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Rumors swirling of major announcement on Higgs boson

I don’t know anything beyond that. Other than a physicist just tipped me off a major announcement would be forthcoming in the near future and there’s a lot of press speculation on it. Prepare for endless reviews of the God Particle…

Update: Here’s what I’ve been told “two experiments see a big enhancement in 2-photon production, which fits perfectly with what one expects for a Higgs at 125 GeV.    The total significance is 4.2 sigma, which is just short of the 5 sigma needed for the announcement of an official discovery.”

Comments

  1. ubermalark says

    If you had to hazard a guess, do you think this will be hints of a Higgs signal at the LHC’s higher energies or ruling out the Higgs at an even broader range of energies?

  2. raymoscow says

    You would think those big hosons would be easier to spot.

    Let’s hope we get some exciting news soon!

  3. Crudely Wrott says

    I just grabbed my copy of Leon Lederman’s The God Particle and opened it to the last lines of his imaginary conversation with Democritus. I’m wondering if Leon will append a bit of salient dialog in the very near future.

    The end of their conversation bears repeating here:

    Democritus: I must see this new machine*. And this particle. The Higgs boson — not a very poetic name.
    Lederman: I call it the God Particle.
    D: Better. Though I prefer a lowercase “g”. But tell me: you’re an experimenter. What physical evidence have you amassed so far for this Higgs particle?
    L: None. Zero. In fact, outside of Pure Reason, the evidence would convince most sensible physicists that the Higgs does not exist.
    D: Yet you persist.
    L: The negative evidence is only preliminary. Besides, we have an expression in this country . . .
    D: Yes?
    L: “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
    D: Yogi Bera?
    L: Yup.
    D: A genius.

    *At the time of writing, Lederman was referring to the ill-fated Superconducting Super Collider.

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