whatever happened to the faster than light stuff?
spaceships go woosh
Haha, my facebook is full of a lot of happy particle physicists.
It bears mentioning, of course, that general relativity was also pure research with no immediate practical application in 1919, and today you can buy a GPS that uses curved space-time to help you navigate. To say nothing of nuclear power.
I guess the tl;dr is, "Human beings are curious and we like to find out things like this, and in fifty years or so somebody with imagination will think of a household device that can take advantage of what we're learning about the Higgs field."
EDIT: Wow, quote post on page one with post on page 6. I guess I should refresh my browser tabs more often.
WAIT. My little brain meats are pondering things they are not qualified to ponder on.
Altering a Higgs could do *mass* things, opening up the possibility of FTL under Einsteins theories that make my space boners go flacid?