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"From the Ted Talk by Gian Giudice: Why our universe might exist on a knife-edge"

#### Unscramble the Blue Letters

So armed with this information from the LHC, together with some colleagues here at CERN, we coemtupd the probability that our universe could quantum tnuenl into the ultra-dense Higgs state, and we found a very intriguing result. Our calculations showed that the measured value of the Higgs boson mass is very special. It has just the right value to keep the universe hanging in an unstable situation. The Higgs field is in a wobbly configuration that has lasted so far but that will eluevnlaty collapse. So according to these calculations, we are like campers who accidentally set their tent at the edge of a cilff. And eventually, the hggis field will undergo a phase transition and matter will calplose into itself.

#### Open Cloze

So armed with this information from the LHC, together with some colleagues here at CERN, we **________** the probability that our universe could quantum **______** into the ultra-dense Higgs state, and we found a very intriguing result. Our calculations showed that the measured value of the Higgs boson mass is very special. It has just the right value to keep the universe hanging in an unstable situation. The Higgs field is in a wobbly configuration that has lasted so far but that will **__________** collapse. So according to these calculations, we are like campers who accidentally set their tent at the edge of a **_____**. And eventually, the **_____** field will undergo a phase transition and matter will **________** into itself.

#### Solution

- collapse
- higgs
- tunnel
- eventually
- computed
- cliff

#### Original Text

So armed with this information from the LHC, together with some colleagues here at CERN, we computed the probability that our universe could quantum tunnel into the ultra-dense Higgs state, and we found a very intriguing result. Our calculations showed that the measured value of the Higgs boson mass is very special. It has just the right value to keep the universe hanging in an unstable situation. The Higgs field is in a wobbly configuration that has lasted so far but that will eventually collapse. So according to these calculations, we are like campers who accidentally set their tent at the edge of a cliff. And eventually, the Higgs field will undergo a phase transition and matter will collapse into itself.
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#### Important Words

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