In news that makes me wish I was smart enough to conduct the research myself, Stephen Hawking is claiming that experimenting with the Higgs Boson particle could create a "catastrophic vacuum decay" and destroy the entire universe. I, for one, would like to see that happen. It would give God the opportunity to create a new, better universe with everything he's learned from this one. PROTIP: don't create humans again.
Death-by-boson could occur if scientists put the particle under incredible levels of energy, creating a "catastrophic vacuum decay" that would obliterate the known universe. In the introduction of the new book Starmus, a collection of lectures by respected scientists, Hawking explains how the "God particle" could get all Old Testament on us:
"The Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become megastable at energies above 100bn giga-electron-volts (GeV)."
"This could mean that the universe could undergo catastrophic vacuum decay, with a bubble of the true vacuum expanding at the speed of light."
"This could happen at any time and we wouldn't see it coming."
Unfortunately, it would take a particle accelerator larger than earth to create the energy levels necessary for the reaction to take place. IF it would even take place. Keep in mind this is all theoretical. Speaking of -- if you could push a button and instantly destroy the world, would you? That was a trick question, because you wouldn't have time to decide before I jumped over you and pushed it with my face.
Thanks to CH, who agrees we need to petition NASA to get started on this earth sized particle collider.