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Old 07-03-2012, 03:12 AM
 
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:40 AM
 
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It's the Higgs Bosun and as far as I know, still theoretical.
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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Higgs Boson: New Evidence of 'God Particle' Reported by Fermilab Physicists - ABC News

The Higgs-Bosun was nicknamed the god particle, but it has nothing to do with any capital letter God.
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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Ive heard of it, it was the great link between particle physics and cosmology. I thought it was the reason the built the large hadron.

Aren't they making some headway? I remember being concerned it was going to be like looking for a graviton. OTOH, that is why we use strings now.

Particle physics, quantum physics and especially cosmology, are getting more and more theoretical. Im glad they are making some experimental progress.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Washingtonville
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They are making an announcement tomorrow. Here is a link to see it live: CERN Webcast | Home

I'm just curious how the fundies will react if they announce they have discovered it.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:06 AM
 
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BBC weigh in on the announcement.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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With all due respect to the OP, I wish this wasn't such a common reaction to great scientific discoveries. The discovery of the Higgs Boson is probably one of the biggest things to come out of physics in a very long time. One could argue that it's as big as Einstein's famed E=MC^2 equation. Yet, so few people knew about it. In fact, one could probably argue that more people suspected the Large Hadron Collider of creating a black hole that sucked up the Earth than why we built the thing to begin with.

There is a lot of blame to go around for this too. Our educational system is set up to hinder people from thinking outside the box, from exploring things freely, and to instill the idea that rote memorization of material is deemed better than actual knowledge of the material. The wonders of space and science are sugar-coated and boring, not taught properly in the first place, and give little to aspire to in the minds of many of our youth.

I don't blame the educational system entirely, though. I also blame the scientists for having such ridiculously poor ways of explaining these things to the public. Things have gotten a little better with various National Geographic and Discovery Channel shows but they too run the risk of being so simplified that the wonderment of discovery does not seem appealing at all. It's almost simplified down to the point that finding the Higgs Boson could be likened to the excitement factor of finding loose change in the sofa. Nice to have but typically not a life changing experience.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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With all due respect to the OP, I wish this wasn't such a common reaction to great scientific discoveries. .
Yes, anyone on this forum really should be keeping up with such things. Something like declaring there is no good, is of no use and sounds like sour grapes if you can't back it up with a strong understanding of science.
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