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    Ian2

    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 ...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-18702455

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    Ian2

     "The results are preliminary but the five-sigma signal at around 125 GeV we're seeing is dramatic."

    Don't you just love scientists?

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    cheong

    @Ian2:I refrain from comment before confirmation is done. Tongue Out

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    Ian2

    @cheong Are you a scientist by any chance?

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    Maddus Mattus

    @Ian2: better, he is from the internets!

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    Richard.Hein

    Awesome! I've been eagerly awaiting the news.  Smiley  Is there a working video link?? Sad.  EDIT:  It's working now, sort of.

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    CaRDiaK

    Higgs Boson and European Regection of ACTA - Some independance day! Smiley

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    Ray7

    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?

     

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    Maddus Mattus

    @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,...

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    Richard.Hein

    @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!

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    Richard.Hein

    @Ray7:

    , Ray7 wrote

     

    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?

     

    No, no, in a way you already do, and no (but maybe in a way they already do).  But you perhaps can make wormholes.

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    Ian2

    Is this going to make Heisenberg Compensators a reality? 

    (Well, someone had to ask).

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    BitFlipper

    How about them Flux Capacitors?

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    Maddus Mattus

    @Richard.Hein: don't we allready know how to manipulate them?

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    cbae

    The big loser in all this is Stephen Hawking.

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    Maddus Mattus

    @cbae: 100 bucks, we should all chip in and help him out!

    Wink

    it's a great day for experimental physics, lets give them theoreticals a run for their money Smiley

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    cbae

    , Maddus Mattus wrote

    @cbae: 100 bucks, we should all chip in and help him out!

    Wink

    it's a great day for experimental physics, lets give them theoreticals a run for their money Smiley

    I guess you identify more with Leonard Hofstadter than do you Sheldon Cooper. Smiley

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    Maddus Mattus

    @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 Wink

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