Monday, December 19, 2011

Still no Higgs Boson

 Scientists at CERN’s large Hadron Collider have yet find the Higgs Boson after yet another try this week. They did however narrow the mass range where it may be found to between 115 billion electron volts and 127 billion electron volts. One team got a hint pointing to 125 billion electron volts and the other team got a hint pointing to 126 billion electron volts. They expect to get a final answer some time in 2012.

Among the possible answers is that the Higgs boson is not there to find. If the Higgs boson is shown not exist it will force a rethink of some aspects of particle physics theory. The Higgs boson is supposed to be what gives all other particle their mass but if the Higgs Boson is shown not to exist it will require a new theory. This is not an uncommon part of science in fact it is critical to the process. It’s just nicer as a scientist when you get it right.

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