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Last call for real coffee!! “God particle” supposedly found

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From Fox News LiveScience, we learn: World’s Largest Atom Smasher May Have Detected ‘God Particle’ (April 22, 2011):

A rumor is floating around the physics community that the world’s largest atom smasher may have detected a long-sought subatomic particle called the Higgs boson, also known as the “God particle.”

The controversial rumor is based on what appears to be a leaked internal note from physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 17-mile-long particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland. It’s not entirely clear at this point if the memo is authentic, or what the data it refers to might mean — but the note already has researchers talking.

And announced on Good Friday, no less …

It’s more seasonal, maybe, than space aliens.

3 Replies to “Last call for real coffee!! “God particle” supposedly found

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    Heinrich says:

    The comments I’ve seen from physicists suggest we should be cautious about believing this: the analysis was preliminary, and will have to go through a pile of checks before the CERN people are satisfied it’s genuine.

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    Bantay says:

    Why is it so surprising that scientists are so eager to apply biblical/religious terminology to what they find or theorize exists?

    The “God Particle”
    “Out of Eden [Africa] Hypothesis”
    etc etc…

    yet according to the thought police, we’re not supposed to use terms that suggest theism is the best explanation.

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    tragic mishap says:

    Probably not true. The LHC isn’t getting up to full energy until 2014. Of course they don’t know for sure what energy level the boson is at.

    I think they won’t find it. Just a hunch.

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