In recent days, at least 34 news outlets were selling the "story" that the particle discovered by the LHC is perhaps not the Higgs boson, scientists finally realized. It's the techni-higgs, and so on. So the Higgs boson remains undiscovered, and all this amazing stuff.
If you look what these deluded texts are building upon, you find out that it is a September 2013 (!) preprint
So why this insane hysteria now? The closest thing to an answer that I can find is that the preprint was "just" published in Physical Review D. However, if you look at that PRD page, you will see that the word "just" is an extreme exaggeration because even in that journal, the paper was published in August 2014.
So a much more accurate explanation of the explosion of these reports is that the people calling themselves "science journalists" are a bunch of lazy, lousy, batšit crazy scumbags who spend 90+ percent of their lives by copying and "improving" the šit from their fellow lazy, lousy, batšit crazy scumbags so that they can serve these feces as a yummy dinner for their retarded readers.
In the recent month and even in 2014 or in recent 5 years, there has been absolutely no advance that would increase the probability that a technicolor explanation of the electroweak symmetry breaking is right. All the experimental results would increasingly strongly disfavor, and de facto eliminate, the whole technicolor research program.
The observed Higgs boson looks as close to the 125 GeV Standard Model Higgs boson as you can get. Pretty much every single property of the particle that has been measured individually strengthens the case for a Standard Model-like Higgs boson and disfavors technicolor-like alternatives. It's so close that even if there were "some" technicolor underneath, the particle would still deserve to be called the Higgs boson.
The super-insanely overhyped paper is a generic paper that tries to check the viability of the once conceivable technicolor models and they claim that there could be some corners of some parameter spaces of effective theories describing some technicolor models that could still be alive. But the paper isn't really comprehensive in the sense of checking every channel that has been measured. And it's not complete from a fundamental viewpoint, either. It works with effective Lagrangians all the time and doesn't really derive everything they need from a renormalizable Lagrangian.
Recall that technicolor theories are contrived proposed man-made (therefore "techni-") theories with Lagrangians similar to that of Quantum Chromodynamics (dynamics of colors: therefore "-color") that governs the behavior of quarks. So technicolor theories predict lots of "technihadrons", analogous to pions and protons, but at a different scale, and the condensates of some of these composite particles is supposed to break the electroweak symmetry – which is normally achieved by the Higgs field.
Such models are highly problematic if you realize that only one Higgs-like particle has been measured and the other should be significantly less observable, for one reason or another. On the other hand, the "compositeness" technicolor-like theories inevitably predict many Higgs-like species just like there is a whole zoo of hadrons predicted by QCD. That's a rather universal, lethal problem, especially now when we clearly observe one animal and no zoo.
Also, the QCD-like scale of the technicolor has to be much higher than the QCD scale (and even higher than the electroweak scale or a TeV) because the new forces would have already produced some deviations in the Standard Model – the hypothetical new forces and particles must be very weak and therefore "generated" by a rather high energy scale. But if that's so, there is really no explanation for the lightness of the "techni-higgs" that is claimed to replace the Higgs boson. Its mass should be comparable to at least many TeVs, too.
(Note that string theory offers a loophole to avoid this conclusion that the "characteristic energy scale of the theory" has to agree with the "masses of the predicted particles".)
There is no rigorous proof that there can't be any tolerably natural technicolor theory that would agree with the Standard Model – with the observations (which is the same at the current level of resolution) – as accurately as the Standard Model has been verified. But the general as well as specific technical arguments against the technicolor explanation are extremely powerful. I am confident that most well-known model builders would agree that the probability that technicolor will become a key concept for the explanation of the LHC data is much smaller than 1%, to mention a figure.
Even if the technicolor concept became important, it would be another step in science that in no way "undoes" the greatness of the discoveries that have already been made.
But the media reports make it sound as if if the discovery of the Higgs boson has been reverted or at least seriously questioned, and that's also how the stupid yet loud aggressive laymen commenting on these stories interpret all the news. So these stories may do nothing else than to energize the subhuman trash that hates science and feels proud about it. Let me just repost a couple of flabbergastingly idiotic comments from Russia Today as examples (you find the same in the typical Western mainstream media, too):
Andrijana Stipina: What a waste of money. Billions of dollars thrown for nothing. I think the CERN Collider is the biggest machine in the world for money laundering ever made.and so on, and so on, and so on, an indefinite stream of deluded aßholes.
Rodney L: What... you dont think that little rainbow coloured streaky splash of colour is worth billions, mind you i can do that on my computer with 'paint brush' And apple have their screen saver which looks better ! (sarcasm for those who missed it)
NovoShpakova: And being a former researcher I also agree! But this is what you find in Global Fascism - the State fuels the elites and imposes austerity upon the very citizens whose tax dollars pay for it. AKA, Feudalism!
Evidence: you right, it is the bigest machine, and a lot of money is trown to it, billions and billions of Euros...and we pay for it...if at least we know for what in reality it was made, and how much we got with it...?!
David Pilgrim: NO ..much better spending the money on repairing the damage caused by the bombing in lybia,Yemen,Iraq, Syria,Afghanistan. CERN = Consumption of Essential Resources for Nothing
Luc Devincke: Much better than spent on bombing Lybia, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, seems to me... (thank God for this guy, note LM)
Colorado: The god particle is the human fairy-tale for scientists, kind of like the fairy-tale human written bible.
Z Gus: While these guys at first glance appear to be harmless, you eventually realize that they make a black hole in your finances.
NovoShpakova: Come on CERN, save face already, Call your blunder a 'techi-oops' and do a rewind! No one will fault you - its science and you don't have to worry about the opinions of 99% of humanity as they wouldn't know the difference between a quark or a lepton. Just check out what you do have - it may be even more remarkable!
Thorby: Obviously it was a techni-higgs. Duh.
Rodney L: another hicks up...
I've deleted a paragraph reflecting my extreme frustration with this discourse.