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Physics 101: Higgs boson vs. Ted's bison

Unless you're a theoretical physicist, it's possible you have been confused this week by all the talk about the Higgs boson.

You possibly remembered that Ted Turner owns around 50,000 head of bison (which are a completely different thing to the Higgs boson), from which he provides meat to Ted's Montana Grill, a restaurant chain that specializes in bison (not boson) meat.

But bison are not the boson. The main difference can be seen in the second letter of each word, and if the boson could be seen, it would be much smaller and less hairy.

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

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“We have a discovery. We have discovered a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson. It’s a historic milestone today.”

— Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director general of CERN

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