Urgent science inside. Higgs Boson

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    So that's the big news release? the Hb was "glimpsed".
    I guess that's better than nothing.
     
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    God particle is a bit of a misnomer, since we currently believe the higgs particle is a result of a higgs field. The higgs field is what gives mass.

    What gives it the name "God" particle is simply because it is the last as of yet undiscovered elementary particle that was predicted by Standard Model - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    I would also like to note that it has been given a 2.3 sigma probability.

    For those not scientifically literate, that means a 1/46 probability of random noise being the perpetrator of the signal, instead of the Higgs Boson. Further testing will raise the probability level.
     
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    Or 2.174% chance of being false or a 97.826% of being real. Very high odds of being real.

    What are we going to do with this if it is real?
     
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    Scientists generally keep testing until it's a 1/1000000 chance of being wrong. Which is 99.99999% chance of being the real deal.

    There are entire books written by some of the greatest scientific minds in the world about the possibilities of being able to manipulate such things.
     
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    possum found it once, Granny made him give it back to ol' man Higgs...
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    New measurement brings Higgs boson closer
    March 2,`12 (UPI) -- Scientists at a U.S. particle physics lab say they've made the world's most precise measurement of one of nature's elementary particles.
     
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    Or it will lower the probability.
     
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    Granny says dat's why March was so unusually warm...
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    LHC is back with big energy boost
    5 April 2012 - Two teams at the LHC have seen hints of what may well prove to be the Higgs boson
     
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    No need to go into too much detail here either, except to say you'd need to get to the five-sigma stage to claim an actual discovery. . "The number of sub-three-sigma discoveries that have turned out to be wrong," says Princeton astrophysicist Michael Strauss, "is reasonably large."

    Physicists Seek Higgs Boson 'God Particle' to Explain Mass - TIME
     

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