‘God particle’ confirmed: CERN says data ‘strongly indicates’ Higgs boson found

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The search for the missing particle dubbed as ‘the holy grail ofphysics,’ which has been going on for almost half a century and hasbrought the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider (LHC) into existence,has finally resulted in some strong experimental evidence.For the first time since the triumphant announcement of the newparticle discovery in July 2012, the European Organization forNuclear Research CERN has declared it is indeed the Higgs bosonthat they’ve found, as the analyzed LHC data “stronglyindicates.”“The preliminary results with the full 2012 data set aremagnificent and to me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgsboson, though we still have a long way to go to know what kind ofHiggs boson it is,” said physicist Joe Incandela, thespokesperson for CERN’s Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) team.The existence of the boson in question and its linked energyfield was predicted by British physicist Peter Higgs as he waslooking for answers of the open questions of particle physics.Without the Higgs boson, the Standard Model of particle physicsfails to explain all the processes happening in the universe, itsabsence would also not be compatible with Einstein’s theory ofgeneral relativity – still a dominant way of explaininggravity.The question which has eluded countless physicists for decades,and the missing link explaining how the universe works at the verybasic level, is what gives mass to matter. In other words, what hasbrings all the flying particles together to form stars, planets andhumans ever since the Big Bang.Many scientists attribute this role to the elusive Higgs boson,although “exotic” theories exist, which go beyond the StandardModel.Now, after petabytes of LHC data have been processed, CERNscientists are quite confident there is a Higgs boson – and that itmost likely fits into the mainstream particle physics principles,as David Charlton of the LHC’s ATLAS team indicated during theThursday CERN conference.Although it might take years for the discovery to be fullyconfirmed and fleshed out, one cannot expect anything moresensational from the LHC team in the coming two years, as the27-kilometer collider has been shut down for maintenance until theearly 2015.

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‘God particle’ confirmed: CERN says data ‘strongly indicates’ Higgs boson found

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