The hunt for the God particle.

We have discussed this before a little when the Large Hadron Collider started up last year, and how one of the prime objectives is to find the so called Higgs Boson. The Higgs Boson is a theoretical particle that scientists believe give the other particles mass. The best description I have read is that the Higgs Boson provides  the treacle that other particle have to move through.

Anyway – as we know the LHC was shut down soon after it started, but Fermilab in the US has just released details of some research that narrows down the possible mass of the Higgs Boson:

The Higgs particle, the last piece of the Standard Model of particle physics menagerie that has yet to be observed, is running out of places to hide—if, that is, it exists at all. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., today narrowed the range of mass where the Higgs might be found.

I love how the search for this particle is right at the limits of our knowledge of the universe. As the article says:

But what if the entire mass window were exhausted—if experiments showed that the Higgs, or something like it, didn’t exist at all? “That would basically mean we have a very deep and fundamental lack of understanding of what is going on in the Standard Model,” Blocker says. “If there’s not something like the Higgs or something similar giving masses to the W and Z, we have no clue as to how that’s happening.”

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55 Responses

  1. There is no God particle.

  2. Nature 5, that site was distressing. Those poor elephants.

  3. I have actually found the God particle but I’m not telling any of you lot where it is 😉

  4. Ok, there is a God particle, but there’s only one, and it will require all the energy in the known universe and then some, to crack it.

  5. When does it come online?
    Should be interesting to see what it turns up, one way or the other.

    Will it make god angry?

    A good topic to follow.

  6. joni, Legion, Min., Nature 5, Toiletboss, Miglo et al…have you read Canadian author Robert J. Sawyer’s Flashforward? (1999)…it’s good fun…revolving around fictional use of the CERN Large Hadron Collider.

    Good topic joni.

    N’

  7. Really – I will look it up.

  8. Fool me…but sometimes i wonder if what we’re searching for is that which BINDS US.

    How does an atom…relate to another atom…attract it…in order for it to produce the semblance of an identifiable object?

    Elton John – Your song

    N’

  9. Elton John “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”

    N’

  10. Goodbye yellow brick road – Elton John

    This was my DEPRESSION LP:

    Goodbye yellow brick road – Elton John

    N’

  11. Elton John – Bennie and the Jets (lyrics)

    N’

  12. Elton John – Rocket man

    N’

  13. “And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time” (Elton John)

    Greg Egan (born 20 August 1961) is an Australian science fiction author.

    Egan specialises in hard science fiction stories with mathematical and quantum ontology themes, including the nature of consciousness. Other themes include genetics, simulated reality, posthumanism, mind transfer, sexuality, artificial intelligence, and the superiority of rational naturalism over religion. He is a Hugo Award winner (and has been shortlisted for the Hugos three other times), and has also won the John W Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel. Some of his earlier short stories feature strong elements of supernatural horror, while due to his more popular science fiction he is known within the genre for his tendency to deal with complex and highly technical material (including inventive new physics and epistemology) in an unapologetically thorough manner.

    Egan’s short stories have been published in a variety of genre magazines, including regular appearances in Interzone and Asimov’s Science Fiction.

    Egan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Western Australia, and currently lives in Perth. He has recently been active on the issue of refugees’ mandatory detention in Australia.

    Egan is a “famously reclusive” author.

    He does not attend science fiction conventions…

    and does not sign books.
    —————-

    N’

  14. Kraftwerk – The Robots

    N’

  15. kraftwerk – trans europe express

    N’

  16. Isaac Asimov – Threats to Humanity Part 1

    jobs…saving…jobs…saving…jobs…saving…jobs…

    Brazil…Bolta…Brazil…Bolta…

    N’

  17. Alan Parsons Project – I Robot

    N’

    running…outa…time…Bolta…

    YOU…ME…

    are you PREPARED?

    N’

  18. “You can be persecuted for hate speech if you discuss violence in Islam, but there is little fear of a hate-speech prosecution for Muslim demonstrators with placards reading ‘Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas’.”…

    Alan Parsons Project “TIME”

    TIME…keeps flowing like a river…

    Come here Bolta.

    See the STARS

    Find….

    N’

  19. Bolta…YOU & I knew this long time.

    I need your help.

    Remember.

    N’

  20. The Eagles-Take it to the limit

    N’

  21. The Last Resort

    The Eagles:

    Remember Bolta?

    N’

  22. steps to

    INDEPENDENCE.

    my friend

    all those years ago.

    John Adams vs. Ben Franklin

    N’

  23. And so here WE ARE.

    AUSTRALIA

    execution of power w.out REPRESENTATION.

    we have little TIME

    Midnight Oil – One Country

    corny…but…
    N’

  24. Icehouse – “Icehouse”

    When I arrived…again.
    N’

  25. I..WE…saw this band…this seductive dude…in the mid 80s…

    HE, THEM…they were so ALIVE…in

    DUBBO

    INXS – DONT CHANGE

    THEY …ENVIED…him.

    Big Country.

    N’

  26. Don’t let them do it again.

    The Church-Reptile

    N’

  27. How did most of YOU miss them?

    The Church-Metropolis

    No matter THE DISRUPTION…

    GO out to your local music shop…

    or DOWNLOAD from wherever…

    or hit the local circuit.

    THese guys are amazing…talk to them…

    SERIOUSLY

    N’

  28. The Church – Tear It All Away (1981)

    N’

  29. walkin’ thru King’s Cross…some BAR somewhere:

    The Church – When You Where Mine

    N’

  30. The beat…the drums resonated…guitars crashed the recession…never heard anything like it…

    bar Rush

    The Church – You Took

    N’

  31. YEA!!!…in the moment of ATOMS COLLIDING!!!

    SOON!!!…SOON!!!…

    Aussies…like The Church & INXS…& Mid Oil…

    Died Pretty – Winterland (1988)

    N’

  32. Died Pretty – Headaround

    N’

  33. WE should KNOW this:

    Died Pretty – Stoneage Cinderella (1986)

    one of OUR wildest, how many cheap horizons, caravans, spelt it out?

    N’

  34. Died Pretty – Blue Sky Day (1986)

    I got chills up my spine when I got this LP…FREE DIRT

    N’

  35. Gaslight Radio – Change the Ending

    WE saw these Aussie fellas in the late 90s…they were AMAZING…one of the mainstay geetarists played w/ his back to the audience. The bass player was the sweetest guy. Still have a note from him.

    What A SOUND.

    Change the Ending – Gaslight Radio

    N’

  36. So, here I shift…from my HOME to my OTHER HoMe…

    Canada

    Let the BELLS RING!!!

    Rush – Xanadu…

    🙂

    8)

    N’

  37. So, here I shift…from my HOME to my OTHER HoMe…

    Canada

    Let the BELLS RING!!!

    Rush – Xanadu…

    🙂

    8)

    N’

  38. Rush – The Trees

    grab a canoe…

    N’

  39. Rush- Spirit Of The Radio

    go the faster than light particles

    N’

  40. I LUV YOU PEOPLE…

    LET THE COLLISION HAPPEN

    CHALLENGE…

    Freewill – Rush

    I will choose free will.

    N’

  41. Rush – Tom Sawyer

    let’s head down that river

    N’

  42. Rush – Closer To The Heart

    makes my heart bleed w/ memories

    N’

  43. Rush – La Villa Strangiato at Pinkpop 1979

    my memories…my canada…
    N’

  44. imagine…from RUSH

    to this?:

    stepping off an airplane…fog…chill…your birth HOME…

    Ultravox – Vienna

    beer cans came in real handy.

    N’

  45. And this:

    Adam Ant – Kings Of The Wild Frontier

    N’

  46. And such:

    Adam & The Ants – Stand and Deliver

    N’

  47. Our final days

  48. Tell me Rupert…can YOU be sure?

    Will YOU put YOUR children’s LIVE’s at risk?

    If YOU wake up one morning…hmmm…imagine…

    implosions…supra heat…

    but seriously, thanks for backing…

    We NEEd YOU

    just in case

    i’d save yer child, would you mine?

    N’

  49. Large Hadron Collider

    On 10 September 2008, the proton beams were successfully circulated in the main ring of the LHC for the first time.

    On 19 September 2008, the operations were halted due to a serious fault between two superconducting bending magnets
    (Wiki pedia)

    I felt the experiments.

    Little has been the same since.

    Coincidences have increased.

    Odd shifts in LIGHT & shadow.

    More TIME-related TV/Movie shows than ever.

    More UNDERSTANDING. Changes in government. Yet…moving on from the seduction of mainstream.

    Odd shifts in the arrangement of the night sky.

    LOVE…AMOUR…taking over rom conflict.

    And more connection…look into the EYES.

    But most are embarrassed to say so.

    Again:

    Renee Fleming – Strauss’ 4 Last Songs – Im abendrot

    N’

  50. Imagine pursuing GOTT…& finding Napoleon?

    Karajan – Beethoven Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’ – Part 1

    so much…yet so disturbing.
    N’

  51. So much more calming:

    MOONLIGHT SONATA (Beethoven)

    Am anfang war das feuer…in the night sky.
    N’

  52. Nasking, this was always my Kraftwork favourite.

  53. “Nasking, this was always my Kraftwork favourite.”

    It’s a goodie Migs…

    holy cow, I was really “out there” last night…Jamaican Rum can have that effect after a few beers…
    8)

    N’

  54. nasking, on March 15th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Some very interesting ideas there, Nas (not yours alone, because allusive language and the involuntary firing up of synapses is like that). Hadn’t come across Robert Sawyer previously, but I can see how a 21-year time-shift in 1999, and not 2009, might yield 2020 hindsight. Greg Egan looks interesting, too; I particularly enjoyed his short, ‘Dark Integers’. And the unfinished synthesis that is Strauss’ tonal poem as part of a larger response to a rarefied Nietzsche, and Kubrick’s riddled launching pad into Clarke’s take on the enigma from a loftier plane again. All in all, ‘out there’ and the supercooled runnings of simulations must be considered good, especially for a zoo keeper of the particle zoo who is very fond of rum.

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