According to this article at CBS News: Science world abuzz amid countdown to Higgs:
The countdown has begun in advance of what some speculate may be one of the biggest announcements in the recent history of theoretical physics. We’ll find out for sure in a few hours when scientists at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, offer an update on their search for the Higgs boson particle, which has sometimes been called the “God Particle.”
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, certainly has been generating headlines lately. We’re all still in a daze over Neutrinos Move Faster Than Light? Okay, now when exactly will the news be announced? CBS says:
The announcement is planned for 8 a.m. EDT (2 p.m. CET) at CERN, which is the home of the world’s biggest particle accelerator, the 17-mile-long Large Hadron Collider. Researchers at the facility have been working on two experiments, called ATLAS and CMS. Although scientists have so far failed to confirm its existence, the Higgs boson is believed to give all other particles mass. Scientists at CERN have carried out experiments hoping that the explosions caused by high-speed collisions between protons inside the machine would actually create the Higgs.
It’s at 8 AM Eastern time, but is that tomorrow morning? Let’s read on:
Despite CERN’s best attempt to take a low-key attitude, excitement surrounding this event has been building for weeks.
“Whatever happens eventually with the Higgs, I think we’ll look back on this meeting and say, ‘This was the beginning of something,” said Joe Lykken, a theoretical physicist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., and a member of the CMS collaboration [an experimental group at CERN].
That’s all CBS says. We did some looking around, and it appears that for those in the US, the announcement will be tomorrow morning, 13 December, at 8:00 AM EST.
Here’s a press release from CERN. They say they’ll “present the status of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson.” Whatever that means. Ah, it also mentions “significant progress in the search for the Higgs boson, but not enough to make any conclusive statement on the existence or non-existence of the Higgs.”
Every physicist we know has been talking about the Higgs for years. Tomorrow we’ll know something. Maybe.
One more thing — the Discoveroids are making a joke out of this. See their Higgs Boson “God Particle” Found!, which says:
It was behind the couch with the foldout bed in the living room that’s so heavy we almost never move it even to vacuum. But seriously …
Funny guys, those creationists.
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