Higgs boson discovery explained

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.

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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.