Higgs mass isn't natural, but maybe it shouldn't be

By Tom Siegfried, 10:10 AM October 22, 2013

Second of two parts (read part 1)

There’s something wrong with the Higgs boson.

It’s like a two-headed snake. Cats playing with dogs. Rabbits without baby bunnies. Voldemort’s nose.

It ain’t natural.

In this case, “natural” does not mean the opposite of artificial, like sweeteners or Christmas trees. “Naturalness” is actually a technical term in physics, although there is some confusion about exactly how to define it.

In any event, the Large Hadron Collider’s discovery of the Higgs boson with the ...

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