At long last , Europe's Large Hadron Collider is ready to accelerate particle beams to unprecedented energies- high enough to pop the virtual Higgs boson that embodies the Weak Force responsible for radioactive decay out of the vacuum in which it lurks. B ut not all physicists are happy at the prospect. Science reports :
" At the energies the LHC will reach, the standard model goes haywire, spitting out negative probabilities and other nonsense. So the collider has to cough up something new, researchers say. If it spits out only the Higgs, however, the new golden age of discovery could end as soon as it begins.
If the lone Higgs has just the right mass--about 190 times the mass of a proton--it would tie up the standard model's loose ends and leave physicists even more thoroughly stymied than before, says Jonathan Ellis, a theorist at CERN. "This would be the real five-star disaster,"