The Higgs Boson

The particle that can destroy the world

What is the Higgs boson?

The Higgs boson is a subatomic particle whose existence is predicted by string theory, M-Theory, and the theory that unified the weak and electromagnetic interactions. This boson is quite the important boson in science, and in the world. This particle and its field gives all things mass, and without mass, our world would cease to exist. This is a terrifying concept to grasp for scientists, so they have made this discovery a humongous deal. (abc.net.au)

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Can the Higgs boson end the world?

The only way that the boson's existence can be a mortal one depends on another fundamental particle: the top quark. A mix of the top quark and the Higgs boson's masses determine if our universe is stable. This probability has been studied at CERN's Large Hadron Collider, and the chance that the top quark and the boson will prove our universe unstable will only become something to truly worry about once the universe is multiple times its age at the moment. This is not something to worry about, and we should spend our time expanding our knowledge about the boson instead of sheltering uneasiness about the world spontaneously combusting.
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