Wednesday, July 4, 2012

World News Wednesday: The Higgs Boson

Something very exciting has happened out in France and Switzerland. Scientists working for CERN on the Large Hadron Collider (the world's largest and most expensive terrestrial science apparatus) announced that they were pretty darn sure that they'd found the Higgs Boson, which was a major objective of having constructed the LHC. Just how sure? There's less than a billionth of a percent chance that they're wrong.

This is huge news for a number of reasons. For one thing, it means that the LHC didn't just fail to destroy the world as half the internet predicted for a few years back, but it also achieved it's main operational goal - finding the subatomic particle responsible for giving other particles mass. This finding has essentially confirmed a large section of physics theory.

It's not often that I get to report about science and world news on the same day.

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