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: it answers a question, that brings up a gazillion more questions.
That's worth something!
If we understand what it is made off, maybe we can make an anti Higgs field. Transport goods, without actually moving them,...
@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!
@cbae: 100 bucks, we should all chip in and help him out!
it's a great day for experimental physics, lets give them theoreticals a run for their money
I guess you identify more with Leonard Hofstadter than do you Sheldon Cooper.
@cbae: great minds think alike, that was exactly what I was thinking when I was typing that post.
Experimentals always get the hot blondes, while the theorists end up with an overage Blossom
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