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

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

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 new… » 7/26/12 10:40am 7/26/12 10:40am

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

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

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 rundown,… » 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…

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 mysterious … » 4/28/12 1:00am 4/28/12 1:00am

Scientists About to Find The Force

If confirmed next week, this will be the biggest news in the history of physics since the birth of the Theory of Relativity: CERN scientists may have already found evidence of the existence of the elusive Higgs boson. THE FORCE, dudes. » 12/08/11 1:00pm 12/08/11 1:00pm