Well, hold it, “found” may be a little misleading since nobody has actually spotted the thing, but they’ve gathered enough data to show the footprint of the Higgs boson — data which essentially proves it does, in fact, exist.
But the Higgs only exists for something like a billionth of a billionth of a second before it breaks apart, so no one will ever see it directly. Scientists need to plow through piles of data to be certain the anomaly they’re seeing is an actual particle and not a fluke.
In their quest, physicists spent billions of dollars and decades of work banging atomic particles together in the high-energy Large Hadron Collider, then picked through the ensuing debris (a physicist’s version of dumpster diving) for signs the Higgs particle appeared and broke apart into other particles.
Their work has likely paid off and, as a result, we could be standing at the brink of a whole new world. Should we be nervous here? I mean, messing around with the creation of the universe and dark matter and something called the ‘God particle’? This just seems like asking for trouble, doesn’t it? Where are all the doomsayers now, hiding under their beds?
Meanwhile, here in my little corner of the universe, evidence of my narrative flow – past or present — remains elusive. The search plods on. Sorry.
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