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CERN just confirmed that Higgs Bosons decay into down quarks and and anti-down quarks.

In the coming decades this kind of knowledge will translate into technologies that manipulate and control gravity and propel spaceships without discharging mass to do it.

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As a confirmed non-scientist because I am too stupid, what does that mean in 5 year old's language smile001.gif

Geoffrey51 Level 8 July 10, 2018

Boom boom mackey pushy pushy fast fast !!;

@Lukian The story goes that Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman referred to the Higgs as the "Goddamn Particle." The nickname was meant to poke fun at how difficult it was to detect the particle. It took nearly half a century and a multi-billion dollar particle accelerator to do it.
"The Goddamn Particle" was suppose to be the title of Lederman's book that came out in the 1990s and was wildly popular for a book about physics. However, his publishers weren't exactly on board with that phrasing, so the title was changed to "The God Particle."

@Lukian Copied and pasted from article on internet.

Still none the wiser guys smile003.gif

@Lukian I was under the impression, from the reading I did when I sat down to try and figure it out, that the Higgs field doesn't supply mass to matter, it applies a 'mass-like' quality to certain subatomic particles which do not possess mass but behave as though they do. The math sort of requires the existence of the Higgs field, which requires the existence of Higgs bosons to exist and/or operate in the manner the math requires. Granted, I was researching well beyond my depth so it's possible I misinterpreted the information.

@Lukian Well, when you put it like that!

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It would be good to see something of value come out of all the investment into particle colliders.

Denker Level 7 July 10, 2018

Yup

@denker
Are you suggesting that there is no value in curiosity based science and exploration?
Are you suggesting that there is no value to understanding how the world works?

@scurry There is value in those things but only up to a certain extent, though I wouldn’t want to put a figure on it. I’m merely glad that it looks like some science is coming out of it which will be of real value.

@Denker So something a little more tangible?

@scurry let’s say a practical result. An actual engineering application.

@Denker I can get behind that. Research is great for research sake, but having a practical application certainly makes it feel a bit more 'real'.
I get'cha.

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@Lukian TY

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As long as the spaceships can travel faster than the speed of light. Otherwise we're pretty much still stuck here...

Wormholes anyone? Lol...

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Interesting....more info at link....meme for amusement
[atlas.cern]

Best Meme!!
Thanks for that... and the link. smile009.gif

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SCIENCE, M#$%ER F#$%ER!!!!

boatdude87 Level 7 July 10, 2018

Yeah!!

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Are you sure about that?
Actually, I have no idea what you are talking about.
Lol

JohnINFP Level 7 July 10, 2018
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Awesome!

Drsmash253 Level 7 July 10, 2018
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One way ticket to anywhere woohoo can't wait !!!!

Simon1 Level 7 July 10, 2018
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I wish I could understand that.

I have a sneaky feeling most people will read that and just smile.

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Are you sure about that?

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i think i understand smile001.gif

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maybe! but we need to understand 'dark - stuff' before we can really get going on any place not in our heliosphere.

And although we can 'hold' quarks and anti-matter, it's costly in both resources and man power.

MissaDixon Level 7 July 10, 2018
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Sounds like there's a possibility after all that we could pack Ken Ham's Ark with a bunch of gullibly enthusiastic evangelical dominionists full to the gunwales, then use that gravity protection to launch them straight into rapture land. Awesome. Is there a GoFundMe page?

Byrdsfan Level 8 July 10, 2018
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hurry up

Marine Level 8 July 10, 2018
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It makes me think of Starfleet Federation and how the discovery will be applied to war. I see ships equipped with futuristic weaponry in our soon to come "Space Force". smile002.gif

IAJO163 Level 7 July 10, 2018
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I don't claim to understand all of this, but it's so cool that we can even do these experiments. Actually test predictions about the smallest of the small. Absolutely Incredible!

scurry Level 8 July 10, 2018
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