The supposed Higgs boson particle could doom the universe, according to researchers. The subatomic particle was discovered last year and may be the elusive Higgs boson.
The particle’s mass was uncovered at the Large Haldron Collider (LHC) in Geneva and appears to be a key ingredient in a calculation about the future of space and time.
The particle is a manifestation of the Higgs field, an energy field pervading the universe. It is thought to explain why particles have mass, reports CBS News.
Theoretical physicist Joseph Lykken, who works at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, stated:
“This calculation tells you that many tens of billions of years from now there’ll be a catastrophe.”
Lykken added of the universe’s apparent doom, as told by the Higgs boson:
“It may be the universe we live in is inherently unstable, and a some point billions of years from now it’s all going to get wiped out.”
United Press International notes that the mysterious particle was the focus of a furious search. It offered scientists the possibility of testing theories on how particles get mass.
It could also help explain the fundamental instability of the universe. The Higgs boson’s mass is more than 100 times that of a proton. The mass is just enough to cause the instability in the universe. The mysterious particle is also called the “God particle,” a name that appears to be aptly suited, according to researchers.
Do you believe the Higgs boson’s doom prediction, which says the world will end in billions of years?
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