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    Why did we search for higgs boson when we knew it couldn't be useful?

    Let me try to make peace by turning this discussion on its head. Is it possible, that the next great quest in physics could be the quest to find a use for all the things you just mentioned in addition to Higgs?
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    Why did we search for higgs boson when we knew it couldn't be useful?

    Nope. I have not. It's simply a matter of priorities. Since LHC operates under tight constraints it might have been better to put Higgs Boson on the back burner unless....unless... Someone can find a use for the particle.
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    Why did we search for higgs boson when we knew it couldn't be useful?

    Like I said, the LHC will find many things that are useful to humanity. Brout-Englert-Higgs Boson was not one of them. ZapperZ to clarify; could it have been used for other things instead of finding Higgs
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    Why did we search for higgs boson when we knew it couldn't be useful?

    Would it have been possible not to search for Higgs Boson after the LHC was constructed?
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    Why did we search for higgs boson when we knew it couldn't be useful?

    So that I don't leave this thread "cold" I will have one more post reviewing what I learned. Higgs Boson is ironic. It is the particle that is the critical part of the standard model and its discovery was hailed as a great achievement of physics, except it's possibly the one thing that...
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    Why did we search for higgs boson when we knew it couldn't be useful?

    Wow. These are really thoughtful replies. I suppose part of my confusion lies with the fact that I have a different way of seeing knowledge. To me knowledge is at its most meaningful and useful when combined with imagination. The trees did not evolve to be our houses, nor do the rushing rivers...
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    Why did we search for higgs boson when we knew it couldn't be useful?

    Firstly, thank you all for creating this forum, thank you all for tolerating my questions. As an expert in another subject, I know it's not easy to take time out of one's schedule to answer the questions of non-experts, and I am grateful that you guys have. That said, this question is a...
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    May I suggest an experiment concerning negative energy?

    I've been informed that there is no consesus on the matter and for that matter there has been no experiment that proves or disproves the existence of negative energy.
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    Can you move particles by cooling them?

    I suppose it does, but what I really am asking about is HUP.
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    Can you move particles by cooling them?

    Ok then lets look at a situation that is the reverse. In a neutron star particlewaves are compressed to a very diffinitive postion so then the momentum of the particleswaves must become less diffinitive. Assuming the neutron star is less than 3 times the mass of the sun it does not collapse; is...
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    Can you move particles by cooling them?

    I am feel more uncertain than ever now. I have been told many times that recognizing that particles have wave like properties is the key to understanding the uncertinty princaple and yet when I look at an ocean wave I clearly see its crest, trouph, where they are and where they are going...
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    Can you move particles by cooling them?

    Can you "move" particles by cooling them? Suppose you have an object made of particles and you cool it down alot. I would assume then that the average momentum of the particles would be reduced therefore we could know more about the particles' momentum and therefore less of the particles'...
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    May I suggest an experiment concerning negative energy?

    I don't think the general idea of quntam intrest and the Casimir box (I love that term by the way)need always be seprate. If quntam intrest is indeed true then it means there could be some method of moving the displaced postive energy outside of the box while keeping the conjectured negative...
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    May I suggest an experiment concerning negative energy?

    Yes...that's what I meant.
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    May I suggest an experiment concerning negative energy?

    Well in the mean time I will draw people's attention to this article, http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/gr-qc/9901074 It decribes an attempt to seprate positive energy from negative energy. The authors claim it can be done, but there are strong restrictions. Most notably any pulse of negative energy...
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    May I suggest an experiment concerning negative energy?

    Is there any chance the heisenberg uncertainty principle would allow the diplaced components to be outside the box?
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    May I suggest an experiment concerning negative energy?

    I know the amount of negative energy within my suggested pockets would be small (if it's even there at all), but how small exactly? Is there an equation that would predict the amount of negative energy for any given dimensions in the pockets? To my understanding mass and energy are...
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    May I suggest an experiment concerning negative energy?

    Sometimes to understand things I need to come up with ideas and have them shot down. This is what I am doing here. I have been informed that the Cashmeir effect may not be due to negative energy so I have an idea for an additional experiment. Suppose we were to make a "box" with little...
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    How could strange shapes affect space-time?

    I heard from a not so reliable sorce that if you made a "ring shape" in the universe and then circled around inside of that you could travel into the past and violate causeality. So I thought I would ask here for veification.
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    Clocks and curivture

    I got the impression from the cosmology section that there are situations that simulate "Negative gravity" they bend space and time in the oppisate direction than gravity does. For example the inflation of the universe that happened soon after the big bang. Is this impression wrong?
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    Clocks and curivture

    In a place of gravity, where space time is bent "inward" clocks slow down from the prospective of an outsider. But what if you had a region of space time that was bent outward, what would happen to your clocks then?
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    How do you measure momentum of a particle?

    For that matter how do you detect the position of particle. Note that I am aware of HUD and therefore am asking you measure them sepretly.
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    How could strange shapes affect space-time?

    How could "strange shapes" affect space-time? To my understanding anything massive enouph to bend space and time noticeably would end up becoming a sphere due to how gravity works. But what if you could have diffrent shapes that were massive enouph to affect the universe? What if you made a...
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    Does spaghettification occur around a super massive black hole?

    So why is that you don't get spaghettified just before entering the EH of a super massive black hole?
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    Does spaghettification occur around a super massive black hole?

    I heard recently that a supermassive black hole would not tear you apart like a smaller black hole would, that you would simply “flow into it never knowing that you are doomed until it is too late”. Is this true and if so why?
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    What happens when you go near the speed of light and there's stuff in the way?

    The idea is to use the ship to dulplicate conditions that occured just after the big bang. Prehaps even to recreate a Cosmic superforce (if only for the smallest fraction of a second). That is why tempetures should be above 10^28K. I was hoping that just sending a ship through the right...
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    What happens when you go near the speed of light and there's stuff in the way?

    I should learn about deflecting at some point, but for now lets assume I want the ship to get hot or at least produce a hot explosion. Is there any medium I can send the ship through to get to above 10^28 degrees K? If not what's the best stuff to send the ship through to get some heat?
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    What happens when you go near the speed of light and there's stuff in the way?

    I redid the math and got 10^21ergs and I am sorrey for misunderstanding what Gamma was. So I can assume that at speeds like .86c and .90c that all of the mass and kinetic energy in an object turns into an explostion when it collides with something correct?
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    What happens when you go near the speed of light and there's stuff in the way?

    I think I am getting my units mixed up because when I use the kinetic energy formula for one gram I get 1.16313*10^17 ergs assuming it's moving at 90% the speed of light. I am getting confused somehow. Also what does the variable "Gamma" symbolize in this context. I found this quote form a...
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    What happens when you go near the speed of light and there's stuff in the way?

    Ah HA HA HA! I love it! I am very pleased with all of these replies thank you all so much, but I absolutely must know more! Please show me the equations that show how a gram of matter can explode like an atom bomb. Please show me the equations that show the destruction of a planet...
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