Why are the Higgs field and dark energy so weak? Find the answer and you could earn yourself a Nobel Prize, says Dr Karl.

Around the year 1900, the astronomers had a big problem — “what powered the Sun?”

They knew how much energy the Sun emitted, and they knew how big the Sun was. But even if the Sun were powered by something loaded with energy (such as coal), it should have burnt out after a few million years.

And yet the geologists were saying that the Earth was at least 10 or 20 million years old — and almost certainly, much older.

The answer to that problem came with discovery of radioactivity a few years later

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