They hate it when we call it the God particle.
From “CERN scientists crank up the power on Large Hadron Collider to try to find Higgs boson” (Reuters, Feb 13, 2012), we learn,
GENEVA — Scientists hunting the Higgs boson, the sub-atomic particle believed to have played a vital role in the creation of the universe, decided on Monday to turn up the power in their Large Hadron Collider to try to prove its existence this year.
The CERN research centre near Geneva wants to prove or disprove the existence of an invisible ’Higgs’ field permeating the universe quickly, before the giant LHC machine is shut down for a long-term upgrade in late 2012.
“This means more Higgs, more quickly,” said CERN spokesman James Gillies. The existence of the particle was postulated by British physicist Peter Higgs in 1964 but has never been proved.
If they don’t find it, they will turn to the super-powered Higgs, to start up in 2014.
They’re just not satisfied with a God who isn’t there. 😉
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