Today in Geneva: An exhibition of the European Organization for Nuclear Research entitled the Universe of Particles features a slow-speed representation of traces left by the collision of particles. U.S.-based physicists Tuesday reported finding strong hints of the Higgs boson, the elusive “god particle” believed to give objects mass, but said European data is needed to confirm any potential discovery. If physicists can confirm the existence of the Higgs boson, the last missing piece in the standard model of physics, the announcement would rank among the most important scientific breakthroughs of the last century.
The industrial designer Jiang Qian has conceived of a subway strap that’s also a video game. It has a button on each side that you push with your thumb as you hang on; instead of a joystick, you control movement by twisting the handle from side to side. Jiang imagines that new types of games could be created, where keeping your balance while the train is in motion is part of the challenge. And unlike Angry Birds on your phone, Strap Game (that’s the official name) will alert you when your stop is approaching. [2 years away]