Hints emerge of elusive Higgs boson particle

By next summer, scientists hope to confirm its existence


Two teams of scientists studying proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research outside Geneva, Switzerland, say they’ve seen hints of the Higgs boson particle, whose existence should explain the presence of mass in the universe. They hope to know for sure whether this particle really exists by next summer, the New York Times reports. Scientists hope that by confirming the existence of this particle, they can explore why the universe is made of matter instead of antimatter, as well as the nature of dark matter and dark energy, which make up the majority of the universe.

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Hints emerge of elusive Higgs boson particle

  1. For the second time out of two, I wasn’t able to take part in Perimeter’s last minute webinar on these breaking science stories.  And because I missed it, I have no idea what a ‘hint’ means!  What did they see or not see that leads them to conclude it is a hint?  Also, do Higgs come in pairs of matter and anti-matter particles every time?  I know its a theoretical particle thus far and maybe the theory doesn’t say, but I sure want more information than what I’ve been able to find so far.

  2. The joke continues: The priest replied, “But, see, good sir, we have been holding a mass since Christ was born some 2000 years ago without ever have heard of you or seen you.” To which Higgs Boson replies, “May be, but you need me for your gravity too which holds you down to the church floor.”  The priest was unsurprised and said, “Oh I see, I always thought it was the graveyard by the side which was the source of all the gravity; in that case, Mr. Higgs Boson, Sir, you may belong there.”

    However, very kind of Higgs to seem to be there to bail out the credibility of LHC and to ensure its secure funding. But at 2.3 Sigma? So the yes/no is still held in the clutches of the funding strategy. But surely put your champagne away in the deep freezer! Also, the strategy has to be excellent otherwise they too shall see the funds drying up like it happened with Fermilab. What was the harm in having it running too, in order to do a quick parallel check on everything? Don’t we believe in replicating experiments at more than one place? That too when the Gev is well within the Fermilab range. I as an amateur researcher fully agree with Professor Hawking. The reasons for mass and gravity are totally different than Higgs. For example, faster than light Neutrinoes and Higgs both cannot coexist — either one has to be wrong. It’s DCE research and superluminal speed which has the potential of breaking current scientific barriers, rather than finding a nebulous statistical dual peak for a Higgs, which well could be due to many other anomalies, one that LHC could not decipher is that of the UFOs.

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