Aphelion Issue 274, Volume 26
July 2022
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God Particle

by Mike Berger

Two protons flashed around the giant
collider. As they approach the speed
of light, they smashed together.

The protons are blasted into myriads
of smaller particles. They are captured
by sensitive detectors.

Massive computers begin to search for
the elusive Higgs, the God particle.

Searching for just the right signature,
the Higgs is elusive, it lasts only
nano seconds.

The computer crunches images
into numbers and does an exhaustive
search for the Higgs signature.

After what seems like hours, the
the computer prints out, "No
signature found."

The scientists gathered around asked
the computer, "Why can't we find
the Higgs?"

The computer ground away forming
it's answer. It finally replied, "Gremlins
don't like their picture taken."

© 2012 Mike Berger

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