July 2, 2012 6 Comments
The roughly ten billion dollars spent at the CERN lab in Switzerland might have finally payed off, as the scientists there have announced to the world that they have found conclusive evidence for the existence of the Higgs Boson particle, better known by its street name; “The GOD Particle”.
Finding this elusive particle has been at the top of the priority list at CERN since construction began on the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) in 1998.
The press conference in which they plan to reveal their data and evidence for the existence of this particle, is set to take place Wednesday, July 4th in Switzerland. Many world renowned scientists have been invited to attend, including Peter Higgs, of whom the particle is named after.
The Higgs Boson was called the “God-Particle” because many people believe that finding it would reveal the secrets of the universe, much like finding GOD.
The particle is theoretically responsible for giving matter its mass. Without it, (it is believed), matter would be flying around at the speed of light in a far from solid state. The Higgs Boson, is therefore, what slows down matter to become solid and fixed, thus enabling the existence of life as we know it.
CERN is an international organization in charge of one of the biggest and most advanced laboratories in the world. In it, Sub-Atomic particles are collided together at incredibly high speeds, and the results are monitored and observed from different angles.
It was originally postulated, that out of a trillion collisions, one Higgs Boson would be found. There have now been over 1,600 TRILLION collisions, and only 300 potential Higgs have been accounted for.
Actually, they haven’t even yet SEEN this theoretical particle, but the reason they are making such a big deal about it, is that they finally have sufficient evidence to be 99.99 percent sure that it exists. This, is apparently enough certainty to organize a conference and announce their discovery on a large scale.
The findings have been compared to the discovery of a “fossilized dinosaur footprint”, in that you can’t see the object that created it, but you have enough evidence to believe that it exists.
I personally am all for using our current wave of technological advancement to try to figure out the secrets of the universe. News like this always excites me, and I am truly grateful that CERN was financially backed, and that the project has been taken as far as it has.
I just hope that they don’t accidentally open a portal to another dimension, that leads to our planet being overtaken by demonic beings… after all, the CERN logo does
pretty clearly read 666.