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|Subject: Chasing the Higgs Boson||Date: 3/5/2013 11:37 AM|
|Author: lindytoes||Number: 48210 of 59194|
Since this is the liberal board, and liberals are inherently proud of science and convinced of its importance in the world, I know some of you will want to read this very long article, with clickable parts at the bottom of each page, great video and terrific photos.
Chasing the Higgs Boson
At the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, two armies of scientists struggled to close in on physics' most elusive particle.
The stakes were more than just Nobel Prizes, bragging rights or just another quirkily named addition to the zoo of elementary particles that make up nature at its core. The Higgs boson would be the only visible manifestation of the Harry Potterish notion put forward back in 1964 (most notably by Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh) that there is a secret, invisible force field running the universe. (The other theorists were François Englert and Robert Brout, both of Université Libre de Bruxelles; and Tom Kibble of Imperial College, London, Carl R. Hagen of the University of Rochester and Gerald Guralnik of Brown University.)
Elementary particles — the electrons and other subatomic riffraff running around in our DNA and our iPhones — would get their masses from interacting with this field, the way politicians draw succor from cheers and handshakes at the rope line.
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