Does the Higgs boson complete the Standard Model?

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CERN was in the news again the other day with the announcements of the ATLAS and CMS group, both indicating that there are hints to the fact that the Higgs-boson is real. The news also let some local physics professor say some words about it and he stated that the Higgs-boson is the "final piece of the puzzle".

Is this true?
Or did he completely forgot about the graviton, which is also still hypothetical at the moment?
Or is the graviton not part of the Standard Model?
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Does the Higgs boson complete the Standard Model?
« Reply #1 on: 15/12/2011 08:44:28 »
I don't know. A lot of the noise I relate to expenses involved building and maintaining CERN. It's a sad state of affairs where we humans relate living to the costs involved, asking ourselves 'is it worth it?' 'what's the value of it' etc etc.

The idi**s 'evaluating' life, and mankind's curiosity and need to find its place in reality.

There is no price attached to getting born, there is no price attached to a death. Except in our minds. We have built society around concepts only making sense from economical perspectives. That has to end.

As for if the Higgs model explains it all? Not as I see it, but it, or something similar, is needed for the 'Standard Model' to work. The Quest for the Gold-Plated Collision. Then on the other hand you have this blog, questioning the standard model, even if finding a Higg.

"Already this plot limits the Higgs mass to between 114 GeV and 143 GeV assuming that the standard model is correct... At 95% confidence everything is excluded except a small window between 115 GeV and 122 GeV. In this region the Standard Model vacuum is unstable."

There are competing models as Technicolor but they are considered being 'beyond the standard model'
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