cman: Can someone dumb it down even more for a moron like me? Thank you
phrawgh: Why can't all these smart people get together and pass a federal budget?
skinink: Why are we building these machines just to look for the crumbs of God?
wantingout: but...but... so what gives the higgs boson ITS mass?
J. Frank Parnell: /still a matter of refusing to question the standard model
El Morro: how we might be able to apply this information in a practical way? Obviously, it's going to take years and years and years of research and development, but, what are scientists talking about doing with this?Would it be possible to manipulate the Higgs field? Are we talking about making near mass-less spacecraft for long distance travel? What's the potential here?
HotWingAgenda: So how exactly does this apply to faster than light interstellar travel, teleportation, instantaneous long-distance communication, human immortality, or infinite renewable energy?
Steve Zodiac: cman: Can someone dumb it down even more for a moron like me? Thank youI will probably get part of this wrong, but here is my understanding. Under the Standard Model of Quantum physics, all forces are really particles which interact with with atoms, or parts of atoms. So electricity, magnetism, nuclear forces (strong and weak) and gravity are all caused by the interaction of particles on atoms. The holy grail of physics is to find one theory which explains all 4 forces (nuclear, gravity, etc). Magnetism and electricity were actually explained as different aspects of the same force by a man named Maxwell in the 1860's. The nuclear forces were figured out in the 1920's and 30's, and they were tied to the electro-magnetic theory in 50's thru the 70's. Gravity has not been integrated into this theory. One of the problems with the particle theory of force is why do some things have mass (you, me, stars, planets, etc) while some things don't- light photons, neutrinos, and other exotic things which have been proven to exist but to the best of our measurement (which keeps getting better) do not have mass. For simplistic purposes, consider mass to be what we 'weigh' when we put something on a weight scale. Photons would not ever weigh anything, no matter how massive a planet or sun their weight was measured on. Gravity can affect these items but cannot not make them 'weigh' anything, or more accurately, have any mass. The Higgs Boson is a theoretical particle which would allow this type of behavior to occur. It is that particle which causes things to have mass, at least theoretically, by interacting with atoms or the components of atoms. Scientists were able to predict that IF the Higgs Boson existed it had to be found at a certain energy level. The Large Hadron Collider is the first man made detector capable of producing the energy required to find the Higgs Boson. If they found it within the energy range that theory predicted then it may finally allow physicists to tie ...
Steve Zodiac: Higgs is the name of the man who figured out what the mass/energy level of the particle which causes mass would have to be.
MasterAdkins: Has nothing to do with god, just someone's poor explanation for the ignorant masses.
Mose: You never know though. We found a good microscopy use for quantum tunnelling, for example. I feel like engineering may be catcing up, on a macro trend kind of scale, to the that bleeding edge.
WhyteRaven74: The search had no stated end time, and given how much other stuff the LHC is looking for, there's no issues of funding or any such.
tchjdaedn: phrawgh: Why can't all these smart people get together and pass a federal budget?Anyone smart enough for politics is smart enough to stay out of politics.
J. Frank Parnell: Since this is so close to when the search was scheduled to end, and they claimed they'd have found it by now, i'm expecting it to be a sales pitch for more funding and time. If you think it's hard to find jobs with a BA, try looking for work as a particle physicist. They'll say anything just to keep colliding particles there, even with numerous other colliders doing essentially the same thing.The time would probably be better spent rethinking some aspects of the standard model, but they'll stubbornly cling to that like so many religious people do to the bible, no matter what evidence there is that it may be flawed.
GAT_00: The Daily Fail has decided to tell everyone what CERN is going to announce on Wednesday even though there's no leaked evidence that the Higgs bosun has been found.
J. Frank Parnell: Since this is so close to when the search was scheduled to end,
MadAzza: MasterAdkins: Has nothing to do with god, just someone's poor explanation for the ignorant masses.Gee, really? Good thing you were here to point that out.
tarheel07: So it's a particle whose existence actually disproves the existence of God? Isn't it ironic?/dontcha think?
GAT_00: cman: Can someone dumb it down even more for a moron like me? Thank youThe Daily Fail has decided to tell everyone what CERN is going to announce on Wednesday even though there's no leaked evidence that the Higgs bosun has been found.
revrendjim: Majick Thise: Steve Zodiac: light photonsI may also be wrong but I thought photons had a minuscule mass.... I thought that solar sails were a tech that was proven to work at least in theory. Google tells me that that do work but a very quick search doesn't confirm the 'mass' theoryNo, photons have energy and momentum, but no mass.
Majick Thise: Steve Zodiac: light photonsI may also be wrong but I thought photons had a minuscule mass.... I thought that solar sails were a tech that was proven to work at least in theory. Google tells me that that do work but a very quick search doesn't confirm the 'mass' theory
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