God Particle: Memo Not a Hoax

April 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Posted in Science News | 2 Comments
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While this may seem straight out of Angels and Demons, the God particle (aka Higgs boson) memo is genuine, and it’s created a lot of excitement in scientific circles.  When the memo was leaked, the speculation was that someone had perpetrated a hoax, but James Gillies, a spokesman for Cern, confirmed that the memo at least is the real deal.  However, you shouldn’t be expecting to see Tom Hanks running through the streets of Rome.  As Gillies cautioned, they’re still a long way away from proving the existence of said God particle.

“It is far too early to say if there is anything to it or not,” he told the paper.”This is an internal communication that highlights something interesting, but it has to go through several stages of assessment by the scientific team before it will be released as an official result by the collaborative team.”

And then, just in case anyone was getting excited about science for the first time since Mr. Wizard went off the air, Gillies added: “The majority of these things turn out to be nothing at all.”

Cern is home to the Large Hadron Collider where all this work and theorizing is taking place.  And make no mistake: while the Higgs bosun is a key component of the standard model used in physics to describe how particle and atoms are made up, it’s still very much a theory.  Still, there is some good news.  Ewan McGregor won’t be setting himself on fire again any time soon. (via)

Posted By: Synlah

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  1. I liked Angels & Demons (the film) but I still don’t understand what the God Particle is. Somebody tried to say it was on par with the discovery of electricity. I don’t see the connection. Regardless, I’m sure Ewan will light himself on fire again. Ha ha ha.

  2. Essentially the God particle is the hypothesis of what gives matter mass. Don’t ask me to explain further because the physics is way over my head.


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