Can Higgs Research Be Used to Transport Matter or Bend Time?
A century after Albert Einstein came up with his theories of relativity, a constellation of Global Positioning System satellites is orbiting Earth, making practical use of his ground-breaking understanding of time. If the discovery of the Higgs boson particle pans out, will even more mind-bending technologies result?
It’s theoretically possible, says Arizona State University physicist Lawrence Krauss, but practically, unlikely. “If you could manipulate the Higgs field locally, you’d have a great Star Trek device. You could make objects disappear. It’d be a great weapon, a great magic trick — if you could put things back together again,” Krauss told Discovery News.