Dear MB & JM & folks,
I think Moonbeam is offering a false dichotomy, between science and starvation, by the way. Cern is a European Union project, as I understand it. The American version in Texas was shut down years ago. I think shutting down the Texas supercollider was shameful too, by the way. Science has to beg crumbs from the table in the same way that social programs do, and the better we understand the world and the nature of reality, the better equipped we are to make decent decisions about it.
Should you be interested in getting less sensational and more factual information about the Higgs Bosons, the Cern supercollider, the black hole business and a lot of other math science stuff put into pretty understandable English, Lisa Randall's book Warped Passages: Unravelling The Mysteries of The Universe's Hidden Dimensions is wonderful. She even provides an ongoing English/American glossary for those of us who have trouble with some of the idiomatic leaps. I would be one of those. The U.S. Edition is Harper Perennial 2006 for the paperback and 2005 Ecco for the hardbound. I'm sure there's an English edition, probably in paper by now.
She actually makes you feel educated about pretty advanced math and, Friends, I can't add, even if I use my toes to help. Thrill your friends! Amaze your dinner companions. Bore your co-workers to tears! The stuff really does get interesting, especially about the nature of membranes and gravity and, yes, even Higgs Particles and the Mexican Hat.
It will also calm you about being blown to bits inside the next week. If it happens, it'll probably be the result of a domestic slip-up in the mid-east or with Russia.
Best to all may panic filled friends, Bob Kaven