The Higgs-Boson particle is supposedly the origin of all gravity. And we discovered it. And we can play with it. What does this mean for interactions with gravity? How can we use this knowledge in cool ways?
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Mass and inertia are all predicted as effects of interactions with the Higgs field. Higgs Bosons are the exchange medium for interactions with the Higgs field (much like other particle exchanges are thought to be the intermediaries for various forces in the Standard Model).
The easy explanation for how this works is the "Higgs Party" (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v448/n7151/fig_tab/nature06079_F1.html)
The behaviour of physicists in a crowded social event at a conference is an analogy for the Higgs mechanism, as proposed by David Miller (University College London). The physicists represent a non-trivial medium permeating space. In the upper panel, the physicists cluster around a famous scientist who enters the room, slowing the scientist's progress. In much the same way, a particle passing through the Higgs–Brout–Englert field slows down and acquires a mass. In the lower panel, a rumour propagates. This is an excitation of the medium — the group of physicists — itself, forming a body with a large mass; this is analogous to the formation of a Higgs boson. Figure reproduced with permission from CERN.
So the ability to manipulate the Higgs field means you can essentially "switch on" and "switch off" mass and inertia. Bodies with little rest mass will be more easily accelerated and decelerated, allowing for easy transportation of even very massive objects, or making spaceflight orders of magnitude easier. IF rest mass can be eliminated entirely, then the object could theoretically move at c, much like photons do.
Eliminating inertia means that movement in 3D is not constrained, making right angle turns at high speed won't result in the vehicle being destroyed or you being splattered inside due to the "g" forces involved.
Of course both these effects can be done in reverse as well, rather than moving the Great Pyramid because you eliminated its weight, you pin the glass figurine to the mantle so the cat won't knock it off.
This site suggests that playing with the Higs field can also create "confused matter", where nuclear particles "loose" their properties because the Higgs field has been disturbed, as well as other manipulations and creations of such objects as magnetic monopoles: http://www.aleph.se/Nada/Game/BigIdeas/higgs.html
I might add that manipulation of the Higgs field might also allow for the manipulation of "dark matter", which only interacts with normal Baryonic matter via gravity, although this is wildly speculative.
How much of this is possible is far beyond my pay grade, but since large scale manipulation of the Higgs field is handwavium at this time, YMMV.