Friday, March 15, 2013

Jill Gets Science-y: The Higgs Boson

Y'all remember the Higgs boson, right?  The one that the media was (and still is) very stupidly calling the "God particle?"

The one that made idiots all over Facebook and Twitter claim they had found scientific proof of God, when in was a discovery more in the opposite direction?

The one that scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider were pretty sure they'd discovered last summer?

Well, they've just confirmed that it was, in fact, a Higgs boson.  This is really cool because it further supports the standard model for particle physics, and the big bang theory.

The Big Bang Theory
Not the show.  The show has all the support it needs--by being hilarious.

Now, all they've done is confirm that it is, in fact, a Higgs boson.  They have yet to determine exactly what its properties are and what type of Higgs boson it is.  Until this discovery the Higgs boson was pure theory, so there's a lot to figure out still.

Buuuuuuuuuut the mere fact of it is pretty fucking exciting.

This universe is cool as shit.

Universe, NASA

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