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Higgs is right twice over

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Stuff reported an interview with the inventor of the Higgs boson:

Peter Higgs, whose eponymous ‘Higgs boson’ is the long-sought target of the US$10 billion Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, told reporters this week he was sure a particle detected last July was one he had predicted in 1964.

“I think it will turn out to be (the Higgs boson), but it’s just a question of getting out the additional information.”

Although the scientists predicted the presence of the particle years earlier, it took a multinational effort of over 100 countries to build the LHC, which two years into its operation yielded a result.

Higgs said that this type of collaborative research helped not only science, but the economy as a whole, and he was worried about proposed cuts to European Union science funding.

“What you do by cutting the science budget is to reduce your supply of young trained scientists who will do other things which are obviously more useful for your economy,” he said.

“You may be cutting down on things which will provide a stimulus for your economy in the not too distant future.”

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

November 29, 2012 at 3:03 am

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