You'd have had to be living in a complete media blackout to have missed the news over the past couple of days; science was for once headline news. Scientists at CERN, the European atom smashing lab, announced that they had definitely, probably, found the elusive Higgs Boson. Like most people, if you're honest, you're probably wondering exactly what a Higgs Boson is and what does its discovery mean to you.
Wired has put together an excellent article titled, "What can we do with the Higgs Boson?" that includes pointers to a variety of other articles about this strangely named sub-atomic particle - or is it a field?