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Physicists unveil results helping explain universe

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Higgs boson creates what scientists call a “sticky” energy field that acts as a drag on other particles and gives them mass, without which particles wouldn’t hold together — and there would be no matter.

sounds like a bullshit. does it mean these particles don't have mass? then how do they know some particles are 1000 times heavier than other particles? stupid people.

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Oh yea, those scientist are stupid people, (I'm rolling my eyes here). They most definitely had to dumb it down for anyone to understand in the slightest, that one line obviously does not do the complexity of the particle justice. But by all means, equate one line online with years and years of research. Use that as your proof that the scientists are stupid.

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A Bs particle. Sounds accurate!

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calr751Jul. 20, 2013 - 08:43AM JST sounds like a bullshit. does it mean these particles don't have mass? then how do they know some particles are 1000 >times heavier than other particles? stupid people.

Are you for real ??

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not being a scientist i can do nothing but dream even if i don't need the rows of numbers to understand a lot of concepts and theories. I once read about an antiverse shooting back through time (probably sci-fi with the emphasis on the first syllable there) so the collision of matter and antimatter wouldn't destroy everything from hour zero. Which would make time an actual physical dimension and not just a framework on which calculations are hung. Wonderful world, good thing not all is discovered yet but i wish they would make haste on that ftl-drive, that space dock in orbit from which ships can be built and lift off to nearby planets with minimal fuel needs ... and that space elevator to get it all up without the need for oil and derivatives anymore. But i guess particle physics is the one science to rule them all since a brain is made of those ... what would be the speed of thought then ? Someone probably calculated that already presuming thought is nothing but impulses. Wonderful world indeed if you don't turn on t.v. or look outside

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"how the universe began"

This is a real mystery! Think about it - where did anything here on this planet or our sun or anything else out there come from? Or don't think about it unless you want to get a headache, ha ha

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I feel Mass is a side effect applied to matter when they are pushing moving through time dimension, I imagine our universe like a balloon inflating from the big bang at C velocity in the time direction so deeper inside the balloon are our ..past . Mass has an effect on time as demonstrated by Einsten... so time must have an effect on Mass.

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Citizen2012Jul. 20, 2013 - 11:25AM JST I feel Mass is a side effect applied to matter when they are pushing moving through time dimension, I imagine our >universe like a balloon inflating from the big bang at C velocity in the time direction so deeper inside the balloon are >our ..past . Mass has an effect on time as demonstrated by Einsten... so time must have an effect on Mass.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG8g5JW64BA http://home.web.cern.ch/about/physics/search-higgs-boson

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The Standard Model is just one part of the larger scale of particle physics. Even though we've discovered the Higgs particle, we are only beginning to understand how they cluster and form the Higgs Field, which is akin to a snow field in Siberia with rolling hills, and various particles skim over it (light, radio, etc other massless or nearly massless particles), some sink into it (various mesons and big particles). Think of it like this: we now know how the snow field looks, now we're figuring out how things move through it. Just like how we learned how to fly 100 years ago, we're now just barely figuring out how to go faster than Mach 5 sustainably in the atmosphere and we're still learning how things move in the atmosphere, even though we have great macro-level approximations. Just like with how air particles move and bump across wings, figuring out how the Higgs field interacts with the rest of particle physics will take decades of research. Applications will likely be figuring out the next stage of material physics and creating new materials to power transistors, computers, and probably allow us to figure out propulsion techniques, and maybe explain why "weird things" as Einstein called them (quantum physics) works, and perhaps link the gravitational force with the rest of physics (the missing link between Newtonian physics, relativity ... F=ma and E=mc^2 ... and the quantum level).

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Some of you should watch "Big Bang Theory". Each program provides commentary on this and related subjects in an informal manner. The main reporter is Dr Sheldon Cooper. The story is interesting in itself, but what does it have to do with Japan?

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Discovering how certain particles act and react is wonderful. But science is limited as to what it can "tell" us. In reality, it can't "tell" us anything. We must learn to interpret the discoveries we make. Whether science can ever tell us why the universe is here or where it came from is quite uncertain. These questions are outside the domain of science and relate more closely to philosophy.

This experiment deals with actual particles and as such can be observed, repeated, and verified, but questions about the origin of the universe are outside the realm of this kind of science since they deal with history that cannot be repeated, observed, or verified. But kudos to the hard work and dedication of these scientists!

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Pathetic earthlings... If you had known anything about the true nature of the universe, anything at all, you would've hidden from it in terror.

Emperor Ming “the Merciless”
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These questions are outside the domain of science and relate more closely to philosophy.

True, and maybe we will simply discover one day that we are actually a simulation running on a high end computer....

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You're hired!!...STOP

Please come to Fukushima immediately..STOP

We don't have a Hadron Collider, but something just as interesting for you to figure out...STOP

Waiting for your reply. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...STOP

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These questions are outside the domain of science and relate more closely to philosophy.

Wrong!

People were saying the same when Galilee suggested the sun was the centre of the universe.

What they are doing at the CERN is pure science. Very admirable work they are doing. Pushing further out the believing.

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Maybe Big Bang was about spontaneous changing identity of particles.

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How does this verify the origins of the universe? The finding of the transformation of an element into another doesn't describe how the universe began; it may describe the reaction a moment after the BB (Big Bang). When we think of a BANG; we think of things like firecrackers, sticks of TNT, nitroglycerin, atomic bombs, but when we think of BB we think of popguns, popcorn, pop-tarts, lady fingers, exploding paper bags and other such load sounds; except,as LOUD as they are we know the source of the sound that they come from.

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A Bs particle. Sounds accurate!

...Also known as a "puon."

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