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(Discover)   If you were thinking, "What's the deal with this Higgs Boson? And can somebody explain it to me in cartoon form?" well... you're welcome   (blogs.discovermagazine.com) divider line
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2012-07-04 4:44:06 PM  
5 votes:
7 minute video =/= cartoon.

tl;dw
 
2012-07-04 5:48:04 PM  
3 votes:

The Green Intern: but there's been so much build-up over this thing and what seems to be little explanation of what it means beyond "validation of a theory".


It's the last piece. The Standard Model has worked pretty well over the years, but there was always this missing particle. Without it, the Standard Model was, well, the standard model - but we were not sure it was the standard model because it was (relatively) right or because we happened to have figured out some fundamental principles of the universe, but were glaringly wrong about others. The finding of the Higgs boson says that - for the level of accuracy we can account for with current information - the Standard Model is correct. It would be like if there was an airline crash, and you were looking for the bodies - but you had no idea of the numbers/names of the people on the plane, just the maximum possible seats. We've been staring at the one unaccounted for seat for awhile now, wondering if there is a missing body, or was the seat empty to begin with. We found the body, and can stop looking. it isn't going to likely do anything spectacularly different - it's existence has always been part of the Standard Model, so nothing "changed" today. The more likely game-changer will be when the LHC pops out something we don't expect
 
2012-07-04 5:18:15 PM  
3 votes:

5 Cent Monkey: Wayne 985 - it's the opposite - I'm curious how this discovery disproves God.


I thought that god was disproved the same way that santa and the easter bunny were disproved. They were all made up to control children and feeble minded people.
 
2012-07-04 5:58:12 PM  
2 votes:

phalamir: We found the body, and can stop looking. it isn't going to likely do anything spectacularly different - it's existence has always been part of the Standard Model, so nothing "changed" today. The more likely game-changer will be when the LHC pops out something we don't expect


Which also happened with this announcement- the decay into a pair of gamma photons happened with a frequency greater than predicted by the Standard Model. That could mean a number of things, including a pointer to a whole set of new particles not predicted by the Standard Model. Or it could just be experimental bias, or a bunch of other things. The important point is: things did change.
 
2012-07-04 4:59:30 PM  
2 votes:
Wayne 985 - it's the opposite - I'm curious how this discovery disproves God.
 
2012-07-04 4:53:42 PM  
2 votes:
I still can't help but think that most Americans won't get this on any level. I can just imagine people reading a headline and assuming scientists discovered God or something.
 
2012-07-05 10:41:42 AM  
1 vote:

lohphat: THE GREAT NAME: .

On Ignore list just to improve the signal to nose ratio.


People who have to comment that they are putting you on ignore are always lying. Also, it's against Fark posting guidelines.
 
2012-07-05 10:30:00 AM  
1 vote:
HIGGS BOMB technical info. Actual documents cannot be repoduced online due to ECHELON. Only a summary is given here.

Due to a loophole in the post-war treaty with GERMANY, they are not restricted from developing particle-level explosive devices. Much research has been carried out as black-experiments at CERN and in distributed computer modelling. As with earlier (ultimately unsuccessful) QUARK BOMB research, many of the theoretical problems have been solved UNKNOWINGLY by users of internet gaming sites, who were led to believe they were solving level puzzles in MMOs.

The initial trigger for the HIGGS BOMB is a kiloton-range Plutonium triggered fissile device, similar to the thermonuclear (or H-BOMB) device. This effectively replaces the large ring-accelarator needed at CERN etc. To convert the fissile device's gamma burst into the e+/e- particles required for the HIGGS REACTION, a resonant substrate of nano-structured Silicon is required.

This is time-consuming and expensive to produce, but experimentation has shown that the wafers from GB-range RAM DIMMs may be used if a 40% drop in device efficiency is acceptable (high-quality DIMMs are required: Apple-brand was tested among others). The silicon from 20,000 to 100,000 4GB DIMMs is sufficient for a 1000-megatonne device.

The emitted HIGGS BOSONS must be allowed to pass into a "tamper" made up of 25-50KG of Red Mercury to allow their energy to be released (before they decay into harmless fermions).

HIGGS BOMB resembles a large laptop on standard airport scanners, but can be reliably detected due to the weight in excess of 100Kg and the characteristic magnetic signature of the Red Mercury.
 
2012-07-05 9:43:54 AM  
1 vote:
NAME already has blueprints for the first HIGGS BOMB.

From the energy of 125GeV, NAME predicts the HIGGS BOMB will be 1000 times more powerful than todays thermonuclear devices, that is 57,000 megatonnes.

NAME will stockpile these as a deterrent.
 
2012-07-04 8:25:08 PM  
1 vote:
I guess I'll have to take it on faith that they found it.
 
2012-07-04 8:05:28 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-07-04 7:41:14 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-07-04 7:08:15 PM  
1 vote:

Mr. Right: Being an olde phart, I remember (I was young) when the existence of quarks was confirmed. Even a few years later, in a physics course in college, the professor was still as excited as a little boy at Christmas when he talked about quarks. While this stuff is fascinating to a lot of people (myself included), this cartoon is about as much depth as we're going to understand. Nicely done.

As someone who reads nearly the complete works of Dr Seuss to his grandchildren, I'm wondering if this will turn into a "Horton Hears a Who" moment when we figure out that these subatomic particles are actually conglomerations of much smaller particles. Remember, it wasn't that long ago (relatively speaking) that atoms were theoretical.


It's turtles all the way down.

And I keep on reading "Higgs Boson" as "Higgs Bison." I just the like the idea that a cosmic bison is going around sprinkling everything with magic glitter and giving it mass. Like a bovinae fairy godmother.

/I'm sober
//no, really, I am.
 
2012-07-04 6:35:20 PM  
1 vote:

WhoGAS: So this means that ghosts are simply the active particles outside the three dominant ones becoming active. Absolutely nothing supernatural; just another state of "being". Who knows about consciousness with those things...

Cool.

/...


Your scientists have yet to discover how neural networks create self-consciousness, let alone how the human brain processes two-dimensional retinal images into the three-dimensional phenomenon known as perception. Yet you somehow brazenly declare that seeing is believing!
 
2012-07-04 6:26:32 PM  
1 vote:
God particle:
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God most closely resembling god particle:
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2012-07-04 6:23:59 PM  
1 vote:
I NEVER THOUGHT LOSING WEIGHT WOULD BE SO EASY!!
I LOST 1 GeV IN ONE WEEK ON NEW HIGGS DIET!!

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SEND 10000$ TO MIRIAM ABACHA FOR THE SECRET
HOW TO GET GOD TO DECLARE YOU THIN!!
 
2012-07-04 6:20:39 PM  
1 vote:

elffster: Abortions for everyone \o/!!!1


This is July 4th, so how about abortions for some, and miniature American flags for others?
 
2012-07-04 6:18:02 PM  
1 vote:

The Green Intern: I'm still lost, and I feel like an idiot for being lost.

I get that it's a major event. I understand that it's going to have profound effects on our understanding of just about everything related to the physical world. But what does it mean on an applied level? Does it give clues to FTL travel? Atomic-scale transistors? Macro-scale atoms? Someone told me that it proves the weak nuclear force and magnetism are the same thing on different scales. If that's the case, could we build atomic structures like lego bricks? Hold structures together with magnetic mortar?

I appreciate and applaud the fact that it was found and indicates the existence of the Higgs Field, but there's been so much build-up over this thing and what seems to be little explanation of what it means beyond "validation of a theory".

/nttawwt



The Higgs Boson exists to interact with a permeating structure throughout all of the universe (The Higgs Field). The more "interaction" going on, the greater the mass an object will have. Wiki Page

I'm no expert of course, I just find this stuff interesting. In my head I'm thinking that if we understood the interaction going on between the Higgs Boson and the Higgs field, perhaps we could minimize the interactions in a given location of the field and thus, minimize the mass of an object in order to more easily propel it to velocities near that of light.

You might notice that gravity is also altered as a result of the mass of two objects in a system. So, zero G systems? Deep space flight? I don't know, but it's exciting.
 
2012-07-04 6:17:16 PM  
1 vote:
I like to think of myself as a pretty smart person, but whenever a physicist tries to explain particle physics to me I feel like my cat trying to comprehend internal combustion.
 
2012-07-04 6:13:56 PM  
1 vote:
Being an olde phart, I remember (I was young) when the existence of quarks was confirmed. Even a few years later, in a physics course in college, the professor was still as excited as a little boy at Christmas when he talked about quarks. While this stuff is fascinating to a lot of people (myself included), this cartoon is about as much depth as we're going to understand. Nicely done.

As someone who reads nearly the complete works of Dr Seuss to his grandchildren, I'm wondering if this will turn into a "Horton Hears a Who" moment when we figure out that these subatomic particles are actually conglomerations of much smaller particles. Remember, it wasn't that long ago (relatively speaking) that atoms were theoretical.
 
2012-07-04 5:40:50 PM  
1 vote:

Nadie_AZ: Better:

[i.imgur.com image 320x480]


Trolololololol.
 
2012-07-04 5:34:39 PM  
1 vote:
How long until Mass Effect drives?
 
2012-07-04 5:18:26 PM  
1 vote:
40 billion collisions a second? 24x7x365?! Holy fark that's a lot of data!!!

I had no idea. That's pretty biatchin.
 
2012-07-04 4:58:20 PM  
1 vote:

Wayne 985: I still can't help but think that most Americans won't get this on any level. I can just imagine people reading a headline and assuming scientists discovered God or something.


david_gaithersburg: So if there is a God particle does this mean that there is a god?


Surprised it took this long.
 
2012-07-04 4:56:25 PM  
1 vote:
So if there is a God particle does this mean that there is a god?
 
2012-07-04 4:56:19 PM  
1 vote:

AdolfOliverPanties: Watched the cartoon. Well done. Still completely lost.

I want to know where the word boson came from.


A guy named Bose. The same guy Bose-Einstein condensates are named after, in fact.

\And those condensates are made of bosons.
 
2012-07-04 4:44:06 PM  
1 vote:
 
2012-07-04 4:38:31 PM  
1 vote:
This is amazing!
Exactly what we thought is correct and it shows, nay, demands we do more research and need moar money.
 
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