Last edited by Sparq; July 4 2012 at 12:58:40 PM.
The best thing about the discovery is that it means that Stephen Hawking is $100 poorer.
"Lighter aircraft" is an understatement. If we can reduce the mass of objects enough we could make *everything* into an aircraft. People, cars, boats, cities.... Increasing the mass of objects can also advance the creation of new exotic matter and could be used for creating wormholes.
Mass manipulation is a key technology for a lot of sci-fi technologies.
Wouldn't the side effect of making something "mass-less" be that it would explode? As IIRC massless particles can only travel at the speed of light.
New doomsday machine in 4... 3... 2...
A Higgs Boson enters a church, loudly proclaiming that the “God Particle has arrived!”.
The priest, angered at the particle’s arrogance, orders the particle to leave.
The particle responds "But without me, you can't have mass"
edit: actually just reading that back I couldn't help but chuckle at how inflammatory it is but what has been written cannot be unwritten!
Hello? Oh, hello! I'm sorry it's a very bad line. No, no no... but that's not possible, she was sealed in to the Seventh Obelisk after the prayer meeting. Well, no, I get that it's important... an Egyptian Goddess loose on the Orient Express. In Space. Give us a mo....
... don't worry about a thing, your Majesty; we're on our way.
"We found a particle, that's for sure. If we found the Higgs Boson, which the data so far suggests, that would be the end of a 50 years search, but nothing spectacular, because we have exactly found what we were searching for and expecting to find. If, on the other hand, we found something else - which means a new particle, something no one has ever heard of or speculated about before, now that would be really exciting."
That's some true scientific spirit there.