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CERN Announces New Discovery

WHAT DOES THE DISCOVERY OF THE HIGGS-BOSON MEAN?

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

Earlier this week, scientists at CERN announced the discovery of a new boson. Is it the long sought after Higgs-Boson, named after the physicist who predicted its existence in the 1960′s? The confirmation of this may not be known until researchers have more time to sift through the data they have collected. Without the confirmation however, they are certain they have cornered the elusive Higgs.

Physicists now can explain roughly 4% of the matter in the universe. The discovery of the Higgs will  assist them as they attempt to explain the remaining 96%. They theorize that 96% of the matter in the universe is dark matter that they have not been able to explain. Now, they hope they are equipped with enough information to began to advance against this frontier.

What will this discovery mean to you? The possible applications that CERN will enable are numerous. They are already responsible for you being able to read this post. Yes, the internet was developed at CERN (not by Al Gore as he would like you to believe).

 The discovery of alternate dimensions, wormholes, time travel and many other “science fiction” applications may come as a result of CERN’s work. Lest you scoff in disbelief remember the name Philip Francis Nowlan. Nowlan was the creator of the Buck Rogers comic strip famously published in 1928. Nowlan wrote of travel into space and, while the readers enjoyed the “science fiction,” there are facets of his writing no one would call fiction today.

Will these new discoveries lead to humans being able to travel to the distant past or foray into the future? Only time will tell.

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rob_h78 July 06, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I watched an explanation of this and one of the questions posed is will what they discovered fit neatly into what they believe the Higgs boson to be and simply complete the Standard Model, or will it perhaps complete the Standard Model but also leave some "Uh, that's interesting" pieces which physicists can use as a step to new research perhaps even into gravity itself. I have read that when Quantum Mechanics was the new field that few physicists realized just how critical it would become to later inventions and the impact it would play on future technology including so many aspects of modern everyday life. I am looking forward to seeing where this leads and I suspect that it may well take some turns that few if any can currently foresee. As for time travel, wormholes, etc... I think it would be awesome, if the multi-verse exists to be able to peek into other universes and see how things work elsewhere.
Grace McGarvie July 08, 2012 at 08:45 AM
"Yes, the internet was developed at CERN (not by Al Gore as he would like you to believe)." This comment in your article is completely stupid! http://www.snopes.com/quotes/internet.asp Claim: Vice-President Al Gore claimed that he "invented" the Internet. Status: False. Origins: Al Gore did not claim he "invented" the Internet, nor did he say anything that could reasonably be interpreted that way. This put-downs is misleading, out-of-context distortions of something he said during an interview on CNN on 9 March 1999. When asked to describe what distinguished him from his challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey, Gore replied: “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.” Though Gore's phrasing might have been a bit clumsy (and perhaps self-serving), he was not claiming that he "invented" the Internet, but that he was responsible, in an economic and legislative sense, for fostering the development the technology. To claim that Gore was seriously trying to take credit for the "invention" of the Internet is silly political posturing. Gore never used the word "invent," and the words "create" and "invent" have distinctly different meanings.
Tom Schuett July 08, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Actually, what's stupid is to write a post implying someone didn't say something and then, in the body of your post, have a quote that shows the person actually said it! Whether it was what Gore meant is subject to interpretation and I would suggest you be careful if Snopes does your thinking! From Merriam Webster Online: Invent - (3) to produce (as something useful) for the first time through the use of the imagination or of ingenious thinking and experiment. Create - 4 (a) to produce through imaginative skill <create a painting> Perhaps you might want to look up the word "humor" also?
Stefanie Briggs July 08, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Grace McGarvie- I'd ask that while having lively discussions on PlymouthMNPatch that you refrain from name-calling or saying people are "stupid," etc. in the spirit of free discourse and debate. I appreciate comments on the site, but don't appreciate if they are not constructive. Thanks!

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