12-16-11: It’s Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s the Higgs Boson! No…Wait…Maybe?

December 16, 2011 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

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On New Year’s Day, just a couple weeks from now, many of us will stand on our bathroom scales, and vow to lose a little weight.

It’s worth taking some time to think about where that “weight” comes from. It’s a function of the force of gravity, and your body’s mass a mass that may soon be bolstered by that extra slice of pumpkin pie.

But why does mass exist? That’s a little tricky.

Scientists have a pretty good idea… but they’re still trying to prove their theory.  And data out of the Center for Nuclear Research in Switzerland this week could get them a little closer.

Joining us to explain it all is experimental physicist Andrei Gritsan, who works out of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University.

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