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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Higgs boson-like particle discovery claimed at LHC

Cern scientists revealing results from the Large Hadron Collider have claimed the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson.

The particle has been the subject of a 45-year hunt to explain how matter attains its mass.

Both of the two Higgs-hunting experiments at the LHC on the Franco-Swiss border have reached a level of certainty worthy of a "discovery".

More work will be needed to be certain that what they see is a Higgs, however.

Both teams claimed they had seen a "bump" in their data corresponding to a particle weighing in at about 125-126 gigaelectronvolts (GeV) - about 130 times heavier than the proton at the heart of every atom.

The results announced at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern) were met with thunderous applause. Read More