EARTH MATTERS: HOLY HIGGS
Recently, teams of scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have confirmed the existence of the Higgs-Boson particle. The elusive Higgs particle, sensationalized by mainstream media as the “God particle,” briefly revealed itself in 2012 to the delight of physicists around the world. Although the Holy Higgs particle has long been theorized, proving its existence has been nearly as elusive as achieving bi-partisan cooperation on Capitol Hill.
For many years, scientists have known that a simple set of ingredients comprised of Quarks, Leptons, and a family of boson “force carrier” particles defined the “Standard Model” of everything that makes up the Universe. Simple put, Quarks combine to form protons and neutrons, which make up the nuclei of atoms. Charged Leptons, in turn, bind with Quarks to construct all the matter we see and uncharged Leptons, known as neutrinos, rarely interact with matter. On the other hand, “force carriers” serve as the particles behind electromagnetism (electricity and light) and radioactive decay (weak nuclear force).
However, until the recent discovery of the Holy Higgs, scientists were unable to confirm the identity of the fifth boson particle that required the other elementary particles in the “Standard Model” to have mass. In addition, the discovery of the Higgs particle also supports the popular physics theory of supersymmetry, which attempts to explain the balance of nature.
According to Tony Weidberg, an Oxford University physicist and collaborator of the Atlas Higgs experiment, “This is the start of a new story of physics.” Not only are the “zero-spin” and “parity” characteristics of this subatomic particle consistent with any of the theoretical varieties of Higgs, this groundbreaking discovery validates empirically how the universe came into existence approximately 13.7 billion years ago and theoretically how it could potentially end.
These historic revelations also brings great relief to many scientists who were excited to see the fruition of a decades-long hunt for the Holy Higgs particle, but were also hoping to find some irregularities in the research findings to spur future investigations.
Scientists love the journey but dread the summit.
Fortunately for scientists worldwide, they can now begin a new journey that explores the universe’s long-term stability. To boot, the discovery of the Holy Higgs particle advances scientific understanding of the interrelated and interactive relationships between matter, anti-matter, and the function of black holes to facilitate the expansion of our universe. Socially, this forthcoming knowledge will bring light to the darkness of ignorance and accommodate a new era of humanity by proving, without doubt, the interconnection of everything in the universe.
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