Yesterday, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three physicists that helped discovered the Higgs boson. But, what is the Higgs boson?
To best explain, here’s a cocktail party filled with physicists. Suddenly, an accountant walks into the room. Because none of the physicists want to talk to…
I was really excited by the fact that Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have a song called “Higgs Boson Blues”, because science.
But then I looked up the lyrics and I just literally don’t understand what any of this means:
Look here comes the missionary
With his smallpox and flu
He’s saving them savages
With his Higgs Boson Blues
I’m driving my car down to Geneva
I’m driving my car down to Geneva
Oh let the damn day break
The rainy days always make me sad
Miley Cyrus floats in a swimming pool in Toluca Lake
I thought there was some kind of rule that Hannah Montana and particle physics aren’t allowed to be spoken of together?
I am certain that I understand the actual Higgs Boson better than I understand the Higgs Boson Blues.
To accompany a cover story about the discovery of the Higgs boson, French magazine Le Monde turned to a non-traditional artform: Paper. The studio Zim & Zou constructed these paper designs to represent the CERN particle collisions that allowed “Le Boson de Higgs” to be detected, the “missing puzzle piece” of physics that the Higgs represented, and the relationship of how the Higgs field (the balloons) give things mass in the first place. (via)
The Face of Creation
A new short video from the Symphony of Science series, featuring Brian Cox and explaining the importance of the work at the Large Hadron Collider that this year brought us proof of the Higgs boson. By harnessing energies never before created in the hands of man, we recreate the moment of “creation”, or rather the formation of this universe as we now see and exist in it.
Illustrations by Moonrunner
Moonrunner is primarily known for its science-based illustrations, especially in such fields as astro-physics, cosmology, dark energy, black holes, the solar system and such stellar phenomena as quasars, star nurseries and pulsars. We have worked with Stephen Hawking, as well as with the scientist/authors of the National Geographic and Scientific American magazines, and also those publishing with Dorling Kindersley, Weidenfeld & Nicolson and Weldon Owen.
Click on the images to see what they represent.
That’s what I call some serious astro-illustration. Be sure to click on the photos above to check out the explanations in the slide show.
Last night marked the opening of the 2012 Paralympic Games, and they featured a heavy dose of science. Stephen Hawking narrated a portion of the ceremonies (top right), the world’s largest simultaneous apple chomp helped commemorate Newton’s physics legacy (top left) and a group of umbrellas signified the discovery of the Higgs boson … which is completely obvious, RIGHT?!
(images via london2012.com)
Rolling in the Higgs
A Capella Science, a pretty self-explanatory YouTube channel, brings us this Adelicious tribute to the Higgs Boson results from CERN.
Try to cut him a break on the high notes. I certainly couldn’t hit that … unless someone collided my particles.
Lyrics at the link below!
I Got 99 Particles But A Boson Ain’t One
Thanks to my Twitter friends for sending me this awesome Large Hadron Collider rap. Stephen Hawking’s voice droppin’ fat beats while the CERN MCs explain what each detector does and how the various collisions will enlighten our understanding of our universe boiiiiiiiiiii …
Of course, now that they’ve discovered the Higgs bizzity-boson, tha haters best step off …
(by Will Barras)
As people across the Arab world are all dealing with their politics, revolutions, human rights issues and uprisings, science speaks to all of us equally and we become one. The only two human endeavours that are cross-boundary at this massive scale are art and science.