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Dec 06 2011

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.”

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    ubermalark

    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?

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    Stephen "DarkSyde" Andrew

    I think they’ve found something, physics world is going nuts right now.

  3. 3
    raymoscow

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

    Let’s hope we get some exciting news soon!

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    Crudely Wrott

    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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    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    But how can I use this to destroy my enemies? Someone needs to get to work on that straight away.

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