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Posted by OdorOfFrodo at Jul 4, 2012 7:42:45 AM
Re: The Higgs Boson!
The Higgs Boson is a particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics to be the particle that gives matter its mass. The only way to prove it exists is basically to send particles flying and smash them into each other at extremely high speeds and record where the particle bits go (and that's what the Large Hadron Collider was built for, not to create antimatter bombs or black holes). If they go a certain way a statistically significant number of times, it's basically proof that the boson exists.

If they had done the tests and the boson hadn't turned out to exist, it would have turned our knowledge of physics on its ear. As for now, it looks like they'll exceed the statistically significant cutoff and they'll be able to declare that the Higgs Boson is in fact real.

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