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Higgs-Hatin’: ‘Vanilla’ Boson May Be Real

Forget the Higgs boson’s delusions of grandeur, the exchange particle that gives stuff mass appears to be something of a disappointment.

No, physicists haven’t disproven its existence. And no, the Higgs boson hasn’t jetted off to a Caribbean island, run up a huge bar tab, thrown TVs out of hotel windows and been arrested for getting into a drunken brawl — rockstar style. On the contrary.

Actually, it’s looking more and more likely that the Higgs boson is kinda boring. In the words of Caltech cosmologist Sean Carroll, the Higgs boson is “looking pretty vanilla.” He’s not alone.

The CERN Zombie Apocalypse: Subatomic particles? Check. Uber-powerful collider? Check. Some kind of inextricable radiation leak? Check. Marauding hordes of the undead? Check!

Time to get your physics on!

"Supersymmetry isn’t in the hospital; many of its variants — more of them than last week — are just plain dead, while others are still very much alive and healthy," Strassler wrote. “There’s still a long way to go before we’ll really have confidence that the Standard Model correctly predicts all of the phenomena at the LHC.”

Discovery News physics writer Jennifer Ouellette discusses love, life and the wonderful complexity of our Universe (oh, and why supersymmetry certainly isn’t dead — despite what you may have read to the contrary). Read more.

Higgs Boson Likely a ‘Boring’ Boson: “The thing with physicists is that they love discovering something unexpected, strange or exotic. This mindset is what makes physics, and indeed all science disciplines, awesome. But in light of the grand announcement of the probable discovery of the elusive Higgs boson in July, it looks like the particle that was discovered is likely a “standard” Higgs boson. As in, it’s a little bit boring.

OK, it’s not really boring. The Higgs boson could never be boring. Just a little, um, antisocial? Find out more.