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Higgs boson confirmed - the God particle

Original post made by Higgs, Woodside, on Jul 4, 2012

Very cool. The rest of the world goes on while we holiday. In fact, they go on and discover the glue that holds us together.

Literally.

The Higgs boson.

Saw Ezra Klein yak about it on Monday's Moment of Geek. Very cool.

from the Wash Post:
"A half-century scientific quest culminated early Wednesday as physicists announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle — one theorized to be so fundamental that without it, nothing could exist.

Dubbed the Higgs boson — or the "God particle," to the chagrin of scientists — the particle is thought to create a sort of force field that permeates the universe, imbuing everything that we can see and touch with the fundamental property known as mass.

"To the layman I now say, I think we have it," said Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director general of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, immediately after physicists presented compelling evidence for the new particle at a seminar in Geneva.

"Do you agree?" he asked the several hundred scientists packing CERN's main auditorium.

Applause broke out. The video feed from CERN showed Peter Higgs, the University of Edinburgh physicist who theorized the existence of this exotic particle in 1964, tearing up."

Geeks go wild.

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Posted by Improper name
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 6, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Referring to it as the God particle is lazy thinking. The original writer referred to it as the "goddamned particle" expressing his hard frustrating work.
His possibly well meaning, or religious, editor changed it.
Catchy pseudonym but we need a more accurate name. The Higgs boson works for me.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 7, 2012 at 1:41 am

Christopher Hitchens is dead and gone

God rest his soul


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Posted by a bright man, Hitch
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 7, 2012 at 5:18 am

Chris neither asked for, beleived in, nor would have been comforted by the blessing.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

Especially from Sharon!

It's wonderful and great to see a focus on geeks excited about science instead of technology. Hopefully, some of the non-geeks will catch on to the excitement and pay attention to this.


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Posted by bosun mate
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Yes, geeks had a great week; just the video from Cern, alone, was required viewing.

Very cool.

And yes, the puns are just starting....


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