Likely Higgs boson particle found

BBC reports Higgs boson-like particle to be discovered via Large Hadron Collider (LHC), more on news:

Higgs boson-like particle discovery claimed at LHC

The particle has been the subject of a 45-year hunt to explain how matter attains its mass.

Both of the Higgs boson-hunting experiments at the LHC see a level of certainty in their data worthy of a “discovery”.

More work will be needed to be certain that what they see is a Higgs, however.

Prof Peter Higgs, after whom the particle is named, wiped a tear from his eye as the teams finished their presentations in the Cern auditorium.

“I would like to add my congratulations to everyone involved in this achievement,” he added later.

“It’s really an incredible thing that it’s happened in my lifetime.”

I watched the video as Peter Higgs teared, perhaps a sign of relief or of vindication. I’m happy he gets to see his work validated.

Here’s a good video to explain Higgs boson:

What is Higgs boson?

Evacuated tube transport

Evacuated Tube Transport is an airless, frictionless, maglev-like form of transportation which is safer, cheaper and quieter than trains or airplanes. Six-person capsules travel in the tubes and can reach a maximum speed of 6,500 km/h, and provide 50 times more transportation per kwh. A tube can travel from New York to Beijing in two hours, and make a round-the-world trip in just six hours.

Evacuated Tube Transport could take you around the world in just 6 hours

This would be so awesome if it becomes a reality.

Could our world be merely a projection?

Honestly, I’m really in the midst of the article. Understanding physics is almost impossible to me. The article talks about reality being just images which is an idea I came across not in the science way but more of some random thought. I had this idea that perhaps no one but me – yes it’s sad – exist and everything around me is simply my imagination. It’s a scary thought and it made me rather upset the time I thought about it. Anyway, before I digress too far – A German detector is picking up a hint that we are all mere projections. And the article:

Our world may be a giant hologram

If this doesn’t blow your socks off, then Hogan, who has just been appointed director of Fermilab’s Center for Particle Astrophysics, has an even bigger shock in store: “If the GEO600 result is what I suspect it is, then we are all living in a giant cosmic hologram.”

The idea that we live in a hologram probably sounds absurd, but it is a natural extension of our best understanding of black holes, and something with a pretty firm theoretical footing. It has also been surprisingly helpful for physicists wrestling with theories of how the universe works at its most fundamental level.

The “holographic principle” challenges our sensibilities. It seems hard to believe that you woke up, brushed your teeth and are reading this article because of something happening on the boundary of the universe. No one knows what it would mean for us if we really do live in a hologram, yet theorists have good reasons to believe that many aspects of the holographic principle are true. (Source: New Scientist)

BumpTop, desktop with a physics engine

Anand Agarawala presents BumpTop, a user interface that takes the usual desktop metaphor to a glorious, 3-D extreme, transforming file navigation into a freewheeling playground of crumpled documents and clipping-covered “walls.”

Anand Agarawala: BumpTop desktop is a beautiful mess

Can’t wait for these things to materialize in every day computing. When I’m bored I start moving icons around in the desktop, drawing marquee rectangles selecting and unselecting them and so on. With this new desktop, I can sense my boredom cured. Totally.

Quantum mechanics for dummies

Clips from a BBC documentary explaining the arguments from the 1920’s until now as to whether electrons are particles, waves or both.

It outlines Einstein’s distaste at Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle and is a good starting point in realising that the universe is far, far stranger than can be imagined.

Quantum Mechanics for Dummies – Electrons Are Weird

Werner Heisenberg was a German theoretical physicist. He made contributions to quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, quantum field theory, and particle physics. Heisenberg, along with Max Born and Pascual Jordan, set forth the matrix formulation of quantum mechanics in 1926. Heisenberg was awarded the 1932 Nobel Prize in Physics. (Source: Wikipedia)