While most of us yesterday were chomping down hot dogs or sitting by a lake or watching 15-second fireworks displays, a bunch of scientists in Switzerland were announcing the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle (sort of), which most lazy journalists (and TV reporters) called "The God Particle", which annoyed all of those scientists even more.
Thanks to the joys of YouTube, I've been able to watch a bunch of videos made by different people trying to explain what the hullaballoo was all about, and why we should all be more excited about this rather than getting all excited about watching cats do funny stuff on YouTube. Get your learnin' caps on, people, we're talking theoretical physics here in this darn post!
First up, we have a guy in a really geeky T-shirt using metaphors of snow to try and explain Higgs Boson:
In this video, we get a bunch of sound bites from Mr. Higgs himself. Go right to the source, right?
Here we have Huffington Post "Science Correspondent" Cara Santa Maria give her take on the news (this was done on Tuesday, before the big announcement, but it's clear that her video will do well because people like looking at attractive women on YouTube more than old scientists with beards and weird T-shirts.
Maybe this animation can help, if you prefer that method of learning:
Of course, you could just do the stupid thing and try to explain Higgs Boson by using a giant picture of Justin Bieber (Oh, CNN, trying to get those girls on your side).
In this video, YouTuber Veritasium goes out to offer up "Free Higgs" (aka hugs) to people to celebrate the discovery, and also interviews random people about what they know about it. Sigh.
Let me know if you see any other videos out there worth mentioning - I'm going to go back to watching funny parody videos of The Avengers...
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