The boson of Higgs may be found...

04 Jul 2012 The Vancouver Sun

Two independent studies of data produced by smashing proton particles together at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider produced a convergent near-certainty on the existence of the new particle. It is unclear whether it is exactly the boson Higgs described.

Higgs, now 83, and others were at CERN to welcome news of what, to the embarrassment of many scientists, some commentators have labelled the “God particle” for its role in turning the Big Bang into a living universe. Clearly overwhelmed, his eyes welling up, Higgs told the symposium of fellow researchers: “It is an incredible thing that it has happened in my lifetime.”

The boson is the last particle in the Standard Model to be found. The Standard Model is to physics what the theory of evolution is to biology. It is the best explanation physicists have of how the building blocks of the universe are put together. It describes 12 fundamental particles, governed by four basic forces.

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