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 Posted: Tue Oct 30th, 2012 12:40 pm

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Mass of the Higgs Boson = 125.3 +/- 0.6 GeV at 4.9 standard deviations!!!



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 Posted: Tue Oct 30th, 2012 04:37 pm

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Fascinating!

Now then...might I persuade you to dumbass that down for those of us whose finishing school curricula chiefly consisted of test patterns and thrice-monthly mule kick comas.



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Well, GeV means Gigaelectron volt, and standard deviation is how far the value is from the "accepted average" value.  4.9 standard deviations means that this mass value is less than 5 standard deviations away from the mean.

Hope that helps......



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Gigaelectron???? I KNEW it !!!!

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HUH???  :BigB:



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 Posted: Wed Oct 31st, 2012 02:26 pm

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Standard deviation!!! just up my alley!



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 Posted: Tue Nov 27th, 2012 06:30 pm

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How did you acquire an entire alley?


And Squish: could you kindly explain to me in dummy speak why the Large Hadron Collider hasn't swallowed us all whole yet?  I've been freely name dropping it in arguments and verbal confrontations for the past two years, and frankly it's making me look bad.



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Ok, Bilbo, here's the short answer to your query:

The Hadron Collider, in order to discover the existence and mass of a Higgs boson, has been shooting protons and anti-protons at each other at close to the speed of light for many years. 

Some folks thought that if you collide matter and anti-matter, they would cause such a huge implosion of energy that it would engulf the whole planet, if not even more than that.

While there is a great amount of energy released when these protons and anti-protons collide, it is certainly not enough to engulf/destroy anything important, not even the tube they're flying through. 

Thus, this is a case of the paranoid naysayers being simply WRONG.

So, unfortunately, any threats you've been making to morons (whom I'm sure deserved it) about the discovery of the mass of the Higgs putting an end to their stupidity through the instantaneous nonexistence of the entire planet now hold very little actual fear-value. 

You may need to find another obscure and scary scientific mystery to dangle over idiotic heads like the Sword of Damacles.  Try Dark Energy!  That shit's a hoot!!



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A particle petting zoo's worth of appreciation for the insights, birthday gal...

...but I was actually hoping for an explanation a bit more conducive with a Kansas board certified public school education. :shock:



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More on par with Kansas public education you say?  Ok, here goes....

The little tiny things went bonk without making everything else go boom!  Praise Jesus!


Too much?



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Aside from overlooking the obvious (i.e., the fact that's it's pronounced JAY-zuhs-AH!), I'd say you get a gold star for your effort.

...or I would, if they hadn't recalled gold stars for fear that someone might be deathly allergic to the little sticky stuff on the back end, or fail to pay heed to the 24-point bold fonted "DO NOT INGEST/KEEP OUT OF EYES OR OTHER MUCUS MEMBRANES" warning.



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jay-sus..yeah that's how I say it Bilbo shaddup..what I wouldn't do now for a/an ejumacation..crap Squish what are you? a scientist? how the hell can you explain and understand all that stuff? my head nearly exploded..and lemme tell you..I found Lexx nearly not so understandable, sometimes it nearly gave me a headache...shaddup Bilbo! the only thing that kept me from changing the channel was Kai..shaddaup Bilbo.



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I am in fact a scientist yes.  I actually teach science of all types to middle school and high school students. 

This coming January, my school is starting an Astronomy class that I'm literally writing from scratch.  The last couple of lessons are on quarks and the Higgs Boson.

Shaddup Bilbo!



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I simply love me some Squish!! you're gonna be my newest obsession..

shaddup Bilbo..shaddup..



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My ears are burning, is someone talking about me? Haha


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