expected to announce on Wednesday Higgs boson..

    07/02/2012 6:02:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 2, 2012 | Rob Cooper
    Scientists at Cern will announce that the elusive Higgs boson 'God Particle' has been found at a press conference next week, it is believed. Five leading theoretical physicists have been invited to the event on Wednesday - sparking speculation that the particle has been discovered. Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider are expected to say they are 99.99 per cent certain it has been found - which is known as 'four sigma' level.
  • Evidence of 'God particle' found

    07/02/2012 11:40:52 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 2, 2012
    GENEVA (AP) -- Scientists working at the world's biggest atom smasher plan to announce Wednesday that they have gathered enough evidence to show that the long-sought "God particle" answering fundamental questions about the universe almost certainly does exist. But after decades of work and billions of dollars spent, researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, aren't quite ready to say they've "discovered" the particle.
  • Higgs boson buzz hits new heights

    06/30/2012 5:40:09 AM PDT · by John W · 26 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Alan Boyle
    Has the Higgs boson finally been detected? It's almost gotten to the point that if a discovery of some sort doesn't come out of next week's update on the multibillion-dollar subatomic search, it'll be a big surprise. But how far will the announcement go, and what will it mean for the future of physics? To refresh your memory, the Higgs boson is the only fundamental subatomic particle predicted by theory but not yet detected. It's thought to play a role in endowing some particles, such as the W and Z boson, with mass ... while leaving other particles, such as...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Higgs Boson Explained by Cartoon

    05/01/2012 2:52:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    NASA ^ | May 01, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What is all this fuss about the Higgs boson? The physics community is abuzz that a fundamental particle expected by the largely successful Standard Model of particle physics may soon be found by the huge Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Europe. The term boson refers to a type of fundamental particle with similarities to the photon, while Higgs refers to Peter Higgs, a physicist who among others published research predicting the mechanism through which such a particle might act. The above animated cartoon explains in humorous but impressive detail why the Higgs boson is expected, and one...
  • Elusive Higgs Boson Particle Closer Than Ever, Scientists Say

    03/07/2012 5:02:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies
    Yahoo/LiveScience.com ^ | March 7, 2012 | Clara Moskowitz
    New evidence makes it more likely than ever that 2012 will be the year physicists finally find the long-sought Higgs boson particle. The particle has been predicted as the explanation for why all other particles have mass. It has earned the nickname the "God Particle," largely from the popular media, though scientists haven't warmed to the name. Yet despite years of searching, scientists have yet to detect the Higgs boson directly. Now physicists at the Tevatron particle accelerator at Illinois' Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory report hints in their data that suggest the particle may exist with a mass between 115...
  • Particle physics is at a turning point [ Higgs boson and String Theory ]

    12/17/2011 5:02:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Nature: World View ^ | Friday, December 16, 2011 | Gordon Kane
    ...The properties and mass of the LHC's Higgs boson suggest that physicists will soon find superpartners for particles, and that we have begun to connect string theory to the real world... Physicists thought that a Higgs boson, when discovered, would take this supersymmetric form, so how have we discovered one so apparently identical to the impossible standard-model version? Working out how to interpret this could be a large step towards the underlying broader theory that will extend the standard model. One explanation could come from an unexpected source: string theory or its extension, M-theory. Contrary to what you may have...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Hints of Higgs from the Large Hadron Collider

    12/18/2011 8:13:12 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    NASA ^ | December 18, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Why do objects have mass? To help find out, Europe's CERN has built the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most powerful particle accelerator yet created by humans. Since 2008, the LHC smashed protons into each other with unprecedented impact speeds. The LHC is exploring the leading explanation that mass arises from ordinary particles slogging through an otherwise invisible but pervasive field of virtual Higgs particles. Were high energy colliding particles to create real Higgs bosons, the Higgs mechanism for mass creation will be bolstered. Last week, two LHC groups reported on preliminary indications that the Higgs boson might exist...
  • Physicists Anxiously Await New Data on ‘God Particle’

    12/12/2011 10:28:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 11, 2011 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    High noon is approaching for the biggest manhunt in the history of physics. At 8 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday morning, scientists from CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, are scheduled to give a progress report on the search for the Higgs boson — infamously known as the “God particle” — whose discovery would vindicate the modern theory of how elementary particles get mass. The report comes amid rumors that the two competing armies of scientists sifting debris from hundreds of trillions of proton collisions in CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, or L.H.C., outside Geneva, have both finally seen hints...
  • Search for God Particle is nearly over, as CERN prepares to announce findings

    12/04/2011 6:23:01 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | December 1, 2011 | Nick Collins
    The Higgs boson is a theoretical particle which scientists believe gives mass to everything in the universe, and is a key component of the Standard Model of physics. While finding it in its expected form would confirm common theories on how atoms are put together, identifying a number of Higgs bosons with different masses or disproving the particle entirely would overturn many assumptions of modern physics.
  • Could the Higgs boson explain the size of the Universe?

    09/21/2011 7:26:02 AM PDT · by decimon · 23 replies
    EPFL ^ | September 21, 2011 | Nicolas Guérin
    The Universe wouldn’t be the same without the Higgs boson. This legendary particle plays a role in cosmology and reveals the possible existence of another closely related particle. The race to identify the Higgs boson is on at CERN. This Holy Grail of particle physics would help explain why the majority of elementary particles possess mass. The mysterious particle would also help us understand the evolution of the Universe from the moment of its birth, according to a group of EPFL physicists. If their theory is verified with data from the Planck satellite, it would clear up several questions about...
  • Scientists Abuzz Over Controversial Rumor that God Particle Has Been Detected

    04/22/2011 9:57:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 4/22/11 | Mike Wall
    A rumor is floating around the physics community that the world's largest atom smasher may have detected a long-sought subatomic particle called the Higgs boson, also known as the "God particle." The controversial rumor is based on what appears to be a leaked internal note from physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 17-mile-long particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland. It's not entirely clear at this point if the memo is authentic, or what the data it refers to might mean — but the note already has researchers talking. The buzz started when an anonymous commenter recently posted an abstract...
  • Large Hadron Collider: scientists create sound of ‘God particle’

    Sounds set to be made by the subatomic ‘God’ particle at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have been simulated by scientists aiming to make the £6bn experiment more accessible. Finding the Higgs boson – also known as the God particle – is the primary aim of the LHC experiment because it will provide an insight into the nature of all matter. It is hoped the subatomic particle will emerge from the 27km circular tunnel under the Swiss-French border where beams of proton particles are being smashed together. LHC Sound, a collaboration of particle physicists, musicians and artists in London, has...
  • The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate

    10/13/2009 1:13:12 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 1,337+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 10/12/09 | Dennis Overbye
    More than a year after an explosion of sparks, soot and frigid helium shut it down, the world’s biggest and most expensive physics experiment, known as the Large Hadron Collider, is poised to start up again. In December, if all goes well, protons will start smashing together in an underground racetrack outside Geneva in a search for forces and particles that reigned during the first trillionth of a second of the Big Bang. Then it will be time to test one of the most bizarre and revolutionary theories in science. I’m not talking about extra dimensions of space-time, dark matter...
  • Top Quark Measurements Give 'God Particle' New Lease On Life

    06/10/2004 7:32:02 PM PDT · by vannrox · 9 replies · 320+ views
    University of Rochester vis Science News ^ | 6-10-04 | University of Rochester
      MEDIA CONTACT: Jonathan Sherwood (585) 273-4726   June 9, 2004 Top Quark Measurements Give ?God Particle? New Lease on Life Researchers from the University of Rochester have helped measure the elusive top quark with unparalleled precision, and the surprising results affect everything from the Higgs boson, nicknamed the ?God particle,? to the makeup of the dark matter that comprises 90 percent of the universe. The scientists developed a new method to analyze data from particle accelerator collisions at Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory, which is far more accurate than previous methods and has the potential to change the dynamics...
  • Fermilab Experiment Hints At Multiple Higgs Particles

    06/15/2010 9:41:08 PM PDT · by dila813 · 40 replies · 775+ views
    Slashdot ^ | Today | so-many-particles-mister-fermi dept.
    "Recent results from the Dzero experiment at the Tevatron particle accelerator suggest that those looking for a single Higgs boson particle should be looking for five particles, and the data gathered may point to new laws beyond the Standard Model. 'The DZero results showed much more significant "asymmetry" of matter and anti-matter — beyond what could be explained by the Standard Model. Bogdan Dobrescu, Adam Martin and Patrick J Fox from Fermilab say this large asymmetry effect can be accounted for by the existence of multiple Higgs bosons. They say the data point to five Higgs bosons with similar masses...