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



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 9 July 10, 2018

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". πŸ˜€


hurry up

Marine Level 8 July 10, 2018

Interesting....more info at for amusement

Best Meme!!
Thanks for that... and the link. πŸ˜‰



@Lukian TY


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.


i think i understand πŸ™‚


As a confirmed non-scientist because I am too stupid, what does that mean in 5 year old's language πŸ™‚

Boom boom mackey pushy pushy fast fast !!;

the Higgs Boson (sometimes referred to as the God Particle) is a fundamental particle of the universe that was predicted to exist and was discovered in recent years by the CERN particle accelerator.
The Higgs-Boson is believed to create a universe wide energy field that imparts gravity to particles that have mass. It's explained as molasses that drags down particles that have mass. Hypothetically, if the Higgs-Boson is actually 2 opposite particles (i.e. positive and negtive) then separating these particles and controlling them could lead to gravity shielding technology that would make spaceships unaffected by gravity hence travel at the speed of light. This is all speculation and hypothetical.

@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."

@jlynn37 great backstory!

@Lukian Copied and pasted from article on internet.

Still none the wiser guys 😟

@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.

@Geoffrey51 particle1+particle2=Higgs Boson which makes gravity. Break 1 and 2 apart = no gravity. Spaceship can fly very fast.. zoom zoom.

@Lukian Well, when you put it like that!

@geist171 I was going for brevity in the post. The theory is much more complex obviously and even hard to explain by physicist themselves.


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

Wormholes anyone? Lol...


Are you sure about that?


I wish I could understand that.

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


One way ticket to anywhere woohoo can't wait !!!!

Simon1 Level 7 July 10, 2018



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


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

Denker Level 7 July 10, 2018

Like a better mattress or fake orange juice.


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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