Higgs boson provides a musical spin

Aug 24, 2012
A representation of traces of a proton-proton collision measured in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experience in the search for the Higgs boson. A decades-long quest for the elusive Higgs boson has sparked a creative rush in music, with compositions ranging from a-capella and rap to a hypnotic symphony.

A decades-long quest for the elusive Higgs boson has sparked a creative rush in music, with compositions ranging from a-capella and rap to a hypnotic symphony.

Tim Blais, a student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, has notched 7,000 views in five days with "Rolling in the Higgs," a parody of "Rolling in The Deep" by British soul diva Adele.

"There's a collider under Geneva, reaching new energies that we've never achieved before," croons the clean-faced, bespectacled youngster.

"Finally we can see with this machine a brand new data peak of 125 GeV," go the lyrics, possibly the only time that gigaelectronvolts (GeV)—a unit of mass—have ever featured in a song.

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The percussion sounds that Blais makes in the video come from his lips or throat, and the backup singers are all him, across high and low ranges.

Blais, a self-described "harmony addict working on a master's in ", said it took him about 60 hours to finish the project.

"I'm kind of amazed by the feedback," Blais told AFP.

"One student from Spain told me his supervisor called my video 'The only good thing to come out of the Higgs discovery so far'. I'm flattered."

Blais' unusual success follows the "Large Hadron Rap" , which has notched up 7.4 million views since it was posted in July 2008.

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The rap is the brainchild of Kate McAlpine, a Michigan State University grad on assignment to CERN, as the European Organisation for is called.

Meanwhile, Domenico Vicinanza at the DANTE technology research company in Edinburgh has notched up a hit by setting the Higgs data to music through a "sonification" algorithm.

To the outsider, it bears a resemblance to gamelan, the Indonesian music of tuned percussion instruments: (http://lhcopensymphony.wordpress.com/the-first--data-sonifcation/)

The Higgs, dubbed the "", is believed to confer mass on matter.

Last month, scientists announced they had found a boson with Higgs-like characteristics, and work at CERN's Large Hadron is ongoing to confirm its identity.

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jsdarkdestruction
1.7 / 5 (13) Aug 24, 2012
no offense but thats kind of lame imo.....we arent 12 anymore.
Jitterbewegung
1 / 5 (5) Aug 24, 2012
"The Higgs, dubbed the "God particle", is believed to confer mass on matter."

Should that read? --- confer mass on some forms of matter.

eg. not quarks.
hemitite
not rated yet Aug 24, 2012
Isdarkdestruction,

You may have some who agree with you: all I see are two blank squares where the vids should be.
Silverhill
5 / 5 (3) Aug 24, 2012
(GeV)—a unit of mass—
No, a unit of energy. To express mass, use GeV/c².
NeutronicallyRepulsive
5 / 5 (2) Aug 24, 2012
I see only two pictures of black holes. :/
ValeriaT
2 / 5 (4) Aug 24, 2012
Higgs boson is dual form of dark matter foam at the quantum scale.
Tseihta
2.8 / 5 (5) Aug 24, 2012
Enough with the sensationalistic journalism "god Particle" references please... Save it for Fox News not here.
ValeriaT
2 / 5 (4) Aug 24, 2012
sirchick
not rated yet Aug 24, 2012
I see only two pictures of black holes. :/


Haha same here - looks like either my flash player ain't working or the site?
vega12
not rated yet Aug 24, 2012
(GeV)—a unit of mass—
No, a unit of energy. To express mass, use GeV/c².


No, no, no... c=1 silly, so GeV can be used to measure mass, energy, momentum, many things. I bet you also use different units to measure time and distance. :)
waffel
1 / 5 (2) Aug 25, 2012
@vega12 dude, seriously... it's you who has it wrong, Silverhill's statement is correct! :) and yes, please phys.org fire any journalist who uses the phrase "god-particle" and send them to another publisher whose news we don't read!!!
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.7 / 5 (26) Aug 25, 2012
They forgot to mention all the great music dedicated to the anti-god particle. This for instance:
http://www.youtub...a_player

-You must admit this is far more inspirational and up-lifting.
daywalk3r
3.9 / 5 (15) Aug 25, 2012
If you were wondering about those blank boxes..
A good description here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gZRZo4aX1Q

;-D
daywalk3r
4.2 / 5 (15) Aug 25, 2012
But for real, for those who are guilty of having a HTML5 capable browser (lol), here are the direct links:

BB-1 (Black Box 1): Rolling in the Higgs
http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=VtItBX1l1VY
The start of the refrain @~1:00 is really killer.. Not sure if intended though ;-D

BB-2 (Black Box 2): Large Hadron Rap
http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=j50ZssEojtM

Enjoy! :-P
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.7 / 5 (28) Aug 25, 2012
Clever. This phenomenon is not restricted to CERN alone. I found this very inspirational
http://www.youtub...a_player
Silverhill
not rated yet Aug 27, 2012
@waffel
@vega12 dude, seriously... it's you who has it wrong, Silverhill's statement is correct! :)
Note that vega12 was just kidding ... though there are systems where c, G, etc. are each equated to 1 for simplicity. This makes the units rather weird and nonintuitive, though.
higgs_boson
1 / 5 (3) Aug 31, 2012
Higgs Boson / "God Particle" -2012 Science validates a 150+ year old discovery ……............Infinite Intelligence….Steve Meyer / New Thought Movement / HolisticDNA

The Sixth Sense Activation Sequence – GROUNDBREAKING New Book in 2012!

"New Thought promotes the ideas that "Infinite Intelligence" or "God" is ubiquitous, spirit is the totality of real things, true human selfhood is divine, divine thought is a force for good, sickness originates in the mind, and "right thinking" has a healing effect..." Wikipedia
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.6 / 5 (27) Aug 31, 2012
"New Thought promotes the ideas that "Infinite Intelligence" or "God" is ubiquitous, spirit is the totality of real things, true human selfhood is divine, divine thought is a force for good, sickness originates in the mind, and "right thinking" has a healing effect..." Wikipedia
Science promotes the conclusion that this is all bullshit. Only scientists are qualified to discover whether god exists or not. Obviously, it may take awhile. Are you impatient? Somewhere else you need to be ?
Estevan57
2.2 / 5 (33) Sep 01, 2012
Got a citation for the claim that "Science promotes the conclusion that this is all bullshit." Especially for New Thought? Or is this just another bullshit antireligious rant in short form?
Bullshit doesn't sound like the usual scientific conclusion...

So if scientists believe in God, does he/she/it exist? Some do.

Who are you to say who is qualified to discover God? Are you the official designator of scientific thought? Otto declares that "only scientists can..." I smell soapbox. Soapbox and bullshit.
Please feel free to slam on any religion you choose, I don't care. It's easier than providing a source for outrageous statements. Have a pleasant day. Spiro Agnew.
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.8 / 5 (24) Sep 01, 2012
Got a citation
Sure.

"Mathematics is the tool specially suited for dealing with abstract concepts of any kind and there is no limit to its power in this field."
— Paul A. M. Dirac

This ones good too:

"No old Men (excepting Dr. Wallis) love Mathematicks."
— Sir Isaac Newton

A personal favorite:

"Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist... It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going." -hawking

And here is a nice movie:
http://www.youtub...a_player

-in case you've already forgotten the question.
Who are you to say who is qualified to discover God?
I am otto. You are the lying flooding dimwit religionist pirouette/Ritchieguy/russkiye/pussy/Obie/estevan; or you are only pretending to be. Do you know the difference?
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.8 / 5 (24) Sep 01, 2012
Besides, religionists believe in gods as described in books which are demonstrably full of lies. All of them. Religionists refuse to accept the incontrovertible evidence that their books are full of lies.

Ergo their judgement CANNOT be relied upon when addressing the issue of whether god exists or not.

Ditto with philos.
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.8 / 5 (24) Sep 01, 2012
Re the mind-cure movement;

"One of the doctrinal sources of Mind-cure is the four Gospels; another is Emersonianism or New England transcendentalism; another is Berkeleyan idealism; another is spiritism, with its messages of "law" and "progress" and "development"; another the optimistic popular science evolutionism of which I have recently spoken; and, finally, Hinduism has contributed a strain." -wm James 1800s

-In other words it's a little bit of everything like xianity. And like xianity it promises extraordinary powers in return for belief.

The various phenomena included in 'mind-healing' have been shown to be wholly physiological when not outright trickery or fraud. Including this guy:
ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lvU-DislkI&feature=youtube_gdata_player
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.8 / 5 (25) Sep 01, 2012
Here is a ref for you:

"The power of New Thought's central message is obviously strong, but it has often been overestimated. Even so, we cannot ignore the fact that belief in the power of belief still motivates millions of people, even though most of the supportive evidence is anecdotal. The evidence from science supports a limited influence from the placebo effect. Proper scientific tests of the power of belief to cure serious illnesses, however, have been universally negative. Those who claim that some tests have shown a positive healing effect from prayer, visualization, or positive thinking are motivated more by desire to believe than the actual evidence. The same is true for scientific tests of the ability of people to affect something physical using only thought."
http://www.skepdi...ght.html

So... what else you got bitch ?
Estevan57
2.3 / 5 (30) Sep 01, 2012
Congratulations, you did a trick. I now pronounce you as smart as a dog. Roll over, sit up, fetch non scientific citation.
Good bitch. Rub your own belly.
Does this actually have an author?

Here is a real trick: Prove, by contrast and comparison of writing samples, dates of posting, appearance in forums, etc, that I am PussyCatEyes, or some other person. Ready. Set. Go. Maybe you will get lucky, which requires religion, according to you. Doh.

I find it GREATLY amusing that your tremendous ego doesn't allow you to believe that more than one person can find you annoying and rude.
Your insistance that I am someone else (without any proof and plenty of contrary proof) borders on faith-based.
Belief in something that cannot be proved by scientific method is faith, accord to your own posts.

You have the religion of egotistical paranoia.

You have a large collection of writing samples, surely someone as "smart" as you can put the puzzle together?
Spiro Agnew.
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.8 / 5 (25) Sep 02, 2012
Here is a real trick: Prove, by contrast and comparison of writing samples, dates of posting, appearance in forums, etc, that I am PussyCatEyes, or some other person. Ready. Set. Go. Maybe you will get lucky, which requires religion, according to you. Doh.
Sorry spirochete I already provided convincing forensic analysis that you are the same person who likes to post NASA pics of 900 ft tall glassheaded Martians, pronated, and gay porn links. I don't think I need do it again?
Does this actually have an author?
READ the link and see the obvious. I don't believe it could have written itself? Dumbass?
Estevan57
2.4 / 5 (29) Sep 02, 2012
Do you even know what forensic means?
Swing and a miss. Spiro Agnew.
Estevan57
2.3 / 5 (30) Sep 02, 2012
No Author, just a copyright, which appears on all the entries.
You know a copyright is not an author, right? Maybe not.

Since you believe "faith" I am Pussycat and others (the usual horde) don't you feel stupid to have engaged both of us in the same posts at the same time? Wow. You even complained that I was taking her side. She complained of the same thing also. If it is true, I put a really slick move on you. Ha Ha Ha I must have faked you out of your panties.

Imagine, me, convincing enough to complain against myself, calling myself names, accusing myself AND keeping a running argument with you across multiple threads while asking myself AND you to mellow out and knock it off, while third party reporting myself and you for profanity, and keeping up with my separate Estevan posts.

According to you I am stupid, etc. Yet I am accused of doing all this and more?

So am I an internet mastermind, or are you possibly wrong?
Ducks win, Go Ducks. (Oregon, not Colorado) Spiro Agnew.
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.7 / 5 (24) Sep 03, 2012
The author of that link is easy to find for anyone without ADHD.
According to you I am stupid, etc. Yet I am accused of doing all this and more?
Well yeah only an extreme dumbass would continue to attempt it after being outed so many times. Pirouette/Ritchieguy/russkiye/pussygalore/obamasocks/esaivan the fake urologist/farmer/Russian/orgasmatron/NASA WORKER/windmill owner. Very sad track record.

WHAT is wrong with you?