In my slightly soft science fiction universe, characters are learning how to utilize the fundamental forces of physics: gravity, electromagnetism, strong interaction (strong nuclear force), and weak interaction (weak nuclear force). I'm reaching a block as to how a person in a technologically-advanced universe would go about using such forces of nature. I recall reading the following about a popular sci-fi's methodology of using at least gravity: Sounds nice and plausible, but I'd rather brainstorm something else without outright copying this method of manipulation. Also, I need a way to use all of the forces of physics. Separately is fine. Perhaps a way of manipulation on the quantum level? Also, are the four fundamental forces now three because of the recent discovery of the Higgs Bosen particle? I'm not sure I quite understand how it affects these things.