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Old 2012-07-04, 02:32 PM   [Ignore Me] #1
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Higg's Boson almost certainly discovered


Anyone else heard the news? CERN confirmed today (04 july '12) that a particle matching all of the characteristics of the much sought Higg's Boson has been found. They have a confidence level of five-sigma (99.99995%) that it is the Higg's. Fairly high.

This means exciting stuff for physics - it helps prove the standard model! Although if it isn't the higg's it is still exciting as we have yet another new particle to research.

Yeah. Pretty cool.
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Old 2012-07-04, 03:52 PM   [Ignore Me] #2
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Cool, all those millions of dollars discovered something only theorized about, and didn't cause the Earth to implode like so many people thought.

Sounds like a win-win to me.
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Old 2012-07-04, 04:14 PM   [Ignore Me] #3
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Originally Posted by Electrofreak View Post
Cool, all those millions of dollars discovered something only theorized about, and didn't cause the Earth to implode like so many people thought.

Sounds like a win-win to me.
Yeah, the money would've been better spent on a new reality show, or different flavors of hot pockets. (sarcasm. I actually support science, even that which I dont completely understand)
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Old 2012-07-04, 04:19 PM   [Ignore Me] #4
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Originally Posted by Khrakhan View Post
Yeah, the money would've been better spent on a new reality show, or different flavors of hot pockets. (sarcasm. I actually support science, even that which I dont completely understand)
I'm a pretty strong proponent of theoretical physics research, I just think it's funny how everyone thought it was going to create a black hole that would suck the Earth in.
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Old 2012-07-04, 04:58 PM   [Ignore Me] #5
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Originally Posted by Electrofreak View Post
I'm a pretty strong proponent of theoretical physics research, I just think it's funny how everyone thought it was going to create a black hole that would suck the Earth in.
That would've been sweet....too bad
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Old 2012-07-04, 05:11 PM   [Ignore Me] #6
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Not a surprise but very important day nonetheless. The LHC isn't even at full power yet. Dark matter next!
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Old 2012-07-04, 05:23 PM   [Ignore Me] #7
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Once we can figure out how to remove or neutralize this stuff in space, we can start traveling at speed of light....probably being destroyed ourselves in the process, but atleast we finally go lightspeed, lol.
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Old 2012-07-04, 05:30 PM   [Ignore Me] #8
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To be honest I don't know whether I'd prefer some insight into dark matter or PS2 beta It's a tough decision.

But yeah at least the LHC was useful despite the cost.
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Old 2012-07-04, 05:42 PM   [Ignore Me] #9
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I'm a huge advocate of quarks...
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Old 2012-07-04, 06:09 PM   [Ignore Me] #10
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Does this mean that Higby is the master of the universe?
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Old 2012-07-04, 06:59 PM   [Ignore Me] #11
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Originally Posted by Graywolves View Post
Does this mean that Higby is the master of the universe?
As soon as PS2 is launched, he will rule the world.
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Old 2012-07-05, 12:30 AM   [Ignore Me] #12
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On BerkeleyLab's youtube channel they made a video where people can ask questions if anyone is interested:

They are way over my head though, I don't know what a Boson is and only have a slight idea what the standard model is.
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Old 2012-07-05, 01:25 AM   [Ignore Me] #13
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I for one, am very excited about this discovery. Who knows what it will lead to one hundred, two hundred, or a thousand years down the line. Hell, twenty years down the line. Go LHC!
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Old 2012-07-05, 01:48 AM   [Ignore Me] #14
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Originally Posted by DjEclipse View Post
Science: Discovering the obvious since gravity.

I get the universe is full of marvels. It didn't take Newton's "discovery" of gravity to build the pyramids. It just took mankind harnessing what the universe provides in abundance.


There is a massive difference between "how" and "why".
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Old 2012-07-05, 05:29 AM   [Ignore Me] #15
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Originally Posted by DjEclipse View Post
I know how and why I take a massive shit. No research needed bro. We mistake research with progress, it's not. Doing, is progress.
Excuse me, but how are we supposed to do new things, which leads to your conception of progress, if we don't make researches on how and why these new things will work?
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