Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Premature Higgs-jaculation

It seems that the CERN people did a boo-boo. They accidentally released a video (how does that happen, really?) of a CMS spokeperson announcing the discovery of a new particle (strongly thought to be the Higgs).

In the video dated July 4 2012, Joe Incandela, a spokesman for Cern, announces that scientists "have observed a new particle".
"We have quite strong evidence that there's something there. Its properties are still going to take us a little bit of time.

"But we can see that it decays to two photons, for example, which tells us it's a boson, it's a particle with integer spin. And we know its mass is roughly 100 times the mass of the proton. And this is very significant. This is the most massive such particle that exists, if we confirm all of this, which I think we will," Mr Incandela, the CMS Spokesperson says.
Edit: It appears that the video isn't loading anymore.

This is worse than the secret surrounding an Apple new device! Unfortunately, they can't keep a lid on the embargo till the official announcement.

Oh well, we'll know soon enough in a few hours.


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