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Q & A: Can Higgs boson be put to use?

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Most recent answer: 04/24/2013
Q:
With the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson or "God" particle would it be possible to someday create atoms and matter?From what I've understood,is that it can gather other particles,is that correct?If so would that put Nano-technology out of business?Throw in a Higgs Boson and a few desired particles and get what you want.
- Bill (age 36)
Indiana
A:
The Higgs boson has an extremely short lifetime before decaying uncontrollably to more familiar particles. It has no technological uses in the foreseeable future. It does help us know that the theoretical models used for the other particles have been on the right track. If it hadn't been found, something serious would have been messed up.

Mike W.

(published on 04/24/2013)

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