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Higgs Boson: Experts Believe In 'God Particle'
Scientists believe they have discovered a new sub-atomic particle that could be the Higgs boson.
Experts at the Cern research centre near Geneva, Switzerland, are confident they have caught sight of the so-called 'God particle', which lends mass to matter and holds the universe together.
The Higgs boson theory - proposed by British physicist Peter Higgs in the 1960s - suggests the existence of an invisible force field and associated sub-atomic particle that permeates all things, working like glue to give form to stars, planets and even humans.
Without the Higgs particle, the universe would have remained like a soup, the theory says.
In December last year, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the 'Big Bang' particle accelerator which recreates conditions a billionth of a second after the birth of the universe - revealed they had caught a first tantalising glimpse of a boson.
Since then they have sifted through vast quantities of data from innumerable high energy collisions in an effort to reduce the odds of being wrong.
Two independent teams, together made up of more than 5,000 scientists, said they have both "observed" a new boson.
Cern's director Rolf Heuer revealed: "We have now found the missing cornerstone of particle physics."
However, he tempered the announcement by adding scientists had not found the Higgs boson itself, but a new sub-atomic particle that acted in virtually the same manner as theorised.
"We have a discovery. We have observed a new particle that is consistent with a Higgs boson," Professor Heuer said.
Professor Higgs, currently at the University of Edinburgh, welcomed Cern's results, adding: "I never expected this to happen in my lifetime and shall be asking my family to put some champagne in the fridge."
At the LHC, scientists shoot two beams of protons - the "hearts" of atoms - at each other round 27km of circular tunnels at almost the speed of light.
When the protons smash together the enormous energies involved cause them to decay into an array of more fundamental particles. These may then decay further into yet more particles.
By following the decay patterns, scientists hope to see the "fingerprint" of the Higgs boson.
Physicists need the Higgs to plug a gaping hole in the "Standard Model", the theory that explains all the particles, forces and interactions making up the universe.
what do you think?
well i hope the trillions of pounds spent in search of this glue was worth it. however life came about its a wonderful gift. why are people so obsessed with its origins. we are given this gift for the briefest of time. dont waste time trying to understand it sit back and enjoy the ride.we are privillaged
'Sitting back' is just what humans dont do. Every advance we have made has come about because of ingenuity, questioning and a desire to understand. Anybody who tries to tell you different is just giving you(us) a soft 'coshing' - go to sleep!
yeah ok chris i suppose you advocate wasting time and money sending men to the moon that really achieved a lot for the human race. see they never bothered to go back money well spent. surely there are more pressing problems we could be trying to solve. peace for one cancer cure 2 famine. 3 etc etc. get off your high horse man try and think practically
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You missed "eradicate Al Queda" off your wish list Michael. This will bring us some way toward peace
Rather spend it science than give it to layabouts, benefit cheats and corrupt African countries.
see lorgan back on form with his pet subject lol. give it a rest man you really oughta broaden your subject matter youre becoming a 1 trick pony. i dont m9ind that but youre also becoming a bore
and hey buzz we got along just fine before the internet which is fast becoming a platform for paedophiles, fraudsters. all sorts of nutters . and of course bores like lorgan
Everything we have and enjoy now is because people sailed away to explore not knowing if they might ever get back. As has been said - electrons were discovered just over 100 years ago, some time later a few interesting applications came about! Basically if you dont do it someone else will.
Ok Michael, lets just never spend any money on any scientific discovery ever again.
I do wish journalists would refrain from calling it a 'god particle'. What has a implied deity got to do with it?
Because this particle will explain far more about the origins of life than an imaginary 'god' ever will? :-)
But have they really discovered it though ? The boffins on the news say it will be 'a couple of years before we can CONFIRM it'. . . . Well, surely until they can confirm it, its just specualtion ? The rules of science say something must be quantifiable before its accepted as fact by the scientific community. . And if memory serves they have made a claim like this before and had to retract their claim when after retesting it was found to be false. . . . . . So then, it looks like we might have to wait a few more years before there is empiric, provable scientic fact that this planet didnt start with Adam & Eve - and a talking snake. . . Not that most people need proof, they know that already. . .
Ps - just in case im wrong and God is listening, Im sorry for doubting you. . Please dont throw me in the eternal fiery abyss of Hell, and let little demons do unspeakable things to my bottom !
My dad took a load of physics students there from his college where he works last week. And their tour guide who was an astrophysicist that works at the LHC said that they have got readings and results that they had set out to achieve. When they questioned him about it asking if it was the Higgs he said yes. But they have pentabites of data to still trawl through. By the way at present the LHC has obtained these results running at roughly half its power
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OK Stevei. You are now safe following your apology. It was just in time mind! I will continue to aim the little demons at Cameron and Osborn when they arrive
Though saying that, if I get a couple of Succubus as bedmates, maybe Hell wont be so bad !
Stevie you little Pagan, you are already doomed
As for being doomed already Im still counting on the Goddess Lilith rescuing me at the gates of Hell, and being rewarded for loyal worship (hence the Succubus ). . . As for a future digitized version of myself - I hope in the future digital afterlife they have a cure for male pattern baldness. . . Being in your 40's sucks !
Hahaaaaa! That's funny! :-)
The talking snakes are still around.
The talking snakes all work (term used loosely) in Westminster!! lol
I already posted this as a reply to someone so if you've already read it I'm sorry... My dad took a load of physics students there from his college where he works last week. And their tour guide who was an astrophysicist that works at the LHC said that they have got readings and results that they had set out to achieve. When they questioned him about it asking if it was the Higgs he said yes. But they stills have pentabites of data to trawl through. By the way at present the LHC has obtained these results running at roughly half its power. So in theory there could be even more discoveries in the pipeline
I think 'andy cam' there is a point here. If God didn't create the universe, but it was an implosion of sub atomic particles, then what was here before that.... and beyond? I assume you've got that mapped out then. Scientists are merely trying to figure out the last step in what is an infinite ladder regardless how brilliant they all are (and I don't mean this to be sarcastic, it's a huge breakthrough. It just doesn't prove 'the beginning').
Time could be considered a man made concept as we've only been around a short amount of time compared with that of the universe. And its an even shorter time if you listen to the creationists
The term 'Relativity' springs to mind, c/o Einstein..(might actually have been Mrs Einstein..) The nearest my poor brain can get to it now is a FTL cruise with Priscilla Hutchins (J Mcdevitt) Sorry to lower the tone.
Time is a dimension within the universe - therefore, logically ther is a "before" and an "after".... what you might call "eternity" !!
Who created God?
I'll tell you who created God!! A bunch of lying old men of the cloth!!
At last I can sleep safely in my bed!!
Jonathan - who made God??
Prehistoric man before he discovered science. Any ways before it was the very judgmental unchristian like "one true" god it was GODS and according to some of the native American tribes.......star brothers
My mum and dad! LOL
You little sod Matt, you beat me to it
A very scared and confused H omo Sapiens!
No-one. God is eternal
who cares !!!
I agree with Andy. Calling it the God particle is just going to give stupid people the idea that scientists have discovered the existence of God. And by "God" they'll naturally conclude they mean the Hebrew god of the desert.. You know, the one that gets in a foul mood every once in a while and kills everyone. Either that or he sends them to Hell for all eternity. The one the Christians ironically call 'the God of Love.'
old hat the yanks were doing this in the 1950's with their research programmes for space. eu wastes money on this the yanks have. religion is a brainwashing tool used by ruling elite to control masses. to quote napoleon bonarparte "religion keeps the poor man from murdering the rich". the most religious people become nutters, middle east example and christian far right in usa that went along with 2003 iraq war? i thought it was against commandments to murder/kill? oh well as long as muslims are persecuted so that money flies into christian churches and masses flock there for brainwashing so be it. wars prop up stockmarkets and thus the investment vehicles of the religious movements as a whole.
They were doing it in the 1950s true but they didn't have the technology to look this deep into the particle physics back then. The LHC has done this running on half its potential power. And they also want to build a second accelerator in the same tunnel. The eu might be chucking loads of money at this but the Americans pulled the plug at fermilab on their accelerator last year so they can't claim this one
Once we have a particle map we can then determin whether we would bring destruction if we attempt to take the self generated route to the outer reaches. We might have to settle for havesting stellar particles. There is also the issue of how effective a barrier we can build to prevent asteroid impact eliminating all life on earth. Aside from these practcial issues we might get to know how the universe stays in balance concidering the most we seem to be able to detect is 4% of what is out there. This does not mean that the project has the licence to spend unlimited amounts of money.
It's money well spent if it means that we might eventually be able to generate energy even more efficiently or freely on a world wide scale. Some of the off shoot tech from this experiment has gone into making PV solarcells that are more productive.
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Regarding the God particle. As I have stated in my documents. It is a nonsense to search for something called the God Particle. Such a thing does not exist. It is the very same thing as saying that we are going to search for the spirit in man by some device. Spirit by its very definition is not material, therefore it is not tangible. It cannot be seen by our normal senses. The entire creation was made from things which are not seen. How can you search for something which by definition is invisible? The problem is that the vast majority of the population of the earth, including Christians do not actually believe in the Eternal God, because they cannot see Him. Therefore, shortly, He will intervene in world in the most dramatic way, as my recent documents state. Hebrew 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Much Grace p.j. PJ.'s WebSite
yawn !!! god never excisted in any form whatsoever the world we know has got on pefectly ok for millions of years , all this money spent on this waste of time could have been put to a much better use . this is about as boreing as the silly games ,it will end in a terrible disaster .
What's next. Is this the start of disintergrator ray technology?
I see all those who want an imaginary friend to lean on has a crutch dont like this article at all. There is something Feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of......... COMFORTABLE MYTHS. Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed.
Which comments are you looking at?? Those who don't like this article are complaining that it gives credence to the idea of God..... which seems to be the angle you're coming from??
To Michael Mcardle: I don't begrudge VAT for CERN, Geneva; it's the scheming anglophobes in Brussels that I strongly object to.
To all those people who are complaining that this is a waste of time and money: What if scientists had said this 100 years ago? What if they said they were going to stop searching for new scientific discoveries etc. We'd still be living in a Victorian-like world. The discovery itself won't change the world but the possibilites created now that we know this could.
This breakthrough will have the Church twitching me thinks!!! How will they explain it to the believers lol hahaha