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Almost Official: Higgs boson-like particle discovery claimed at LHC

Submitted by: wendy davis 2012-07-04 18:06:29

"Cern scientists reporting from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have claimed the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson.

The particle has been the subject of a 45-year hunt to explain how matter attains its mass.

Both of the Higgs boson-hunting experiments at the LHC see a level of certainty in their data worthy of a "discovery".

"Dramatic'

The CMS team claimed they had seen a "bump" in their data corresponding to a particle weighing in at 125.3 gigaelectronvolts (GeV) - about 133 times heavier than the protons that lie at the heart of every atom.

They claimed that by combining two data sets, they had attained a confidence level just at the "five-sigma" point - about a one-in-3.5 million chance that the signal they see would appear if there were no Higgs particle.

However, a full combination of the CMS data brings that number just back to 4.9 sigma - a one-in-two million chance. [snip]

"A confirmation that this is the Higgs boson would be one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the century; the hunt for the Higgs has been compared by some physicists to the Apollo programme that reached the Moon in the 1960s."

Here's a video explanation for those of us who are er...a bit vague about neutral particles and mass and er...  ;o)




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[-] Obey or not obey 2012-07-04 14:58   (permalink)
Haha. Suck it, Stephen Hawking!
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9376804/Higgs-boson-Prof-Stephen-Hawking-loses-100-bet.html

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[-] wendy davis 2012-07-04 15:09   (permalink)
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Cheapskate'll prolly quote Prof Heuer, director-general of Cern:

"We have a discovery - we have observed a new particle consistent with a Higgs boson. But which one? That remains open."

LOL! Thanks for the other video, too. When I find time...

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[-] Obey or not obey 2012-07-04 15:13   (permalink)
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LOL!
I think this is probably the best explanation of what htey just discovered about the universe...



http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/teaching_physics.png
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[-] wendy davis 2012-07-04 15:26   (permalink)
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Aw, yer just pissed cuz they didn't create a massive black hole that sucked in our galaxy, ain't ya?

(Me too; I was carryin' an 'The End Is Near' sign downtown...)

Srsly, the Nova folks made it exciting, with such kewl graphics. And I thought I grokked what they said...for about 15 minutes. Watched it again...and again...never lost that 15 minute threshold.

But then...I may have been the only person to get worse scores each time I did the Lumosity brain trainings...so....
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[-] Obey or not obey 2012-07-04 15:34   (permalink)
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Yeah, or at least created a worm-hole in the space-time continuum so I could go back to last week and ... catch up on work!
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[-] wendy davis 2012-07-04 15:45   (permalink)
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Here, dear; have one on me as an apology. And a nice dry Martini to go with it. |8)|



(C'est moi in the negative energy throat...)
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[-] realitychecker 2012-07-05 09:17   (permalink)
All too complicated for me. I just want to know where the black hole is so I don't fall into it. ;-) (As distinguished from the line in Deconstructing Harry, one of my faves, where Woody Allen asks his AA prostitute traveling companion if she knows what a black hole is, and she responds, "Sure, that's how I make my livin'") LOL
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