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