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CERN Announces the Discovery of a Higgs-Boson-like Particle

CERN scientists dropped a press release today indicating they’ve found a particle consistent with the long sought after Higgs Boson particle–the “God” particle, that could help radically refine our understanding of Standard Model of Particle Physics.

For years scientists at CERN have been harnessing the power of the Large Hadron Collider to answer fundamental questions about the nature of particles and the universe around us. In the above video John Ellis, a theoretical physicist, answers the question “What is the Higgs Boson?” The video pairs nicely with the CERN press release:

“We observe in our data clear signs of a new particle, at the level of 5 sigma, in the mass region around 126 GeV. The outstanding performance of the LHC and ATLAS and the huge efforts of many people have brought us to this exciting stage,” said ATLAS experiment spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti, “but a little more time is needed to prepare these results for publication.”

“The results are preliminary but the 5 sigma signal at around 125 GeV we’re seeing is dramatic. This is indeed a new particle. We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found,” said CMS experiment spokesperson Joe Incandela. “The implications are very significant and it is precisely for this reason that we must be extremely diligent in all of our studies and cross-checks.”

“It’s hard not to get excited by these results,” said CERN Research Director Sergio Bertolucci. “ We stated last year that in 2012 we would either find a new Higgs-like particle or exclude the existence of the Standard Model Higgs. With all the necessary caution, it looks to me that we are at a branching point: the observation of this new particle indicates the path for the future towards a more detailed understanding of what we’re seeing in the data.”

CERN Experiments Observe Particle Consistent with Long-sought Higgs Boson [CERN]

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  • Published 07/4/12

Comments (16)

  1. Dave

    So they know it must be the Higgs, but what if it is not? How will they tell if it is the Higgs?

  2. r

    So, they built a $4.4-billion building (27km underground tunnel) that employs roughly 10,000 scientists and engineers, and now they think that they might have proven a theory that developed in the early 1970s, which has absolutely no impact on our lives….o.k. why not.

  3. Lelouch

    @r You think that finding the particle which explains why matter has mass has absolutely no impact on our lives?

  4. daller

    I’m exited about this new discovery, these deep questions will lead to even greater discoveries in the future. Also its a nice idea that a lot of funding go into research and not arms as was the case in the cold war period.

  5. Ian

    So has any religious nut of authority claimed that god has allowed us to discover this particle.

  6. r

    @Leloouch Ya, you probably would but I don’t. All this won’t change my life in the slightest way.
    If Higgs Boson exists then the findings will add to the sum of human knowledge along with a bunch of other stuff…which hasn’t changed my life either.

  7. Ushindi

    I didn’t quite understand the math on John’s T shirt…lol

  8. Jack

    You want the God Particle? Here it is:

    Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

  9. Don Flood

    Don’t drag religion into this. The Fourth Lateran Council declared:

    “We firmly believe and openly confess that there is only one true God, eternal and immense, omnipotent, unchangeable, incomprehensible, and ineffable, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; three Persons indeed but one essense, substance, or nature absolutely simple; the Father (proceeding) from no one, but the Son from the Father only, and the Holy Ghost equally from both, always without beginning and end. The Father begetting, the Son begotten, and the Holy Ghost proceeding; consubstantial and coequal, co-omnipotent and coeternal, the one principle of the universe, Creator of all things invisible and visible, spiritual and corporeal, who from the beginning of time and by His omnipotent power made from nothing creatures both spiritual and corporeal, angelic, namely, and mundane, and then human, as it were, common, composed of spirit and body. The devil and the other demons were indeed created by God good by nature but they became bad through themselves; man, however, sinned at the suggestion of the devil. This Holy Trinity in its common essense undivided and in personal properties divided, through Moses, the holy prophets, and other servants gave to the human race at the most opportune intervals of time the doctrine of salvation.”

    Let scientists do their work and theologians do theirs.

  10. Gareth

    Thanks Don, i don’t know where that fits into the whole scheme of these comments, but thanks. I don’t get this whole reigion vs science take. God created, science just discovers it, it is the glory of God to conceal it and to his Glory for man to find it out. This is not science vs God, God created it all and man is finding it out. It is incredible how God created everything and it is awesome when we (as man) discover these things and learn of God’s infinite wisdom. Big ups to the guys that discovered this, really interesting :)

  11. JPBrogan

    Just how foolish are we ..

    The GOD particle discovered (maybe)? Ah .. but what is the GOD particle made of? No problem .. we’ll build and other multi-billion dollar machine to figure THAT out. Screw disease, poverty, or starving children. It’s more important to know where we came from rather than if will we survive where we are going! Do we have our priorities straight? That IS the question!

    As for the religious fanatics (and theologians), time to go pound salt and donate your earnings to the betterment of mankind, go feed a starving child, recycle, and stop throwing a belief against scientific fact. Religion is an excuse for what one does not have an answer for, and gives false comfort to explain the unknown.

  12. Xavier

    r: you say it doesn’t impact your life or won’t. Lets me ask this. Do you drive a car? Do you watch tv? Do you use a computer, fridge, microwave etc? I’d be shocked if you said no since they are used by people every day. Guess what, they only came into existent as scientists uncovered the necessary technology directly correlated to this discovery.

    Our computers aren’t getting faster, they are simply getting smaller and smaller since it’s all governed by the speed of light principle. So the better we understand the most basic particles, the sooner we’ll be able to use them and make things smaller, faster, lighter, better. Make sense?

    JPBrogan: saying screw disease, poverty, starving children. Do you think the development of technologies on discoveries like these don’t directly effect such things? Cause, they do. Cures for diseases come about through our understanding of cells, and their interactions. So the more we understand the better, more efficient cures can be created, new methods of transportation can be developed lowering the cost of transporting food making more available to starving people. Unifying people across the globe as we realize our small planet is smaller and smaller and we are all more alike and connected than we’d like to believe.

    Just something to think about. Have a good one

  13. r

    @ Xavier

    You can think about all this all you like, but I’m not interested. You’ve taken a point I made about a single unproven theory and expanded it to a grand generalization about,..well, “everything”. That’s a fallacy & only obscures the main point that I made. I never stated that things don’t impact other things. What I said was, “If Higgs Boson exists then the findings will add to the sum of human knowledge..” This will not change my life. But, if you like you can think about “everything”.

  14. Ashley

    Man @r I cannot believe that you are so miss informed – It will change your life, and everyones for that matter (or non matter ;) – read (google) a little further on it and then comment. @Don, @Gareth – you are going to bring religion into it really?? really??

    Cant work out if I am more pissed at the comments or excited about the discovery.. I expected more from How to geek readers.

  15. r

    @ Ashley -no thanks, you read it if it excites you. I have more interesting things to do.

  16. Sill78

    @ Ashley

    Who cares what you expected. I think you’ve been miss informed about how interesting this all is to most of us who could care less. Can’t work things out?…just get over it dude.

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