The Economist, celebrating the Higgs:
Without the Higgs there would be no mass. And without mass, there would be no stars, no planets and no atoms.
But that’s wrong. No stars and no planets, because they are gravitationally bound. But atoms aren’t. Unless they mean in the very indirect sense that most Earthly atoms were created in supernovae?
Massless particles are doomed by Einstein’s theory of relativity to travel at the speed of light.
I don’t think I believe that either, really. Relativity doesn’t say massless things have to travel at SOL. Does it?
However, neither that article, nor an accompanying one, tells me anything very interesting. Finding something with the right mass (but they only know the mass so far, not any other properties?) says its a Higgs, and thus confirms to some extent the standard model. But doesn’t provide any hints as to how to go any further. So particle physics still looks stuck to me.