The Higgs Boson Particle Explained in 120 Seconds, by Peter Higgs

The discovery of the Higgs Boson particle is perhaps science's most important recent success—but that doesn't mean it's easy to understand. Who better to explain it, though, than Peter Higgs himself? Read More >>

Peter Higgs Says He Would Never Make it in Science Today

Peter Higgs, who proposed the existence of what would be dubbed the Higgs Boson, says that he wouldn't cut it if he were entering academic science today. Keep in mind that this dude won a Nobel Prize for physics a few months ago. Read More >>

Stephen Hawking Sad About Higgs Boson Discovery and Would've Prefered Something More "Exotic"

Professor Stephen Hawking has two reasons to be sad about the discovery of the Higgs boson particle earlier this year -- it lost him a $100 bet and he would've been happier if a more "exotic" and fanciful solution to the problem of the mass of the universe had been discovered. Read More >>

Five Things You Must Know About the Nobel Prize Winner's Higgs Boson

Analysts said it would happen. Professor Stephen Hawking said it should happen. And now it has. Peter Higgs, the man who first predicted the existence of the Higgs boson, or 'God particle', has been given a Nobel Prize for his efforts along with Belgian physicist Francois Englert. Read More >>

Planet Earth Can't Afford Its New Gigantic Particle Accelerator

A team of scientists unveiled the technical designs for the International Linear Collider (ILC), a proposed particle accelerator that could unravel the deepest mysteries of the universe. At just under 20-miles long, it's about 30 per cent larger than the world's biggest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Read More >>

New Particle "Looking More and More Like a Higgs Boson"

Last July, scientists announced that they'd discovered what they strongly believed to be the Higgs Boson — but quirks in the data suggested that might not be the case. Now, though, CERN has announced that the observed particle is "looking more and more like a Higgs boson." Read More >>

Did Scientists Actually Find Two Higgs Bosons?

The Higgs Boson. The "God Particle." We found it. It's "real science." Story's over right? Not exactly. An anomaly in the data kinda-sorta makes it look like there might have been two. Read More >>

The Higgs Boson Discovery Is Now Real Science

In July, scientists announced that they'd discovered what they strongly suspected to be the Higgs Boson, a particle that's believed to be the key to unifying the standard and quantum models of physics. In August more experiments made the finding more certain — and now, the results have been peer-reviewed and published, making them, for want of a better term, real science. Read More >>

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Disguising Physics in a Pretty Pop Tune Is a Great Way to Make People Care About Physics

When all else fails, turning to the most popular song of the year is a great way to make people care about whatever your're trying to tell them. Read More >>

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The Craziest Number You'll See About the Higgs Boson Discovery

So, sure, the Higgs "discovery" wasn't really a discovery. More "scientific fact checking," as our friends at MinutePhysics put it. But in the course of explaining all that, the number they dropped on our heads about confirming the existence of the Higgs statistically was mind-blowing: Statistical confirmation for the new particle required 600 million particle collisions—every second—for two years. Holy crap. [YouTube] Read More >>

A Simple Explanation of How All Mass in the Universe Is Allowed to Exist

The Higgs boson discovery is a good excuse to learn a bit (and just a bit) about why it was so damn important in the first place. By now, you've probably heard that the Higgs is the final piece of the standard model of physics. But what does that actually mean? Read More >>

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Not Even Hipsters Know What the Higgs Boson Is

Human kind made history Wednesday when scientists announced that they'd discovered a new particle, which they were sure was the elusive Higgs boson. It might surprise you to know that hipsters haven't a clue what the Higgs is, even though it's incredibly simple. Read More >>

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A Really Simple Explanation of What This Higgs Boson Thing Is

So yesterday, science found "the God particle." But, uh, if you didn't already know what that was. then no problem. Here's part one of the MinutePhysics rundown, for the drunkards, dullards, and otherwise uninformed. [YouTube] Read More >>

Large Hadron Collider Does the Job -- Higgs Boson Particle Discovered

The Large Hadron Collider has been busily zapping very small things into other things for quite some time, in the hope of finding the prophesied Higgs boson particle. And now it looks like it actually has, with CERN announcing the discovery of the "heaviest boson ever found." Read More >>

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Everything You Need to Know About the Higgs Boson in Under Eight Minutes

The Higgs Boson is kind of a big deal. If it does exist, it could provide a key to unifying the standard and quantum models of physics. But what is a Higgs Boson, what does it do, and how does it work? With the help of this animated short, UCI physics professor Daniel Whiteson breaks down the basics of this mysterious particle (or is it a field?) in a way even your parents can understand. [Vimeo via Open Culture] Read More >>

Why God Particle Is a Perfect Name For the Higgs Boson

I prefer to call it The Force — a particle that "surrounds us and penetrates us" binding the galaxy together — but Czech physicist Luboš Motl makes a good case as to why the Higgs boson should be called the God Particle. Read More >>


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