Scientists edge closer to proving existence of elusive particle
July 3rd, 2012
09:52 AM ET

Scientists edge closer to proving existence of elusive particle

At the start of a big week for the Higgs boson, the most sought-after particle in all of physics, scientists in Illinois said Monday that they had crept closer to proving that the particle exists but had been unable to reach a definitive conclusion.

The scientists outlined their final analysis based on more than 10 years of research and 500 trillion particle collisions using the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermilab Tevatron collider near Batavia, Illinois, whose budgetary woes shut it down last year.

What is the Higgs boson and why is it important?

Their announcement came two days before researchers at the Large Hadron Collider under the Alps are due to unveil their latest results at an eagerly awaited seminar at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Rickirs

    The Higgs Boson is not really a particle but more a ganglia of dimensional weeps or threads.

    July 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  2. UKABIE SOLOMON IKECHUKWU

    A FANATIS IS SM ONE WHO CAN,T CHANGE HIS MIND AD WON,T CHANGE AND D SUBJECT.

    July 4, 2012 at 5:45 am |
  3. I'm The Best!

    Awesome! Can't wait until they prove it and pin down the mass, huge step in scientific discovery.

    July 3, 2012 at 11:43 am |

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