Physicists show evidence of new subatomic particle seen as key to explaining universe

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Brass, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. Brass


  2. jcl


    The Higgs Boson is not really explaining the universe, it's just confirming the Standard Model.

    BTW, the name "God Particle" that journalists invented for that boson is sort of bonkers.
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  4. How Much Does It Cost To Find A Higgs Boson?

    The Large Hadron Collider took about a decade to construct, for a total cost of about $4.75 billion. There are several different experiments going on at the LHC, including the CMS and ATLAS Detectors which discovered the Higgs boson. CERN contributes about 20% of the cost of those experiments, which is a total of about $5.5 billion a year. The remainder of the funding for those experiments is provided by international collaborations. Computing power is also a significant part of the cost of running CERN – about $286 million annually. Electricity costs alone for the LHC run about $23.5 million per year. The total operating budget of the LHC runs to about $1 billion per year.

    The Large Hadron Collider was first turned on in August of 2008, then stopped for repairs in September until November 2009. Taking all of those costs into consideration, the total cost of finding the Higgs boson ran about $13.25 billion. That’s a large amount, but there are over 50 billionaires on the Forbes list actually worth more than that. The money itself is provided by the CERN member countries, and a little over 70% of the annual budget is provided by Germany, the U.K., Italy, France and Spain. The money for the experiments also comes from large institutions such as universities and observer governments such as the United States, India, and Russia.


    Is it really worth it?? Nah.