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Higgs boson

  1. Stephen Hawking Warns “God” Particle Could Kill Us All If Science Gets Enough Funding

    "Not if we kill God first!"—Philip Pullman [Citation needed]

    In his foreword for the new book Starmus: 5 Years of Man in Space, Stephen Hawking warns that the Higgs boson particle (also called the "God" particle, because monotheism) discovered by CERN scientists in 2012 and thought to give matter its mass, could destroy the Universe and "we wouldn't see it coming."

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  2. Peter W. Higgs and François Englert Win Nobel Prize in Physics for the Higgs Boson

    Congratulations, gentlemen. Guess it's time to get your boson.

    The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics is being awarded to Peter W. Higgs and François Englert for their work on theorizing the Higgs boson particle. The Higgs boson has been in the news a lot over the last few years, but Higgs and Englert's work theorizing it took place in the 1960's. It's about time, Nobel Committee.

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  3. Handy Video Explains Why the Large Hadron Collider Shut Down, Shows the Repairs Being Made

    The Large Hadron Collider shut down last month for what is expected to be a two year period of upgrades and repair. Since the field of particle physics and the giant machines used to study it can be pretty complex, CERN released a short video explaining part of what will be going on in the LHC's downtime. Turns out that even though the LHC won't be operating, it's going to be a very busy place.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: If Game of Thrones Was Cats

    Things We Saw Today

    I don't really have anything more to ad. (GQ)

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  5. It’s (Mostly) Official: That’s A Higgs Boson, Alright

    After almost a year of suspense as physicists at CERN sifted through figures, parsed data, and double and triple checked their math, this morning saw the team behind the discovery of the Higgs boson finally confident enough to officially announce to the world that they had, in fact, really found a Higgs boson. The only thing that's uncertain now is which Higgs boson they've found, because come on, it wouldn't really be physics without at least one question left unanswered.

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  6. The End Is Nigh Billions of Years Away: Higgs Discovery Might Suggest Universe is Finite

    The scientific community got pretty excited with the discovery of a Higgs-like particle last year, but it turns out it's not all smiles and high fives. Apparently the Higgs boson was the missing piece in a subatomic calculation that could predict a Universe-ending catastrophic event in the future. How worried should you be? Depends on how many billions of years into the future you've made plans, but chances are pretty solid that you'll be long dead before this happens. So will the Earth. Smile! Everything ends!

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  7. Symphony of Science Autotunes the Discovery of the Higgs Boson [VIDEO]

    The Future Is Now!

    There might be a time when I get sick of Symphony of Science's videos featuring scientists grooving out in all their autotuned glory, but it's not here yet. Their latest video, called "The Face of Creation," is about one of the year's biggest scientific (probable) discoveries: The Higgs boson. Join me in raising a glass of imaginary wine to whatever it is scientists end up discovering in 2013. My fingers are crossed, as always, for aliens. (via: I Heart Chaos) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  8. The Full-Length Zombie Movie Made By Physics Students At CERN

    Braaaaiiiinnnnns

    Last month we showed you a trailer for Decay, a film being made by Luke Thompson and Clara Nellist, both Ph.D. students in physics. They filmed it at CERN, which you may know is home to the Large Hadron Collider, and it the plot involves the Higgs Boson particle turning people into zombies. If that doesn't sell you, I don't know what will. You can find out more information at DecayFilm.com but now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the feature. (via io9) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  9. Paralympic Opening Celebrates Science, Includes Higgs Boson Discovery

    The opening ceremony for the 2012 Paralympic Games was held last night in London and included references to some very important scientific discoveries. This ranged from the Big Bang to what was apparently a representation of the recent discovery of what many are calling the Higgs boson particle. It's a bit hard to tell, though, given that the elusive particle was apparently represented by a bunch of silver umbrellas.

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  10. The Strange, ‘Horrible’ Tale of The Web’s First Photo

    the internet is serious business

    It might seem preposterous, but the first photo on the World Wide Web wasn't a cat meme -- it was an ensemble shot of Les Horribles Cernettes, a comedy band based at the CERN laboratory near Geneva. Let that sink in for a moment. Hit the jump to hear more about how the web's very first photo anticipated poorly photoshopped Myspace and Facebook group profile pics by about 20 years!

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