We Have A Higgs!

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Boson, that is!

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Physicists working at CERNs Large Hadron Collider said today that they had discovered a new particle that looks for all the world like the Higgs boson, a long sought particle that is a key to understanding why elementary particles have mass and indeed to the exist.

I think we have it, said Rolf Heuer, the director general of CERN, in an interview from his office outside of Geneva. His words signaled what is probably the beginning of the end of the longest, most expensive manhunt in the history of science and, if scientists are lucky, could lead to a new understanding of how the universe began.

Though it's not certain, yet.......
 

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Is there a way you could explain this in like simple terms?? I think it is all highly impressive though I do not know quite what it is all about?? Thank you :)
 

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The Higgs Boson is the particle that was theorised that had to exist to give everything mass - if it didn't/does not exist then the Standard Model of particle physics cannot be correct and we'd have to come up with a new theory. As the Standard Model does work very well for making predictions it would be awkward to have to devise a new theoretical framework to explain what we observe.

So whilst there not being a Higgs would be exciting for we laymen, as we'd get to see what theory would successfully replace the Standard Model, the chaps who'd actually have to come up with it would much rather there was a Higgs :D.
 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-18702455

The BBC's report on this.

For Jenna: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18696886 Prof. Al-Khalili does a thumbnail sketch of what the Higgs means for physics.

Another brief take on the matter {Yeah! particle physics pun attack! :D}: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16171197

And, for the ladies {:D} Prof. Cox: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18708281

And one final stab at explaining it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16171200

I hope one of those strikes a chord, Jenna.
 
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Higgs is like the clue that keeps things together, giving mass. Simplified explanation I know, but it gets the gist of it across.
 

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If the wording is against policy please delete post, but I think the concept is appropriate.
 

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ROFL - naughty but you made me splutter into my tea :lol:
 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-18702455

The BBC's report on this.

For Jenna: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18696886 Prof. Al-Khalili does a thumbnail sketch of what the Higgs means for physics.

Another brief take on the matter {Yeah! particle physics pun attack! :D}: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16171197

And, for the ladies {:D} Prof. Cox: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18708281

And one final stab at explaining it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16171200

I hope one of those strikes a chord, Jenna.
Ah ok.. you have found my weakness!! you only need mention Prof Brian Cox and you have my absolute undivided attention!!!! :D

Thank you for those links Suke.. much obliged.. still not too sure what it is all about.. I find it is like a mystery novel though :) Jx
 

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I've been teaching science for 11 years and now I can finally explain to students why mass exists. LOL!
 

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Does the Higgs mechanism provide an explanation for why gravitational and inertial masses are mathematically identical?
 
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