Does The Higgs Boson Want To Be Found?

On December 13, 2011, physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) will announce their most recent findings regarding the Higgs Boson. Often referred to as the God Particle, the Higgs Boson is “the last elementary particle still unaccounted for in the Standard Model” of physics, and is assumed to give all other particles …

Latest faster-than-light neutrinos test yields same results

Neutrinos just don’t seem to be cooperating with our cosmological constant. Back in September, physicists working on the OPERA project fired neutrinos from CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, to Gran Sasso Italy. Afterwords, they discovered the neutrinos had arrived 60 seconds before light would have, a finding that could, if true, greatly undermine our current physics …

Is It Okay To Travel Faster Than Light, Now?

So, we’ve apparently broken the unbreakable: the speed of light. Last month, researchers in Geneva, Switzerland, working in conjunction with CERN, shot some neutrinos 730 km (454 miles) all the way to Gran Sasso, Italy. Those neutrinos arrived at their destination a shocking 60 nanoseconds before they were expected to. 60 nanoseconds sooner than light …

The Ends Of The World: Killer Strangelets

There are a lot of things out there trying to kill us. Space rocks, solar flares, global warming. Politics. So, in the spirit of our eventual apocalyptic demise, I’ve started this series of posts called The Ends Of The World, in which I’ll be showcasing the many, many, many ways we might inevitably meet our …