I just read Wolfram's blog post on the Higgs discovery.
Still, there’s another problem. To get the observed particle masses, the background Higgs field that exists throughout the universe has to have an incredibly high density of energy and mass. Which one might expect would have a huge gravitational effect—in fact, enough of an effect to cause the universe to roll up into a tiny ball. Well, to avoid this, one has to assume that there’s a parameter (a “cosmological constant”) built right into the fundamental equations of gravity that cancels to incredibly high precision the effects of the energy and mass density associated with the background Higgs field.
Then I recalled that one of the great unsolved problems in physics is why the zero-point energy of the vacuum predicts a very large cosmological constant which is not observed.
The language used to describe these two effects confuses me, but as far as I can tell, Higgs->contraction and ZPF->expansion
Any chance these two effects are in balance?