Higgs and things

5 Jul 2012

The big news is the 'near' discovery of the Higgs Bosun particle by scientists at CERN. More will come through the grape vine over the next couple of days but for the moment an Australian perspective will do for starters - see www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/5763/cern-"we-have-a-discovery" where it is established a new particle has been found, the heaviest ever found. The actual published paper on the subject has not actually been released as yet - but the excitement is obvious. Thunderbolts already has a blog on the Higgs Bosun and the BBC are bloveating as usual. Even Anthony Watts has chipped in with a piece - somewhat lukewarm towards the news.

Meanwhile, at http://phys.org/print260529699.html there is an image from the Hubble Space Telescope of a geyser of hot gas flowing from what is thought to be a new star - a huge jet that arches through the sky.