Just watching the breaking news that the Higgs Boson has been discovered which lets say (for arguments sake) is a big deal
Ahem, My take away from watching the press conference is that there are a lot of excited scientists right now ...
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"The results are preliminary but the five-sigma signal at around 125 GeV we're seeing is dramatic."
Don't you just love scientists?
Awesome! I've been eagerly awaiting the news. Is there a working video link?? . EDIT: It's working now, sort of.
Higgs Boson and European Regection of ACTA - Some independance day!
Okay, if they've found the Higgs Boson, what can you do with it?
Will it make faster-than-light travel a reality? Does it taste good with scones?
When can I trade the Higgs Boson on the stock exchange and will Barclays fix the price?
@Ray7: The Higgs field is what physicists believe gives all matter mass and the Higgs boson is the force carrier of the Higgs field like photons are the force carriers of the electromagnetic field. It may take another 100 years to learn all the properties of one or more Higgs bosons, control them, and even produce them on a scale like we produce photons. We just learned how to emit single photons on silicon. It will take a lot of work to operate at the energy levels, or a lot of new physics, required to manipulate mass and gravity, but in theory imagine nanoscale Higgs "sails" that manipulate the Higgs field to emit Higgs bosons and thus manipulate mass in empty space as a form of propulsion by essentially converting light, cosmic rays and virtual particles into mass. Once we master it then we should essentially be able to transport mass along the field as Maddus said, but I say we are actually moving them by definition - it's more like how we are able to move things with magnets, but only if they are the right kind of material. If we can manipulate the Higgs field, then we could move anything with mass, not just magnetic materials, in an analogous way. The conversion of light into matter with mass ... well, the implications of that are just insane. Star Trek stuff. But the unification of QM and GR are coming (hopefully ... or new physics, again) first and studying the(se) "Higgs-like" boson(s) will hopefully at least unify the fields (pun intended) and let us get to the next step. Exciting times!
No, no, in a way you already do, and no (but maybe in a way they already do). But you perhaps can make wormholes.
Is this going to make Heisenberg Compensators a reality?
(Well, someone had to ask).
How about them Flux Capacitors?