Has the "God Particle" Been Found? Let's Ask the SMU Prof Who's Been Looking.

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In the early morning hours Wednesday, physicists in Switzerland may announce that they've discovered the elusive "God Particle," aka the Higgs boson.

For more than half a century, the Higgs has been the theoretical mechanism that imbued matter with mass after the Big Bang, so that the swirling chaos of the universe could coalesce into planets and, eventually, life. Since 1994, Southern Methodist University physics professor Ryszard Stroynowski has been involved in the construction of a device that could detect the presence of the Higgs in the Large Hadron Collider. Back in December, the Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced they'd narrowed their search down to a small range of masses. Reached Tuesday, he was tight-lipped about Wednesday's announcement.

"I'm involved with (one of two CERN experiments, known as ATLAS) and I can tell you that we're confident and that we have enough data to cover whatever statements we're making," Stroynowski tells Unfair Park. The wording of that statement, though, will be carefully couched.

Two anonymous CERN researchers leaked to the journal Nature the discovery of a new particle. But is it the Higgs, or something they hadn't counted on?

"By tomorrow, we will say we found something. The wording will be official wording from the lab," Stroynowski says. "We definitely have a strong indication for something we haven't seen before."

What that something is would do nothing less than explain gravity and the creation of the universe.

"It's like opening a door to a completely new field, so it's really exciting," he says. "I have never seen what I call 'Higgs-teria' at this level. The amount of interest in the media is something which I have never seen in my entire professional life, over 40 years now."

The announcement should come at around 2 a.m. our time.

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Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

"the new boson sing and dances...." is that similar or connected  in anyway to the string theory? 

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

Call me dense, but I still don't see the point. How does Clinton fit in? If the project had been "black-funded" how come Congress was able to cut the purse strings? Why couldn't they just go on blac-funding it? What was the "shit" that was happening in computing? Is all this tied in somehow with the Illuminati, 9/11, and Area 51?  

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

I just gotta note that CERN's own press release calls it "Higgs-like." 

RTGolden
RTGolden

And you know how a Higgs waddles and quacks because............. It is a theoretical particle, nobody has seen one waddle nor heard one quack before.  Nobody knows whether or not it will answer the questions it is proposed to answer.  I believe that is why the actual physicist who is working on the project stated something to the effect that this will lead to years and years of additional research. Let's get the horse back in front of the cart.

Guest
Guest

RT, The particle has already been accounted for in modern physics. We're confirming what we already know. If we hadn't found the particle, we would have had to rethink everything. We found it. Everything stands.

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

RT, As usual, it's much more complicated than that. But clearly physicists are very excited and just as clearly they've found a boson that waddles and quacks at around 125-126 GeV, which is where they expected to find the Higgs. One phyicist, who preferred an un-ducklike simile said, "the new boson 'sings and dances like' the theoretical particle." Of course it will take years of additional research. Such discoveries are never the end of a quest, always a beginning.

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Scatter-shooting while wondering whatever happened to Waxahachie's own super-conducter/super-collider?

Renegade
Renegade

I hope it's not related to a black hole.  JWP won't like that. 

Steve
Steve

If you were a dumb enough motherfucker to click that link then maybe your ignorant ass shouldn't be talking particle physics.

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

Well, we almost know. It waddles like a Higgs boson, it quacks like a Higgs boson... 

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

Struggling to find a connection here: Higgs boson...SSC...(okay so far)...Clinton (whoops!)...Jim Wright (whoa!! Where are we?)... 

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

It called the facts and the politics of research and the funding there of. The real point here is that the R+D had been black funded by DARPA and NASA. Reagan accerlated the funding because of breakthroughs in superconductivity and some of the shit that was happening in computing. Hence the Computer Monster north of Austin.  

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

Just thought some folks would like to know. Apparently you actually like ads for NFL jerseys dropped into the middle of a discussion of particle physics. To each his own. By the way, have any thoughts for us on the Higgs boson? 

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

Like all things with the Clintons, don't listen to what they say, watch what they do. When Jim Wright was drummed out for a book deal, they killed it.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Can't speak to the Higgs boson, but yesterday I scooped several examples of the dog particle out of my backyard.

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