Sunday, December 11, 2011

Higgs boson versus the G.O.P. Primary



Jeff Forshaw
I have been waiting more than 20 years for this. Personally, I am most excited by the possibility that there is no Higgs particle and that nature has chosen a different path. If that is the case, then we are going to have to be patient for a little longer. It will be worth the wait.

Jeff Forshaw is a professor of theoretical physics, University of Manchester, and co-author with Brian Cox of The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen (Allen Lane)

Mary and Ian Butterworth, Imperial College London, and Doris and Vigdor Teplitz, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA
How Particles Acquire Mass

The Higgs boson is a hypothesised particle which, if it exists, would give the mechanism by which particles acquire mass.

Matter is made of molecules; molecules of atoms; atoms of a cloud of electrons about one-hundred-millionth of a centimetre and a nucleus about one-hundred-thousandth the size of the electron cloud. The nucleus is made of protons and neutrons. Each proton (or neutron) has about two thousand times the mass of an electron. We know a good deal about why the nucleus is so small. We do not know, however, how the particles get their masses. Why are the masses what they are? Why are the ratios of masses what they are? We can't be said to understand the constituents of matter if we don't have a satisfactory answer to this question.

Rick Santorum:
Discussing controversial classroom subjects such as evolution and global warming, Santorum said he has suggested that “science should get out of politics” and he is opposed to teaching that provides a “politically correct perspective.”

Any Questions?



Summary:

CERN operates the Large Hadron Collider

The G.O.P. operates the Large Hardon Collider

UPDATE: I finally got around to trying to fix the suet feeder.





I'm guessing Downy.



(Cross-posted at Whiskey Fire. Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.)
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13 comments:

vacuumslayer said...

Um, excuse me. Are you trying to get in on my butt-blogging action? COPYCAT!!!

BTW, isn't that Perry ad mind-blowing? Gay soldiers? War on Christmas? Really? REALLY? That's the tack you're taking? Good fucking god.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I rode a tank, held a general's rank, while the Blitzkrieg on Xmas raged...

(Shamelessly cribbed from some clown at Wonkette.)
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Jennifer said...

YAY!! Nuthatch!!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Those pics are from the doorway, and so not very sharp.

I've set up the outdoor table blind. In spite of the fact that's it is pretty darned cold, maybe I'll sit out there with my beverages and get better...
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Jennifer said...

I wish you had the red-breasted ones as well. I love, love, love those even MOAR!

I thought I spied one yesterday, but alas, once I got a clear view, it was a black-capped chickadee. Still very, very cute, but not the nuthatch.

I'm not sure why we had them that one year, but I wish whatever the reason was, that it'd happen again.

vacuumslayer said...

(Shamelessly cribbed from some clown at Wonkette.)

I hate that guy.

Another Kiwi said...

I rode a tank, held a general's rank, while the Blitzkrieg on Xmas raged.
I hate that guy.

I got some sympathy for him.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Discussing controversial classroom subjects such as evolution and global warming, Santorum said he has suggested that “science should get out of politics” and he is opposed to teaching that provides a “politically correct perspective.”

Yeah, the best approach to understanding reality has no place in politics! SANTORUM SMASH!!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Santorum will be lucky if One L makes him her veep candidate.

(And doesn't that sound silly, he thought...)
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Substance McGravitas said...

“science should get out of politics”

The Science Party is really annoying with all those pokey slide-rules.

Smut Clyde said...

Discussing controversial classroom subjects such as evolution and global warming

Apparently when enough lying arseholes lie and arseholerise about settled facts, they become Controversial Subjects which scientists should leave to the politicians to decide.

zencomix said...

Herman Cain called, he wants to know more about these Higgs Bosom particles and how they acquired their mass.

Smut Clyde said...

In my ideal universe, someone is asking Santorum whether students should be taught in the classroom about the Holocaust (given the existence of holocaust deniers, i.e. a Controversy). Santorum is saying that historians should stay out of politics.