Do you understand?

Do you understand?

The Higgs boson or Higgs particle is a theoretical elementary particle predicted to exist by the Standard Model of particle physics. Experiments to detect the Higgs boson resulted in the discovery of a new, previously unknown boson during 2012; however, contrary to widespread misreporting, the new particle is still being studied as of 2013 to learn whether it is the Higgs boson or not. Confirmation that the Higgs boson exists would be monumental since it would finally prove the existence of the Higgs field,the Standard Model’s explanation of why some fundamental particles have mass when ‘naive’ theory says they should be massless, and – linked to this – why the weak force has a much shorter range than the electromagnetic force. Its discovery would validate the final unconfirmed part of the Standard Model, guide other theories and discoveries in particle physics, and – as with other fundamental discoveries of the past – potentially over time lead to developments in “new” physics, and new technology.

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