After thorough re-examination, review and triple/quadruple checking of all the facts and figures, CERN has announced that the Higgs-like particle that was detected last year using the Large Hadron Collider is in fact a Higgs boson. There ya go. New pope, Higgs boson.
In a big announcement earlier this morning, scientists at CERN in Switzerland have announced that with 99.9999% certainty, they’ve found the once-elusive Higgs boson. This is a huge deal, not only because it’s one of the last pieces of the Standard Model puzzle, but the Higgs is theoretically what gives everything its mass. Without the Higgs, there could be no physical universe.
Recently, there’s been a lot of speculation that scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider may have actually found the Higgs boson. While such a finding would need much more testing to confirm, a leaked video from CERN confirms that they’ve found something new, but no one is yet calling it the Higgs.
Last year, the science news world was abuzz over the idea that neutrinos could and do break the light speed barrier, but it wasn’t long before those results were heavily disputed. And now, after a number of checks, tests and review, it’s official. Neutrinos do not and can not move faster than light. It really was all just a glitch. Carry on.
Mike Stoor of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) near Geneva, weighs a gnome in the Control Room of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on April 5, 2012. A German precision scale maker sends the gnome to different scientific institutions to demonstrate that, due to gravity and the Earth not being a perfect sphere, its weight differs around the world. The gnome reportedly weighed 307.65 g (10.8520 oz), but failed to protest his captivity in the voice of U.K. comic legend Harry Enfield. Photo: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Ever since CERN’s Large Hadron Collider was first proposed, there’s been a number of crazy conspiracy theories and strange ideas about how the LHC could and would eventually destroy life, humanity or the entire planet by its smashing of atoms together.