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Professor Peter Higgs describes his surprise and amazement that the Higgs boson particle has been found:
For the geeks: Atlas and CMS experiments at CERN see new particle at 126 GeV with 5 sigma.
For the non-geeks: CERN scientists find new particle. Looks like the Higgs boson, but not 100 per cent sure.
Professor Peter Higgs, the retired British physicist from Edinburgh University after whom the particle was named, was present at a packed seminar at the Geneva headquarters of Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.
The professor dreamed up the concept of the Higgs mechanism to explain mass while walking in the Cairngorms in 1964.
Scientists believe they have captured the elusive "God particle" that gives matter mass and holds the physical fabric of the universe together.
The Science & Technology Facilities council announced that CERN has found a new particle.
It has the properties of Higgs boson but will need verifying to check that it has all the properties.
It's been confirmed by CERN as a "5 sigma" level which means it's officially a discovery.
Professor John Womersley. chief executive of the Science and technology Facilities Council, told reporters at a briefing in London:
CERN announcing the discovery of new particle - probably the Higgs boson. There is a one in three million chance they have got it wrong.
David Willetts in Westminster has said that, "Britain has played a major role in this amazing scientific discovery"
It is confirmed that CERN has found a new particle. It will need verifying that it has all the properties of the Higgs boson.
Joe Incandela speaking at CERN said; "this is a preliminary results, but it is very strong."
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Scientists believe they have found the elusive "God particle" that gives matter mass and holds the physical fabric of the universe together