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LHC To Narrow Search For Higgs Boson 99

Posted by Soulskill
from the maybe-it's-with-all-those-moon-rocks dept.
New submitter mraudigy sends this quote from Physorg: "CERN scientists say their data from two main experiments using CERN's $10-billion Large Hadron Collider under the Swiss-French border will be made public next Tuesday, but any firm discovery will have to wait until next year. They say the data helps narrow the region of the search because it excludes some of the higher energy ranges where the Higgs boson might be found, and shows some intriguing possibilities involving a small number of 'events' at the lower energy ranges."
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LHC To Narrow Search For Higgs Boson

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  • the LHC is a great idea, and is giving us insight to how the universe works.

    IT's not a waste of money.

    Sciecen is not a religion.

    to Quote Tim Minchin:

    Science adjusts its views
    Based on what's observed.
    Faith is the denial of observation,
    so that belief can be preserved.

    That why science can not be a religion.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhGuXCuDb1U [youtube.com]

    Until you can grasp that, please don't think you can sit at the adult table.

  • by cosm (1072588) <thecosm3 AT gmail DOT com> on Friday December 09, 2011 @04:39PM (#38319426)

    coming up with wacky ideas to collect & consume HUGE sums of money, at least science comes up with something good on occasion but the LHC is not one of them

    Wacky ideas to collect & consume huge sums of money? I take it you've never encountered a collection plate. The Higgs field is not just something pulled out of a hat, it is a heavily studied and well developed theory that fits well into the standard model as we know it. The LHC is one of the best, if not the best, possible chance for humanity to verify the correctness of our understandings of the universe insofar as we've developed it. Like Sagan said, stardust thinking about stardust. Sentient intelligence forming theories and models of the nature of our own existence. While it can be claimed that religion attempts to do the same thing, scientific endeavors such as the LHC push the limits of understanding in ways that religion will never, ever do by its very nature.

    Some scientist can have an almost religio-fanatical belief in unproven theories, but equating the collective sum of brilliant minds at LHC to fringe theorist is a travesty and misleading to those who abide by the scientific method.

  • by andre.david (1373517) on Friday December 09, 2011 @05:12PM (#38319818)

    You are bang on.
    A Higgs boson in our detectors (disclaimer: I am one of the people searching for that darn thing in one of the LHC experiments) is borne out starting by saving the "right" combination of particles detected in a given collision. Then we see if the particles detected (leptons, photons, etc) in each event resemble what the Standard Model theory predicts. In most cases we need to accumulate a lot of collisions until we can say that there is something.

    It's a rare beast. Patience is needed and some people in the LHC experiments have been waiting to find it for almost 20 years now.

  • Re:Physics (Score:5, Insightful)

    by andre.david (1373517) on Friday December 09, 2011 @05:40PM (#38320168)

    For instance, what if the effect we attribute to a particle is responsible when hundreds of particles interact in aggregate? Maybe this is all being handled, but one particle to rule them all seems like it is an idea out of fantasy.

    We understand different things at different levels. And when we do not have some fundamental understanding, we build what we call effective theories. It may very well be that the Higgs boson is composed of other particles. Even if it is, this entity has a role in interactions, which is not diminished whether it is composite or fundamental.

    Take the atom. It was indivisible for a long long time. Then we figured out there was a nucleus, 99.9% empty space and electrons. Then the nucleus turned out to have protons and neutrons. And then it turned out that protons and neutrons are made of quarks and gluons.

    At each level, we can have a working tool that explains to a good level of accuracy what is happening at that level. Take the example of gravity: Newton's laws work for 99% of what we do. There is no need to go for Special or General Relativity until you really consider gravity in scales which are not human: galaxies, etc.

    So, no one is looking for a particle to rule them all. And no one is claiming that we have finally reached a final understanding of matter. Or energy.
    In fact, finding the Higgs boson predicted by the Standard Model would fill in a piece in the puzzle, but not finish all puzzles.

  • by Belial6 (794905) on Friday December 09, 2011 @08:00PM (#38321670)
    Your source is always going to be behind. A much better source is to just check the live feed fromt he LHC. http://www.lhc-live.com/ [lhc-live.com]
  • Re:Physics (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Greyfox (87712) on Friday December 09, 2011 @08:25PM (#38321832) Homepage Journal
    Yeah except then we'll have to re-design physics. That would be a huge pain in the ass! It mostly worked for us, except for that ONE THING those guys couldn't find. But nope, going to have to throw it all out and re-design it!

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