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On the other hand, there is an argument that these discoveries do help in the provision of valuable public services in the long run, such as in preparing to save us from an asteroid collision or to deal with some hypothetical if unlikely alien invasion or just by being the eventual catalyst to technological advancements that indirectly lead to improvements in more important stuff like feeding hungry children or treating sick people.
Belinda wrote:Without the Higgs field, as it is known, or something like it, all elementary forms of matter would zoom around at the speed of light, flowing through our hands like moonlight. There would be neither atoms nor life. (NYT) Thanks for the reference to the NYT article which also refers the Higgs boson as cosmic molasses. I am left with the primitive and uneducated impression that the Higgs boson is that which makes things out of chaos. Is this impression correct enough? If not I will have to shut up.
Grecorivera5150 wrote:My intuition is telling me that this particle is related to the concept of dark matter in some way. I imagine this particle as a membrane that extracts dark matter as its forced into this universe and extracts regular matter as it is forced into the dark matter universe. Almost like the interplay between oxygen and carbon dioxide on our planet but on an intergalactic scale.
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