"It's confirmed, matter is merely vacuum fluctuations." This was the title of a NewSci article tht just appeared http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16095-its-confirmed-matter-is-merely-vacuum-fluctuations.html Lattice QCD calculation that took a year of supercomputer time at the Jülich research center, was just reported in Science: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/sci;322/5905/1224 Ab Initio Determination of Light Hadron Masses S. Dürr,1 Z. Fodor,1,2,3 J. Frison,4 C. Hoelbling,2,3,4 R. Hoffmann,2 S. D. Katz,2,3 S. Krieg,2 T. Kurth,2 L. Lellouch,4 T. Lippert,2,5 K. K. Szabo,2 G. Vulvert4 "More than 99% of the mass of the visible universe is made up of protons and neutrons. Both particles are much heavier than their quark and gluon constituents, and the Standard Model of particle physics should explain this difference. We present a full ab initio calculation of the masses of protons, neutrons, and other light hadrons, using lattice quantum chromodynamics. Pion masses down to 190 mega–electron volts are used to extrapolate to the physical point, with lattice sizes of approximately four times the inverse pion mass. Three lattice spacings are used for a continuum extrapolation. Our results completely agree with experimental observations and represent a quantitative confirmation of this aspect of the Standard Model with fully controlled uncertainties." 1 John von Neumann–Institut für Computing, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron Zeuthen, D-15738 Zeuthen and Forschungszentrum Jülich, D-52425 Jülich, Germany. 2 Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Gaussstrasse 20, D-42119 Wuppertal, Germany. 3 Institute for Theoretical Physics, Eötvös University, H-1117 Budapest, Hungary. 4 Centre de Physique Théorique (UMR 6207 du CNRS et des Universités d'Aix-Marseille I, d'Aix-Marseille II et du Sud Toulon-Var, affiliée à la FRUMAM), Case 907, Campus de Luminy, F-13288, Marseille Cedex 9, France. 5 Jülich Supercomputing Centre, FZ Jülich, D-52425 Jülich, Germany. The current issue lf Science also has a commentary by Andreas Kronfeld, a guy at Fermilab, titled The Weight of the World Is Quantum Chromodynamics http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/sci;322/5905/1198 "Ab initio calculations of the proton and neutron masses have now been achieved, a milestone in a 30-year effort of theoretical and computational physics." If anyone wants a non-mathy non-technical explanation of what this is about, Frank Wilczek has a pretty good video talk and essay about the Origin of Mass, linked at his website. And several chapters about it in his new book The Lightness of Being.