How Close Was The Simpsons To Figuring Out the Mass of the Higgs Boson?

Given the time it happened and, you know, that he's a cartoon, the answer is that Homer Simpson did come pretty close to figuring out the mass of the Higgs Boson before scientists did. » 3/06/15 1:36am 3/06/15 1:36am

Why The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

This may seem a little far fetched — but if our understanding of the physics behind the recently-discovered Higgs boson is correct, our universe shouldn't exist. » 6/25/14 6:00pm 6/25/14 6:00pm

Stephen Hawking says physics would have been far more interesting if the Higgs boson hadn't been found. Not only did it cause him to lose a $100 bet, he hoped the mystery would encourage scientists to look for evidence of more fundamental theories that explain the nature of universe. » 11/12/13 1:12pm 11/12/13 1:12pm

Earlier this week, Francois Englert and Peter Higgs were awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on the theory of the Higgs boson. Many of us are still trying to wrap our heads around the dynamic duo's discovery. These three cool GIFs from TED-ed will help. » 10/11/13 1:20pm 10/11/13 1:20pm

Higgs Boson Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Francois Englert and Peter Higgs, for their work on the theory of the Higgs boson a.k.a. "The God Particle" a.k.a the elementary particle thought to explain why some other particles have mass a.k.a. the fundamental particle whose discovery Stephen Hawking bet against » 10/08/13 6:50am 10/08/13 6:50am

Is there a link between the Higgs boson and dark energy?

The Universe is expanding at an accelerating rate and we’re not entirely sure why. To deal with the problem, scientists have conjured up dark energy, a mysterious force that permeates all of space. Now, a pair of physicists say the newly discovered Higgs boson could help explain where it all comes from. » 8/12/13 12:30pm 8/12/13 12:30pm

Did the Higgs boson discovery reveal that the universe is unnatural?

We discovered the elusive Higgs boson last year, but it wasn't exactly what we expected. According to some physicists, that means the universe itself isn't quite what we thought either. » 6/18/13 1:19pm 6/18/13 1:19pm

Snubbed scientist wants to rename the Higgs boson

When it comes to the theory of the Higgs boson, British physicist Peter Higgs gets all the love. But that’s not fair, says Carl Hagen, arguing that he and four other scientists deserve just as much credit. The time has come, he says, to officially rename the so-called God particle. » 4/23/13 9:30am 4/23/13 9:30am

Yes, the 'Vanilla' Boson May Be Real

Forget the Higgs boson — this particle that gives stuff mass appears to be something of a disappointment. » 3/08/13 2:00pm 3/08/13 2:00pm

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Striking papercraft illustrations celebrate CERN and the Higgs Boson

As part of their 2012 retrospective, French newspaper Le Monde commissioned design studio Zim & Zou to create a series of papercraft illustrations as part of an article on CERN's advancements in seeking the Higgs Boson. The cover illustration gives us a lovely interpretation of particle collision based on the Large… » 1/19/13 11:30am 1/19/13 11:30am

The Moon landings, the Higgs Boson, and vaccinations are all fake

Here's an absolutely lovely bit of ranty, frustrated-scientist humor from The Guardian's Dean Burnett, that doubles as a smart explainer on the difference between true skepticism and scientifically vacant conspiracy theory. (Especially w/r/t media coverage.) » 12/13/12 10:10am 12/13/12 10:10am

Physics PhD students make a zombie movie at the Large Hadron Collider…

Think you've seen every single twist on the zombie movie? Decay has something that no other zombie flick does: the Large Hadron Collider. A group of Physics PhD students filmed their horror movie against the photogenic particle accelerator, cooking up a Higgs Boson-driven plot about a physics experiment awry. Watch… » 10/28/12 7:30am 10/28/12 7:30am

Enjoy an illustrated sonnet on the Higgs Boson-like particle

If this week's big particle physics discovery has you wanting to burst into verse, but you don't have a silver tongue, enjoy this sweet sonnet about the particle that might be the Higgs Boson. Vi Hart explains the news with markers and smiley faces. Memorize it for the next time someone asks you what a Higgs Boson is. » 7/07/12 9:00am 7/07/12 9:00am

Brooklyn hipsters try to guess what the Higgs Boson is

If you've been following the excitement about yesterday's Higgs Boson discovery, now's your chance to feel vaguely smug. Vice Magazine's Motherboard went out in Brooklyn and asked hipsters what the Higgs Boson is — and their answers may alarm you somewhat. Science literacy is taking a back seat to hairstyle… » 7/05/12 9:48am 7/05/12 9:48am

What Today's Higgs Boson Discovery Really Means

Earlier today, scientists from the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that's consistent with the Higgs Boson. So, have physicists finally found the elusive particle? Short answer? Yes. Longer answer? Well... » 7/04/12 1:08pm 7/04/12 1:08pm

Have we really found the God Particle? CERN physicists say don't…

The internet is beside itself with rumors that the long-sought Higgs Boson has been found — but a representative from one of the teams searching for the so-called "God Particle" says to chill the frak out. So what's going on here? Are researchers waiting for an international physics conference in July to make their… » 6/20/12 11:43am 6/20/12 11:43am

The Webcomic Guide to the Higgs Boson

If you're still a little fuzzy on what the Higgs Boson is or why particle physicists are so keen on finding it, check out this video by PhD Comics creator Jorge Cham. Cham gets the low-down from CERN physicist, and conveys the significance of the Higgs Boson and the role of the Large Hadron Collider in comic form. » 4/28/12 7:30am 4/28/12 7:30am

And now, here are marshmallow Peeps operating the Large Hadron Collider

The best uses for marshmallow Peeps have nothing to do with eating them. When they're not busy exploding in microwaves, bunny and chick-shaped Peeps are making important discoveries in the field of particle physics. Take a look inside the sugary search for the Higgs Just Born. » 3/31/12 3:30pm 3/31/12 3:30pm

What is the biological equivalent of discovering the Higgs Boson?

It looks like we're nearing the endgame in the hunt for the Higgs boson, the missing elementary particle of the Standard Model. Its discovery will send shockwaves through the physics community and likely capture the public imagination. » 3/28/12 5:44pm 3/28/12 5:44pm