Scientists: ‘God particle’ proof closer than ever
Traces of particle collisions are illustrated in this graphic from the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
December 13th, 2011
01:37 PM ET

Scientists: ‘God particle’ proof closer than ever

Scientists said Tuesday that they’re a little bit closer to answering one of the biggest questions of particle physics: Does the so-called God particle exist?

Gathering in Geneva, Switzerland, experts from around the world revealed results of their search for the particle – known officially as the Higgs boson - using the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest atom smasher.

The Higgs boson, which has been theorized but never glimpsed, plays a fundamental role in the workings of our universe. One expert called it the “missing piece of the jigsaw.”

Related: Why is the 'God particle' so important?

Scientists at Tuesday's event said they had made strides in their search for the Higgs boson but did not have strong enough conclusions to claim a discovery.

“The first important results are that we have been able to restrict the most likely mass region over the last months to a very narrow range,” Fabiola Gianotti said Tuesday at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN. “In this mass region, we see some excessive events.  It’s too early to tell if this excess is due to a fluctuation in the background or something more interesting.”

The collider fires together protons, which are positively charged particles that make up all atoms that can interact in many different ways. Scientists are looking very closely for a "Higgs bump," which is "literally a bump in a graph which will pop up and say, 'that's it!' " said physicist Martin Archer of the Imperial College of London.

Related: Higgs coming into focus

"It is too early to draw a definite conclusion. More studies and more data are needed. We have built solid foundations for the exciting months to come," Gianotti added. “We are discussing something, which is the last chapter we hope for a story which lasts since 47 years.”

Two groups of scientists worked independently on different parts of the hydrogen collider to watch and analyze the particle collisions.

Scientists say Higgs boson particles won’t be discovered by actually observing the particles themselves. They will be discovered by observing how other particles react to them.

"As of today, what we see is consistent either with a background fluctuation or with the presence of the boson,” said Guido Tonelli, another scientist who participated in the research. “Refined analyses and additional data delivered in 2012 by this magnificent machine will definitely give an answer.”

The Standard Model is the theory physicists use to describe the behavior of fundamental particles and the forces that act between them. It describes the ordinary matter from which we, and everything visible in the universe, are made and does it extremely well. Nevertheless, the Standard Model does not describe the 96% of the universe that is invisible: so-called Dark Matter. One of the main goals of the collider's research program is to go beyond the Standard Model, and the Higgs boson could be the key, CERN scientists explained.

“The very good news that we know from today that in the next year, it’s very likely we might get an answer that we could consider solid,” Tonelli said.

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  1. dug

    Test your faith. Read entire link. You may never believe in God again.

    May 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
  2. Michael Turner

    Stay tuned:
    Next up-
    The God wave..... Particles that decay into wave and never back again-
    Gravitons becoming monopole gravitational waves generated from all mass and energy, a decay process of all matter. Time space and gravity are by-products of the three forces of mass in a three dimensional universe. Solid,liquid and gas, proton,neutron and electron three quarks in protons and electrons, kind of a Trinitarian universe. It's would really be funny if we were the third planet from the sun, hey- wait a minute.
    Water comes easily in three forms and three colors make up all the colors... What was it that Jeaus used to baptize?
    God does not play dice, he plays pool and the big bang was his opening shot- nice break God.

    March 9, 2012 at 6:13 am |
    • c laro

      Nowhere in the Bible or any other religious dogma text does it speak to earth as a living organism/Gaia. So right off the bat these books are meaningless related to the birth of anything. They speak only to us humans and far as bible goes the absurdity of that Hebrew soap opera astounds me.Religion speaks to the ego of men not a god and surely not to the goddess mother earth as the divine feminine is removed intentionally to maintain the paternity of the authors. Why do MEN discuss the birth of anything? When will human beings stop reading religion and just sit under the welkin of infinity and shut up! This universe is so huge and complex only insipid ego-maniacs like humans assume a god cares about them and that they have the power to control/hold dominion over this planet. Shame, shame, shame on you all really, become enlightened and stop reading or listening to others. They have no answers.

      May 16, 2013 at 11:43 am |
  3. Rufoscoe

    Calling the Higgs boson the 'God' particle was a dumb idea. If it was just called the Higgs boson it would remain in the sphere of science and would be tangentially interesting to most people. Just look at the length of the posts to this thread. It is disproportionate; look at the number of posts to other leading science stories. These posts have very little to do with science and NOTHING to do with God.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  4. Roger Cotton

    Too much technology, too soon for human kind!

    January 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  5. anon

    Why do people on here have to turn this "god particle" thing into a battle between science and religion? Science and religion aren't at war with each other at all. How does explaining the complexities of HOW the universe works in anyway negate the existence of a supreme being? It doesn't. I'm a devout Christian and I absolutely LOVE the idea that we have reached a point in science where we can do these things. Folks are so caught up bashing the existence of God that they haven't given pause to truly how awe inspiring and wonderful this is. It's like a car mechanic slowly unfolding to his child (as they can handle it) just how the car works, and lets them tinker with it to "discover" things as time goes by.

    If atheists want to even come close to winning the, "There's no god" argument, then they need to change their foundation from "there's no god" to something positive. Even if they are completely correct and there ISN'T a God, their stance is still doomed to failulure because it's foundation is based on a negative.

    It's amazing that a group that claims to be so caught up in science hasn't yet grasped that simple scientific truth.

    January 3, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • 7omnia7

      The difference between Faith and Science is that the first pretends to know the Truth while the second constantly searches for It.
      In a certain sense an Atheist claim: "God doesn't exist", is a claim of Faith (since it can't be (yet) demonstrated).
      But also your: "It's amazing that a group that claims to be so caught up in science hasn't yet grasped that simple scientific truth" doesn't make sense at all.
      The God concept belongs to the sphere of Faith!

      January 4, 2012 at 9:32 am |
  6. lunchbreaker

    The "God particle" name was the result of censorship by Leon M. Lederman's publisher. He wrote a boke in 1993 called "The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?". He originally wanted to call it the "godd@^n particle", but his publisher wouldn't have it.

    December 14, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  7. Reji M. Issac

    This is going to prove Deism belief of the founders of USA, proving its mission and glorifying the Great Seal of the United States, and National anthem, which even the US citizens never wanted.

    December 14, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • Sean

      You're god@^m right it will!

      December 15, 2011 at 3:14 am |
  8. enkephalin07

    Is it too late to change such a poorly-considered name? Now it just allows journalists sensationalize the "God particle!", muddy the water with politics, and put the subject into public discourse in such a way that readers can remain ignorant but feel more right to their opinion.

    December 14, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  9. costa do sol

    this probablay the greatest scientific news this century so far....... and besides all the other official stuff its the
    beginning of the science of Teleportation...!!

    December 14, 2011 at 4:52 am |
    • Craig

      Damn there's god particles in my tea.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  10. ismail durak

    It is really difficult for the people working in CERN to admit that they failed. Millions of funds have been spent for a ghost particle.

    December 14, 2011 at 1:45 am |
    • fimeilleur

      As opposed to the billions upon trillions of dollars wasted on the "holy ghost" that answers no prayers to any greater effect than that of a placebo.

      Oh wait, you don't understand science, it makes you question your faith in gawd, therefore it must be evil...

      December 14, 2011 at 1:50 am |
      • ismail durak

        Please read my answer to mr Sean and Mr Robert G. below.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:04 am |
      • fimeilleur

        Ok, i read your responce... what do you propose? The world population has surpassed 7 billion... airdrop condoms to the Asias and Africa? Maybe free sterilization for the masses, and we'll even let you decide who gets to propogate the future generations?... please do tell, how should we fix the issue of world hunger... the Nobel commitee awaits your reply.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • Robert G

      Better spending millions to find a particle wich is important for physics than spending millions for holy churches to pray to holy ghosts or other nonsens

      December 14, 2011 at 2:53 am |
      • ismail durak

        Please read my answer to mr sean below.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • Sean

      It is really difficult for IDIOTS like you to understand that the damn World you're living in (with pcs, mobile phones,telecom.) depends on scientific research and not on theological research.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:00 am |
      • ismail durak

        Theological research is a worse alternative. We should spend more on social issues, for the millions of human beings starving and for the animals which are destroyed for profit. Only an idiot may think that a person criticising so called research for ghost particles is defending theological research.

        December 14, 2011 at 8:58 am |
      • optomist

        If one could research all of the information a couple of the most powerful religious organizations have hidden away from the public we might find quite a bit of science in theology.

        January 3, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • Primewonk

      We have more than enough food to feed the world. The problem is in distribution. And all to often it is politics and religion that block this distribution.

      It seems you have an issue with this particle accelerator. Earlier research (many years ago) lead to accelerators that were linear. We learned many things. Now days, many hospitals have at least one accelerator. They're used to create isotopes used in medicine. They're used in radiation therapy.

      If you, or anyone you know has been treated for cancer, you should be on your knees thanking physicists and other scientists.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • transoid

      How do you see this as failed? Looking for "Higgs Boson" is one of many experiments that are conducting at CERN. You may see this irrelevant to your daily life, but it may be important later. Who knew when they discovered "transistor-effect", that would lead to the big revolution now in many ways including socially. So I don't see how you see this as failed.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  11. Brian

    Article in a nutshell: "Please don't stop our funding, we're getting closer... really.".

    December 14, 2011 at 1:40 am |
    • RonH

      It's not the article that needs to be put in a nutshell. 9 billion dollars spent on the LHC and the researchers need to fabricate progress to get funding. Really. I guess you are proof that it is possible to live in another dimension.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  12. msbetz

    I don't claim to be a scientist or have any great understanding of the galaxy, but the Cern scientists claim of alternative universes and dimensions existing in the universe has caught my interest and I think their experiment has actually worked in some weird way, as soon as the collider was turned on the US was thrown into a tail-spin politically and climatically, perhaps we have actually entered another dimension of space and time because of their experiments with physics and their attempts to create black holes with the collider....The financial world has been a black hole ever since.

    December 14, 2011 at 1:16 am |
    • LarryRollins

      The never attempted to "create a black hole" they're using collisions, on the magnitude of partical collisions that occur every day on earth, they are just measuring them.

      Besides CERN collaborates heavly with many scientist in the USA...

      December 14, 2011 at 1:54 am |
    • Adam

      ...because everything revolves around the u.s. right?

      December 14, 2011 at 4:28 am |
  13. cyberbeing

    Looks like they need to show something so the funding would continue.

    December 14, 2011 at 1:10 am |
  14. zedds


    December 14, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • fimeilleur

      Your CAPS LOCK key is stuck again...

      And it's time for your meds again.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • Primewonk

      The really scary things are that folks like zed DS are allowed to vote, and breed.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:51 am |
    • ThaGerm

      Yes and fossils where put there by Satan to test your faith, believe whatever gets you by, but please turn the caps lock off.

      December 14, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  15. Science rocks

    God particle? Uhh? What??? Nobody calls it god particle CNN. Or is this just a way to please the American audience?
    It's called boson particle regulary and referred to as Higgs particle informally. Also not Higgs boson since there is just one boson. Simple as that.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
    • wasso

      The real God-particle is the graviton, not this one.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  16. mr774

    I fear such an experiment may produce `Black Hole`.
    Even if it is a tiny one, onece black hole appear our earth will be
    absorbed easily.
    And the year 2012 will soon come ....

    December 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • Nick

      I fear you have no idea what you're talking about. You claim to know more than particle physicists???

      December 13, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • H. B.

      It has been said "a little knowledge can be dangerous." Your comment tends to show some of that, even though it presents no danger to anyone. On other subjects, someone like you COULD present danger of a sort.

      The possibility of a black hole from a collider is as close to ZERO as anything can get. And ARE you truly ABLE to believe that crockpot stuff about the world ending in 2012?

      Since you obviously do some reading on science matters, may I suggest that you switch from the purveyors of pseudo-science to something more solid, like Scientific American mag? The popular mags that talk about black holes emerging from the accelerator's use are pushing pure yippledung. They offer stuff like that because it sells copies to people like YOU. GULLIBLE people like YOU, who want to max out on the "Gee Whiz" factor. The real science has gobs of those, but you have to think and read a little more, after carefully selecting only reliable sources.

      Another good source for you, to get some good layman-level knowledge of the sciences, are the writings of Isaac Asimov. He was called "the Great Explainer." A biochemist himself, he had a memory that forgot nothing, and he could absorb all kinds of material one day and teach it the next. He was that good. But he also had the gift of words, which enabled him to put some extremely complex scientific knowledge into the heads of lay people – and he was not offering "pseudo" stuff, but the real thing.

      On black holes, specifically, check out the vast knowledge about them from the world's acknowledged expert on black holes: Stephen Hawking. There are videos, which are good, but there are also fake ones put on youtube by cranks, religious fanatics and troublemakers. There are books about Hawking and BY Hawking, which should feed your curiosity admirably.

      Your brain is yours, and it has huge capacities that even you don't realize are there. But as its custodian, you are in charge of what you will fill it with.

      Choose more wisely henceforth.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
      • Hawk

        Well said, well said indeed!

        December 14, 2011 at 12:43 am |
      • Sean

        You're waisting your time with a bunch of poes, trolls and conservative IDIOTS that don't understand a damn and keep complaining about where their tax money goes.

        December 14, 2011 at 4:30 am |
    • wasso

      Black holes of small sizes are produced and just as quickly disappear all the time on Earth. When a person dies, their soul in fact go through a black hole and exit a white hole [thus the near-death reported seeings of a very bright light at the end of a tunnel ] connecting them to next existence, whether that be 'Heaven', 'Hell' or whatever.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:04 am |
      • H. B.

        Your claim would be all the more convincing with a bit of proof. Or do you just glom onto any far-out idea you find, regardless of the source? If so, why don't you glom onto the real stuff scientists find? Are you a science-bigot or something? Profiling? Discriminating?

        Shame on you!

        Have you read "Broca's Brain" by Carl Sagan? His suggestion about why people see that light in "near-death" experiences is every bit as good as yours, better, actually, since he doesn't have to rely on mysticism or what he read in some pseudo-science mag. His possibility is entirely plausible. No black holes needed – or white holes, either!

        The old saying, "He who knows NOT and knows NOT that he knows NOT, is a fool; SHUN HIM. Tell me, pal, are you shunned kinda often?

        The cure, of course, is to only comment about things where you have some serious KNOWLEDGE. Otherwise, you get shunned.

        December 14, 2011 at 3:03 am |
      • wasso

        H.B. What's your job on this forum ? To 'put to shame' anyone whose ideas or conjectures don't meet with your 'quality standards' ? Speaking of Carl Sagan, wasn't he the one who openly (yet naively) welcomed contact with Aliens, while, on the other hand, Prof Stephen Hawking begs to differ ! I had a near-death experience and felt the same way as I had described on black and white holes. Perhaps it was caused by some misfirings of my neuron synapses or oxygen deprivation to give that experience..who knows ? Nonetheless, I don't have to clear my perspective through a peer review by eminent scientists to post here, thank you very much !

        December 14, 2011 at 4:37 am |
  17. Pete50

    Don't call it God particle, whoever called it that is silly.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  18. Wowow

    Some things aree not meant to be discovered, 2012

    December 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • Hawk

      I'm sure steam power frightened people too. Read the post above from H. B., written December 13, 2011 at 11:53 pm. Do as suggested, you will be better for it. The notion that an ancient people could predict the end of the world 5000 odd years down the road, but could not predict their own demise, is just, well, ludicrous.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:50 am |
  19. PushtaPansyInDaBushesAndMonkeyHereHerYellNancyBoy

    Its a small world after all
    its a small world after all
    its a small, small world!

    December 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  20. PushtaPansyInDaBushesAndMonkeyHereHerYellNancyBoy

    As we have witnessed through quantum the seeker will create the sought. When indigenous tribes of the south pacific demonstrated by building replicas of WWII US airplanes out of wood to coax down the "Gods" that once visited them with cans of Spam, you see what you expect ...and you expect what you see to return again, ummm love that spam!

    December 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  21. desert voice (troubledgoodangel or Nathanael or Bohdan or Voiceinthedesert)

    God is not a "particle"! He is a matterless Spirit! His Son, the Spirit of the Father celebrates His birthday in ten days! When the Jew by the name of Jesus was born in Nazareth, to Jewish Mother and the Holy Spirit of Yahweh, the world had changed forever! First and foremost, because of His sacrifice on the Cross, we no longer die! This is why I am anxiously awaiting Jesus Birthday on December 25th! And this is why I am proud of having some Jewish blood through my Chassidic roots. What is momentous in Christmas, is that it is the Nativity of the Son of God! The Word of God, spoken by Isaiah 9, 6, has become the only ruler of Israel! The Jewish people "have seen a great light," the very light that has created the world! We Christians celebrate the coming of this Light, each Christmas. It is a source of an immense blessing for humanity! Six billion people can now say, "we will never die"! There is no greater feast on earth, than the feast of our eternal life! It's the greatest reason for rejoicing, especially for those who were dispossessed and tormented in this life! Blessed Christmas to all! Humankind, including the mad scientists!

    December 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • me

      ffs man read a little. they're not calling god a particle, they're not calling this particle god. it's a sad mix up that coined the term "god particle" in the first place and is not relevant at all to this article. please don't use the term "god particle" as an excuse to preach. thank you.

      December 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
      • bill.x

        the responses from believers was not to take it as a chance to preach, maybe our fried went way beyond, but a response to those who assumed and stated that the article says that it disproves god.

        December 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • PushtaPansyInDaBushesAndMonkeyHereHerYellNancyBoy

      The Bible tells you especially in the Gospels to WAKE UP.

      December 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
      • me

        the bible says lots of stuff....

        December 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Thinks

      They calld it "the God paticle" because, if it exists, it is the foundation, the "force" that makes the universe exist (have mass). They meant no disrespect, just a metaphor... By the way, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity, is just a metaphor for Universe, Life and Laws of Physics/Evolution, as penned by 320 intellectuals for Constantine in Nicea, in 325 AD, but don't tell anyone! Ssschhhh.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • Engr. Ali Ghafoor

      There is no son of God. Jesus will appear near qayamat to terminate the Dajal(friend of jews). So kindly read bible and quran to have an asnwer

      December 14, 2011 at 12:36 am |
      • mr anderson

        Ali...follow your own advice and read the bible. Jesus is a Jew! He is not returning to destroy Jews, but to establish a new reign over the earth. Moving on...the sad fact is, scientists are wasting their time trying to explain something that we Christians are well aware of. God created the universe. Period. All this other mumbo jumbo will continue to be proved wrong over and much as they are the smartest brains, they can't get over the loopholes.

        December 14, 2011 at 1:31 am |
      • fimeilleur

        Dear Mr Anderson,

        Please explain the mental gymnastics required to reconcile the loopholes in the Bible:

        Genesis 1:16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.
        The stars gave light to the earth immediately, although the closest star, Alpha Centauri, is 4.3 light years away. So the very first star light would have taken 4.3 years to reach earth. The light we see from the Andromeda Galaxy takes 2.2 million years to reach earth, which also debunks the argument that the earth is only 6,000-10,000 years old.

        Genesis 1:11-12 and 1:26-27 Trees came before Adam.
        Genesis 2:4-9 Trees came after Adam.

        Genesis 1:20-21 and 26-27 Birds were created before Adam.
        Genesis 2:7 and 2:19 Birds were created after Adam.

        Genesis 1:24-27 Animals were created before Adam.
        Genesis 2:7 and 2:19 Animals were created after Adam.

        Genesis 1:26-27 Adam and Eve were created at the same time.
        Genesis 2:7 and 2:21-22 Adam was created first, woman sometime later.

        Genesis 1:31 God was pleased with his creation.
        Genesis 6:5-6 God was not pleased with his creation.
        Which raises the question, how can an omnipotent, omniscient God create something he’s not pleased with?

        Genesis 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
        An omnipotent being required…rest?

        Genesis 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."
        God placed temptation in the direct path of his two naïve children and allowed them to be tempted by the serpent (Genesis 3: 1-7), resulting in a single mistake that would contaminate hundreds of billions with a sin nature worthy of eternal torture?

        Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, ’You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?"
        A talking snake. Enough said.

        (with credit due to thethinkingatheist dot com)

        And that's just the book of Genesis...

        December 14, 2011 at 1:47 am |
      • Sean

        Dear fimeilleur

        God acts in mysterious ways, just like subatomic particles! HAAHHAHAHAHAA!

        December 14, 2011 at 8:06 am |
    • Sean

      "because of His sacrifice on the Cross, we no longer die!"
      So you meen Moses didn't go to Heaven since he died BEFORE Jesus was born!?!
      Where is Moses?

      December 14, 2011 at 7:49 am |
      • dave

        Jesus died for the past, present and future sins of all mankind. Moses is in heaven. If you don't believe in heaven, keep it to yourself. It was a theological question.

        December 14, 2011 at 10:17 am |
      • fimeilleur

        @ Dave,

        What the phoque is a theological question doing on a SCIENCE blog?

        December 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • georg

      You forgot about the easter bunny and santa claus, and the tooth fairy as well.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  22. JT

    It's called the God Particle to apease frightened Christians who fear science because it threatens their Hopefully they won't vote down funding of real world progress and understanding as they attend their tax exempt churches and work tirelessly to stop the teaching of Bilogy (evolution) in our classrooms.

    December 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • bill.x


      December 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  23. bill.x

    it seems you have found your god. that explains in what you believe. it stinks to me.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  24. Div_Dawson

    please hurry up and finish it so the military can use it kill all us all!

    December 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  25. The Real Sarah Palin

    I have one of those too.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  26. Sally

    It is incredible how just the mention of the word, God, brings out all the anti-intellectuals. Obviously many, many people are interested in knowing how the world works, but not the religious zealots who somehow think that using one's mind to understand our world is wicked!.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • bill.x

      they don't think the mind or it's use is wicket – it is just limited to the physical world, which they too understand. some of the best minds in science have been and continue to be believers.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • nurduling

      Is this world not wicked? where were you from? were you born blind? to ask if this world is not wicked....reflect and make assesment.....

      December 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  27. GaryP

    I have seen the "God particle". I call it "Tim Tebow" though. Rolls off the tongue better.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • TonyNVA

      Tim's next job will be preacher. Have his own big tele-church.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      My favorite scripture is Sec Championship verse 2009: Tebow wept.

      December 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  28. Mike

    Just stop calling the Higgs the "God particle."

    Please MSM. You haven't the faintest clue what you are talking about and it's misleading millions of theists.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • me


      the term "god particle" has done nothing but confuse people.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  29. ObjectiveOpinion

    One god particle is Jesus Christ, who ended up on a stick. Maybe there were trying to determine if he was Higgs boson.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • asdf

      You are mentally handicapped...aren't you

      December 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  30. Thinking7

    Issues for sure.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  31. Smukers

    They have found "nothing". This is not news worthy.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • I'm The Best!

      This is VERY newsworthy. They have found that there appears to be a particle that they were not sure existed before. If it is repeatable enough times then they can say it definitely exists. This has HUGE implications in the particle physics/string theory world.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  32. bill.x

    that is silly. thier work is like saying that they may have found a way to shine light in an otherwise half dark room and will prove whether there is something in the dark side of room that influences the the light and prove how the other lighted side is influenced by the darkside. well, we already know that god made everything that is known and unknown, seen and unseen, capable of being measured or infinite – including the whole room, the building it is in, the planet the building rest on and the space and dynamics that allowed big-bang to happen

    December 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • me

      "we already know that god made everything that is known and unknown"

      says who???

      December 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • TonyNVA

      You are silly goose billy. God made nothing. We already know that.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • BlaisePaschal

      Actually, that's not what they are saying at all. That's a very bad metaphor. By looking at all the different pieces of the puzzle, they can see how it's put together and what it looks like. It's not too dissimilar to forensics - looking at the available pieces and putting it all together based on the evidence at hand. The purpose of these experiments is not to prove or disprove that God exists - that's not the goal of science. It is to see how creation is put together and how it works. This work has profound implications for physics, and it is very exciting to learn how they are going about solving this great mystery of science.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • ScienceSoma

      We do not know that god made everything. The only evidence of that is a bunch of people saying it. Science at least has evidence to back its claims and conclusions it can draw through analysis of data sets like CERN is collecting. Prove that God made the universe and I will believe. Prove that aliens abducted people, and I will believe. Prove ghosts are real, and I will believe. The position on a god's role is the same as anything else in this universe: until there is evidence to prove it, no rational person should believe it.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Timmy

      "well, we already know that god made everything that is known and unknown, seen and unseen, capable of being measured or infinite"

      Please explain how you KNOW this because I am sure you do not have some special intelligence that allows you to know the unknown.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  33. bristoltwit palin... America's favorite dancing cow.

    I thought I lost my buttplug again the other day but then I found it. Guess where it was... giggle

    December 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • zeeba

      In your mouth?

      December 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  34. Patrick

    The "God" particle will not determine if there is or is a God. That is a separate argument based upon "In Fides Sola" (By Faith Alone)- or in the case of Santa is seeing=believing or is you belive or not believ because you have had or haven't had a "connection" (seeing, hearing, feeling) or do you just believe that the sun will come out tommorow (you have no proof that it will, but you believe it will). Some people believe in a higher power/ some believe in society, George Carlin belived in the Sun and Joe Pesci, while other believ they will have another drink. Any of these, based upon your feelings, could be concidered "God".

    To describe what the Higgs-Boson perticle is meant to determine, look the following link

    December 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • JPopNC

      I'll consider this a 'god particle' if, and only if, they can create something out of absolute NOTHING! They are working to collide particles, but that's using something. I say create a vacuum and let it sit there, then if a whole universe is created out of nothing, then you have it!!!

      December 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
      • Timmy

        whos to say that the big bang wasnt created from two particles colliding?

        December 13, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  35. palintwit

    Amazing how they can find something like this but can't find one single brain particle in the entire 2012 GOP presidential line-up.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • Thinking7

      Couldn't find one in Obama either much less the people that voted for him.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • MrHanson

      Or in Obamas head.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  36. ScienceIsGod

    Awesome science.....congratulations coming soon to the folks at LHC and around the world who have, in collaboration, accomplished so much. Just one more tiny glimpse into the amazing creations of God.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  37. Byrd

    The actual "god" particle is the photon. Physicists sometimes get so carried away with blasting things into their tiniest particles that they miss the real goal entirely.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • ScienceSoma

      No, the "god" particle is the Higg's boson. A photon is a photon and can be directly observed.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  38. Yoda

    If they find the God Particle will they also find the Anti-God Particle,.... are we in any kind of trouble ???

    December 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • John B

      ....... ........ There...I found it for you. The God particle is right there on the left. Its the one that come in between all the ones that actually exist. Now worship it.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  39. Geezer

    Why don't all the jesus nazis stay out of this.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • Converted

      Because we can't... Like Paul in Ephesians we are Prisoners of Christ Jesus. The Good News will be told.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm |

      What a a hole....

      December 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • shrub

      how does Jesus have anything to do with nazis? he is God, nazi's were atheists..

      December 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
      • Dan

        Hahaha. That's a joke, right?

        December 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
      • ScienceSoma

        Yes, Nazis were atheists.. so much so that they literally marched around with buckles on their uniforms that said "Gott Mit Uns". Translation: "God With Us". You are simply historically inaccurate.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  40. Johnny 5

    Hopefully this will contribute to the end of religion and we can move forward as a species

    December 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • bill

      Hopefully not with tales

      December 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Usmelllikepee


      December 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • Dan, TX

      I think the end of belief in God will require biological evolution to reduce the frequency of those in the population whose brains were hard-wired to believe in an authority figure (GOD) to allow them to be good followers of God's representatives on Earth. They were literally born believers and their upbringing led them to the exact beliefs they have now. But they have almost no choice, their brains were made wired to have the behavior of believing in God, much like gays are born gay.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • couch

      The purpose of science is NOT to prove or disprove religion. It's only purpose is to understand how things in the universe(and maybe someday alternate universes) work. It can never disprove the existence of a god.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
      • Me

        It does – thats why it called "Gods particle". If they find and catch that matter they would say "See – this is God's particle. This particle created the world, not God".

        December 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
      • Tim

        Best post of the thread. Thanks for sneaking in a little sanity.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
      • NT

        Actually, "Me," your assumption is incorrect. It's called the God particle because it serves as the foundation of unifying the various subsets of physics equations that govern the known universe. It is theorized to be both ubiquitous and elusive, just as God, and is thought to be the most fundamental component of matter as we know it. Its reference ("God particle") is an analogy that only coincidentally puts modern day geocentrists into a frenzy.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
      • zeeba

        So that's how it got the nickname. Thanks for explaining that, NT – none of the other articles I've read even address it.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
      • Mrcupobean

        I agree. Science wasn't the result of putting up a fight to destroy religion; yet science has been making great strides in being a more honest, gracious, fun, and enlightening lens to understand the world around us all than of (especially) monotheistic religions.
        Religions similar to Christianity will be slowly changed and contorted by society itself until quite possibly the only real message left will be similar to the golden rule. The stories of Arks and resurrections will be left as markers as we all grew to understand each other and the real world we live in.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Gina

      I can't wait for science to finally show us the proof! That will be the greatest day ever! ...I wonder how all of the religious people out there will respond X )

      December 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
      • Thinking7

        God created science and the curiosity that each one of us has as human beings. He is the master of all creation.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • MrHanson

        Probably we will respod the same way when science proved that the cell is not a simple 'blob' of protoplasm like Charles Darwin said it was.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
      • Timmy

        "God created science and the curiosity that each one of us has as human beings. He is the master of all creation."

        God created science yet there is no mention of science in the bible. And 1500 years ago, people were afraid to enter the scientific community simply because Christians would kill them for thinking critically.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • bill.x

      that is silly. thier work is like saying that they may have found a way to shine light in an otherwise half dark room and will prove whether there is something in the dark side of room that influences the the light and prove how the other lighted side is influenced by the darkside. well, we already know that god made everything that is known and unknown, seen and unseen, capable of being measured or infinite – including the whole room, the building it is in, the planet the building rest on and the space and dynamics that allowed big-bang to happen.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
      • Mark

        Did you really need to post this same comment twice in the same thread??? It makes no sense no matter where you post it

        December 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • Clif

      Never going to happen. Science disprove the God that made it possible to exist. The very fact that we are discussing this with thoughts, judgement, anger, and love is proof to me that God exists. The discovery of a particle. Sadly, from what I read it is not likely to be proven.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • MrHanson

      Atheism is religion. Get over it.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
      • fimeilleur

        You have your fingers in your ears again. Atheism is to religion as not playing football is to sports, or not collecting stamps is to hobbies.

        You are an idiot.

        December 15, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • MrHanson

      Ahh yes. Maybe when we finally evolve out of all our emotions. Finally when there is no such thing as happiness, sadness and hope. We will finally become atonomous organisms with the only sole purpose is to survive and procreate.
      No more searching for meaning in our life and the universe.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • DoctorDave

      Johnny 5, we need religion. It is the only thing that keeps people who do not have an internal source of morality from killing those of us that do.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  41. Jo

    I don't think they should call it the "God" particle, as this is offensive to those who believe in God. It's called the Higgs boson, in the physics community, and I have never heard it called the other name. No need to sensationalize unnecessarily, CNN.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • steveg

      it's not CNN who named it as such...also if it offends....there's a little red box at the top right containing an X that you can use to make this page never exist...

      December 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
      • Sharkfisher

        If my believing in an Almighty God and his Son Jesus offends you, you can also use the red x button.Whether you believe or not does not offend me. That is your choice.I'll pray for you.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • bill

        I am tired of those idiot scientists and things like you. They say "Lets build and see what it does" Neither them, nor you have the idea what this "smasher" does – yet scream "Go Go". Just plain stupid.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
      • NT

        Actually, Bill, I'm pretty sure those "idiot" scientists have a pretty good idea of what their multi-billion dollar atom smasher does. You can read their descriptions in almost any science journal. Be careful about assuming other people lack knowledge just because you do.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
      • I'm The Best!

        These scientists know exactly what this particle collider does. And I have a pretty good idea about how it works. Just because you don't want to take the time to learn or are just to stupid to understand doesn't mean you should be responding to anyone's post about it. In fact, you should just attempt to educate yourself and not post stupid responses to things you don't understand.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Nick

      This is the nickname of the particle in a community much more extensive than CNN sensationalism.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Cynthia C

      Often I find those who believe in God offend me on a regular. Just saying. It's what people call it. Get over it. Or ask God to stop it.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Ana Costa

      OOOh! Where is Platon?

      December 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  42. Ric

    I'm afraid this Higgs boson might turn out to be immaterial thus undiscoverable by science. Something akin to the inside of the black hole where singularity or immaterialism can be found. They just have to acknowlege that not everything in the universe is matter.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  43. Luther51

    Science spares no expense trying to disprove God.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • steveg

      nowhere has it said they are trying to "disprove" god...because they aren't. i mean there is the possibility that may be a sideline casualty but its not their intent.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Ethan Wilson

      Looks like they are trying to prove him, not DISprove him.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Not Stupid.

      That makes no sense.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Nick

      Religious fundies (distinct from spirituality in general) spare no expense in demonizing science. The Higgs-Boton is not an attempt to "disprove God," but to unify the seemingly arbitrary behavior of the different forces at work in the known universe into a unified theory. This was the goal of Einstein's life, although he never reached it, and Einstein was certainly no atheist. It's called the "God particle" because, through it, the universe could be described through a single governing equation as opposed to several subsets.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
      • MJ

        Well stated.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
      • BL

        Nick, you sound like an intelligent, reasonable, well educated person. So what are you doing here?

        December 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • DoctorDave

      It is true, science does not spare any expense at all trying to disprove the existence of God. No money or time is spent on it at all. Scientists are smart enough to know that you cannot logically prove that something does not exist. We prefer to spend our time and money working on things that we can prove DO exist.

      Science works. Your ability to read this message proves it, because you need a device that is based entirely on chemistry and physics to even see it. When your computer or cell phone turns into a demon and flies away to Hell, let us know, and please, provide pictures.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  44. mark

    don't mess with MY particle or i'll smite all of you humans

    December 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  45. localdelii

    A few months back, t CERN said it is unlikely Higgs boson exists—perhaps a 5% chance, so what's this? Science or spin science?

    December 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • steveg

      science changes practically every couple days...does it surprise you that in a few months they went from doesnt exist to here it is?

      December 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Canadian

      Funny, a few thousands years ago everyone knew the Earth was the centre of the universe.

      A few hundred years after that, everyone knew the Earth was flat.

      A few years after that, everyone knew it was impossible to send a message across the atlantic ocean via wireless morse code

      A few hundred years after that, everyone knew flight was impossible

      A few years after that, everyone knew it was impossible to go the moon

      Imagine what we as people today deem impossible will realise IS possible tomorrow.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
      • steveg

        isn't that the long version of a quote from a movie? i just ask because i heard it the other day....was it angels and demons? (im generally curiously asking....and also agree with the point therein)

        December 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
      • augustghost

        Very Good Point

        December 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
      • MIB

        It comes from men in black.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • johann1965

      Are you suggesting that in the light of discovery, they suppress the truth and stick to the 5% statement because that is the only way to stay consistent? Either you are scientifically ignorant or a Republican.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
      • Sharon Bolstad

        Confused. Am pretty sure those aren't mutually exclusive (quite the opposite, in fact).

        December 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
      • johann1965

        Agreed. That's should be an and/or.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  46. tmack

    Our particle who art in science, Higgs Boson be thy name
    Thy presence come when the accelerator is done
    In higher math as it is in nature

    December 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • an agnostic

      As an agnostic that was raised in a Catholic family, I must say that comment made my day. 🙂

      December 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
      • pm

        ha ha same here. i was raised Catholic and I am now agnostic...made my day too. Might use it later...

        December 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  47. Clayton

    Our film, The Atom Smashers, chronicles the hunt for the Higgs boson when it was centered at Fermilab, the US lab near Chicago. It explores the culture and politics surrounding particle physics, and gives scientists a human face. Then budget cuts happened and everything changed... now the race is centered at CERN in Europe. Here's a link:

    December 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  48. m. dhanani

    Every particle is GOD particle. there is no particle that humans have made ......

    December 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm |


      December 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
      • jb

        *giggles at the moron*

        December 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
      • pm

        We don't take people seriously who use ALL CAPS. btw

        December 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Tim Tebow


      December 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
      • johann1965

        Classic! This is the hail mary of particles!

        December 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • tmack

      Synthetic (man-made) elements
      The synthetically prepared elements are (with name, symbol, atomic number):

      technetium (Tc), 43
      promethium (Pm), 61
      neptunium (Np), 93
      plutonium (Pu), 94
      americium (Am), 95
      curium (Cm), 96
      berkelium (Bk), 97
      californium (Cf), 98
      einsteinium (Es), 99
      fermium (Fm), 100
      mendelevium (Md), 101
      nobelium (No), 102
      lawrencium (Lr), 103
      rutherfordium (Rf), 104
      dubnium (Db), 105
      seaborgium (Sg), 106
      bohrium (Bh), 107
      hassium (Hs), 108
      meitnerium (Mt), 109
      darmstadtium (Ds), 110
      roentgenium (Rg), 111
      copernicium (Cn), 112

      December 13, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
      • StructuralDude

        How many of these are stable elements?

        December 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
      • Bobs your uncle

        Nice! Tmack -1 – jesus freaks -0

        December 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
      • dave

        All of those are elements fit perfectly within the laws of physics. potentialy ALL of them could now or could have existed naturally but most of them have a half life of .02 seconds thus are no longer around in nature. When man makes a particle that throws the laws of physics out the window we can truly call it man-made rather than man-ufactured. When we have made a particle that makes left be right up be down or time be the same color as potato, then we could call it man made.

        December 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  49. lawoman

    I'm with D...

    December 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  50. AZLib

    I wonder if this group of researchers are the same bunch that came up with cold fusion?

    December 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • EuphoriCrest


      December 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • Mike

      Uh, no. Those were geniuses right here in the U.S. of A.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • DoctorDave

      Nope. There is absolutely connection between Pons and Fleischmann, the "cold fusion" guys, and CERN. There is also no connection between "cold fusion" and the Higgs boson. If, as it appears, your intent was to draw an analogy between one pair of incompetent and deluded electrochemists pretending to be physicists the people and work being done at CERN, EPIC FAIL!

      December 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
      • Jayj7

        I know a Physicists reply when I see one.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  51. Ian

    The discovery will be verified in 2012... COINCIDENCE??? Yes.

    Seriously, this is awesome though. Science!

    December 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • augustghost

      it all ends as we know it in 2012

      December 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  52. Hey You

    Perhaps ALL particle physics is actually "background variation".....

    December 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  53. Canadian

    I recommend the "God" particle be renamed the "Athiest Particle".

    Face it…this particle could potentially open up a world of greater understanding as to how the smallest elements of the smallest elements within the universe operates and you will STILL have people standing on street corners holding a bible stating "in the beginning, God created the universe" – come on. No 21st century, logical thinking human being will ever be satisfied with that statement. It's the most simplistic statement ever written by the hand of man.

    When I was in Grade 4, I was taught about the 5W's…Who, What, When, Where and Why

    If there was to be a logical discussion about "In the beginning, God created the universe" based on the 5W's you will come up with,

    Who – God…a mystifying person, object, abstract being who despite being all never shows himself

    What – What was the universe made out of?? Don't worry yourself about, all you need to know, In the beginning, God created the universe, no more, no less

    When – In the beignning. That's all you need to know.

    Where – Doesn't matter. Don't worry about it.

    Why – To act as a silient and invisible mentor to the people of Earth. But when you think about it, the people who wrote the Bible didn't know the Earth was round or rotated around the sun, which in turn, rotates around the centre of the milky way galaxy, which in turn is home billions of billions of billions of stars and planets which in turn is one galaxy out of billions of billions of billions of billions of galaxies that can be seen using today's advanced technologies. But that said, don't worry your little self about – God created the universe.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • JJ

      Amen, my Canadian brother, amen. Could not have said it better myself.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • Michael

      Yes, there's no way an all-knowing and all-powerful God could possibly use science to make the universe. If I can't understand it, it must not be real.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
      • Canadian

        I will add to that statement...If people can't understand it, God must have done's just THAT SIMPLE.

        Look at the ancient populations of history.

        Greek, Egypt, Norse...they all had Gods for every possible natural wonder and feelings.

        They built temples, made sacrifices, statues, celebrations all in the name of Gods they created.

        Do we 21st century refer to the a hurricane or 100 year wave as act of Poseidon?? Do we offer sacrifices or prayers in hopes Poseidon will save us from destruction? Perhaps the people of New Orleans should have sacrified a 1000 heads of cattle to save their city from Poseidon's wrath in 2005....???? Better, maybe the national weather service should offer a 1000 heads of cattle and build a temple in along the Coastline, in honour of Poseidon in hopes hurrican season won't happen.

        Please. Our 21st century ignorance is really humourous. We look at these civilisations and their Gods and say, "oh how cute, they built a temple in honour of Poseidon, or Apollo, or Neptune or Rah, or Ares or Aphrodite".

        Guaranteed in 1000 years time, civilisations will be looking our present day society and will say the EXACT SAME THING ABOUT US.

        December 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Great

      Really... So, is that why whenever scientists can't describe something they shield themselves under the cloak of "singularity." And, I am to believe everyting came out of "infinitely dense", "infinitely small" perfect sphere that somehow exploded into big bang... Ok may be God did that, I agree. The point is God will just keep teasing us... I am not against science because we made science. We agreed on numerals that describe quantification. May be if we agree to a different numbering system we would not have those mysterious strange numbers like pi, boltzman's, or planck's, etc... So, stay grounded otherwise, if you're overwhelmed by your wits you may end up in a wheel you know who?

      December 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Dan, TX

      Humans have evolved so that many in the population are predisposed to believe in God because of selection for that trait (belief in God gave a survival benefit by either improving the survival of the group or allowing the group organized by religion to kill off those who did not believe). There certainly is variation for this trait, and many people don't inherently believe in God through a genetic predisposition, however, some believers have been trained to believe. The important point is that you can't expect people who were born believers to not believe in God anymore than you could expect people who were born gay to stop being gay. Let's have some understanding that we should treat each other believers and non-believers with respect.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  54. prw

    Just a little insight to the name "god particle". Scientists are not trying to replace God in any way. In fact it could be a way of praising God in that the name was given because of the hopes that by finding the Higgs Boson, the "god particle", they will begin to understand how mass came about. If there were no mass we would not exist. In short it is a pinnacle in the study of science not a replacement of any religious ideology ( God) ).

    December 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • Big Worm

      I'd like to replace god.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
      • shrub

        you can't. he is there. you can try and deny it but how do you explain morality? how do you explain life? where did it come from? make excuses. it will only hurt you in the end..

        December 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  55. palintwit

    Scientists studying at the prestigious Sarah Palin University (Floyd County, Arkansas campus) have been aware of the "god particle" for some time. They discovered it by accident while researching new ways of making really cool stuff out of Lego blocks. (One of Ms. Palin's personal favorites)

    December 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Googliano

      so stupid

      December 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  56. Rod in Dallas TX

    Finally gonna prove that God is an imaginary being created to scare people. I love it. Bye bye religion.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Michael

      How would this disprove God?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
      • Ian

        The burden of proof, not disproof, is what makes the idea of God sound so silly.

        December 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
      • Michael

        The fact that the creation story lines up almost perfectly with the big bang theory is good proof. And since it is Rod in Dallas Texas who expects this discovery to disprove God, it is his burden to explain how it would disprove it.

        December 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
      • Converted

        Amen brother Michael... I agree with this statement: "The fact that the creation story lines up almost perfectly with the big bang theory is good proof"

        December 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Converted

      Once again people... you are only witnessing God's creations. Did a scientist create this? NO... God did!!

      December 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
      • Steve

        I agree. How would this disprove God?

        December 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • romin256

        How do you know god created everything? What if it was a giant spaggetti monster that created everything? Dont pretend to know when none of us know.

        December 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
      • Ian

        Don't strain your brain too hard, Converted, you might actually do some critical thinking.

        December 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
      • Converted

        Critical thinking like Romin256? I will stay with God!!

        Please don't think I am being naive... I was once agnostic leaning toward athiesm... I used agree with the athiests out there... Then Jesus found me in a very real and powerful way... I belive in spirts... I belive in God and Jesus Christ... There is a good chance you will be converted also some day. Peace be with you.

        December 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
      • Can't be proved

        Some things just can't be explained, such as God. If the big bang theory were true, then how did those gases and explosion happen? Where did they come from? If the universe is expanding (and not infinite), then what is outside of the universe? Existence (and God) is something that will never be proved by any lifeform. Ever. But it will never be disproved either. Thus let us believe what we want through our roots and personal experiences/miracles with God.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • johann1965

      Rod = troll

      December 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  57. Ron

    What if photons decay over time? What if the red=shift isn't the Doppler Effect at all? That is to say, if you bounced a photon back and forth between two mirrors in a laboratory for 5 billion years would you observe a red-shift identical to the red-shift of observed light coming from distant galaxies? Is the Big Bang Theory so weak that imaginary paricles, energy, matter and dimensions have to be fabricated to make it work? From what I see, CERN could be spelled with just two letters B and S.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Sam

      I would recommend reading more.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Troy

      Your problem is that this can easily be tested over much shorter time scales, even down to fractions of a second. It would certainly have been noticed in all the experiments done. Also, how then do you explain blue shifts? Are the photons 'anti-decaying'?

      December 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • Time light

      Rather than photon decay, it is more likely that there are actually two time dimensions as predicted by string theory. The second time dimension, only detectable at extreme speeds or in infinitely small space accounts for the red shift and also would dispel the problems with singularities.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Ian

      If i'm understanding what you're saying right, wouldn't photon decay break the law of conservation of energy?

      December 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • Steve

      Ron, you're an idiot.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  58. TT

    "’s very likely we might get an answer that we could consider solid."

    I'm convinced.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  59. Steve

    God is Love. More than this we can not ask.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • Ancient Curse

      True. Not until that "love" thing starts to take effect. If anything, we are a patient people.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • sam

      You sound like Yoda

      December 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
      • Steve

        The truth it is.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  60. D

    Be sure to watch the video as he explains how we can actually use this new technology/discovery. Science, recognize.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  61. closetiguana

    I open they hurry up. All the other gods I've been praying to don't seem to be listening.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • closetiguana

      ^ – I hope they hurry up. (I blame the type god for that mistake).

      December 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  62. Steve

    PLEASE stop calling it the God particle for emotive appeal. If people can't appreciate the theory for what it is, it's their loss. Stop trying to make science a comic book.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Steve

      Sorry, guys. My daughter posted that. I've always called it the god particle.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
      • Steve

        Sorry again guys, that was my wife. She's a nag; forgive her.

        December 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
      • Steve

        You win.

        December 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  63. Jim Pappas

    If they are not actually observing it, but observing the effects it has on other particles, how do they know it is the hoped for Higgs boson, and not some other as yet undiscovered particle or energy? Conserving the integrity of the tool and discipline of science is important. Observing a "bump" on a graph is not quite the same thing as observing the particle itself. Kudos to the scientists who are doing this painstaking and tedious research, their efforts are to be lauded, regardless of the outcome.

    Zeus had an origin and even had parents according to the mythologies. Almighty God has no origin, but is eternal, and is the origin of all creation. If the Higgs boson is believed to be the original particle, or the most base particle of matter, the "God" particle makes sense. If it is a particle of great power, but has something preceding it, then the Zeus particle would make more sense. However, just calling it the Higgs boson would make the most sense; it just doesn't have the same impact.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Mycenia

      If it does what it is expected to do, it is what it is. You can name it anything, but the effect will be the same.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
      • Jim Pappas

        If you cannot see it, how do you know what is the cause? The Higgs boson could be 4 more steps beyond what is being measured. Science requires observation and confirmation. If you cannot observe it, but can only measure some effect, true, something is causing the effect, but you cannot actually say with any scientific certainty it is what you claim unless it can be observed and confirmed. Observing a "bump" on the graph is not the same as observing the particle. The "bump" is a measurement open to interpretation, the particle is the particle. "It is what it is" but may not be what you believe it is; perception is not always the same as reality. Something may be there, but it may not be the something you expect or claim.

        December 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
      • Evskie

        If there is any effect at all that you can measure then you are observing. Quit tryting be silly

        December 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • I'm The Best!

      They haven't actually observed many particles. Once you get small enough light no longer hits things because the wavelength is bigger than the thing you're looking at. No fermion or boson has ever actually been seen but their effects are.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • Bemused

      If it walks like a duck repeatedly, and quacks like a duck repeatedly, chances are it's a duck

      December 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
      • Bob S

        In this case they've only gotten a 3sigma quack, so it has not quite been proven to be a duck

        December 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • teacher

      How do you know what the Sun looks like? All you can see is the light coming from it. How do you know gravity exists? All you can see is its effects. That's poor thinking.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  64. Bob

    Wow! No matter which theory prevails the particle that started it all came from somewhere, or the energy that created the particle came from somewhere.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • D

      And this particle found it very important as to what hat is worn and when.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
      • Steve

        You you mind reposting your comment in English?

        December 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  65. James

    The name is stupid because there is no God, bear0402 is correct that science cannot be argued and will always win. Stop believing in an imaginary figure and get on with your life. Religion was created to dupe people into giving their money to a snake oil salesman.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Michael

      Except that science and God are not mutually exclusive and religion has been around since before currency.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Steve

      You must lead a very sad existence.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • ralph

      Some folks may remember what the first cosmonaut said upon his return to earh.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  66. matt

    ...........Seek and ye shall find..............

    December 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • D

      Ahhh, there's my left sock! Thanks Jesus!

      December 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  67. Bemused

    All I know about the Higgs boson is that no matter how well Sheldon drew his Pictionary version of the particle, Penny still couldn't guess what it was...

    December 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  68. tevii

    I think its appropriately called the god particle since neither exist

    December 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  69. Phil in KC

    OK – so exactly what is this so-called "God particle"? How does it inform us? The article fails to explain that. I guess I'm just a dumb old Iowa Boy, because I'm not familiar with sub-molecular physics and it's impact on scientific reasoning.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • 2yossarian2

      The Higgs boson (or Higgs field) is hypothesized to be what gives matter its mass...Basically, it makes e=mc2 work by being the internal link that allows energy to convert to matter and vice-versa

      December 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
      • PinkSwan

        Thank you! I read that whole thing and still couldn't figure out why I should care.

        December 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
      • ..,..

        but they just proved that e isnt mc2, besides in partical physics that never was the case anyway

        December 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Mycenia

      There's a good chance the author has no idea himself. From what I understand, finding it would help to confirm the Higgs mechanism, which is one way of explaining why particles have mass and don't remain mass-less energy.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • EuphoriCrest

      The article isn't meant to be a complete course in physics. Get a hold of Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene for a good start in understanding physics for beginners.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
      • Bob S

        Just ignore the String Theory part

        December 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • H. B.

      If you're just a dumb Iowa boy, why did you come here to read this? If the article doesn't leave you informed, or knowing why you should care, please note that pleasing YOU wasn't on the author's agenda.

      If it's confusing, there's a cure. Bone up on the subject. There are many fine books in the library and in stores which could help you grasp some of it. Particle physics is probably the most demanding and difficult science of all. Articles like this are for those of us who DO know a wee bit about it and are interested in learning more. I'm one of them, and I'll freely admit that I am still profoundly ignorant of what particle physics is about. What I DO know is that they are learning things about how the cosmos assembles itself, what the nature of matter is, and I know a few things about how they're going about it.

      One thing is for sure: it is important research. And I'd also know better than to presume I know more than the researchers do. I might have questions I'd like to ask them, naturally.

      Why not hit the library? Learning never hurt anyone, of any age. Ignorance isn't anything to be ashamed of; curing it can be great FUN. It starts in libraries and bookstores, and the fun comes from learning from what you read. Try it.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:51 am |
      • fimeilleur

        I am officially a fan.

        December 14, 2011 at 2:01 am |
  70. Godless

    Here's the difference between science and religion:

    Science says things like: "Scientists ... said they had made strides in their search for the Higgs boson but did not have strong enough conclusions to claim a discovery."


    December 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Question Science Too

      Ever heard of an Axiom. It's a mathmatical term. Axiom is a rule or a statement that is accepted as true without proof. An axiom is also called a postulate.
      Sounds kind of similar to your statement, "THIS IS THE WAY IT IS AND THE WAY IT ALWAYS SHALL BE, AND THOU SHALT NOT QUESTION IT!"

      December 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  71. us1776

    The Higgs is a figment of physicists overactive imaginations.

    The Higgs does not exist.

    What does exist is errors in our current understanding of the universe.


    December 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • bear0402

      No more or less than the religious explanation that god created everything.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Easy E

      Heavier-than-air aircraft cannot fly. People will suffocate if they try to drive more than 30 miles an hour. The lightbulb cannot work because all light must come from combustion. the rocket cannot fly in outer space because there is no air for the exhaust to push on.

      Etc. etc. etc. The scientists have always been crazy, because noew ideas are bad, just figments of the imagination. No wonder convervatives are the enemies of science and progress.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
      • us1776

        Easy E, this has nothing to do with politics whatsoever.

        Our fundamental understanding of the universe is flawed in some way. We now have mathematical equations that give bizarre results using our current theories. And too many physicists have been led down this path of creating concepts like Higgs, dark matter, dark energy in order to try and shoehorn our current theories to match the experimental observations. We need to revisit our assumptions.


        December 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
      • fimeilleur

        And what do you propose as an alternative? Please don't say "goddoneit"... we've heard that one before and nobody believes it. Present your credentials and your alternative to the peer review process, or STFU.

        December 14, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  72. Ron

    Higgs bosons, dark matter and dark energy are imaginary. They simply don't exist. The only reason we are talking about them is because of an irrational refusal to consider an alternative cause for the observed red-shift of distant photons other than a doppler shift. This so-called breakthrough is nothing more than mathmatical mumbo-jumbo with no basis in fact. It is equally possible that the Universe is infinite in time and space or there was a Big Bang, but not both. FThe failure to consider and reconsider alternatives to the Big Bang Theory is a flaw of the basic scientific method. Pasteur and Galileo were true scientists who questioned prevailing theories, CERN workers are no't.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Mycenia

      That's a lot of talking with nothing to offer in return...

      December 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Nofoldems

      Is that what the bible says?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Schmedley

      So put your money where your mouth is and publish a paper.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Troy

      First time I've ever heard an attempt to test part of a scientific theory called unscientific. They are doing EXACTLY what Galileo did – they have a moderately well-supported theory that makes certain predictions, and they are doing experiments to test those predictions. If they were as dogmatic as you suggest, the minute the 'bump' showed in the data they would have declared victory. Instead, they are cautiously optimistic and are going to dig further to see what the results really signify. Besides, if you have something that explains everything the Big Bang theory does more elegantly and offers better avenues for further research (makes predictions that can be tested), why are you keeping it to yourself? I'm pretty sure there'd be a Nobel prize in it for you...

      December 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Ian

      Right, so your complete rambling makes them fake. Evidence? Can we at least see a high school diploma? Or did you take Bible studies?

      December 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Zeus

      CERN workers know more about science, experimentation, and the scientific method than you ever will. There is a solid mathematical model that supports the existence of these particles and well as evidence from other experiments. The mathematical models explain the behaviors they have seen in experiments so far. From basic research, they have concluded that this is the next logical step in their search, and there will be much more work after these experiments have finished. All the evidence they have found so far has pointed in this direction. Read a few of the papers in the scientific journals. This is not the lack of imagination, it is the height of human ingenuity.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  73. asdf

    Stop calling it the god particle – nobody really calls it that, and it sounds stupid. It's not any more important than the other subatomic particles, its just the last one we have yet to figure out.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Mycenia

      Seriously... They just want to stir up some controversy with the religious sector.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • EuphoriCrest

      Leon Lederman originally wanted to call it the goddam particle but now is commonly called the champagne bottle particle.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  74. oh come on!

    Yup, you knew the news would come out, after spending sooo much money on the hadron collider, you know they wanted to come out with something..anything.. to show they didnt waste all that money, although,, they did.. HA!

    December 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  75. darkstar

    Quit calling it the god particle and appropriately name it the Zeus Particle.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Zeus

      You know nothing of my work!

      December 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  76. bear0402

    Thankfully, this scientific research is beyond the reach of the American Conservatives and American Politics in general, so they can't skew the results to serve their narrow minded views and goals. Science will always win in the end.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Jerry

      and when it doesn't, then what will you do?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
      • bear0402

        Ignore is because you know it is nothing more than a bunch of B.S.

        December 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • D

        It already has. Deal with it.

        December 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm |


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