Scientists discover 'God particle'

Scientists believe they have captured the elusive "God particle" that gives matter mass and holds the physical fabric of the universe together. The announcement was made at the Large Hadron Collider, a £2.6 billion particle accelerator, near Geneva.

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Higgs boson discovery explained

by - Former Science and Medical Editor

For the geeks: Atlas and CMS experiments at CERN see new particle at 126 GeV with 5 sigma.

CERN scientists find new particle. Looks like the Higgs boson, but not 100 per cent sure.
CERN scientists find new particle. Looks like the Higgs boson, but not 100 per cent sure. Credit: CERN

For the non-geeks: CERN scientists find new particle. Looks like the Higgs boson, but not 100 per cent sure.

Professor Higgs at namesake particle announcement

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.

Professor Peter Higgs
Professor Peter Higgs Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The professor dreamed up the concept of the Higgs mechanism to explain mass while walking in the Cairngorms in 1964.

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New particle needs to be verified

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:

They have discovered a particle consistent with the Higgs boson.

Discovery is the important word. That is confirmed.

It's a momentous day for science

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