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Stephen Hawking: 'God Particle' Could Destroy Universe, If Higgs Boson Research Ever Got Big Enough

(CBS SF) — Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking believes the recently discovered Higgs boson, also known as the “God particle,” has the potential to unravel the universe, at least theoretically, as he writes in the forward of a new book on space travel. 284 more words

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What is the Higgs Boson?

Put simply, the Higgs boson is thought to be the elementary particle responsible for the existence of mass.

The concept was introduced into particle physics in the 1960s as a means of solving the problem of why some force-carrying particles have mass but others don’t. 222 more words

Physics

Lone Ranger, or, The Boson Speaks

Lone Ranger, or, The Boson Speaks

That which has no substance
enters where there is no space.
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No signs of a lone Higgs particle have been detected in previous experiments. 556 more words

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Physics for Non-Physicists: Decay Widths

While cross sections tell us how strong the interactions are between different types of particles, there is another quantity – the decay width – which tells us how quickly the decay of an unstable particle is likely to happen. 786 more words

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Could new investigations lead to a fifth law of nature?

Within the existing laws and models within physics there are four forces which have been proven to occur. Gravity is probably the most obvious, as on Earth if we drop an object it will always fall to the floor. 932 more words

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