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Higgs Boson theory earns Nobel for Physics

John Kerr posted in on October 9th, 2013.

The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to the theorists who predicted the Higgs Boson particle 50 years before it was actually confirmed to exist. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was today awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding […]

Russell Brown on the Higgs

John Kerr posted in on July 6th, 2012.

Media commentator Russell Brown reflects on the CERN Higgs announcement on his Hard News blog on the Public Address network. An excerpt (read in full here): Higgs Live! I watched CERN’s webcast of the Higgs Boson announcement last night – not because I claimed to understand the detail of a presentation to what was, after […]

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CERN results hint at Higgs Boson – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on December 14th, 2011.

In a seminar held at CERN today, physicists presented the latest results of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson – hinting at the possible nature of the elusive particle.  According to the researchers, it’s too early to say whether their experiments have discovered the Higgs boson, but the tentative findings of have been […]

The Higgs Boson – background information

John Kerr posted in on December 14th, 2011.

Our colleagues at the Canadian Science Media Centre have kindly put together the following backgrounder on the Higgs Boson. What is it? The Higgs boson is a hypothesized elementary particle that, if confirmed, would provide the mechanism by which the other elementary particles in the universe have mass. Elementary particles are the smallest fundamental units […]

Radio NZ: Shaun Hendy on the Higgs boson

Peter Griffin posted in on January 26th, 2010.

Dr Shaun Hendy, of VUW, IRL and the MacDiarmid Institute, talks with Bryan Crump about the Large Hadron Collider and its primary function: seeing if it can create, and capture data for, the elusive Higgs boson. Otherwise known as the ‘God particle’ the Higgs boson is a theoretical particle which confers mass.  Scientists are hoping […]

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