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Be The Change Herald


Volume 46 – July 25, 2012


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Higgs Boson, Finally!

In 1964, Peter Higgs, along with two other teams,  proposed the existence of a particle and a field, later dubbed Higgs Boson and Higgs field, which would explain how elementary particles interacting with this field and these  particles acquire mass even in an "empty space".

To find the elusive Higgs particle, Large Hadron Collider (LHC) began its work in 2008 at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. After months of delay following a faulty electrical connection and necessary upgrades, in July 2012 utilizing their 2011 and 2012 data, CERN announced their most significance finding to-date. They finally have evidence of a boson with the same energy level and other properties consistent with those expected in Higgs Boson.

"We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature," said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer. "The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle's properties, and is likely to shed light on other mysteries of our universe."

To learn more please visit: http://news.discovery.com/space/higgs-boson-kinda-sorta-discovered-120704.html

Pluto, Dwarf or Binary?

As you know after years of controversy and discussion, in 2006, Pluto was demoted from its planet status and was designated as a dwarf planet. However after the discovery of its newest moon earlier this month, this classification might change yet again.

On July 11, 2012, a team of astronomer using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reported the discovery of Pluto's fifth moon, designated P5 at the moment. This new detection is very important in helping scientists navigate NASA's New Horizons spacecraft through the Pluto system in 2015, when it makes its historic flyby of the system.

However, the new discovery has renewed another debate and brought Pluto's classification under scrutiny again. There is the speculation that Pluto and Charon, Pluto's largest moon, form a binary planet  pivoting around a center of mass lying between them, with the other four satellites following Keplerian orbits around that center of mass. At the moment the official designation hasn't changed and further analysis and study will shed more light on this controversial dwarf planet's classification.

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Trekking Everest for Laptops

PSD, Partners for Sustainable Development, a non-profit organization is based in Palestine. PSD's main mission is to introduce and apply sustainable development approaches in community and economic development by engaging men, women, youth and other community groups in process of sustainable development.

One of their projects NETKETABi, is to provide 280,000 laptops for Palestinian youth to help them acquire innovative educational skills for the 21st century to a build a better future for Palestine.

To raise funds and awareness for NETKETABi project, Hazem Mulhim, an advisory board member of PSD, suggested a climb to Mt. Everest's base camp. Not too long after, his suggestion is becoming reality and you can be part of it.  You can join them in this amazing journey.

To learn more about PSD, please visit:

To join the Mt. Everest expedition, you can contact:

My Dream of Stars

My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer: a book by Anousheh Ansari and Homer Hickam.

In her memoir, Anousheh recalls her long path to success and to achieving her dream.  To learn more about the book, please visit:  http://www.anoushehansari.com/book/

To find a book signing, please check the upcoming appearances section of this newsletter.

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Anousheh's Favorite Quote:

The best way to predict your future is to create it."

-Abraham Lincoln