The most exciting news of the week has got to be the discovery of a particle which may be the Higgs boson. Of course, the scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider have couched this discovery in a characteristically cautious manner (while boobs speak with certainty, the wise speak soberly). Here's a good overview of what the Higgs boson is thought to be. The best thing about this discovery is that it marks the beginning of an entire field of scientific endeavor, rather than a culmination.
I wrote a Secret Science Club post-lecture recap about the search for the Higgs boson last year, with a couple of embedded videos. Of course, whenever I hear "Higgs boson", I can't help but think of The Higsons, which reminds me of Uncle Robyn's goofy song. Of course, the Higgs boson, and the Higgs field, is thought to be responsible for the existence of mass, which is not to be confused with weight, but I figure this song would not be inappropriate to post:
Anyway, that's the coolest news of the week, and I am one happy, happy bastard.