Risking The Planet Was Worth It: CERN Confirms Higgs Boson Particle Thanks To Large Hadron Collider
Scientists at CERN have confirmed the existence of the Higgs Boson, the elusive particle believed to be responsible for giving mass and shape to all objects in the universe. The announcement comes after studying the data from last year's potentially earth-destroying tests using the Large Hadron Collider. Plus it's Pi Day, whee!
"To me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson, though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is," said Joe Incandela, a physicist who heads one of the two main teams at CERN that each involve about 3,000 scientists.
Its existence helps confirm the theory that objects gain their size and shape when particles interact in an energy field with a key particle, the Higgs boson. The more they attract, the theory goes, the bigger their mass will be.
But, it remains an "open question," CERN said in a statement, whether this is the Higgs boson that was expected in the original formulation, or possibly the lightest of several predicted in some theories that go beyond that model.
Wow, this really is an exciting time we live in. And what does this mean for the future of physics? I have no clue (or underwear on). Also, not to brag or anything, but I made a little discovery this morning myself. It was a roach in the bathtub. Maybe not as groundbreaking as CERN's discovery, but I also didn't have to build a $10-billion Collider. Who's the real scientist now?!
Thanks to everyone who sent this, you're all grade-A scientists in my book. "That's a Ninja Turtle coloring book." Aaaaaand now you're B-grade.