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Higgs Boson Particle Could Spell Doom for the Universe

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A subatomic particle discovered last year that may be the long-sought Higgs boson might doom our universe to an unfortunate end, researchers say.

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Donna Hamilton (136)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 5:44 am
Our universe could come to a catastrophic end; tens of billions of years from now.......I won't cancel my plans for tomorrow, then ;-)

Interesting article - thanks, Giana.

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 1:31 pm
noted, thanks !

g d c. (0)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 6:23 pm

greenplanet e. (157)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 8:21 pm

Julie F. (65)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 8:44 pm
I agree with Donna

paul m. (93)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 2:02 am


Kenneth L. (314)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 4:46 am
No, it won't end the universe. That is so false.

Gene Jacobson (251)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 1:07 pm
Ah, the God particle. Well, none of us are going to be around to witness it, if that is what happens. Astronomy is a fascinating thing, the pictures the Hubble takes that are shown daily at Nasa's Astronomy Picture of the Day site (which has a marvelous archive, search star birth for some incredible pictures) and the ever expanding knowledge in physics sometimes seem to say contradictory things. For instance, the universe is still expanding, but at an increasing rate, galaxies are flying further apart every second, some physicists propose that means eventually things will be so dispersed, that stars will no longer be able to form, and the universe will just go dark. Others think it is like an elastic band and at some point will slow and collapse in on itself until it reaches the Big Bang point at which it goes boom and starts all over again. With our life spans, there is no way we are ever going to "know" because we will never be able to observe from start to finish any of this other than that which occurs in, or is recorded in, our lifetimes. So while it makes for fun headlines and interesting study, its actual utility is questionable. Though perhaps quantum mechanics may find a role as things are able to be made ever smaller yet functional. It is in a way like something I read that said nothing we are made up of is real. Everything is made up of atoms with electrons circling the center like mini planets, nothing you can see directly nor touch. Yet here we are composed of atoms as is all matter. And we can be touched. Though that which composes us cannot be. I mean, catch an atom in your hand and watch the electrons circle it, then fuse it to your body. Sorta difficult. But true nonetheless. Life, the universe, infinitely interesting. Yet all that matters of it most is whether we have enough to eat and drink today, the world over. Earth is but a cosmic flyspeck. And so are we. Yet, here we are pontificating. I love a movie Marlee Matlin starred in called What the Bleep Do We Know. It has great fun with questions like these, but the answers, it seems lie farther down the rabbit hole than we can actually go. So far.

Birgit W. (144)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 4:38 pm

Roni Jo Patterson (4)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 8:23 pm
Aww, jeez, *one more* thing for me to worry about! Anyway, if you'll think about it the universe will still be the universe, infinity will remain intact, whether empty or not. Nothing can be done about it. I'm seriously pumped about the Higgs Boson, though. I love quantum studies.

Susan Allen (221)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 10:28 pm
noted and shared

june t. (65)
Friday February 22, 2013, 12:58 am

Tim L. (86)
Friday February 22, 2013, 5:44 am
Very interesting, but there is no need to worry. Man will destroy this planet long before any universal catastrophe.

Lloyd H. (46)
Friday February 22, 2013, 9:17 am
What perfect proof that a little knowledge is dangerous. If by doom you mean gives physical existence to something that has a finite period of existence, you might be correct. However the fact is the HB God Particle answers questions posed in theories that do not take into account 90+% of the Universe, as in there is as yet no connection between the HBGP and Dark Matter and Dark Energy. DM and DE are the majority of reality as we assume we know it and we have absolutely no idea what either of them actually are and only guesses based on what we see as results of their existence. As is the HBGP is only the assumed basic building block for physical matter and that matters interaction/reaction with the known forces of the universe but that accounts for less than 10%. Imagine that you are on the African Savannah and you can see only 1/10 of an elephant, perhaps only the trunk or the ear, but you can see nearly all of the effects that the elephant has on the Savannah as it goes about its life, just how much of what you infer about the elephant is going to even get close to what the elephant actually is. Personally I have gotten into trouble with at least one physics professor by comparing human views of the universe with the common frogs view of his universe. Several decades ago a series of experiments was conducted on frog senses and perception, the short version is that frogs do not actually see everything that they see, they have a hard wired filter in their optic nerve between their eyes and their brain, many of the images of those objects that are neither food, mate or danger are simply deleted before they reach the frog brain. The point, how do we humans know that we do not have the same type of filter considering that we can only see the effects of the Cosmic Elephant called Dark Matter and Dark Energy. LOL
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