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

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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.

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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

  1. collapse
  2. higgs
  3. tunnel
  4. eventually
  5. computed
  6. 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

  1. accidentally
  2. armed
  3. boson
  4. calculations
  5. campers
  6. cern
  7. cliff
  8. collapse
  9. colleagues
  10. computed
  11. configuration
  12. edge
  13. eventually
  14. field
  15. hanging
  16. higgs
  17. information
  18. intriguing
  19. lasted
  20. lhc
  21. mass
  22. matter
  23. measured
  24. phase
  25. probability
  26. quantum
  27. result
  28. set
  29. showed
  30. situation
  31. special
  32. state
  33. tent
  34. transition
  35. tunnel
  36. undergo
  37. universe
  38. unstable
  39. wobbly