On the frontiers of science!
I don’t know about you, but first thing this morning I spent a few minutes watching the webcast live from CERN in which they confirmed that they think they’ve discovered the Higgs Boson – a particle so small that they had to build a Large Hadron Collider to find. To be honest – I didn’t understand much of what was being said, which is why I was relieved to hear this Boo of Professor Brian Cox explaining to 6Music’s Shaun Keaveny exactly what they’d found:
It was certainly big news though – as Britain’s science minister David Willetts recognised in this Boo he recorded this morning.
This all got me inspired – and made me wonder what else the future holds. So this morning I went down to the Royal Society’s Summer Science exhibition – and spoke to some of the people exhibiting there.
First up, here’s me speaking to Dr Gianluca Memoli from the NPL – he’s an expert in bubbles, and who’d have thought bubbles were so useful? He told me how there’s apparently all sorts of medical applications.
There was also an incredibly cool exhibit on Cosmic Rays. They had a cloud chamber setup so you could literally see cosmic rays appearing before your eyes. I spoke to Stefania to find out a bit about it.
Similarly looking out into space, the ALMA telescope array is currently under construction in Chile – and we should end up with some lovely images even better than Hubble after it’s complete.
So even though we now have the Higgs – if this summer exhibition is anything to go by, there’s plenty of science left to discover!