How All Mass In The Universe Is Allowed To Exist

The Higgs boson discovery is a good excuse to learn a bit (and just a bit) about why it was so damn important in the first place. By now, you've probably heard that the Higgs is the final piece of the standard model of physics. But what does that actually mean?

For one, that the Higgs field can "give" us -- and everything else in the universe -- mass. Here's the MinutePhysics explanation of how mass is actually just things being allowed to travel slower than the speed of light. See? Simple! [YouTube]


    However, there is some dispute as to whether it has even been found, or that it is the cause of "mass".
    One of the cool things about identifying the cause of mass in an atom is that one day this will be able to be manipulated, resulting in new exotic materials and gravitational warping. This will likely have to wait until femtotechnology arrives (possibly 50+ years in the future), so its probably good news for your kids and grandkids.

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