Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Higgs Bosons?

I wish I knew a little more about this to be able to write a short story about the Higgs boson.  I can imagine writing something whimsical, like a boson leaving behind a trail that says, "Hello!" I have a more difficult time imagining writing something hard science fiction, like a submarine powered by a Higgs boson.

Higgs Boson May Be Indicated in New Data - NYTimes.com: Physicists from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., say they have found a bump in their data that might be the long-sought Higgs boson, a hypothesized particle that is responsible for endowing other elementary particles with mass.

Although, looking at a picture of the Tevatron, maybe Higgs bosons could be used to propel a space station... or maybe there's something about the Earth's mass that requires Higgs bosons to be more easily formed outside Earth's gravity well.
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