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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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.