“The results are preliminary but the 5 sigma signal at around 125 GeV we’re seeing is dramatic. This is indeed a new particle. We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found,” said CMS experiment spokesperson Joe Incandela. “The implications are very significant and it is precisely for this reason that we must be extremely diligent in all of our studies and cross-checks.”
They’re still going over the 2012 data, but an apparent triumph for the Standard Model and the structure being built atop 20th century physics.
“The lesson to draw from his [Kant’s] careful discussion of this subject might well be not that there must be a form of reality lying beyond space and time but rather that nothing can be real that does not conform to spatial and temporal requirements. Space and time are bound up with particularity, and only what is particular can be real.”
Carroll is a physicist at the California Institute of Technology who runs the Cosmic Variance website with others, as well as making frequent appearances on Bloggingheads (all links can be found at right).