Scientists might have found the Higgs Boson


31 Responses to “Scientists might have found the Higgs Boson”

  1. Robert says:

    Please. It’s the Goddamn Particle.

  2. Glen Able says:

    Let’s start a rumour that what they’ve found actually turned out to be the Satan Particle.

  3. liquidstar says:

    1.  This is far from confirmed, so not excited about anything.

    2.  “God” particle was coined by a nobel-prize-winning scientist, so they started it.

    3.  Why scientists wouldn’t want to reap the benefits of such a successful PR campaign   is completely beyond me – even Mitt Romney could understand and fund a “god” particle.

    • irksome says:

      I read today that Leon Lederman wanted to title his book “The Goddamn Particle”, in reference to its elusiveness. It was his publisher who shot that down.

      So it really is a misnomer, and one that Higgs considers offensive to the religious.

      As a non-science type, I assumed this would be common knowledge here at the Boing Boings. Am I wrong?

  4. bzishi says:

    It’s been spun as THE fundamental particle, but it’s not really. And now, how do we convince governments to keep research going?

    There are reasons to continue looking for other particles (you never know what you will find), but really, it is possibly the last major particle that will be found. The only other outstanding major particle is the graviton, which would probably require a detector larger than the Earth (and it is said the neutrino shielding would be massive enough to collapse into a black hole). The other way to study the graviton is with gravitational waves. This is probably where the major physics funding should go now.

    To be fair, getting some conclusive evidence on the supersymmetry theories is also a good area of research.

    • social_maladroit says:

      It’s been spun as THE fundamental particle, but it’s not really. And now, how do we convince governments to keep research going?

      That’s easy — tell them you’ve come up with a way to turn it into a weapon.

  5. chellberty says:

    Suckit creationists.

  6. tubacat says:

    For the short answer:

    For the actual press conference at CERN:

    (the questions from the non-science journal reporters are really funny. Plus there are two great metaphors explaining the Higgs field: one as a field of snow, and the other as a room full of reporters.)

  7. social_maladroit says:

    Periclēs, Ephialtēs, Themistoclēs, Thucydidēs, Demosthenēs….and now Particlēs. What the heck is up with this newfound interest in ancient Greek history?

  8. tubacat says:

    Re: Comic Sans

    Evidently it’s used because it’s more readable by dyslexics (according to a comment I read sometime earlier somewhere, perhaps from CERN)

  9. Pretty much sums up my thoughts today.

  10. penguinchris says:

    The hype is working and is probably useful, because despite all the good explanations out there (including yours, Maggie) most non-science-types don’t understand what it is or what the implications are. Yet even to them it’s obviously a big deal, and people are genuinely excited about it! 

    Considering how insanely expensive this research is, how hard to understand it is, and how it doesn’t really have any short-term consequences, this is an enormous success for scientific outreach and I think it actually bodes well for the future of science funding. 

    But I do agree that it’s going to be hard to top the excitement surrounding this. Of course, all scientists in hard to understand or simply not glamorous fields deal with that every day and eventually most still get a reasonable amount of funding (though not as much as they’d like).

  11. snark^ says:

    They’re calling it the FSM particle on reddit:

  12. HOTDAMN says:


    Every time I see a news article with the words “PROOF” and “GOD” in the headlines I feel like throwing up.

  13. Art says:

    Hi, Maggie, 

    So they are still not yet  near the 5 Sigma level of discovery, correct?

    I am surprised at the enthusiasm in their announcements, because the actual theorized particle may not be the one that is indicated in their data “bumps”.

    Am I correct in understanding what I’ve read on BBC news?

  14. sota767 says:

    So I wonder if it you could cancel out the Higgs with an anti-Higgs or otherwise prevent matter from interacting with the Higgs field then that matter has no mass – and you could accelerate it past the speed of light?

  15. Quiche de Resistance says:

    “We’ve observed a new particle. … We have quite strong evidence that there’s something there,”

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