: what’ll be the karma fallout? :

Eureka and aha and all that! Scientists have found the ‘God particle’, which is the key to understanding what gives mass to matter and, ultimately, how the universe was created.

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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14 Responses to “: what’ll be the karma fallout? :”

  1. John

    This is an incredibly complex formula, one that most people will never understand. I believe God himself understands it, being the author of it all. Our minds are far too simple to ever fully comprehend these things.

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    • publikworks

      Hi, John, there’s no question you’re right. All the same, I’d feel better if they’d pack up their protons and telescopes and stuff and call it a day, wouldn’t you?

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  2. Angie Z.

    I get terrified when I read your posts on things like volcanoes and Mayan calendars and now this — and then I burrow under the covers until the next day. That’s actually a huge compliment.

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    • publikworks

      Aw. Angie, don’t worry. They can’t even figure out how to make easy-open packaging, I think the secrets of the universe will be safe for a long while yet. But, like you, I’ll be under the covers for the foreseeable future.

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  3. ceciliag

    Though I have to ask .. why.. who cares. evidently they have just discovered that dinosaurs have feathers, I mean i want to be happy for them but ./.WHATEVER! Anyway i think dinosaurs have hairs like our pigs.. i need to write a letter to someone,, this is an amazing discovery! c

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  4. Lenore Diane

    I remained behind closed doors for 24hrs after the discovery, just to be safe. I’m still a little nervous exposing myself, but I can only refrain from reading your posts for so long. I think your narrative flow is alive and well, even if I don’t see a footprint.

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    • publikworks

      You can come out now, LD, I think we’re safe — for a while, anyway. And thanks for the vote of confidence, but I think my narrative flow has gone into Witness Protection. Seriously.

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