Monthly Archives: July 2012

  • A cool new way to checkout where “God” was found.

    The Large Hadron Collider is the Apollo program of the 21st Century. The project involves thousands of scientists and engineers from 111 nations and it is perhaps the most complex scientific project undertaken. The world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator operated by CERN had a simple task – to find God. Well, the God Particle anyway (a.k.a The Higgs Boson).

    And now the particle which might explain how things get mass has been cornered and caught in action at the LHC. In this post, I don’t want to talk about what is the Higgs Boson, show you a cartoon,

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  • Could Higgs help us find life elsewhere?

    4th of July 2012, a date which will live in infamy, at least for the physicists amongst us. It was the day when the ‘God particle’ gained its independence from the realm of the unknown and could no longer be called the god-damn particle! I have been wondering if the discovery of the Higgs Boson could help astrobiologists find life elsewhere…

    Chances are that you’ve already heard about the announcement of the observation of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider. In fact, you might

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  • Decoding the discovery: Another giant leap for mankind

    I have always wondered what it would have been like to be alive when Einstein proposed his theories of relativity, or when Watson & Crick cracked the structure of DNA or when Armstrong & Aldrin landed on the moon. Well, I experienced it yesterday, when I witnessed history in the making.

    It took almost half a century to discover this new fundamental particle theorized by Peter Higgs et al. in a series of seminal papers in the 60s. It is hard to explain the magnitude of this discovery in a blog post, but I’ll try. I’ll not

  • Higgs Boson: Yes/No/Maybe?

    It is always good to see science covered in the mainstream media. It is equally disheartening to see misinterpretation of scientific results. I am sure you’ve been hearing a lot about the “discovery” of the Higgs Boson particle, also (unfortunately) coined as the “God particle”. If you are not a physicist, you might find difficulty in interpreting the results. So, here is a particle physics 101 so that you can make your own opinion about the results.

    In particle physics (as in some other fields), results are statistical and are always presented with a “sigma” or standard deviation(s) away from the

  • Astrobiology Research Focus Group Applications DUE TODAY!

    Hello! If you are planning on attending the Astrobiology Graduate Student Conference (AbGradCon) in August, please consider applying for the 4th annual Research Focus Group (RFG). The research focus group is an intensive (BUT FUN) three day workshop (August 24-26th) designed to group students from different research backgrounds to come together and create a novel idea that is feasible, fundable and has scientific merit. Each group will present their proposals and will be judged by the other groups participating. The main point of the workshop is to gain collaborative proposal writing skills, and I can assure you, it’s