How the Higgs boson made reality possible and how it can destroy it all

Here's What the Higgs Boson Sounds Like When Scientist-Musicians Play It


Data can translate to music, too. So for CERN's 60th birthday, a group of physicists got together to play music based on sonification data taken from the Swiss lab's for detectors. And it's beautiful! » 10/03/14 10:59am 10/03/14 10:59am

Higgs Boson Mug Serves Up Two Scoops of Science With Your Coffee

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but why just feed your body after you've rolled out of bed in the morning? Feed your mind, too, with ThinkGeek's heat-sensitive color-changing Higgs Boson mug which enlightens you with details about the Large Hadron Collider and what it's hunting for. » 6/10/14 1:40pm 6/10/14 1:40pm

The Higgs Boson Particle Explained in 120 Seconds, By Peter Higgs

The discovery of the Higgs Boson is perhaps science's biggest recent success—but that doesn't mean it's easy to understand. Who better to explain just what it is, though, than Peter Higgs himself? » 2/18/14 5:00am 2/18/14 5:00am

Peter Higgs Says He Would Never Make It in Science Today

Peter Higgs, who proposed the existence of what would be dubbed the Higgs Boson, says that he wouldn't cut it if he were entering academic science today. Keep in mind that this dude won a Nobel Prize for physics a few months ago. » 12/08/13 12:01pm 12/08/13 12:01pm

Stephen Hawking Doesn't Think the Higgs Boson Is Interesting Enough

Professor Stephen Hawking is not impressed by the discovery of the Higgs boson particle earlier this year. First, it lost him a $100 bet. Second, he would’ve been happier if a more “interesting” solution to the problem of the mass of the universe had been discovered. » 11/13/13 8:00am 11/13/13 8:00am

Behold: Adorable Hand-Drawn GIFs That Explain Higgs-Boson

You hear about the Higgs-Boson all the time, but do you know what it is? If the answer is no, fear not: It's complex and confusing. Luckily, the New York Times has a beautiful, animated explainer to break it down for you in layman's terms. [New York Times] » 10/08/13 12:20pm 10/08/13 12:20pm

Five Things You Should Know About the Nobel Prize Winner’s Higgs Boson

Analysts said it would happen. Professor Stephen Hawking said it should happen. And now it has. Peter Higgs, the man who first predicted the existence of the Higgs boson, or ‘God particle’, has been given a Nobel Prize for his efforts along with Belgian physicist Francois Englert. » 10/08/13 9:45am 10/08/13 9:45am

Planet Earth Can't Afford Its New Gigantic Particle Accelerator

A team of scientists unveiled the technical designs for the International Linear Collider (ILC), a proposed particle accelerator that could unravel the deepest mysteries of the universe. At just under 20-miles long, it's about 30 percent larger than the world's biggest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider… » 6/12/13 4:12pm 6/12/13 4:12pm

New Particle "Looking More and More Like a Higgs Boson"

Last July, scientists announced that they'd discovered what they strongly believed to be the Higgs Boson—but quirks in the data suggested that might not be the case. Now, though, CERN has announced that the observed particle is "looking more and more like a Higgs boson." » 3/14/13 6:58am 3/14/13 6:58am

Did Scientists Actually Find Two Higgs Bosons?

The Higgs Boson. The "God Particle." We found it. It's "real science." Story's over right? Not exactly. An anomaly in the data kinda-sorta makes it look like there might have been two. » 12/16/12 6:15pm 12/16/12 6:15pm

The Higgs Boson Discovery Is Now Real Science

In July, scientists announced that they'd discovered what they strongly suspected to be the Higgs Boson, a particle that's believed to be the key to unifying the standard and quantum models of physics. In August more experiments made the finding more certain—and now, the results have been peer-reviewed and published,… » 9/11/12 4:56am 9/11/12 4:56am

Disguising Physics in a Pretty Pop Tune Is a Great Way to Make People…

When all else fails, turning to the most popular song of the year is a great way to make people care about whatever your're trying to tell them. » 8/24/12 7:00pm 8/24/12 7:00pm

The Craziest Number You'll See About the Higgs Boson Discovery

So sure, the Higgs "discovery" wasn't really a discovery. More scientific fact checking, as our friends at MinutePhysics put it. But in the course of explaining all that, the number they dropped on our heads about confirming the existence of the Higgs statistically was mind-blowing: Statistical confirmation for the… » 7/26/12 10:40am 7/26/12 10:40am

A Simple Explanation of How All Mass in the Universe Is Allowed to Exist

The Higgs boson discovery is a good excuse to learn a bit (and just a bit) about why it was so damn important in the first place. By now, you've probably heard that the Higgs is the final piece of the standard model of physics. But what does that actually mean? » 7/11/12 12:00pm 7/11/12 12:00pm

What the Higgs Boson Sounds Like

Considering there's nothing anyone can really do with the Higgs boson discovery data right now besides dive back into theoretical research, we'll have to settle for weird abstractions of the data gleaned from the Large Hadron Collider. Naturally, someone took that data and translated it into music. » 7/10/12 8:00pm 7/10/12 8:00pm

A Really Simple Explanation of What This Higgs Boson Thing Is

So while you were out drinking beer and shooting guns at hamburgers yesterday, science found "the God particle." But, uh, if you didn't already know what that was, you were probably too drunk or are too hungover to read anything too in-depth about the new boson. No problem. Here's part one of the MinutePhysics… » 7/05/12 9:40am 7/05/12 9:40am

Did Scientists Finally Discover the Higgs Boson? (a.k.a. The God…

We've heard this clamoring before, but after years of experimenting and hypothesizing, the UK Telegraph says that CERN—keepers of the Large Hadron Collider—will hold a press conference on July 4 to confirm the existence of the Higgs boson particle, commonly referred to as the God Particle. It could be the biggest… » 7/01/12 7:30pm 7/01/12 7:30pm

Everything You Need to Know About the Higgs Boson in Under Eight Minutes

The Higgs Boson is kind of a big deal. If it does exist, it could provide a key to unifying the standard and quantum models of physics. But what is a Higgs Boson, what does it do, and how does it work? With the help of this animated short, UCI physics professor Daniel Whiteson breaks down the basics of this… » 4/28/12 1:00am 4/28/12 1:00am

Why God Particle Is a Perfect Name For The Higgs Boson

I prefer to call it The Force—a particle that "surrounds us and penetrates us, binding the galaxy together"—but Czech physicist Luboš Motl makes a good case as to why the Higgs boson should be called the God Particle. » 12/18/11 6:15pm 12/18/11 6:15pm