"The ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN today presented their latest results in the search for the long-sought Higgs boson. Both experiments see strong indications for the presence of a new particle, which could be the Higgs boson, in the mass region around 126 gigaelectronvolts (GeV).
The experiments found hints of the new particle by analysing trillions of proton-proton collisions from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2011 and 2012. The Standard Model of particle physics predicts that a Higgs boson would decay into different particles – which the LHC experiments then detect.
Both ATLAS and CMS gave the level of significance of the result as 5 sigma on the scale that particle physicists use to describe the certainty of a discovery. One sigma means the results could be random fluctuations in the data, 3 sigma counts as an observation and a 5-sigma result is a discovery. The results presented today are preliminary, as the data from 2012 is still under analysis. The complete analysis is expected to be published around the end of July."
A new boson found. That's a huge deal in modern physics. Is it Higgs? No one can tell yet but it very well could be!
that little theory can explain why every single particle in the world mass, why the world is what it is, why the things are what they are. dont u think that the gravity theory changed people lifes when of after Isaac Newton "discovered" it? cause thats what we could be talking about, a discovery so big and so fascinating that can change everybody's lifes, starting by NEGATING that creationism non-sense! the german government gave a lot money to CERN so they can make this discovery possible, apparently they have faith in science, unlike urself..
I have also read about it and it's interesting, I also have faith in science and the German government is right to support it but I hate it when people are making a big deal out of things they don't understand just because it's hyped by the media now.
a big deal would be declaring this day as a holiday in all the States in the world, that would be making a big deal out of it.. this could be a HUGE breakthrough, its normal people are excited about it, even if they (myself included) do not fully understand it.. :)
Of course but it doesn't make sense to think about that all the time, there are other people who are doing it and they are much better in it. It will affect our lifes in the future but not now and we are not the people who can influence that.
Let me explain it for you. The discovery of this particle is a prerequisite for the standard model of physics, a theory that attempts to unite all the laws of nature and minus gravity in a single physical law. Physicists have searched for this particle for 45 years and this is an important building block for understanding the universe riddle.
Higgs boson is a crucial part of the so called "Standard model", it's a particle which creates the mass of any other particle. The boson creates the "Higgs field" which is sort of a transfomation between matter and the energy in between. Kinda like graviton. Graviton remains a mystery but maybe the Higgs boson will shed some light upon that.
It certainly won't have an impact immediately, but in 10-15 years new fields thanks to the Higgs boson are likely to be discovered and no one can really say what the specific technological changes will be, but as a comparison this is 10x bigger than the invention of electricity or the internal combustion engine
I'm genuinely excited about this news. This shit is very interesting, albeit hard to fathom. They spoke of some discovery a couple of months ago, related to the Higgs boson I believe. If this has anything to do with said announcement, this could very well be it. They've probably researched and analyzed the shit out of it since then.
The discovery was first made in last december, and it's the same discovery we're talking about. They have studied the results for months and said it will take a long time to be really sure. But today they released the latest news.
They gave it 5 on the sigma scale, that equals 99,99995% certainty :)
we may be talking about the most amazing discovery in the history of mankind and people are making jokes about it... if they can confirm the Higgs theory and find the higgs boson, i'll feel trully blessed for having been born in time to presence that...
science is fascinating :)