This discovery could very much so change man kind entirely. They are just scratching the surface right now. But things could lead to amazing discoveries and cures for stuff that has plagued man for centuries. It is a lot to wrap your mind around but scientist are literally ****ing their pants right now. It's very hard for them to not look far into the future on what this may lead to. It could also make space travel much faster.
Let me know when they finally figure out how to make cars that become suitcases.
I think my favorite part about advanced scientific research like this is how they go about with the experiment.
Swing things around as fast as you can and then smash them together to see what they are made of.
Pretty much how I figured out how things worked as a kid.
Originally Posted by rche
Though in this case (from what I understand) there's no conceivable way to directly see a boson, it's way too small. All they can do is smash particles and try and detect the energy released in the instant it's destroyed. In this case they were looking for a specific kind of energy just to confirm that something was there.
They also did tests to try and falsify the Higgs boson - to rule out the possibility that there is no Higgs boson.
If we had confirmation that we lived in a "Higgsless" universe that would be HUGE too, I guess - but there'd be A LOT more 'splainin' to do.
So long as it doesn't goof up "The Big Bang Theory" when it comes back in the fall, I'm cool.
Seriously the more science discovers / uncovers the more terrified i become. IMO there are some things human beings need not know. Not to get all preachy but yes early theoretical physics led to the nuclear age of energy, but it also led to the age of nuclear war and radioactive toxic waste. And when it comes down to it anything new and exciting in the word of science the first to take interest (and fund it if it has application) is the military.
While a transporter would be great and all, I can see a Romulan Disruptor being developed and applied first.
Edit to note* I'm not anti military, I'm anti politicians who pull the military's strings.
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>the more science discovers / uncovers the more terrified i become.
EVERYTHING has a risk. Crossing the street has a risk, and if you never took that chance as a kid you'd never have left your home.
'Course.... sometimes that risk involves wiping out all humanity, so your concern is most assuredly NOT unfounded. I think the key point to remember is that the problems with new science aren't inherent to the science itself, but to the weakness of the human character.
Exactly my point.
Originally Posted by ctc
Well, humans make weapons - humans kill each other - and to my thinking that's been going on WAY before we invented science.
So in layman's terms they found Galactus's toe jam right??
>Exactly my point.
Well.... I donno. People do all sorts of stupid stuff, but sometimes they do something great.... and we do have an innate curiosity, so I think there's a tradeoff to be had here. Civilization has ALWAYS been a precarious balance; one step forward, one back. I say enjoy the ride.
>Let me know when they finally figure out how to make cars that become suitcases.
They have those now. It requires an auto-wrecker, and the car doesn't unfold again but hey; no process is perfect!
>I have no idea what it means
This might help:
We dabbled in this sort of thing when I was at the U; but that was 15+ years ago, so a lot of what I knew has already been outdated.